World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day each year, and we take time to remember and create awareness for the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. This year’s theme is “Leading with Science, Uniting for Action” (learn more at

You can visit the official website at, look at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s interactive timeline of global HIV/AIDS milestones and events, and see the live event with the ONE campaign that President Obama is speaking at on youtube, “The Beginning of the End of AIDS”:

CHPIR’s Dr. Chris Conover has recently published an article on the blog of the American Enterprise Institute titled We Have Met the Enemy and It Is Us: Healthcare Fact of the Week.

A new study projects that U.S. healthcare spending will rise by as much as $66 billion a year by 2030 because of obesity. That’s about 2.6 percent of current health spending. While this trend is of obvious concern (and would be good to avoid), those figures pale in comparison to the total amount of U.S. health spending that can be attributed to behavior, lifestyle, and other avoidable causes.

Read the full article on the Enterprise blog.