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Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) welcomes your comments on selected published articles and posts from experts from CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. PCD encourages an open dialogue among chronic disease prevention researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Check in weekly for new content.

Select Month: September 2015

Older Adults in the Workplace: A Win–Win


My dad lived until he was 85 and, although he officially retired at 60, he managed a quarter century more of productive and rewarding work activity.

Schools are the Right Place for a Healthy Start


Schools are part of our communities and the right place for a healthy start. Our children spend the vast majority of their day at school, so schools play a critical role in all aspects of their lives and can shape lifelong healthy eating habits. Additionally, giving students access to healthy foods in school can help them be better learners. Students who eat breakfast perform and behave better in school. Skipping breakfast, not eating enough fruits, vegetables, or dairy products; not getting specific nutrients, like vitamins A, C, and calcium; or just being hungry can have a negative effect on a student’s academic achievement.

First for Thirst: Increasing Access to Drinking Water


What we drink can affect our health, and calories from drinks can add up quickly. Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) such as regular sodas, fruit-flavored drinks, coffees and teas, and sports and energy drinks, are the largest source of added sugars and are major contributors of calories to Americans’ diets.

Daily SSB intake is associated with adverse health consequences, including tooth decay, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Water is a zero-calorie and thirst quenching beverage that when substituted for SSBs provides health benefits such as reduced tooth decay and improved weight management. Increasing access to free drinking water is one strategy to support individuals who want to decrease SSB and caloric intake.

Eating Patterns, Body Mass Index, and Food Deserts: Does It Matter Where We Live?


By Samuel F. Posner, PhD
Editor in Chief
Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


One of the great pleasures of being the Editor in Chief of Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy (PCD) is to read the papers submitted by the next generation of public health professionals for the annual PCD Student Contest. This year was no exception. We received 59 papers on a range of critical public health topics that used novel analytic methods. In collaboration with members of the Editorial Board, it is my pleasure to announce that Nelly Mejia at the Pardee RAND Graduate School has won the 2015 PCD Student Contest. In this paper, Mejia and colleagues describe their analysis of the association between living in a food desert and eating fruits and vegetables (1). Understanding the influence of food deserts on public health is critical to designing, implementing, and evaluating the impact of policy and environmental changes to improve access to nutritious foods.

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