A recent study indicated that those with financial incentive to lose weight saw more significant results than those without financial incentive. Companies need to learn from this study and introduce optional weight loss programs with financial incentive so as to make their workers healthier. Encourage President Obama to introduce these sorts of programs to companies’ standard operating procedures.
Researchers at Washington University of St. Louis discovered that a toxin found in bee venom can destroy the HIV virus. Urge the National Institutes of Health to fund further research of bee venom as a cure for HIV.
Politicians in Texas have a long record of attacking Planned Parenthood by attempting to defund it. Now, they’re taking it a step farther by introducing legislation which would ban Planned Parenthood from introducing sex education material to school systems. Sign this petition to tell these so-called small government conservatives that the government has no place intrusively dictating what material school districts should be able to use for their curricula.
The number of U.S. teenagers experiencing violent or abusive relationships is rising at an alarming rate. Schools are unable to handle these issues that lead to high-risk behavior, depression, and more violence later in life. Implore the U.S. government to equip schools and communities to recognize and resolve unhealthy teen relationships.
Kraft’s instant macaroni and cheese contains artificial dyes that have been linked to cancer. The company manufactures products without these toxic ingredients in countries with stricter food safety regulations than the U.S. Sign this petition to tell Kraft to remove these dangerous and unnecessary ingredients.
Neotame is an artificial sweetener that is not only toxic, but is not required to be included on product ingredient lists. Demand the Food and Drug Administration force companies to inform consumers if the food and beverages they purchase contain neotame.
Whole Foods has announced that all products sold in North American stores must be labeled if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Consumers should have the right to be informed about what they are purchasing. Commend Whole Foods for supporting consumer rights and working toward a healthier food industry.
About 10 million women take hormonal birth control in the United States. Doctors prescribe it liberally without warning patients about the risks, which include blood clots, stroke, aneurism, breast cancer, loss of bone density, depression and loss of libido. Urge Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to mandate that doctors warn women about these risks before prescribing birth control.
Mississippi is working to create a ballot initiative that would define human life as beginning at conception, essentially banning all abortions. Personhood amendments are blatant violations of the reproductive rights guaranteed by the Supreme Court and a regressive step in the movement for women’s rights. Tell Mississippi to halt its attempts to pass this troubling amendment.
It has been revealed that many restaurants do not post the accurate calorie content on their menus. Currently, there are no regulations that require the verification of posted calorie counts. Urge the Food and Drug Administration to require food venues to post correct calorie counts.
A U.S. Navy Veteran who uses medicinal marijuana to cope with his crippling post-traumatic stress disorder is now facing the threat of jail time for using the drug while on probation. Jeremy Usher and his doctors fear the progress he has made in addressing his mental health issues could soon be undone. Tell the District Attorney’s office to pardon this man and let him continue to recover from his ailments in his own home and not in the confines of a jail cell.
Right now, tens of millions of Americans live under the threat of a nuclear explosion. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will soon vote on a measure that could further protect citizens from such a threat. Urge commission members to mandate vital changes in dangerous nuclear reactors.
A health and nursing care agency has expanded to offer flexible hours to elderly adults. Commend the agency and staff for their commitment towards offering exceptional service and allowing elderly clients to receive care at whichever time increments they require.
A food desert is a low-income area with no supermarket. These areas often have a large number of fast food options and a high rate of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Sign the petition to ask health food chain Whole Foods to expand into food deserts.
Dolce & Gabbana has unveiled a plan to market and sell perfume for babies. This is an irresponsible product that will expose our children to harmful cehmicals. Demand that Dolce & Gabbana pull the plug on this plan.
The American Cancer Society is attempting to enroll participants in a lengthy cancer research study that could have lasting effects on prevention of the disease. The first two large-scale studies by the American Cancer Society revealed that smoking and obesity contributed to cancer risk. Given that valuable information could be gathered about cancer prevention from this study, help encourage local citizens to participate.
China has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Suicide numbers could be drastically reduced with more counseling facilities and depression awareness campaigns. Urge the Chinese government to improve and increase suicide prevention programs.
Researchers have documented the first case of what appears to be cured HIV. A child born with the disease is now effectively virus-free. Thank these scientists for their hard work.
The Indiana State Senate recently passed a bill requiring ultrasounds for any women planning to take an abortion-inducing pill. In addition, this bill would unnecessarily require clinics who administer this drug to meet the specifications of a surgical clinic. Demand that the Indiana House of Representatives strike down this unfair and invasive measure.
Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas recently vetoed a bill passed by the Arkansas legislature that would ban most abortions in the state at twenty weeks. Thank him for taking a stand for women’s rights.
An information technology company has designed a new walking cane prototype that is equipped with the latest software to aid senior citizens, or any users, with balance, navigation and heart rate monitoring. Applaud the creators of this ingenious new tool that is revolutionizing the ordinary walking stick.
Meat and poultry producers in the United States widely use antibiotics to increase growth and production. This overuse of antibiotics poses severe health problems to those who are consuming the animals. Ask the Food and Drug Administration to require meat products to be labeled with the antibiotics that were consumed.
In 2010, United Nations peacekeeping troops were responsible for an outbreak of cholera in Haiti. Since then, the UN and its Secretary General have made every effort to cover up the truth and avoid responsibility in the matter. Tell the Secretary General that you find his actions deplorable.
A public outreach program for senior citizens living in Manhattan offers services to elderly residents to help them maintain their independence and quality of life. Applaud the founder and board members for their remarkable dedication toward senior citizens.
Twenty-one manufacturers have voluntarily lowered the amount of salt in their foods thanks to an initiative by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Thank him for his dedication to a healthier America.