Nashville, TN – Americans’ love for salt is having a dramatic impact on their health. The average American takes in more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day—almost 2,000 milligrams more than the limit recommended by the American Heart Association (1500 mg/day).
Sodium is an essential nutrient and a little salt can be part of a healthy diet, but the amounts we are eating are far too high and can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee is 36th this year in the annual KIDS COUNT National Data Book ranking on child well-being, better than its 39th ranking in 2013. The state is among the five states with the biggest improvements in overall rankings from 2013 to 2014.
The Data Book rates states on four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Each domain is comprised of four measures. When the most recently available data were compared to those from 2005, Tennessee improved on 10 of the 16 measures; worsened on five and remained the same on one, paralleling national changes.
Twenty Two leading CEOs join the American Heart Association in a Groundbreaking Initiative to Significantly shift the Culture of Health in the Workplace
The American Heart Association CEO Roundtable launches with new survey showing American workers overestimate their health—leading to increased risk of heart disease and other serious illness
New York, NY – Only July 8th, Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association (AHA), Henry Kravis, Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of KKR & Co. L.P., Terry Lundgren, Chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc., and 19 additional CEOs from some of America’s largest companies announced the formation of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable.
This groundbreaking initiative is designed to create a workplace culture in which healthy choices are the default choices. As part of the announcement, the AHA also released results from a new Nielsen online survey among 2,004 employees1 showing that Americans overestimate their health—putting them at greater risk for heart disease and other serious illness. «Read the rest of this article»
Dallas, TX – For the first time, guidelines have been developed for preventing stroke in women.
“If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and other sex-related factors,” said Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., M.H.S., author of the new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Clarksville, TN – On Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 5:30pm, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and the Mayor’s Fitness Council will host a Walk with the Mayor event at McGregor Park.
Walkers participating in the event should meet at the main entrance of McGregor Park at 5:30pm. «Read the rest of this article»
Fort Campbell employees are encouraged to attend the health benefits fair on-post to learn more about the options available to them.
Fort Campbell, KY – It’s that time of year again, the Federal Benefits Open Season is happening right now. Open season is an opportunity for federal employees to make changes to their benefits, encouraging employees to think about health, dental, vision and tax-saving needs.
Federal Benefits Open Season will be held as scheduled from November 11th to December 9th with changes effective the first full pay period in January (FEDVIP enrollment is effective January 1st, 2014). «Read the rest of this article»
Silver Spring, MD – More than decade ago, a sea change began in the American diet, with consumers starting to avoid foods with trans fat and companies responding by reducing the amount of trans fat in their products.
This evolution began when FDA first proposed in 1999 that manufacturers be required to declare the amount of trans fat on Nutrition Facts labels because of public health concerns. That requirement became effective in 2006.
Fort Campbell, KY – Just in time for the holiday season! Join Mandy from 4:30pm to 5:30pm for “Tasty Tuesdays” at Estep Wellness Center in November.
Tasty Tuesdays consist of a delicious package of Nutritional Workshops covering such topics as: Basic Nutrition, Healthier Choices, and Flippin’ Recipes. There will be three workshops and the cost is $10.00 for all three. «Read the rest of this article»
What those health claims on food and beverage really mean; plus, those consumers can trust
Yonkers, NY – The package says “heart healthy,” “reduces cholesterol,” or “maintains digestive health.” But what do these food labels really mean? The full report on tricky food labels is available in the September 2013 issue of ShopSmart.
“Promises of better health, weight-loss and more can be enticing, but claims can be misleading and you may not be doing yourself any favors buying foods that make these types of promises,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health initiative resuces use of Antipsychotic Drugs for Nursing Home Residents
Nashville, TN – Tennessee nursing homes have exceeded the national goal of reducing antipsychotic drug use for residents living with dementia in nursing homes. As a result, Tennessee has moved from leading the nation in such use in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 48th for the first quarter of 2013.
“We can all be pleased with Tennessee’s clear evidence of improvement in the wise use of these powerful medications by our committed nursing homes and caregivers,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “While there is much work left to do, it is appropriate to celebrate the initial success of this initiative and thank the dedicated stakeholders who are collaborating with each other and our department toward healthier aging in Tennessee.” «Read the rest of this article»
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