The Pew Charitable Trusts Launches New Health Facts Web Feature

You have to work at it to stay healthy, but you don’t have to work to find health-related facts using The Pew Charitable Trusts’ newly launched Living Facts health topics web-based feature.

For instance, did you know that 60 percent of U.S. adults have a chronic disease? It’s true, based on research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) featured in the new Living Facts health topics. Or, did you know that only one in four American high school students gets sufficient sleep on school nights? True again, and another fact featured on the site.

According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, “Living Facts is about Americans today—who we are and how we live.” They add, “What makes Living Facts, well, factual? The facts we share come from publicly available and credible sources.” In addition to health, other topics you can explore on the LivingFacts site include information on demographics, trends, faith, money and work.

And to make all this information fun, you can take a quiz to test your health-based knowledge.

As a source of factual information, I’m pleased to see CDC data and information featured prominently on the Living Facts site. Of course, CDC’s website is full of fact-based, health-related content in its own right, featuring information on everything from the latest outbreaks to Vital Signs topics, which range from vaccination rates for pregnant women to tobacco use by youth.

As the Living Facts site states: “Health is a complex topic. Help make sense of it by exploring these facts.” Thanks to The Pew Charitable Trusts, which is a CDC Foundation partner on other health-related efforts, for bringing greater attention to important health topics through accessible and appealingly presented content.
 



Pierce Nelson is the vice president for communications for the CDC Foundation.