6. NPR Shots

Sharp reporting on national and global health issues

Dec 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
NPR Shots Blog

NPR Shots Blog    Photo: Courtesy NPR

Good for: Debate fodder.

Written by: Scott Hensley, a reporter on the health beat for the past 15 years, and other NPR reporters.

Here’s the thing: Staying up-to-date on health policies is one more way to be proactive about personal wellness. NPR’s health blog frequently tackles the health issues tangled up in political battles, like a woman’s right to use birth control, a city’s right to fluoridate its water, and a state’s right to mandate insurance reimbursement for CT scans. If it’s hot in politics, it’s on this blog, with posts going up several times a day.  There’s not as much general advice here, but we’ve shared plenty of other blogs where you can find that.

Sample post: Reporter Nancy Shute looks at some sobering statistics about America's weight problem. 

In case you haven't noticed, we're fat, and getting fatter.

If Americans stay on this path, 83 percent of men will be overweight or obese by 2020. Women are right behind them, with 72 percent projected to be overweight or obese by then.

The implications go far beyond tight pants and groaning sofas. Obesity is a big risk factor for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Imagining an America of overweight, unhealthy people gives public health officials the willies. And it should be frightening to us civilians, too. ...

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Filed To: Politics, Fitness