It’s Friday—time to check in on what’s happening in health!
We’ve seen our share of health news this week—from a malaria outbreak in Greece, thought to be exacerbated by their economic depression, to the roller coaster/soap opera that is Europe’s battle against tobacco.
On the new research front, a recent study from the University of Toronto published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencefinds that adversity during childhood can yield positive results later in life in the form of persistence and self-control; while a British study soon to be published in Social Indicators Research, finds that fruits and vegetables may not just good for your body, but also for your soul.
But today, we’d like to focus on preparing you and your family for a weather event that is heading up the east coast. Hurricane Sandy is projected to start affecting our area early next week—and we want to make sure you have what you need.
Earlier this year, we shared the results of the inaugural Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation Poll, which found that we just aren’t that prepared for emergencies—mostly because we don’t think we’ll be impacted. According to our poll, 84% of Americans don’t think it’s very likely they will be affected by a disaster. You can hear more from the CHI team about our poll on this podcast.
However, it looks like we may, in fact, be impacted by a weather event in the next few days. We urge you to act upon the poll’s findings and use the time ahead of the storm to prepare yourself and your family. To assist you, here are some important resources from ready.gov: How to build a basic disaster kit for your family ; Creating a Family Emergency Plan; and What to do Before, During, and After a Hurricane.