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- Foodborne illness is a significant problem in the United States, but addressing environmental causes can help prevent it.
- Each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases.
- You can take CDC’s free e-learning course on assessing environmental causes of foodborne illness outbreaks. States and localities can also register for CDC’s new surveillance system to collect data from environmental assessments.
- More than 9% of 12- to 17-year-olds had at least one major depressive episodeExternal in the past year, according to a 2012 national survey. Major depressive episodes were three times higher among females Cdc-pdf[PDF-3.4MB]External than males.
- Behavioral Health Barometer: United States, 2013 Cdc-pdf[PDF-3.4MB]External provides a snapshot of the state of mental health in the nation and data on the use of mental health treatment services.
- You can go to MentalHealth.gov to find local expertsExternal and a toolkitExternal for holding community conversations about mental health.
- Almost 5,000 people visited US emergency departments in 2012 after inhaling pool chemical fumes or dust or splashing pool chemicals into their eyes. Pool operators and owners can help prevent these injuries.
- For 2009–2010, 28 states and Puerto Rico reported 81 disease outbreaks caused by swimming in contaminated water. Swimmers and parents can help prevent illness and outbreaks.
- Pool operators, pool owners, swimmers, parents, and health departments can promote healthy and safe swimming using free materials from CDC.
- According to the new CDC Vital Signs report, nearly half of adults with disabilities get no aerobic physical activity—an important health behavior to help avoid and manage many chronic diseases.
- Adults aged 18–64 years who have a disability and get no aerobic physical activity are 50% more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than those who get the recommended amount of physical activity.
- Doctors and other health professionals can use CDC’s physical activity and disabilities resources page to recommend physical activity among adults with disabilities.
- Nearly 9 out of 10 pregnant women in the United States take at least one medication.
- Because pregnant women are often excluded from medication studies, there is limited information about medication safety during pregnancy. Only 9% of medications have enough information to determine their risk to the baby, making treatment decisions difficult.
- CDC’s prescription for this problem—Treating for Two—is a national strategy to improve the health of mothers and babies through safer medication use in pregnancy.
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