1. Monitoring Our Health
Noted epidemiologist Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, Ph.D., has been sharing some good news for a change about our health. Findings released this year show that we’ve made progress during the two decades that Adams-Campbell has devoted to the largest study ever on our well-being. The Black Women’s Health Study is monitoring 59,000 women and gathering information about how many illnesses affect us. Our healthy habits are paying off in a number of ways. Those who exercise most, for example, are reducing their risk of an aggressive form of breast cancer. “We all want to do what we can to reduce our risk of disease and improve our health,” says Adams-Campbell, a professor of oncology and associate director for minority health and health disparities at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Adams-Campbell is also working on a $6.1 million health disparities research grant from the National Institutes of Health. She is also a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine and the 2015 federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.