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Make Your Calories Count Campaign

Date: October 1, 2011
Make Your Calories Count1 is an interactive learning program that provides consumers with information to help plan a healthful diet while managing calorie intake. The exercises will help consumers use the food label to make decisions about which food choice is right for them. For simplicity, the program presents two nutrients that should be limited (saturated fat and sodium) and two nutrients that should be consumed in adequate amounts (fiber and calcium).

The program is available as an interactive Training Module for download. Also available are a transcript2 and PDF3 (1.7MB) of the learning.
Make Your Calories Count Campaign

Cable Companies To Offer $9.95 Service For Poor Homes

By: Peter Svensson - AP Technology Writer
Source: The Associated Press (AP)
Date: November 9, 2011
Cable companies said Wednesday that they will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for free school lunches. The offer will start next summer and is part of an initiative the Federal Communications Commission cobbled together to get more U.S. homes connected to broadband. One third, or about 35 million homes, don't have broadband. That affects people's ability to educate themselves and find and apply for jobs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said. "The broadband adoption gap in the U.S. is very large, and the costs of digital exclusion are high and getting higher," Genachowski said. The initiative, called Connect-to-Compete, also includes Microsoft Corp., which pledges to sell PCs with its Office software suite for $250 to low-income families. A firm called Redemtech is offering to sell refurbished computers for $150, including shipping.

Health Care Reform In The USA - A Summary of the Law

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Date: November 17, 2011
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law. The following summary of the law, and changes made to the law by subsequent legislation, focuses on provisions to expand coverage, control health care costs, and improve health care delivery system. The Kaiser Family Foundation has compiled an easy to understand summary of just what is in the law.......

Finding Health Insurance You Can Afford

Date: November 17, 2011
Here is a handy tool to help you find the health insurance best suited to your needs, whether it's private insurance for individuals, families, and small businesses, or public programs that may work for you. It was created to help consumers under the health insurance reform law, the Affordable Care Act.

Premiums May Force 800,000 From Medicaid:

By: Brittany Davis
Source: Florida Health News
Date: December 5, 2011
About 800,000 people may be forced out of the state's Medicaid program if they must pay the $10 per month premium proposed by the Florida Legislature last spring, according to a report released today. More than 660,000 of those who lose coverage are likely to be children, says the study, a part of a series from Georgetown University and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. (Disclosure: The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is an underwriter of Health News Florida.) The change could cut nearly in half the number of Floridians enrolled in Medicaid, the state’s health insurance for the poor and disabled, said Joan Alker, a co-author of the report. Children will bear the brunt of the losses, largely because there are far more children than adults enrolled in Florida’s Medicaid program, Alker said.

Oral Health Survey Reports Emergency Room Services

Source: Florida Public Health Intitute
Date: December 14, 2011
315 Patients a Day Seek Dental Treatment in Florida’s Hospital Emergency Rooms One-Third of the Cost Charged to Medicaid Lake Worth, Fla. – All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth may be a charming holiday jingle, but for an increasing number of Floridians the condition of their oral health is far from cute. An analysis commissioned by the Florida Public Health Institute and conducted by the Health Council of Southeast Florida found more than 115,000 hospital emergency room visits

Spinal Manipulation, Home Exercise May Ease Neck Pain

Source: Health Day News
Date: January 3, 2012
MONDAY, Jan. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Spinal manipulation and home exercise are more effective at relieving neck pain in the long term than medications, according to new research. People undergoing spinal manipulation therapy for neck pain also reported greater satisfaction than people receiving medication or doing home exercises. "We found that there are some viable treatment options for neck pain," said Gert Bronfort, vice president of research at the Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn.

CDC advises sterile water use in neti pots

By: Stacy Singer, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Source: Palm Beach Post
Date: January 3, 2012
It's the season for allergies in South Florida. But if you plan to give a loved one a neti pot, make sure you include a bottle of sterilized water. Health authorities are urging people who use neti pots to irrigate their sinuses only with sterile water, not tap water, after a second Louisana neti pot user in five months has died from a brain infection traced back to her faucet. The woman's infection was caused by an organism that's common in fresh water in Southern states. It has caused at least one Palm Beach County death, in a Lake Ida swimmer in 1999.

Dental Tourism: How To Be Prepared

By: Farah Dosani
Source: Healthystate.org
Date: January 12, 2012
Saving 50% or more on a crown or root canal can be attractive, but it’s hard to gauge the quality and safety of these clinics thousands of miles away. Unlike medical tourism, no international inspection body exists specifically for dental care.

Doctors do surgery on DOH’s drug-dealing bill

By: Carol Gentry
Source: Florida Health News
Date: January 18, 2012
The Health & Human Services Quality Subcommittee passed a totally rewritten version of HB 1143 -- a compromise that the sponsor, Rep. Fred Costello, said his staff worked out between the Florida Medical Association and Department of Health. The rewritten bill would allow the Surgeon General to issue an emergency order restricting a practitioner from prescribing controlled drugs -- potentially addictive and often abused -- while the case is pending.