The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has recently updated the NIDAMED Web Portal, which includes science-based information for health professionals on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction.

The updated NIDAMED portal supports the goals of the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention which is to support training methods, interventions, and tools to encourage, model, and facilitate safe opioid prescribing.…

For parents, keeping tabs on their children’s eating and physical activity habits can be especially hard once the kids head back to school. Health professionals can encourage parents to model healthy behaviors their children may follow when they are away from home. The Weight-Control Information Network at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases shares tips on how parents can promote healthy behaviors during the back-to-school season and beyond.

Each month, we release an infographic with the latest data related to a Leading Health Indicator (LHI) topic on These infographics show progress toward Healthy People 2020 LHI targets — and show where there’s still work to be done.

This month’s featured LHI is Social Determinants. Check out the infographic below, then head over to the Healthy People 2020 LHI Infographic Gallery to see infographics for other LHI topic areas.…

The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee is composed of 17 nationally recognized experts in the fields of physical activity and health. Today, we are highlighting Dr. Abby King professor of Health Research & Policy and Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. King serves as Co-Chair, along with Dr. Ken Powell, of the Committee, as well as Chair of the Promotion of Physical Activity Subcommittee, and a member of the Aging Subcommittee.

Immunizations (also called vaccinations or shots) help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Immunization isn’t just for kids — adults also need to get vaccinated to stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia.

National Immunization Awareness Month in August is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots.…

High school graduation is an important predictor for overall health outcomes. High school graduates have less chance of being in prison, greater financial stability as adults, and fewer health problems. In the United States, public high school graduation rates are rising. According to a 2017 National Center for Education Statistics report, the number of students who entered 9th grade and graduated with a regular diploma after 4 years increased from 79% in 2010–2011 to 83% in 2014–2015.
For many Americans, meeting the daily physical activity recommendations can be a challenge. Between work, family and everyday responsibilities, it can be difficult to find the time to put personal health and wellness needs first. Local park and recreation agencies can offer a solution to that challenge. In fact, people who use parks and open spaces are three times more likely to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity than nonusers.
Today’s consumers recognize healthy eating as an important lifestyle behavior. In fact, 75 percent of consumers know it’s important to lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle and over three-fourths recognize that consuming healthy, nutritious foods are important factors in maintaining that lifestyle. At the American Heart Association (AHA) we are making healthy changes a priority in our workplace, where many adults spend much of their day. AHA’s path to 100% healthy has helped cultivate social norms and encourage employees’ healthy habits, while exceeding financial expectations.