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Survey: Majority of Americans confident of personal well-being

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The majority of Americans report they have had a good year when it comes to their personal health, and are paying more attention to their health compared to just a few years ago, according to From Hope to Cures: PhRMA’s Second Annual National Health Survey. 
 
The survey, which explores Americans’ attitudes on personal health and medical concerns, also brought to light three new trends evolving under the shifting healthcare landscape. Americans are seeking new sources of health information and are taking decision-making into their own hands, a large majority of Americans (78%) report they seek sources outside of their doctor’s office for health information, and 1-in-4 (25%) have done something different than what their doctor recommended. 
 
Americans report confusion around basic health-and-wellness facts and practices, most notably around childhood vaccines, which 1-in-4 Americans (25%) believe can cause autism.
 
And while most Americans are optimistic about their health, minority communities have unique health concerns and barriers. Among African Americans, 25% report they are dealing with diabetes, compared to 17% of Hispanics and 11% of whites.
 
“It’s crucial to keep the patient at the center of the healthcare dialogue in order to improve health outcomes in America,” said John Castellani, president and CEO of PhRMA. “This year’s survey not only provides a current snapshot of how Americans feel about their health and wellness, it reveals important new trends on where Americans are turning for health information and how they are making personal health care decisions.”
 
Among the key findings:
 
  • 66% of Americans report they have had a good year when it comes to their own health, while 63% report it has been a good year for their family’s health;
  • 58% of Americans report they are paying more attention to their health now compared with just a few years ago, with weight management, diet and exercise topping the list of personal health concerns; and
  • 20% report it was a good health year for Americans overall.
 
“While Americans are optimistic about their own health and that of their families, they are significantly less positive about the health of the nation as a whole,” said Geoff Garin, president of Hart Research Associates. “These findings reveal a disconnect in perceptions of how Americans view themselves and that of the average American in the context of today’s rapidly evolving healthcare system.”
 
The survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates, polled 1,207 Americans. 

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Thousands to participate in this year’s ‘Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes’ event

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — This year, thousands of people in communities across the country are expected to join the millions in the fight to stop diabetes by participating in the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes fundraising event.

Over the next few months, 108 walks are scheduled to take place, raising funds that are critical to change the future of the disease. Last year, more than 110,000 walkers raised nearly $24 million to support the Association's mission.

Walking is one of the best methods of exercise and helps control blood glucose levels and improves overall quality of life. Step Out is a walk that allows everyone to participate regardless of mobility or fitness level. With route options ranging from one to six miles, participants can walk as an individual or create a team and walk with friends, family and co-workers. There are all different types and sizes of teams at the Step Out events. Corporate teams, family teams, school teams, as well as clubs and organizations, are all welcome to participate.

As part of Step Out, the Association is also looking for Red Striders to join in the events. A Red Strider is a person living with diabetes who participates in Step Out and puts a face on this serious disease by helping others understand what it takes to live with — and fight — diabetes.

Today, there are nearly 30 million Americans who are currently living with diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, 8.1 million people are unaware that they have the disease. If current trends continue, 1-in-3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

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B&G’s Old London gets redesign

BY Ryan Chavis

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — B&G Foods announced an overhaul to its melba toast brand, Old London. The relaunch features new packaging and flavors, and offers an easy approach to everyday eating, the company said. Old London also will offer the new Old London Melba Toasts Ancient Grains.

To help get the word out about the relaunch, the brand partnered with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Lillien to showcase the snack's versatility. Lillien is the founder behind Hungry-Girl.com, a daily email service that offers diet-friendly recipes, among other content.

Old London Melba is available at retailers nationwide.

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