Apr 16 2012
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Public Health News Roundup: April 16

DOT Proposes Updating Car-Braking Safety Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed updating existing safety standards to ensure drivers can better stop a vehicle -- even if both the brake and accelerator pedals are depressed at the same time, either by accident or because the accelerator pad is stuck. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that a “Brake-Throttle Override” requirement will help prevent crashes by allowing the driver to maintain control of the breaks, in these situations. Read more on transportation safety.

Worksite Health Promotion Program Reduces Absenteeism

Workers participating in a workplace wellness program had a twenty percent reduction in absenteeism during the first year, according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Read more on what employers are doing to help empower their employees to live healthier lives.

Women Tend to Get Less Exercise than Men

U.S. women get, on average, 18 minutes of exercise each day, which is twelve minutes less than the average for men, according to a new study in Preventive Medicine. Professional health organizations, including the American Medical Association, recommend that both genders get less thirty minutes of exercise on most days to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Read more on physical activity.

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