News Archives

A collection of articles related to public health initiatives around the country and the world.


Secondhand smoke tied to miscarriages, stillbirths - Pregnant women who have been exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke have a higher rate of miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal deaths, a new study suggests. Read more here…
Obesity rate among New Mexico 3rd graders dropping - State health officials say the childhood obesity rate among New Mexico 3rd  graders is dropping. Read more here…
WIC gets healthier choices in foods - Pregnant women, mothers and children who get federal assistance with their  grocery bills will now be able to buy more whole-grain foods, yogurt, fish,  fruits and vegetables. Read more here…
Obesity rates drop for 2- to 5-year-olds - Obesity rates in children 2 to 5 years old have decreased significantly over the past decade, according to a new study published Tuesday. Read full story here…
Secondhand smoke leading cause of childhood illness, death - Secondhand smoke is the leading cause of childhood illness and premature death,  especially in rural areas, University of Kentucky researchers say. Read more:  http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2014/01/26/Secondhand-smoke-leading-cause-of-childhood-illness-death/UPI-30671390782960/#ixzz2rcd9e9Fv
Public health takes on obesity: A route to better health - Obesity is a serious and costly health problem facing our nation. The number of kids and teens who are obese has nearly tripled in the past three decades, leading to a generation at risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other serious health problems. However, there is hope. For the first time in recent years, obesity […]
Study shows nutrition education leads to healthier choices by SNAP recipients - The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a study providing clear evidence that well-designed nutrition education programs can lead to healthier food choices by participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Read more here.
CDC: Makers of e-cigarettes, little cigars target kids - New types of cigarettes and tobacco threaten to addict a new generation of kids, in spite of the country’s overall progress against smoking, said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more here…
Mobile Food Truck Drives Down Diabetes, Obesity On NM’s Pueblos - People who don’t have a grocery store nearby are often left to settle for fast food choices that are less healthy.  But a mobile food truck stocked with everything from chia seeds to collard greens is ensuring that rural residents have a leg up on better nutrition. Read more here…
Kids Who Exercise More May Get Better Grades - Getting regular daily exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity may also boost students’ academic performance, according to a new U.K. study. Read more here…