News of Note

Got Milk?

Got Milk? Maybe so, but it doesn't look like US consumers are actually buying the stuff.

According to a report by the US Department of Agriculture, between 2009 and 2018 traditional milk consumption declined by 19%.

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American Milk Consumption Report

Every Kid Healthy Week

Every year in April communities throughout the country recognize the last full week in April as “Every Kid Healthy Week.”

Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance created to support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in our schools.

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Action For Healthy Kids

Tool Kit

 

Sleep? Fat Chance!

 

Eating too much sugar, and unhealthy fats? Maybe you need more sleep!

Researchers from Columbia University's Irving Medical Center examined the sleep quality, and the dietary patterns, of nearly 500 women. They found that the more the women consumed added sugars, saturated fats and caffeine, the poorer their quality of sleep, and the less they slept.

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The Skinny on Poor Sleep

Life’s Longevity

Life expectancy in the US is up for the first time in 4 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control, we’ve only added about a month to our lives but more importantly, it marks a temporary halt to a downward trend. 

The DNA Debate

Florida is in line to become the first state with a law prohibiting insurance companies from using their customers’ genetic information. The proposal seeks to outlaw life, disability and long-term care insurers from denying policies or setting premiums based on their customer’s genetic information. 

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Facebook DNA Protection Explainer.

Teens And Screens

Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur.

For teens, quality sleep is even more critical. Exposure to too much blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets, and computers can affect the brain’s clock and the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, disrupting sleep time and quality.

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Teen Sleep Study

Healthcare Scorecard

A new survey examining health care affordability in the U.S. has ranked the sunshine state 28th among those states keeping health care reasonably priced for residents. The scorecard goes on to say that the burden appears to be tied to policies enacted at the state level.

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Healthcare Scorecard

Central Region (Lake & Sumter) Results

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

The month of March is not just known for St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and the beginning of spring. It is also known as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 140,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year, and over 50,000 people will lose their lives to the disease.

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Colorectal Cancer Alliance 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 

American Cancer Society