State teen health report: Alcohol use down, but access to drugs is high

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Alcohol use,  and some risky sexual behaviors are on the decline among Connecticut teens, according to a new report from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. But the report also shows that Connecticut youth were less likely than their peers to get at least eight hours of sleep every night, and they had greater access […] [Read More]
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State unveils plan to fight chronic disease

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Today the Connecticut Department of Public Health released its new chronic disease prevention and health promotion plan, Live Healthy Connecticut. The plan identifies ambitious yet achievable goals in 12 priority areas, including nutrition, physical activity, obesity, tobacco, heart health, cancer, diabetes, and asthma. A comprehensive set of indicators track progress in each of these priority […] [Read More]

Liver disease from alcohol more common in those with HIV, hepatitis

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Advanced liver disease caused by alcohol consumption was more prevalent among people infected with HIV and the hepatitis virus, a new study has found. The study, which involved researchers from the Yale University School of medicine, is published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The research team studied participants in the Veterans Aging Cohort […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, health, HIV
Actress Glenn Close will be featured in a new mental health awareness campaign being used by the Primary Care Action Group, a local coalition of hospitals, mental health agencies and other health resources in Greater Bridgeport.

Students, Glenn Close featured in mental health campaign

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Student videos about mental health may be coming soon to your inbox, as part of am awareness campaign being launched this May for Mental Health Awareness Month. Members of the Primary Care Action Group – which includes hospitals, town and city health departments, and regional prevention and mental health councils serving Greater Bridgeport  – designed […] [Read More]
Greg Williams, seated at left with back to camera, prepares to interview actress Kristen Johnston for a segment in the documentary, "The Anonymous People." The film won a PRISM Award this week.

Danbury filmmaker wins PRISM award for addiction film

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“The Anonymous People,” a documentary about addiction by Danbury filmmaker Greg Williams, won a PRISM Award for documentary feature film Tuesday night. The awards recognize accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness: prevention, treatment and recovery in film, television, interactive, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment. Other winners included Julia Roberts, for her role […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, drug abuse
A scene from “It Was Me” featuring Kristen Sewell, of Shelton. The video was one of three PSAs on safe driving produced by Valley teens that will will air on the Consumer Reports’ website during the high school prom season to teach teenagers about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, especially driving while texting.

Safe driving PSAs by Valley teens to air on Consumer Reports site

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High school students from Shelton, Ansonia, Oxford and Derby helped write, direct and produce three public service announcements on safe teen driving that were selected to appear on the Consumer Reports’ website. The PSAs recently premiered at an event at Griffin Hospital as part of Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach […] [Read More]

Would you sacrifice sex for well-being?

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Would you turn down money if it meant improving your overall health? How about sex? Or the occasional cocktail? A recent survey by Westin Hotels and Resorts found that people across the globe would make some surprising sacrifices if it meant improving their well-being. Westin surveyed more than 6,000 frequent global travelers from the U.S., […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, General, health
Jevera and Bill Hennessey named honorees at Senior Services of Stamford’s Annual Charity Golf Outing, to be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is encouraging the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health and evaluating their drinking habits. Though many adults drink moderately without […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, drug abuse, health
SPRING BREAK

The perils of spring break binge drinking

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With March upon us, you know that Spring Break — that annual rite of passage for many American college students — is looming. But with the promises of sun, fun and adventure that spring break brings for many comes some major health concerns as well. A study conducted by the American College of Health found […] [Read More]

Avoid overindulging on Super Bowl Sunday

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In case you didn’t know, Sunday is the Super Bowl. The big game is a prime time for snacking, which could lead to overindulging. To help you stay (or get) fit, Erica Christ, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with Greenwich Hospital, offers these tips: [Read More]