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Add Healthy Heart Program to Classroom Advocacy Association

Implement activities into lesson plans that teach children how to maintain a healthy heart. Teaching children about choices from a young age may prevent chronic disease in the future. ... | Read More

Break Free from Smoking Advocacy Association

Freedom from Smoking is a program designed by the American Lung Association that has been helping adults who are ready to quit smoking since 1981. Most people know that smoking is bad for their health, so the program's main focus is on how to quit because participants often have their own reasons for wanting to quit. Freedom from smoking is a group clinic taught by an ALA trained facilitator that meets for eight sessions. They also offer a web-based program available 24 -7. Participants benefit from the support of their peers and the classes review the latest research on the variety nicotine replacement therapies, such as gums and patches, as well as other smoking cessation medications. Each clinic session uses well tested methods aimed at helping smokers gain control over their behavior. In addition to the clinic, ALA has a workbook-style Freedom from Smoking self-help manual that can provide additional reinforcement, motivation and information that might help smokers interested in quitting on their journey. To find local clinics, interested parties can call the ALA, and employers or community organizations can also arrange to host a clinic to promote the health of their staff or members. ... | Read More

Collaborate to Lower Blood Pressure Advocacy Association

In order to improve patient adherence to medication for high blood pressure, the American Pharmacists Association launched Project ImPACT (Improve Persistence and Compliance with Therapy) for hypertension in 2011 to foster collaboration between patients, physicians, and pharmacists that leads to improved adherence and maximum benefit for the patient's heart health. Project ImPACT provides patients with wireless at-home blood pressure monitors and pharmacists in ambulatory care settings can access the readings when patients come in to pick up their medication. These visits provide an opportunity to check for adherence to medications, monitor for progress and side-effects, set on-going goals for treatment, and resolve any problems that may arise. Since patients may only see their doctor once a year, these visits with the pharmacist allow follow-up throughout the year. The pharmacist is also able to provide the physician with the blood pressure readings from these mini-visits, painting a better picture of a patient's progress during the year. A study of Project ImPACT: Hypertension is being conducted now - results expected in 2012. ... | Read More

Collaborate to Lower Cholesterol Published literature

In order to improve patient adherence to medication for high cholesterol, the American Pharmacists Association developed Project ImPACT (Improve Persistence and Compliance with Therapy) to foster collaboration between patients, physicians, and pharmacists that leads to improved adherence and maximum benefit for the patient's heart health. Project ImPACT provides pharmacists in ambulatory care settings with access to immediate point-of-care patient data on fasting cholesterol levels using a finger stick blood sample taken when the patient picks up their medication every month or every three-months. These visits provide an opportunity to check for adherence, monitor for progress and side-effects, set on-going goals for treatment, and resolve any problems that arise. Since patients may only see their doctor once a year, these visits with the pharmacist allow follow-up between visits with a doctor. The pharmacist is able to provide the physician and the patient with the cholesterol readings from these mini-visits, painting a better picture of a patient's progress during the year. ... | Read More

Compile Your Family History Government - Federal

Recording the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your doctor predict disorders you may be at risk of developing and actions that may reduce your risk. The "My Family Health Portrait" is a web-based tool that helps users organize family history information and then print it out for presentation to their family doctor. ... | Read More

Coordinate Primary and Specialty Care Advocacy Association

Specialty Care Access is an innovative pilot program that partners primary care physicians with specialists to improve the quality of care for underserved patients in Los Angeles. The program seeks to improve access to specialty care, promote coordination between primary care providers and specialists, and decrease use of the Emergency Room and higher levels of care for non-urgent issues. In the program, primary care providers partner with specialists in cardiology and rheumatology to define consensus guidelines for managing congestive heart failure, chest pain, and rheumatoid arthritis, the three target conditions for the pilot program. In addition to collaborating on guidelines, a primary care provider from each of the participating practice also undergoes a `mini-fellowship' with the participating cardiologists or rheumatologists in order to better understand the target condition and the specialists' clinical approach to disease management. The program also includes an open-access telephone consultation line and a monthly Grand Round between all providers to promote continued communication and collaboration. This program is a great model for improving coordination between primary and specialty care providers in the community. ... | Read More

Create a Smokefree Workplace Policy Advocacy Association

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Businesses can benefit by understanding the serious impact of tobacco in the workplace and by implementing programs and policies to support a healthier workforce. Healthier workers are more productive workers, and it is clear that non-smokers are healthier workers. ... | Read More

Discourage Sugar-sweetened Beverages Use Published literature

This study modeled the impact of adding a penny per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. They found that the tax would reduce consumption of these beverages by 15 percent among adults ages 25-64. Over the period 2010-20, the tax was estimated to prevent 2.4 million diabetes person-years, 95,000 coronary heart events, 8,000 strokes, and 26,000 premature deaths, while avoiding more than $17 billion in medical costs. In addition to generating approximately $13 billion in annual tax revenue, a modest tax on sugar-sweetened beverages could reduce the adverse health and cost burdens of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. ... | Read More

Eat Less Salt Government - Federal

Most of the U.S. population consumes more salt than daily guidelines recommend. Consumption of excess salt raises blood pressure and high blood pressure can lead to stroke and heart disease. A study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report identified 10 food categories that comprised nearly 50% of sodium consumption in the study population: bread and rolls, cold cuts/cured meats, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta mixed dishes, meat mixed dishes, and savory snacks. The study also found that mean sodium consumption per calorie consumed was significantly greater for foods and beverages obtained from fast food/pizza or other restaurants versus stores. The report suggests that food manufacturers and restaurants can strive to reduce excess sodium added to foods, states and localities can implement policies to reduce sodium in foods served in institutional settings (e.g., schools, child care settings, and government cafeterias) and clinicians can counsel most patients to check food labels and select foods lower in sodium. ... | Read More

Get Help to Manage Chronic Illness Professional Association

With the rising cost of healthcare, today's employers are acutely aware of the financial costs that can result from poorly managed chronic diseases among their employees, from high treatment costs and loss of productivity to spiking insurance prices for the entire company. In order to address this difficult issue, the National Business Coalition partnered with the American Pharmacist Association in 1996 to create the HealthMapRx program, which offers employers a way to combat rising health care costs by empowering employees to successfully manage life with a chronic disease. The HealthMapRx program allows employers to offer consumer incentive programs that teach patient self-management for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The program partners health plan beneficiaries with community pharmacists who educate the patient about their condition and monitor employees' health. Through these individual counseling sessions with pharmacists, employees with chronic conditions can learn techniques to manage their own health, reduce the number of hospitalizations and complications, and improve their overall health for the long-term. The success of this model has taught savvy business leaders that health care can be an investment in well-being rather than an expense for sickness. ... | Read More


People everywhere are taking action – and they’re making a difference. From developing better eating and exercise habits to encouraging others to quit smoking, folks all across the nation are banding together to help make this country healthy. Read these three stories of success and find your inspiration to improve the health of your community.

Healthy Minnesota 2020

State seal of MinesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health has dynamically utilized America’s Health Rankings to build successful partnerships and action plans to improve health outcomes in their state.

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Live Well STL

Mary Jo Condon updates the progress of the Live Well STL initiative.  With support from United Health Foundation and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and the Midwest Health Initiative, developed Live Well STL to support St. Louis area residents in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Now in its fourth year, the MaineHealth Health Index Initiative was launched in 2009-10 with the two-fold aim of: 1) Engaging MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system, and its partners to use health data to inform needs and opportunities to improve the health of the nearly 1.0 million people in the 11 counties served by the MaineHealth system, and 2) Monitor improvements made in health status over time

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