Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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- A large proportion of the public health burden often occurs in a small number of states.
- You can find informative statistics, including interactive state-level data sets, through CDC’s recently launched Data to Action site.
- The site also features downloadable policy tables and public health burden graphs to help you promote policy, system, and environmental changes for improved health.
- An estimated 15 people die and 1,200 are injured each day in the United States in crashes that involve distracted driving.
- Nearly 40% of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 29 report talking on their cell phone “regularly” or “fairly often” while driving, and more than 25% report texting or e-mailing.
- Motor vehicle crash-related deaths and injuries can be prevented. .
- Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosisExternal (ALS), causes paralysis by attacking and killing nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
- We aren’t sure what causes itExternal and people with ALS typically live only 3 to 5 years after symptoms developExternal.
- ATSDR’s new National ALS Registry is a ground-breaking effort to help scientists study this disease and its potential causes.
- Sixty-five percent of adults between the ages of 50 and 75 were screened for colorectal cancer in 2010.
- We can prevent an additional 1,000 colorectal cancer deaths each year by meeting the Healthy People 2020External target of 70.5% for colorectal cancer screening in the United States.
- Implementation of system-level evidence-based interventionsExternal can increase colorectal cancer screening rates.
- Up to six major hurricanes are predicted for 2011: get prepared and be informed.
- Only 44% of AmericanExternal households have an emergency plan; health departments play a role in providing localized emergency response resources.
- Social media can reach millions to share timely and credible preparedness information.
Did You Know? information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.