Written by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

In its World Report on Ageing and Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) “outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. Making these investments,” WHO says, “will have valuable social and economic returns, both in terms of health and wellbeing of older people and in enabling their on-going participation in society.”

Is improved function (physical, cognitive and social) now the Holy Grail for older adults?…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA

Every October, men and women around the United States don their best pink trappings to raise awareness for breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Breast cancer affects an estimated 1 in 8 women (12%) nationwide. In 2015 nearly 300,000 cases of invasive and non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, killing 40,290 women.…

Recent headlines about antibiotic-resistant superbugs might make people wonder how to stay safe when receiving medical care. With an estimated 1 in 25 patients acquiring infections while hospitalized on any given day, it is important to be aware of the risks. Public health agencies and health care providers, as well as patients and their families, all have critical roles to play in keeping patients safe.

Public comment period closes on November 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments on proposed new objectives to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2014. During this round of public comment, we would like your input on proposed new objectives in the following topic areas:

Proposed Family Planning Objectives Proposed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Objectives Proposed Preparedness Objectives Proposed Social Determinants of Health Objectives

These proposed objectives were developed by topic area workgroups, which are led by various agencies within the federal government.…

Written by Sarah Benes, Program Director for Physical and Health Education Programs at Boston University on behalf of SHAPE America

When you think of school, does your child’s health come to mind? It should, as schools play a very important role in helping students develop healthy habits and behaviors through health education programs.…

Date: Monday, October 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm (EST)

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Join us for the first in a three-part webinar series about the Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy Project. The free series is hosted by the ABA Health Law Section’s Public Health and Policy Interest Group, CDC’s Public Health Law Program, and HHS’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.…

Written by Margaux Mennesson, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Thousands of kids, families and school staff are getting out of their cars and walking to school on October 7, 2015 to celebrate International Walk to School Day, a worldwide event that takes place on the first Wednesday of October each year.…

Cross-posted from Kaiser Permanente Total Health Partnerships Listserv

Physical activity, healthy eating and managing stress are all important factors to achieve total health. However, consider this alarming statistic: only about half of Americans meet the recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity. To help get people moving, health care providers must become better health champions.…

The US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, will deliver the luncheon keynote address at the National Walking Summit on October 29. Dr. Murthy’s commitment and leadership to getting Americans physically active and healthy is a cornerstone of his tenure. With the upcoming release of his Call to Action on Walking & Walkability, the speech is sure to be one not to miss! …

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