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This video explains the many factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic, and showcases several community initiatives taking place to prevent and reduce obesity. Obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. We need to change our communities into places that strongly support healthy eating and active living.
Excessive salt intake has proven to be a major contributor to heart attack and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. More than three-quarters of Americans' daily salt intake comes from foods consumed in restaurants and purchased in grocery stores. Our "Salt Matters: Preserving Choice, Protecting Health" video outlines ways to help Americans make healthier food choices with lower salt content.
Renowned Hollywood actor, Wes Studi, expresses concern about the higher threat that flu poses to Native peoples. Studi reaches out to American Indians and Alaska Natives to get vaccinated, prevent the spread of germs and take antivirals that can help. Studi urges viewers to protect the circle of life and know the facts about the flu to protect themselves, their families and their communities from influenza.
In this 60-second public service announcement, Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated actor and musician Terrance Howard urges Americans to be screened for colorectal cancer. Mr. Howard has a personal connection to the disease. He talks movingly about losing his mother to colon cancer, saying, "Let my heartbreak be your wake-up-call."
In this 60-second public service announcement, one woman describes symptoms she noticed, seeking medical care, and being diagnosed with and treated for a gynecologic cancer. She urges women to listen to their bodies, and if something doesn't feel right for two weeks or longer, to see a doctor. Getting the 'inside knowledge' about gynecologic cancer, she says, can make all the difference in the world.
More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from type 2 diabetes and tens of millions more are at risk. The BLOOD SUGAR & FEARS video offers simple steps that can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, such as choosing healthier foods, increasing physical activity and losing 5 to 7 percent of body weight.
More than one third of U.S. adults are obese. Weight gain occurs when you consume more calories than your body uses. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight will help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. The key is FINDING A BALANCE in your lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.