Annual CDC report on trends in health

[ Posted on March 28th, 2011 by Health DATA | No Comments » ]
Health, United States

NATIONAL HEALTH STATISTICS: According to the CDC’s latest health statistics, obesity rates for American adults declined slightly from 34.2% in 2005-2006 to 33.7% in 2007-2008. Cigarette smoking held steady at 20.6% from 2008 to 2009. And increasingly more Americans – 15.1% in 2000 and 18.8% in 2009 — were getting aerobic exercise. Find the health statistic you need in the new CDC report: Health, United States, 2010.

Welcome to the Health DATA community

[ Posted on March 17th, 2011 by Peggy Toy | No Comments » ]
Peggy Toy

Health DATA – Data.Advocacy.Training.Assistance

Welcome to Health DATAbytes, a blog from the Health DATA Program of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research on how communities are turning knowledge into action with health data.

At Health DATAbytes you’ll join a growing community of health experts and advocates in learning and sharing how to use health data to effect change. Health DATAbytes will have frequent posts on the latest tips, news and resources to help you use health data in your community work.

You’ll find success stories by guest authors on the role health data played in their efforts to advocate and implement change. You can also get updates on Health DATA projects, including AskCHIS Community Workshops, ALERT: Assessment of Local Environmental Risk Training to Reduce Health Disparities, and Turning Data into Action, a local CDC REACH CORE Project.

As a member of the Health DATA Community, we hope you will comment on items you see posted here and contact us (e-mail Porsche Johnson at: with feedback and ideas for stories you’d like to read or topics you’d like us to cover.

Thank you for joining us!

—Peggy Toy
Health DATAbytes Editor

Video: Where you live affects your health

[ Posted on March 8th, 2011 by Health DATA | No Comments » ]

‘PLACE MATTERS’: Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? What can be done to create a neighborhood that promotes rather than destroys health. Watch this video “Living in disadvantaged neighborhoods is bad for your health” from the documentary, “Unnatural Causes.” This is a short segment from the full four-hour documentary series, which aired on PBS and reports that there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care or unlucky genes. The social circumstances in which we are born, live and work can actually get under our skin and disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses.