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POSTED: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:56 PM
Filed Under: Leah Roman | Statistics

Today’s post is by Leah Roman, a guest blogger for The Public’s Health. Roman, a project manager for the Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) project at the Drexel University School of Public Health, blogs regularly about the intersection of public health and pop culture at “Pop Health.” She can be contacted at lar92@drexel.edu.

By Leah Roman

Are you wearing pink this month for Breast Cancer Awareness? Or perhaps orange for National Bullying Prevention? According to the National Health Observances calendar from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), there are 23 national weeks and months of health observances for October, including Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and, if you are Canadian, it's Autism Awareness Month in the great white north.  This number does not include many other designated observance days for this month such as National Depression Screening Day and World Arthritis Day

POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 6:30 AM
Filed Under: Ethics | Leah Roman
Celebrity chef Paula Deen announced a few weeks ago that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes - three years ago. (Carlo Allegri / AP)

Today’s post is by Leah Roman, a guest blogger for The Public’s Health. Roman, a project manager for the Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) project at Drexel University School of Public Health, blogs regularly about the intersection of public health and pop culture at “Pop Health.” She can be contacted at lar92@drexel.edu.   

By Leah Roman

Last Tuesday, Paula Deen appeared on the Today Show to announce that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes - three years ago.  Almost instantly, the highly successful Food Network chef was portrayed as a money hungry enemy of the public’s health.  Paula Deen is not the first celebrity to conceal a health issue.  Michael J. Fox, for example, waited more than five years to share his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, yet he was instantly embraced as an advocate.

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