Twelve Twitter Accounts to Keep You in the Know About Public Health


Today, people are able to chose how and where they receive news and information, and are increasingly able to personalize the content to suit their own interests.

One of the easiest ways to receive and digest a lot of personalized information quickly is through subscriptions to topic-specific Twitter feeds. Twitter is a social media and micro-blogging site that enables users to send and receive short messages of less than 140 characters each. Often these messages (called “Tweets”) can contain links to larger works online; articles at websites, videos, photo collections. You may access from any device that can connect to the internet, including computers, tablets, and smart phones. Twitter has designed a smart phone app which makes it easier for users and subscribers to access the service on smaller screens.

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Knowledge about what’s happening in the public health arena can be facilitated by subscribing to certain Twitter feeds, and checking them regularly for topics of interest. Through Twitter friendly apps like Hootsuite, you can construct lists of particular types of feeds in order to scan dozens of messages rapidly to look for information relevant to you.

Ten Twitter accounts you should be following:

@publichealth – the official feed for the American Public Health Association

@CDCemergency – the voice of the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Disseminates information to the nation regarding health emergencies.

@CDCflu – also from the Center Disease Control, regularly sends out  information during the flu season.

@FDArecalls – tells the public about food recalls on a timely basis

@amednews – the news and information source for physicians. Distributes information that impacts medical practices.

@wsjhealth – health, healthcare, biotech, medication information from the authoritative Wall Street Journal.

@teamnutrition – the United States Department of Agriculture started this initiative to work on the problem of improving children’s nutrition in the US.

@Americancancer – the stream of the American Cancer Society, which regularly issues information to help educate the public on issues regarding cancer.

@safekidsusa – works to prevent injury to small children; offers tips and advice for parents and caretakers

Among institutions that regularly use Twitter to disseminate information, you’ll find some of the nation’s most prestigious:

@johnshopkins – offers news and information regarding the various units of the medical school

@HarvardHealth – authoritative information that draws from the expertise of the 8000 physicians of the Harvard Medical School and its affiliated world class hospitals.

@healthglobal – Centered at UMass, this stream focuses on global health issues, international health technology, and public health.

You will be able to find a feed that parallels almost any interest you have in the public health segment, whether its a particular medical specialty, a medical condition, news from clinics, hospitals, and public agencies, and even employment feeds for doctors, nurses, clinicians and support personnel.  If you can find out if they have an online MSN, you can take another level of trust in what they say.

You can find your topics of interest by using Twitter’s simple search box, located at the top of the main Twitter page; alternatively, you can use a search engine like Google or Bing, and enter your term in the search box, proceeded by a “hashmark” (#). Hashmarks next to a term is how Twitter is able to present an index of particular topics.  As an example, if your interest is something like “measles”, you would enter “#measles” or “Twitter measles” into the search box to find applicable streams of information from Twitter.


Top 10 Fighter Workouts

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are known to have some of the best physiques around. These physiques conform to the more modern idea of what a well-built body looks like. This is different from decades ago, when over-muscled body builders were the standard for physical fitness. Today’s MMA fighters set the modern standard and their bodies are lean, hard, flexible fighting machines. You won’t see bulging muscles on these men and women, but you will see well-defined muscle groups and almost no body fat. This is a much healthier way to be physically fit and it looks better than over-sized muscles, too.

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MMA Workouts are for Everyone

Many people today do MMA workouts as part of their fitness regimen. They do this even if they’re not going to compete as MMA fighters. These workouts produce an attractive and healthy physical appearance on both men and women and are a lot of fun to do. There are also several ways to work out MMA-style. Here are the top 10 fighter workouts for mixed martial arts. Remember, for each exercise listed below, do 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps each, with about a minute of rest between each set. Also, is a helpful comparison shopping site for MMA gear and equipment.  I would recommend checking it out if you are looking to buy any equipment this post mentions.

1. The Alternating Core Workout

This workout will help you build your abdominal, or “core,” muscles. These are important muscles for keeping in fighting shape. Alternate the two parts of this workout, doing one part one day and the other part the next day for 6 days a week. Rest one day a week to give your poor, tired muscles a break.

First Part:

  • Crunches while holding the Swiss ball
  • Side bends
  • Horizontal leg raises, done from a lying position with arms flat at your sides
  • Squats with as heavy a barbell as you can lift held behind your head and resting on your shoulders

Second Part:

  • Crunches with the Swiss ball
  • Hang from your arms on a chin-up bar and lift both legs at the hip
  • Lie on your stomach on top of the Swiss ball and lift your torso while holding 10-pound weights in each hand.
  • Side crunches while holding the Swiss ball

2. Stretches–Not Just for Yoga Anymore

People who do mixed martial arts are flexible. Part of being flexible is stretching. Devote some time to stretching either before or after the main part of your workout. Pay particular attention to leg and back flexibility. You’ll need to be able to kick high and bend forward and backward very easily for this sport (or to get a body that looks like you’re into this sport).

3. The Hammer of Thor

This workout will give you the ability to throw right and left hooks with extraordinary power. It’s also a really easy workout you can do 2 to 3 times a week. Simply find a good, old truck tire or any thick, heavyweight tire, and a sledgehammer. Then slam the sledgehammer down onto the tire as hard as you can. Make sure you alternate arms on each set so one arm doesn’t get more muscular than the other.

4. The Sisyphus

Make no mistake. This workout is not for sissies. It is named after the Greek mythology character, Sisyphus. He was sentenced by the gods to spend eternity trying to push a boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down and force him to start again. You won’t have to keep doing this workout for eternity, but it might seem like it the first few times.

Fill a wheelbarrow with rocks, gravel, and any other heavy thing you can find. Then push it up a steep hill (either natural or manmade is okay). Once you’re at the top, push it back down again while maintaining control of it. It’s harder than it sounds and the three reps you’ll do 3 to 4 times a week will seem grueling until you get used to it. It’s worth it for the results you’ll get, though.

5. Shadowboxing

Plain, simple shadowboxing is an excellent cardiovascular workout and gives you an edge in MMA by providing you with good stamina and endurance. Just 3 sets of 5 minutes each, 6 times a week, is enough to see results within just a few weeks. Keep it up as part of your workout routine to maintain the benefits.

6. Carry That Weight

You’ve got to be strong, of course. Use weight machines meant to strengthen both arms and legs and use them until you just can’t do another pull, push, or lift. There is no set time for these reps. Just do them until your muscles wear out, then stop for the day. Do weights 3 to 4 times a week and go a little longer each time until you’re satisfied with how long you can go with the heaviest weights.

7. Comfortably Numb

You’ll literally be numb to pain after some practice with this exercise. You’re essentially going to hurt yourself on purpose until your body is accustomed to it and no longer sends pain signals to your brain. You’ll be able to withstand anything in MMA once you master this exercise. Shaolin monks use this technique by whacking each other with bamboo sticks several times a day for weeks or months until pain is no longer felt. They avoid sensitive areas that could be injured from the blows and so should you.

Since you won’t be getting hit with bamboo sticks in MMA, the best thing to do is to have someone land light punches on you or throw a medicine ball at you. Do this for as long as you can stand it, 4 to 5 times a week until you don’t even feel it anymore.

8. Arms—The Agony

This will strengthen your arms like nobody’s business, but boy, will your arms hate you for it for a few weeks or even months!

  • Lunges with dumbbells as heavy as you can lift
  • Pull-ups
  • One-armed sideways push-ups, alternating sides for each set

9. Legend of the Legs–The Arms Get Their Revenge

Here’s where the legs get their turn to become refined, powerful fighting machines whether they like it or not.

  • Single leg squats
  • Stand up from a lying position using only one leg and while holding a dumbbell. Then get back down again using that same one leg. Alternate legs on the next set.
  • Leg curls using a standard weighted leg curl machine

10. Arm Abuse

Did we mention your arms have to be strong to get in MMA shape? A few simple exercises won’t do it. They need more action to perform like MMA fighters.

  • One arm bench press with a dumbbell as heavy as you can use
  • Lunges using the heaviest dumbbells you can use
  • Get on the ground on all fours, with each limb stretched straight. Put your hands on top of weights that are as heavy as you can lift. Lift one weight with one arm. Then, do the same thing with the alternate arm. Remember, 15 to 20 reps per set!


This is a guest post by Ken Tabor a martial arts hobbiest and Internet entrepreneur. If you want Ken to share is finds on MMA and Martial arts with you follow him on Twitter.