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PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates of a statewide smoke-free workplace law are hoping Kentuckians will be seeing fewer indoor ashtrays by 2015, as they promote proposed indoor smoking ban legislation around the commonwealth this week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FANCY FARM, Ky. - Advocates for a statewide smoke-free law are coursing the commonwealth this week, with Saturday's annual political picnic at Fancy Farm as their final destination. The six-day road trip is the latest effort to convince lawmakers Kentucky needs a comprehensive indoor smoke-free law ...Read More

PHOTO:  While a statewide poll has found some regional differences on health related issues, adults across Kentucky show near unanimous support for requiring school kids to have at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.  Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The majority of Kentuckians want a statewide smoke-free law, tobacco free school campuses and mandatory physical education for school children. The snap shot of Kentuckians' views on health-related issues was commissioned by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The or ...Read More

PHOTO: Giving Michigan babies the right start is the focus of a new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy, which finds major disparities between babies born in the state's city compared with outlying areas. Photo credit: Paul Anderson / Morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - Planning for a better future for Michigan means investing in the state's kids before they're even born. That's according to a new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy, which looks at maternal and infant well-being across the state. Jane Zehnder-Merrell, director of Kid ...Read More

PHOTO: The liquid nicotine used to refill e-cigarettes is literally a poison that must be handled very carefully, says Registered Pharmacist Donna Lotzer, UW-Health Poison Education Coordinator. (Photo from the Food and Drug Administration)

MADISON, Wis. – E-cigarettes often are advertised as being safer than conventional cigarettes, but health experts say that claim has never been proven. Donna Lotzer, a registered pharmacist who is Poison Education Coordinator for UW-Health, says the liquid nicotine that is used to refill e-c ...Read More

PHOTO: Time is short for those working to get legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana on the ballot in Ohio in 2014. Supporters need 385,000 signatures by July 2nd. Photo credit: Morgue File

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Time is short for those working to get legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana on the ballot in Ohio in 2014. The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment would allow for the medical, therapeutic and industrial uses of cannabis. According to the president of the Ohio Rights Group, John ...Read More

PHOTO: Electronic cigarettes, hookah pens, e-hookahs and vape pipes are growing in popularity in Massachusetts, but experts say there isnít enough science about how safe they are. Credit: Michael Dorausch, Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON - Electronic cigarettes - also known as e-hookahs, hookah pens and vape pipes - are growing in popularity in Massachusetts. Celebrities in advertisements tout them as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, but experts say there isn't enough science to back up those claims. It's estimated t ...Read More

PHOTO: The American Lung Association in Wisconsin says no one really knows if e-cigarettes are safe, and says the President should get the FDA involved in studying and regulating them. Photo courtesy FDA.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - A public hearing will be held at the State Capitol today on a bill by Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, that exempts e-cigarettes from Wisconsin's smoke-free air law. Right now, they're not regulated, which Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the Ameri ...Read More

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