Nutrition & Physical Activity
Did You Know? is a 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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- Participation in cardiac rehabilitation after a cardiac-related event or procedure improves quality of life, reduces the risk of hospital readmission, and lowers the riskexternal icon of death.
- Increasing cardiac rehabilitation ratesexternal icon from 20% to 70% would save 25,000 lives and prevent 180,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year.
- Public health professionals can help spread awarenessexternal icon about the importance of cardiac rehabilitation and implement systems and strategiesexternal icon to improve care for patients.
- About 10 million adults with arthritis have symptoms of anxiety or depression.
- Chronic joint pain and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression can influence each other, causing symptoms of either or both to worsen.
- Healthcare providers can screen arthritis patients for anxiety and depression, as well as encourage patients to take part in physical activity and self-management education programs.
- One in two adults has a chronic disease, but changes in lifestyle and behavior, like being more physically active or quitting smoking, can prevent or control many of these conditions.
- Accurate and timely communication—a critical component of effective public health programsexternal icon—can help people to make heathier choices and change their behavior.
- Health departments can save time and money by using any of more than 900 free or low-cost communication materials from CDC’s Media Campaign Resource Center and State and Community Health Media Center.
- Good nutrition during the first 2 years of life is vital for healthy growth and development, and starting good practices early can help children develop healthy eating habits.
- Essential vitamins and minerals are important for children’s development—from helping build strong bones to supporting a child’s ability to learn.
- Health professionals can share resources from CDC and partners about healthy foods and drinks for infants and toddlers, breastfeeding, mealtime tips, and introducing solid foods.
- More than 114 million people in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes—that’s more than a third of our nation.
- People with diabetes or prediabetes are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and other significant complications.
- By addressing diabetes and prediabetes, healthcare providers can also help prevent many other serious health problems or lessen their impact.
- About 86 million American adults have prediabetes pdf icon[PDF-462KB], which can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
- Lifestyle changes, like healthy diet and exercise, can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
- Healthcare providers can use CDC tools to screen patients at risk for prediabetes and refer them to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change program.
- CDC’s newly released Winnable Battles final report shows meaningful improvements in key public health areas.
- Since 2009, rates of teen births and youth and adult smoking have declined significantly, and between 2008 and 2014, central line-associated bloodstream infections in acute care hospitals decreased by 50%.
- A color-coded dashboard shows where more work is needed, especially in obesity, foodborne illness, and motor vehicle injuries.
- People are living longer and better with diabetes, but that means they can have diabetes-related health complications longer, too.
- Controlling blood sugar levels can help prevent or delay complications, and early detection and treatment of complications can keep them from getting worse.
- Healthcare and public health professionals can support patients by sharing this collection of articles created for people at risk for or living with diabetes.
- Despite the benefits of regular exercise, 31 million adults aged 50 years or older are inactive.
- Many chronic conditions can be prevented or managed pdf icon[PDF-1.6MB] with physical activity.
- Communities can create a culture that supports physical activity by making design enhancements and offering healthy lifestyle programs.
- Birth facilities that support breastfeeding can increase the likelihood that new mothers will start and continue breastfeeding, which can improve the child’s health.
- Data from CDC’s Prevention Status Reports show that in many states, birth facilities are improving breastfeeding support; in 2015, 15 states rated “green” on their breastfeeding support practices, up from only 5 states in 2013.
- You can see how your state rates on policies and practices to address nutrition and other important health concerns in the latest Prevention Status Reports.
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