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For a Better Life, Park Your Family Near a Park

Rich or poor, the closer you live to a neighborhood park, the better your life will be, the New Zealand Herald reports. It sounds a little silly, but the results speak for themselves. Access to nearby green or recreational space is the sole ...

Find the Best Hospital, Yelp-Style

Ever wish there were simple, user-submitted reviews for your local hospitals? Thanks to a new federal program, there is, Kaiser Health News reports. Hospital Compare applies Medicare’s five-star ratings system to hospitals in any area code, along ...

Americans’ Financial Optimism Improves

For the first time since the beginning of the U.S. financial recession in 2007, a majority of Americans say their financial situation is getting better, Gallup reports. Buoyed by reports of a recovering economy and positive jobs outlook, 52 percent ...

Number of Uninsured Adults Drops to Historic Lows

A little over a year into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of uninsured American adults has dropped to a new low of 11.9 percent, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. That’s down 5.2 percent since ...

Many Students Getting Three Meals at School

For many kids nationwide, school lunch is more like school breakfast, lunch, and dinner, USA Today reports. For adults, the concept of the “school lunch” evokes memories of raucous cafeterias and trading snacks, but for many of America’s ...

In Health and Wellness, U.S. Lags Behind

America may have the world’s largest economy, but when it comes to health and wellness, more than a dozen countries surpass the U.S., CNN Money reports. The U.S. ranks 16th on Deloitte’s 2015 Social Progress Index, behind Norway, Sweden, ...

Few Teens Use the Most Effective Forms of Birth Control

More teens are using birth control than ever before, and teen pregnancies in the U.S have dropped to historic lows, but few teenagers use long-acting reversible contraception methods (LARC), the most effective form of birth control, the Atlantic ...

These Communities Have the Best Well-Being in the Country

Life’s pretty good if you live in certain counties in Florida and Hawaii, less so for some in Ohio and elsewhere. Those are the latest findings from the “State of American Well-Being,” a new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being ...

CDC: Grocery Stores are Full of Unhealthy Junk

More than half of the food sold at the grocery store contains so much sodium that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would label them “unhealthy,” TODAY Health reports. Over 70 percent of pizzas and pasta- and meat-mixed dishes, as well ...

Is Air Pollution Harming Your Kids In the Womb?

Air pollution isn’t healthy for anyone, but its harmful effects on child development may start before birth, the New York Times reports. Mothers who had high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) — a nasty pollutant found in ...