This is Public Health

Did you know that sitting too long can cause blood clots and increases the risk of high blood pressure? Adults are encouraged to get in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day to alleviate the negative health affects a sedentary lifestyle can produce.

Check out this great infographic from CBC that highlights how sitting too long can wreak havoc on your body.

To read the full CBS article, click here.

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) recently launched its 2012 state-wide media campaign “_______ Stinks!” The campaign features an interactive concept targeted at creating a call-to-action for all Louisianans to advocate for stronger protections from secondhand smoke in bars and gaming facilities.

TFL also launched an updated website, Twitter (@betotallyclear), and Facebook ( pages to assist supporters of the smoke-free movement across the state to get more involved and share what they think stinks about secondhand smoke. The updated website also boasts a comprehensive list of smoke-free venues, shows and events across the state.

Check out the full release here.

Tobacco Industry Interference was selected as this year’s theme for The World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day, which is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects.

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A recent study has revealed what many of us probably already knew, yet may finally encourage some of those out there to get up and increase their activity levels.

A sedentary, or couch potato, lifestyle can amplify a genetic disposition to obesity, but just walking briskly, and briefly, each day can cut that effect in half.

When you consider the other detrimental health effects obesity can be a factor of, like type 2 and 1 diabetes, heart problems, etc., its obvious that we need to drastically cut back our average 4-6 hours of TV consumption and spend more time exercising.

For more info on the study, click here.

Most Americans eat more salt than federal guidelines call for, increasing their risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

Eating too much sodium can’t be blamed on the salt shaker alone.

About 75 percent of the salt in our diets is added during the processing of commercial foods or to restaurant foods during preparation.

Check out the video story on WWL-TV here.


Whole grains are essential to a healthy diet and have lots of great benefits, including curbing our risk for cancer and numerous other health issues. MD Anderson has created an easy list of what are and aren’t really true whole grains that we can all use as we do our grocery shopping and cooking. Its a great thing to keep handy to help you eat well!

Check out MD Anderson’s list here.


For the fifth year in a row, the incidence of onscreen smoking in youth-rated movies is down, decreasing from 2,093 scenes in 2005 to 595 in 2010. This drop in onscreen smoking promises to promote a decline in youth smoking rates. Recent studies from the National Cancer Institute reveal that adolescents with the most exposure to onscreen smoking are about twice as likely to start smoking as those with the least exposure. And the benefits of reducing onscreen tobacco use also extend to adults as more than 80% of adult smokers begin their habit as adolescents. Read more about tobacco information that adolescents and parents should keep in mind.


New research published in the July 2011 edition of Pediatrics found that children exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) at home are twice as likely to develop mental health problems like ADD or ADHD as children in smoke-free homes. Study authors from Harvard estimate that 274,000 cases of common behavioral disorders could have been prevented with smoke-free homes. The link between secondhand smoke exposure and mental health problems joins a growing body of evidence outlining the dangers of secondhand smoke – recent studies have linked childhood secondhand smoke exposure with depression, anxiety disorder, and becoming a smoker. Furthermore, the U.S. Surgeon General has stated that there is “no safe amount of secondhand smoke,” as SHS exposure can cause heart disease and lung cancer in adults and asthma, respiratory infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in children. Read more about the negative health effects of secondhand smoke.


Crushing pressure and radiating pain in the left arm are well-known signs of a heart attack, but recognizing lesser-known and subtle warning signs that can occur months prior to a heart attack could save your life. Neck pain, sexual problems, dizziness or shortness of breath, persistent heartburn or indigestion and jaw or ear pain are all early warning signs associated with heart trouble. Read more about these early symptoms of an unhealthy heart.


Beginning in September 2012, every pack of cigarettes and cigarette advertisement in the U.S. must bear one of nine new, graphic cigarette health warnings along with the phone number 1-800-QUIT-NOW, as mandated by the FDA. These prominent warnings represent the most significant tobacco label changes in 25 years and are a proven way to educate smokers and others, including youth, about the dangers of tobacco use while increasing the number of smokers who decide to quit. Following implementation, the U.S. will join 43 other countries that already require images on cigarette packs. See the new warning labels and read more about the changes to tobacco packaging and advertisements. (Graphic provided by: U.S. Food and Drug Administration)