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PHOTO: The Great American Smokeout is today, and Nevadans who smoke are being asked to kick the habit for 24 hours. Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Smokers in the Silver State are encouraged to quit the habit for 24 hours during the Great American Smokeout today. Kristen Power, communications director for the Nevada Cancer Coalition, says those who put down cigarettes can start to feel better within minutes. "Smoker ...Read More

PHOTO: Rural hospitals provide care for more than 700,000 New Mexico residents annually, and rural hospitals are getting some recognition this week for the work they do in communities around the state. Photo courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Hospitals in rural New Mexico are being recognized for their role in providing care to hundreds of thousands of residents. As part of celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, the New Mexico Department of Health is honoring the staff at two dozen rural hospitals. Britt Cat ...Read More

PHOTO: For those who smoke, health experts say quitting is one of the biggest steps Missourians can take toward improving their health. The state offers free help to smokers who want to quit through its hotline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

ST. LOUIS – Today could be the first day in a smoke free life for Missourians who take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, but only if they're ready to take the steps necessary to commit to quit. Keith Whittemore started smoking when he was a teenager serving in th ...Read More

PHOTO: Getting more North Dakotans with disabilities on the job is the focus as the state's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, meeting today in Bismarck. Photo credit: photologue_np/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - As North Dakota continues to report the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, one often untapped resource that could help fill those job openings is individuals with disabilities. Cheryl Hess, executive director with the North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: A dozen groups statewide are sharing in $900,000 in grant money, as Minnesota continues its efforts to recognize that children who are sexually exploited are victims and survivors, not criminals. Photo credit: Bailey Weaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is taking another step in helping youths break free from sexual exploitation, and in helping them reclaim their lives. The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $900,000 dollars to 13 organizations across the state to help girls and boys escape from trafficking and ...Read More

PHOTO: A troubling trend in North Dakota shows the preterm birth rate in the state has stayed the same for three straight years. Photo credit: Cesar Rincon/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - After a number of years on a downward trend, efforts to reduce the number of preterm births in North Dakota have stalled. The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in the state was 9.9 percent last year, unchanged from the previous two years. Reba Mathern-Jacobson, state progr ...Read More

PHOTO: A survey released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving finds the majority of people who choose to use a designated driver when they are out do so because they want to stay safe. Photo credit: D. Medina/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Driving while impaired can lead to big legal troubles, but a new survey finds the fear of a DUI is not the main reason most people choose to use a designated driver. In a survey released Monday by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the majority of respondents indicated they u ...Read More

PHOTO:  Smoke-Free Kentucky is asking the Kentucky General Assembly to make a comprehensive, statewide indoor smoke-free law a top priority when it convenes in January. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Smoke-Free Coalition has a message for state lawmakers: Make a comprehensive, statewide, indoor, smoke-free law a "number one priority" during the 2015 legislative session. Amy Barkley, chair of the Kentucky Smoke-Free Coalition, says her organization has proposed bill ...Read More

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