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Celebrate National Public Health Week

If you or your loved ones have had immunizations, worn seat belts or used child car safety seats, enjoyed drinking clean water and breathing clean air, quit smoking or avoided the habit altogether, you’ve benefited from the nation’s public health efforts. In addition to greatly enhancing our safety, health and quality of life, public health […]

— Nicole Branstad

Find a food desert near you

We’ve all heard about the problem of food deserts, those geographic areas where residents have limited or no easy access to healthy foods. Now you can find out exactly where they are with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Food Access Research Atlas. The USDA website notes the atlas – an improved version of its […]

— Barb Boose

Advance your career at DMU

Looking to be a leader in today’s ever-changing health care environment? Choose DMU and get started on earning your degree in either the master in health care administration or master of public health programs. The M.H.A. program at DMU was established to support professionals who wish to enhance their career with a degree while remaining employed. Three-quarters of the […]

— Nicole Branstad

America’s sugar high: 22 teaspoons a day

I don’t mean to sound like just another prima donna who’s smacking down Americans’ unhealthy eating habits, but a new book by a New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Michael Moss, got my attention. Titled Salt Sugar Fat, Moss states that every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese – triple what […]

— Barb Boose

Get a (flu) shot, take a survey

Have you noticed how many people have been sick this winter? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the number of influenza cases is higher than normal at this time of year, and that the most common strain is associated with more severe illness. The good news: Most of those nasty viruses in […]

— Barb Boose