August 15th, 2014
If you need more incentive to exercise more and eat better, consider the results of two comprehensive new studies that found that an active and healthy lifestyle may be critical in helping to keep the brain healthy in old age. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, keeping weight down, not smoking and moderating alcohol consumption were all linked to a lower risk of dementia. And in those with dementia, exercise improved memory and helped people stay independent longer, a rigorous review of past studies found.
August 5th, 2014
“Six people in Louisiana have been diagnosed with chikungunya virus, most in the Greater New Orleans area.
State epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard said each of the six cases — four in Jefferson Parish, one in Orleans Parish and one in Tangipahoa Parish — were contracted while the individuals were traveling in the Caribbean.
Like West Nile virus, chikungunya virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Though it is not usually deadly, people who are infected with chikungunya usually develop fever and joint pain as well as headaches and sometimes a rash. There is no vaccine to prevent it.”
July 25th, 2014
The Louisiana Public Health Institute has been designated as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace by the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Center and the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. LPHI received this designation because it provides time, space, and support for employees who breastfeed or pump milk to feed their babies.
Businesses that support employees who are breastfeeding have lower health care costs, lower turnover, higher productivity and morale, and positive public image in their communities. To qualify as Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace, workplaces must offer:
- reasonable break time for working mothers to pump breast milk each time they need to throughout the day;
- one or more permanent breastfeeding rooms, or a clean, private, and safe space with an outlet, other than a toilet stall that mothers can use for lactation when needed;
- a working sink near the breastfeeding location where mothers can clean pumping equipment;
- and lactation support communicated to all current and future employees.
The Mary Amelia Center recognizes businesses as Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces to honor the work that family-friendly businesses are doing to support the health and well-being of women and children in our community.
For more information about LPHI or employment opportunities, click here.
A new Commonwealth Fund survey finds that in the wake of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, significantly fewer working-age adults are uninsured than just before the sign-up period began, and many have used their new coverage to obtain needed care.
The uninsured rate for people ages 19 to 64 declined from 20 percent in the July-to-September 2013 period to 15 percent in the April-to-June 2014 period. An estimated 9.5 million fewer adults were uninsured. Young men and women drove a large part of the decline: the uninsured rate for 19-to-34-year-olds declined from 28 percent to 18 percent, with an estimated 5.7 million fewer young adults uninsured. By June, 60 percent of adults with new coverage through the marketplaces or Medicaid reported they had visited a doctor or hospital or filled a prescription; of these, 62 percent said they could not have accessed or afforded this care previously.
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June 12th, 2014
Men can make their health a priority. Take daily steps to be healthier and stronger. This week is National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, 2014. There are many easy things you can do every day to improve your health and stay healthy, including:
- Getting enough sleep
- Quitting tobacco
- Moving more
- Eating healthier
- Taming stress
- Seeing your doctor
Click here to learn more about Men’s Health Week.
June 6th, 2014
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, a program of LPHI and LCRC, is currently working with grantees to host a series of statewide town halls where youth are sharing the results of their research on tobacco advertising. Check out this video produced by the Region 8 grantee in Jonesboro featuring students from the local Defy the Lies team.
Click here to see the video.
June 3rd, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration has approved new regulations and warning labels for tanning beds aimed at reducing skin cancer.
The F.D.A has been regulating tanning beds for more than 30 years but will now require manufacturers to warn consumers in greater detail about the risks.
Labels on new beds will say the machines should not be used by anyone under the age of 18 and will also be required to warn people about cancer risk. The F.D.A. is also imposing new safety requirements for timers and limits on radiation.
Click here to learn more.
May 23rd, 2014
After months of patiently waiting, it’s finally here: the sizzling hot days of summer. With summer serving as the unofficial start to the celebrated season of sun, you want to make sure it’s as healthy and safe for you and your family as possible.
From traffic safety to diet reminders, here are tips from WebMD that will have you starting your summer off on the right flip-flop.
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May 21st, 2014
Having fun while you swim this summer means knowing how to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and injuries. Learn how to stay healthy and safe while enjoying the water!
Swimming is one of the most popular sports activities in the United States. Although swimming is a physical activity that offers many health benefits, pools and other recreational water venues are also places where germs can be spread and injuries can happen.
May 19–25, 2014, the week before Memorial Day, marks the tenth annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week.
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May 12th, 2014
National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. National Women’s Health Week also serves as a time to help women understand what it means to be well.
Click here for tips on what it means to be a well woman.