Tag Archives: adults

Millions of Older Americans Not Getting Enough Exercise

More than 25 percent of Americans who are 50 or older do not exercise regularly and are physically inactive, according to a new federal health report. As a result, millions of people are missing out on many health-related benefits linked to staying active. Not only can physical activity reduce the risk of premature death, but […]

Most Americans Still Eating Too Much Sodium, Report Shows

Nearly all Americans are consuming more sodium than they should, according to a new federal report. More than 90 percent of children and 89 percent of adults eat more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day – the recommended limit set in the most recent dietary guidelines for Americans. Excess sodium in a person’s diet […]

Older Adults Should Seek Early Treatment for Flu, CDC Urges

People who are 65 and older should seek early treatment if they have flu symptoms. A new federal study shows that when older people are treated early with flu antiviral medications, they do not stay in the hospital as long as those who sought medical care later. In fact, it also reduces their risk of […]

Only 1 in 10 Adults Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables, CDC Finds

If you’re like the majority of Americans, chances are your most recent meal contained very little fruit or vegetables. Although it’s widely taught that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables helps maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke and some cancers, roughly one in 10 American adults actually eats the recommended daily […]

Playing Sports Offers Physical, Mental Benefits for Kids and Adults

A new poll shows that many parents say playing sports helps their children mentally, physically and socially. Despite understanding the potential health benefits of playing sports, only one in four adults participate in such activities, according to the poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. […]

Falls Leading More Older Americans to Suffer Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries

An increasing rate of older adults are experiencing traumatic spinal cord injuries, according to a new study published in the June 9 issue of JAMA. Researchers say it’s associated with an increase in falls.  The percentage of spinal cord injury associated with falls for those who are 65 or older increased from 28 percent to […]

Deadly Skin Cancer Cases On the Rise, CDC Warns

The rate of new melanoma cases has doubled in the past 30 years, according to a new Vital Signs report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  “Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and it’s on the rise,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  Despite the increase, federal health authorities […]

Walk Away from Heart Disease, Stroke Risks

Officials from the American Heart Association are encouraging people nationwide to take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. They’ve declared April 1 as National Walking Day to remind people that as we become less active, our risk for heart disease, stroke and other diseases increases. About 80 percent […]

National Sleep Foundation Issues New Sleep Guidelines

The National Sleep Foundation has issued a new set of recommendations for how much shut-eye a person needs every night. In many cases, the new guidelines suggest wider sleep ranges for most age groups. The only recommendation that didn’t change was for adults, who still need 7 to 9 hours. Many parents will find the […]

Binge Drinking Affects Middle-Aged Americans

Binge drinking is not just a college campus problem. A new report shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are most common among middle-aged adults. More than 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning each year in the United States – an average of six deaths each day – according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers […]