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Housing and Public Health: Tiny Homes May Have a Big Impact

When most people think about public health, they probably think about vaccines, clinics, exercise, nutrition, and smoke-free policies. But what doesn't get much thought in the realm public health is the basic need for shelter: safe and affordable housing. Even among the well-employed, finding affordable housing (especially in the Washington, D.C. area) can be a stressful proposition. Unfortunately, housing prices continue to increase in many metropolitan areas, and economic or health crises (o… [Read More]

Is the iOS 8 Health App Good for Your Health?

 The use of smartphone apps that assist in personal diet and fitness tracking has increased steadily over the years since the first smartphone, but interest in this technology has seen particularly rapid growth in recent years with the rollout of products like the Nike+ Fuelband and related apps, and most recently, Apple's iOS 8 Health app. What is the Health app? In short, the Health app tracks your sleep, nutrition, vitals, and body measurements. Let's take a look at some of the pros a… [Read More]

Year-long Education, Support Needed to End Hunger in America

Hunger in America is a real problem that has only become more profound as the gap widens between those who have the greatest means and those on the other end of the spectrum. This isn't a new fact. Poverty and hunger are examples of social injustice that have become topics of conversation among everyone from casual acquaintances to politicians. But it's easy to put the topic on the shelf and ignore it because it doesn't affect you, your family, or anyone you know. It happens in other parts of t… [Read More]

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