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- Obesity rates among American children and adolescents are high. About 17%, or 12.5 million, are obese.
- Experts recommend physical activity requirements in childcare facilitiesExternal and schools, yet few states have such policies.
- You can find out how your state rates regarding physical activity requirements and other important public health topics on the Prevention Status Reports state page.
- About 2 million Americans are at increased risk for cancer and heart disease due to one of three conditions: hereditary breast and ovarian cancer; hereditary colorectal and other cancers related to Lynch syndrome; and familial hypercholesterolemia.
- These conditions are often not identified by healthcare providers, so many people at risk do not benefit from available evidence-based interventions Cdc-pdf[PDF-153KB]External.
- State and local public health programs can help healthcare providers identify people at risk by enhancing early detection and referral to appropriate follow up.
- In 2012, there were 86,423 births to US teens aged 15–17 years, accounting for 28% of all births to teens aged 15–19 years.
- Becoming a teen mom can affect one’s chances of finishing high school, going to college, and getting a good job.
- CDC has resources for healthcare providers on how to create a teen-friendly sexual and reproductive health clinic.
- Babies are born with very little vitamin K in their bodies, which can cause serious bleeding problemsthat can lead to brain damage and even death.
- Life-threatening bleeds from VKDB frequently occur without warning, but a single vitamin K shot Cdc-pdf[PDF – 247KB] given at birth will protect a baby from developing dangerous bleeding.
- You can help expectant parents learn how to protect their babies from VKDB by listening to this CDC podcast.
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