The Health News USA November 13 2017

  • The FDA has made calorie counts in restaurants and other food establishments required across the nation. The rule would require any food establishment with 20 or more locations to prominently post calories counts beginning in May of 2018. “Food establishment” includes restaurants, fast food chains, and even movie theaters, amusement parks and vending machines. According to a recent study, calorie counts on menus have been effective in consumers making lower calorie count choices and retailers increasing their lower calorie options.
  • According to a new government report, despite declining rates of cigarette smokers seen in recent years, too many Americans are still using tobacco. The report, published by the CDC and the U.S. FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, found that 1 in 5 U.S. adults used some type of tobacco product in 2015. According to the CDC, cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States.
  • Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents through the healthcare marketplace in half the amount of time as last year. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 and will be six weeks long, unlike the 12 weeks last year. Insurance department officials are adding 230 extra phone hours and touring 102 counties to improve the marketplace shopping experience,

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 13th of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/fda-require-calorie-counts-large-food-chains-article-1.3623922

The Food and Drug Administration has made calorie counts in restaurants and other food establishments required across the nation. The rule would require any food establishment with twenty or more locations to prominently post calories counts beginning in May of two thousand  eighteen. “Food establishment” includes restaurants, fast food chains, and even movie theaters, amusement parks and vending machines. “I – like many Americans – want to know what’s in the food I eat,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, in a statement.

This move by the Trump Administration continues the effort of the previous administration’s efforts to provide calorie information that was constantly blocked or delayed due to food groups insisting on the information being presented their way. Even the Trump Administration itself delayed this rule earlier this year. According to VOX, pizza makers wanted calorie information in the serving sizes sold, not in the sizes people actually eat, and movie theaters wanted to keep their high popcorn tub calorie counts off the menu as well.

According to a recent study, calorie counts on menus have been effective in consumers making  lower calorie count choices and retailers increasing their lower calorie options. The study, published in the Journal of Retailing, showed that displaying calorie information has led to a reduction of twenty seven calories per meal for consumers. It also led to a fifteen calorie decrease for overall menu items.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/too-many-americans-still-using-tobacco-smoking-cdc-report/

According to a new government report, despite declining rates of cigarette smokers seen in recent years, too many Americans are still using tobacco. The report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, found that one in five U.S. adults used some type of tobacco product in two thousand fifteen. According to the CDC, cigarette smoking causes more than four hundred eighty thousand deaths each year in the United States. That’s equivalent to nearly one in five deaths.

CDC Director Doctor Brenda Fitzgerald  said in a statement: “Too many Americans are harmed by cigarette smoking, which is the nation’s leading preventable cause of death and disease. CDC will continue to use proven strategies to help smokers quit and to prevent children from using any tobacco products.” The majority of tobacco users – about forty two million adults  – reported using a combustible product, such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, including hookahs and water pipes. The remaining seven million adult users opted for e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco.  The data, which researchers gleaned from the two thousand fiveteen National Health Interview Survey, also found that nine point five million U.S. adults reported using two or more tobacco products.  Cigarettes were by far the most popular tobacco product, used by fifteen point one percent of American adults. E-cigarettes were the choice of  three point five percent.

People with annual household incomes under thirty five thousand dollars were more likely to use tobacco, as were adults who didn’t have health insurance or were insured through Medicaid.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/12/illinois-officials-overhaul-health-care-enrollment/

Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents through the healthcare marketplace in half the amount of time as last year. Open enrollment began November one and will be six weeks long, unlike the twelve weeks last year. Insurance department officials are adding two hundred thirty extra phone hours and touring one hundred two counties to improve the marketplace shopping experience.

Illinois is also partnering with GoHealth to show customers available plan offerings both on and off the Affordable Care Act exchange. The state health insurance marketplace website, getcovered.illinois.gov, has been overhauled to provide new information for consumers to compare plans on and off the exchange. The website previously hadn’t included information about all plans or the ability to enroll in them and talk to licensed brokers. Director Jennifer Hammer said that the Illinois Department of Insurance used part of a one million dollar state appropriation to overhaul the website and its services.

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