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Report: Arizona kids more fit than US kids, but US is pretty sorry

January 2, 2019

Arizona’s schoolkids are doing better than their peers nationally when it comes to physical activity, according to a national report card. The 2018 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth graded school-age children on nine different indicators, with kids nationwide earning no better than a C in any category and Ds in several. Arizona scored slightly better than the national average in six of the nine indicators, but experts say there’s still a long way to go.

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Arizona looks to target teens and limit prescription access of opioids to start 2019

January 1, 2019

In an effort to eliminate forged prescriptions, starting January 1, doctors practicing in metropolitan areas are now only able to write online prescriptions for opioids. The E-prescriptions are part of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act which the legislature adopted during a special session last year.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is also targeting teens with a public service campaign titled "Opioids getting in is easier than getting out." The campaign will provide information to youth about how opioids affect the brain, how to avoid misuse and how to seek treatment for addiction.

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