|Fertility Patterns in the USA – C-SPAN “Washington Journal,” Nov 8, 2013external icon
Stephanie Ventura and Mark Mather talked about a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics on changes and trends in childbearing and fertility patterns in the U.S. They spoke about the declining birth rate overall, a record-low teen birth rate, and delayed childbearing, and discussed the policy implications of these trends on the workplace, immigration, entitlement revenues, and health care.View slides presented in this programpdf icon
|The American Diet – C-SPAN “Washington Journal,” Apr 5, 2013external icon
Guests talked about the American diet and how it had changed over the last 50 years. Among the topics they addressed were growing obesity and diabetes rates; increasing caloric, sugar and carbohydrate content in food; and consumption of fast food and sugary drinks. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
|U.S. Births and Fertility Rates – C-SPAN “Washington Journal,” Aug 17, 2012external icon
Stephanie Ventura and Adam Thomas talked about childbearing and fertility rates in the U.S., and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included teen and single-mother birthrates, infant mortality rates, and public policy considerations related to these issues.
|Child Health Policy in the U.S. – C-SPAN “Washington Journal,” Jul 13, 2012external icon
Kristen Moore, president of Child Trends, Inc., and Edward Sondik, director of the National Center for Health Statistics, discussed a wide variety of topics related to child health and child health policy. Topics included the rate of teenage pregnancies, early education trends, children living in poverty, and trends in factors that can harm a child, like smoking in the home. Viewer questions were taken via telephone and electronic devices.View slides presented in this program pdf icon[PDF – 450 KB]
|Measuring A Healthy America – C-SPAN “Washington Journal,” Jan 20, 2012external icon
NCHS Director Edward Sondik and Dr. Pierre Vigilance – Public Health Practice Visiting Professor at George Washington University School of Public Health – discuss how Americans assess their own health; leading health indicators; how the government measures and surveys Americans on their health status; government efforts to improve and monitor health and well-being; medical issues such as obesity diabetes and sugar consumption; multivitamin and dietary supplement use; physical activity and sleep habits; alcohol and tobacco use; and sexually transmitted diseases.
|U.S. Mortality Statistics – C-SPAN “Washington Journal,” Sep 2, 2011external icon
NCHS Director Edward Sondik and health policy expert Michael O’Grady talk about U.S. trends in, and demographics of, mortality rates. Topics included life expectancy rates, the leading causes of death, motor vehicle and poisoning death rates, HIV and AIDS, suicide and homicide rate, infant mortality, and stroke rates by region. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.