General Health

Cheers and Jeers

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The University of Pennsylvania Health System, for no longer hiring smokers. Beginning July 1, UPenn will not hire tobacco users in an effort to improve the health of the employees and reduce health care costs. Current employees who use tobacco will be able to enroll in nicotine replacement therapy and counseling. If they choose not to, they will have to pay higher premiums for health coverage.

Eating less fast food. According to the Center for Disease Control, Americans are consuming less high-fat fast foods. In 2003-2006, almost 13 percent of adult daily calorie intake was from fatty fast foods. In 2007-2010, that figure dropped to almost 11 percent. Authors of the study suspect that messages about the importance of healthy eating are getting through to the public. It is also thought that people are taking advantage of the health options, such as salads, at fast food restaurants.

Jeers to…
Bullying, because the effects from childhood endure into adulthood. A study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that victims of bullying were more than four times more likely to develop an anxiety disorder as an adult than a child who was not bullied. Bullies are almost five times more likely to be depressed later in life, and nearly 15 times more likely to develop panic disorders. Learn more about the lasing effects here.

Michigan’s Hurley Medical Center, for allegedly honoring a man’s request that no African-American nurses care for his newborn baby. A nurse at the hospital claims she was reassigned from the infant, and is suing for discrimination and violation of the state civil rights act. The CEO of the hospital maintains that the father’s request was denied.

By Laura Jungreis