Health Alert 9-28-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

September 27, 2012 - Cancer is now the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the US. That's according to a report released by the American Cancer Society. The finding is due in part to the younger age distribution of Hispanics. There are fewer Hispanics in the United States over the age of 85, where heart disease is predominant. The cancer death rate in Hispanics has been on the decline since 2000. Cancer death rates for all Americans have dropped since 1991.

Also, Leon County School and health officials are taking on big sugar and tobacco. Superintendent Jackie Pons, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks and others took time to talk to students at Leon High School about the School District's 95210 initiative. It stands for 9 hours of sleep, 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours of screen time, 1 hour of exercise and 0 tobacco products or sugary drinks.

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