Working Together to Improve Health Literacy 6/14/2018 9:00:00 AMHealth literacy is the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. Collaborations across public health, health care, and literacy organizations allow them to share ideas, information, and resources. Visit CDC's Health Literacy Activities by State web page to learn what states are doing to improve health literacy.
Vermont Uses Block Grant Funding To Prevent Suicides With Emergency Department Screenings6/14/2018 9:00:00 AMIn Vermont, suicide is a serious and growing public health threat for young people-with a yearly average of 1,200 emergency department (ED) visits for self-directed violence for young people aged 10-24 years. With a portion of its Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant funding, Vermont Department of Health (VDH) worked with Northwestern Medical Center to apply systematic ways to prevent suicides through proven prevention strategies-such as risk screening, assessment, and early intervention-in hospital EDs.
2018 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables 6/12/2018 6:45:00 PMDespite the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, Americans are not consuming enough in their daily diet. States and communities can help people consume more fruits and vegetables by making them convenient and affordable in the places where children and adults live, work, learn, and play. CDC has released the "2018 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables" that can help states can support a strong food system, promote fruit and vegetable access, and help public health practitioners and decision-makers increase fruit and vegetable consumption among individuals, children, and families.
Youth Tobacco Use Drops During 2011-20176/12/2018 6:15:00 PMTobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, and nearly all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood. CDC and the Food and Drug Administration recently released a report that shows findings from the 2011-2017 National Youth Tobacco Surveys. In 2017, 3.6 million middle and high school students said they were current tobacco product users (used a tobacco product in the past 30 days), down from 4.5 million in 2011.