Questions are the Answer
The Agency for Health Research and Quality has a brilliant campaign to help patients take a more active role in their health care. They’ve developed a series of commercials that drive home how difficult it is for most people to ask questions once they’re in the doctor’s office. To help people get more comfortable, they have 10 basic but vital questions that everyone should have in their back pocket. (Things like, “How many times have you done this procedure?” And “What are the possible complications?”)
They also have a more in-depth tool that gives you more specific questions based on what your needs are.
America Losing the War on Fat
A report from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation had nothing but negative news to report about obesity in America. Here are the dismal headlines:
- Not a single state showed improvement in its obesity rates in the past year and 16 states worsened
- 12 states now have obesity rates that top 30% of the population
- Colorado fared best — it is the only state in the nation with an obesity rate below 20%
- In 1995, a 20% obesity rate would have made Colorado the worst state in the nation.
To read more, check out NPR’s Health Blog, Shots.
Dudes Dig Cuddles
To end things on a happier note, Americans may be chubby, but at least they’re enjoying intimacy. A new survey from the Kinsey Institute has come out with a report that surveyed couples from the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Brazil who have been together an average of 25 years. Despite what all the movies will have you believe, men actually do like caressing and cuddling. In fact, according to Time Healthland, “men who reported frequent kissing or cuddling with their partners were on average three times as happy with their relationships as men who reported limited snuggling.” So get ready to cuddle!