Obama Take 2

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From Your Health Journal…..”A great article today from MedPage Today by David Pittman called Obama Take 2: Tobacco, Obesity Key in Second Term. President Obama is going to focus on making Americans healthy, by trying to lower tobacco use and obesity. One in three adults is considered obese, along with one in five children – change is needed. So many Americans already suffer from risk factor for heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and weak joints – all related to obesity rates. Americans are getting a ‘unhealthy’ reputation around the world when it comes to health. The article also points out a very scary fact – tobacco kills 1,200 people a day and each deceased smoker is replaced by two new youth smokers. Please visit the MedPage Today site to read the complete article. I love their web site, and always try to bring traffic there when I can since they have so many quality articles.”

From the article…..

The second term of an Obama administration will be marked for implementing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the president also wants to focus on lowering tobacco use and obesity rates, a senior administration official said.

Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plan to release a number of new initiatives in these areas while continuing already launched programs, according to Howard Koh, MD, MPH, HHS assistant secretary for health.

“In the second term, we’re eager to reaffirm and re-energize our commitment to the public health,” Koh told MedPage Today in an interview Friday.

One in three adults is considered obese, along with one in five children, said Koh, who serves as the senior health adviser to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Meanwhile, tobacco kills 1,200 people a day and each deceased smoker is replaced by two new youth smokers.

“These are the most challenging public health issues of our time,” Koh said.

The FDA will launch a media effort later this year aimed at preventing childhood tobacco use. It should complement a similar effort already underway by the CDC.

“The general public and healthcare providers will be hearing much more on the importance of tobacco cessation or prevention in the upcoming term than we’ve heard in quite a while,” Koh said.

In the area of obesity, HHS later this year will review physical activity guidelines, which were first launched in 2008, to see where interventions could be successful, Koh said. The White House also will expand the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, her childhood obesity intervention.

The Healthy People 2020 initiative, which monitors national health trends and sets public health goals, aims to reduce adult and childhood obesity by 10% each before the end of the decade.

HHS set a goal of trying to reduce adult smoking rates to 12% by 2020. Currently, that rate is close to 19%, Koh said.

“For obesity, we’re simply trying to get the trends to move in a positive direction because over time they’ve gone in the wrong direction,” he added. “We’re seeing some signs of youth obesity trends plateauing and maybe declining in some cities … So that’s encouraging, and we want to build on that for the future.”

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Oklahoma’s Health Ranks 43rd; Smoking, Obesity Key

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From Your Health Journal…..”Recently, I have seen some interesting articles from the Stamford Advocate, an excellent publication from Oklahoma. I suggest that you visit their site (link provided below) to read some very interesting articles. Today’s review discusses state-by-state ranking of America’s health putting Oklahoma 43rd in the nation in the wellness of its citizens. Oklahoma is still in the bottom 10 in health rankings nationwide, pulled down by high rates of smoking, obesity and sedentary lifestyles that result in thousands of premature deaths every year. Very upsetting to read all this. Hopefully, change is in the works for those communities, and help from government officials as well. Please visit the Stamford Advocate web site to learn more.”

From the article…..

A state-by-state ranking of America’s health puts Oklahoma 43rd in the nation in the wellness of its citizens, and Dr. Terry Cline says that’s good news for a state that was ranked 49th when he took over as state health commissioner in 2009.

The bad news, Cline says, is that Oklahoma is still in the bottom 10 in health rankings nationwide, pulled down by high rates of smoking, obesity and sedentary lifestyles that result in thousands of premature deaths every year.

“You don’t need to be dying in your 50s and 60s. How do you change that norm?” Cline said. “If you’re in the bottom five, even in the bottom 10, that to me is alarming. My goal is to get us out of the bottom 10.”

Cline, a clinical psychologist who serves as Gov. Mary Fallin’s secretary of health and human services, is spearheading the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan, a blueprint for improving health that encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more and become tobacco free.

“The good news is those are all things we can influence,” Cline said. “They drive health outcomes.”

The 2012 health rankings were released last month by the United Health Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. Oklahoma’s ranking of 43rd is the second highest in the seven-state region behind Arkansas, ranked 48th, but ahead of all the other bordering states including Texas, ranked 40th, and Colorado, which was ranked 11th — the highest health ranking in the region.

Cline, 54, said improving the state’s health ranking relative to other states is not a competition to see which state will claim the top ranking, which in 2012 went to Vermont.

“But it is a race because our lives depend on it,” said Cline, an Ardmore native who has been involved in public health issues for more than 20 years. “The implications are really serious. It has very serious, dire consequences.”

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Key Steps For Good Health And Fitness

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This article was submitted by Lucy – This web site tries not to change around articles submitted by guests. At times, writers come from different countries, and translating to English is a challenge for some. So, although there may be language barriers in this article, it still sends a great health message.

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In this generation only few people are showing interest in health and fitness. When it comes to health, most people are neglecting the health issues and creating health problems. To get rid of health issues, some people start using drugs, but this not the effective way to maintain fitness. Avoid using drugs and chose some healthy choices to maintain good health to help you stay away from diseases and illness. Always be active and don’t sit idle. Do what you love to and move along with life.

jogsnowAerobic: This exercise will help your heart to increase the heart rate and maintains the same level up to 21 minutes. This exercise is continued with cardiovascular activity. You need to target the best heart level; the optimal range is 69-84%. Heart rates depend on the age of the person. Before staring the exercise you need to know the number of your heart rate and target the number to increase your fitness.

It would be great advantage when you follow a proper diet along with exercises because it helps you lose weight, makes you fit, reduces the risks of diseases. Aerobic exercise reduces blood pressure, less chance of heart attacks, and decreases bad cholesterol. We can also avoid diabetes.

Muscular development: This exercise is also called as musculo-skeletal exercise. It increases the resistance in your body. It strengthens your muscles. It improves your fitness in many ways. This exercise also increases your metabolism and you can burn more calories to lose your weight doing this exercise. This exercise decreases the risk of wounds.

It increases your bone health. Bones start getting weak after the age of 30.You need to stress the muscles to increase the strength of bone density by doing this we have less chance of fractures. If a person is not getting trained regularly he loses at least a half-pound of his muscle every time. You can lose more muscle when your 60 so to avoid doing this work regularly on developing your muscular parts. See that you don’t lose your metabolism in order to increase the over-exertion and strain. These shows how important does it play in fitness and health.

Brain needs rest to calm down because to increase the performance and function.

Mental relaxation and rest: Relaxation and rest are really important for body and mind. Brain needs rest to calm down because to increase the performance and function. When you give a proper rest to your mind it decreases the complications when they arise. Take rest between all activities you participate.

When your brain has balance nature it can achieve the level of fitness and health. It is the very important component for good health. Follow all the techniques to balance your mind.

Sleep: Important part in human life is sleep; it gives rest to your health, mind, and fitness. It is recommended for everyone to sleep for minimum of 8 hours. Less sleep decreases your strengths and effects the human body .You has a chance of getting Type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. Some new researches say that people lose weight even in lack of sleep.

– The guest post was contributed by Lucy, financial guest blogger from Manchester, UK. Wrote many articles on ppi claims Find out more about her blogs @financeport.