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    PNS Daily News - March 30, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: President Obama and Congressional Republicans continue their budget battle; Missouri is honoring Vietnam veterans today; and a new study shows parents should think twice before physically punishing their child.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

Photo: Wednesday is National Walking Day, and Madison cardiologist Dr. John Phelan recommends a brisk 30-minute walk at least five days a week for everyone. He sees tangible health and well-being benefits. Photo credit: Dean/St. Mary's Health Care

MADISON, Wis. – This Wednesday is National Walking Day, a day the American Heart Association reminds people that there are countless ways to get healthier through exercise and walking is a great way to do it. Dr. John Phelan is a cardiologist at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, who says there ...Read More

PHOTO: Experts say deaf individuals in Michigan are not accessing needed care because interpreters are typically not trained in mental health and social workers are unfamiliar with deaf culture. Photo credit: Bert Heymans/Flickr.

LANSING, Mich. – There are an estimated 1 million people who are deaf or hard of hearing in Michigan, and experts say many are not adequately accessing needed care. Kathleen Mitchell is a deaf mental health specialist and a member of National Association of Social Workers-Michigan. She's amo ...Read More

PHOTO: With tens of thousands of Iowans living with a developmental disability, the push is on to make sure that communities statewide are welcoming and inclusive and services and supports are available. Photo credit: Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council.

DES MOINES, Iowa - March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and in Iowa the focus is on ways in which communities can welcome and include individuals with disabilities. The month was established in 1987 by President Reagan to ensure that everyone can lead productive lives and a ...Read More

PHOTO: Eating healthy foods and being active is the message for Arizonans and all Americans during National Nutrition Month in March. Photo courtesy of

PHOENIX - Arizonans are encouraged to "bite into a healthy lifestyle" during a national campaign that is encouraging people to make healthier food choices and be more active. "We're not saying go low calorie," said Wesley Delbridge, a registered dietitian and spokesman for the nonprofit Arizona Aca ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips From Former Smokers campaign, highlighting health effects beyond the heart and lungs. Photo credit: geralt/

BALTIMORE - Colon cancer, vision problems and myths about vaping - using e-cigarettes - are featured in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's new Tips From Former Smokers campaign. Smoking-related health damages beyond the heart and lungs are not well known although scientifically proven, ...Read More

PHOTO: Members of the Health Care For All HelpLine Team are working overtime assisting hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents who need to renew their Medicaid eligibility. With the deadline so close, those needing assistance are urged to head to their nearest community health center. Photo ourtesy: Health Care For All.

BOSTON - A critical deadline is at hand for hundreds of thousands in the Bay State to renew their coverage under the Medicaid program. Some already are past the deadline, but have a grace period until the end of the month. Anyone who got a letter in the mail at the start of the year notifying them ...Read More

PHOTO: A Minnesota nonprofit organization is reporting success in helping keep former inmates from returning to prison by linking them with opportunities for employment and housing. Photo credit: Krystian Olszanski/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A program in Minnesota is making great strides in helping African-American men who are getting out of prison stay out - and also work toward getting out of poverty. Thomas Adams, president and chief executive of Better Futures of Minnesota, said key to the nonprofit group's succes ...Read More

PHOTO: Currently, pregnancy is not considered a life-changing event by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and therefore the agency does not waive the open enrollment period requirement for women under the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - If a woman in Tennessee gets pregnant while not covered by insurance, she is not eligible to enroll in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act outside of the open-enrollment period. Pregnancy is not considered a life-changing event by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Se ...Read More

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