AIF Blog - Health

May 31, 2016
Public radio host Diane Rehm lost her husband to Parkinson’s disease nearly two years ago. His was an unconventional death, where, in the end, he refused food, water, and medication. Physician-assisted suicide isn’t permitted in Maryland, the state where he died, so he took matters into his own hands. Now, Diane Rehm is an advocate in the right-to-die debate, or what she terms “right-to-choose....
May 26, 2016
Ann Cooper is director of food services for Boulder Valley School District and founder and president of the Chef Ann Foundation. The Foundation focuses on solutions to the school food crisis. Her decades-long career includes 15 years in school food programs and chef positions with Holland America Cruises, Radisson Hotels, Telluride Ski Resort, and the Putney Inn in Vermont. Cooper will speak at Spotlight Health as...
May 24, 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama says play, nutrition, and physical activity aren’t available to every child and, that’s a problem. With the cost of sports participation around $2,200 each year per child, these opportunities are increasingly only available to wealthier families. Plus, a report from the Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute shows parents have concerns around risk of injury, the...
May 20, 2016
Melissa Walker is an art therapist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. Since joining NICoE in 2010, she developed and implemented the Healing Arts Program, focusing on integration and research of creative arts therapies for service members with traumatic brain injury and psychological health concerns. One project involves service members creating masks that often put a face to their pain.Walker will speak...
May 10, 2016
Cancer is the second leading cause of death among adults in the US and cancer care costs $125 billion a year. In this episode we hear from medical experts who have researched, written, and made progress in the fight against cancer. Ronald DePinho, president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, says it’s an exciting time because research has shed light on the instigators of the disease. With...
April 20, 2016
Vivienne Ming is an entrepreneur and theoretical neuroscientist. She will speak at Spotlight Health 2016.Four years ago, my family spent our worst Thanksgiving at Oakland Children’s Hospital. It began innocently the preceding Sunday with my son showing signs of the flu. By Wednesday, though, he’d lost 25% of his body weight and was having trouble standing. Squeezing us in before the holiday, our pediatrician broke...
April 05, 2016
The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each...
March 29, 2016
 The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each...
March 24, 2016
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaks at Spotlight Health 2015 about the value of physical activity.The United States faces real challenges when it comes to physical activity. Less than half of adults get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, and only a quarter of kids get 60 minutes of activity per day.In a 2015 Spotlight Health discussion called The Key to Population Health: Physical Literacy, Vivek...
March 11, 2016
 UPDATE: California's End of Life Option Act will go into effect June 9, 2016. The legislation that allows terminally ill people to access life-ending medication was first signed into law in October. The date regarding when people can start using it was announced in March. California is the fifth state to allow an end of life choice. The blog below was first published in September 2015. When California...

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