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2014 Midterm Elections

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler on November 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Advocacy - We hope you got to the polls on (or before) November 4 to cast your vote in this year’s midterm elections. The results revealed sweeping changes and important considerations for healthcare and cancer prevention and early detection. Results This election brought with it significant changes in the structure of the U.S. Congress, most notably switching the Senate from a Democrat to a Republican majority, which will be most likely led by Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky. The House will also see an expanded majority of Republicans in the new Congress, continuing to be led by Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. Implications Due to the change in Senate leadership, there will be new a chairman for every committee including those that are critical to healthcare (Energy and Commerce, and Health Education Labor and Pensions) and funding (Appropriations and Budget). Now that the House and Senate are both controlled by the same party, there is hope for consensus and cooperation on issues of importance. However, regardless of Congressional composition, President Obama still must sign each piece of legislation into law. It will continue to be challenging for our federal government to move forward productively in a time of such drastic change. There are likely to be some ...

Reduce your risk: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Lisa BerryLisa Berry on November 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
no smoking sign

No Smoking / Regular Screening - (PHOTO LICENSE) During my sophomore year of college, I watched the ease of cigarette addiction. My hallmate, Jason, started smoking. It was only occasional at first. He would bum a cigarette at a party now and then. Then it was “only when he drank” (which, in college, was easily three days a week). His smoking slowly increased until he was smoking a pack a day. He tried to quit during finals week, but the stress of exams ...

Prevention and politics: Why your voice matters

Posted by Elizabeth HofflerElizabeth Hoffler on October 31st, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - Midterm elections are upon us. If you are like most Americans, you can’t wait for November 4 to come and go, so that you are no longer bombarded with political commercials and mailings, requests for money, and appeals for votes. It’s easy to get frustrated by our political system. There is significant gridlock and partisanship. The debates and disagreements can be nasty. Meaningful change often moves at an extremely slow pace. So what if you ...

Make your Halloween a healthy one

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on October 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

Healthy Eating - (PHOTO LICENSE) The word “Halloween” might conjure up images of endless Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, caramel apples galore and little kids dressed up as ninja turtles, zombies or Elsa from Frozen. Healthy eating, however, probably doesn’t come to mind. Daily healthy eating can reduce your risk for cancer, which affects nearly 1.6 million Americans every year. To reduce your risk, approach every day (including holidays) through the lens of prevention. Eating a well-balanced diet of fruits, ...