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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 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

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

Help Patients Start Exercising Advocacy Association

Research shows that exercise can help treat and prevent over 40 different chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Heart disease, Hypertension, and Diabetes, but despite the well known benefits of exercise, physical activity is often ignored by patients and underemphasized by health care providers. Exercise is Medicine is an organization that seeks to improve public awareness of the clinical benefits of exercise and to help foster partnerships between patients and their providers to increase physical activity as a means of preventing and treating chronic disease and improving overall health. The organization provides a variety of resources for patients and providers, including printable forms for exercise assessments, prescriptions, and referrals and tips about disease-appropriate exercise regimens for a variety of different chronic illnesses. Resources like these can help personalize a provider's advice about physical activity and could help make the difference between a physically active patient and an inactive patient. ... | Read More

Implement Smoke-free Legislation Advocacy Association

Toolkit for Implementing Smoke-free Laws This website provides tools, tips and resources to help you effectively implement a smoke-free law, including: -an implementation timeline -downloadable promotional advertising, signage and other materials -business outreach materials -media and public outreach materials -resources to help smokers quit -activities to evaluate the smoke-free law. ... | Read More

Prevent a Second Heart Attack Published literature

There are a number of drugs that are proven to improve heart health for patients who are hospitalized for heart disease, such as aspirin, statins, and beta-blockers. Intermountain Healthcare in Utah implemented a simple program in their 10 hospital system to ensure that all patients who were hospitalized for heart disease would be prescribed the right preventive medications at the time of discharge from the hospital. The program involved a change to the hospital discharge form to remind doctors about preventive drugs. One year after the quality improvement program was launched, they found that the rate of prescribing appropriate medications was greater than 90%, and the risk of death or readmission to the hospital within 30 days decreased. ... | Read More

Reduce Cardiac Care Health Disparities Advocacy Association

Ten hospitals with racially and ethnically diverse patient populations participated in Expecting Success: Excellence in Cardiac Care, a program aimed at improving quality of cardiac care while reducing racial, ethnic and language disparities. All 10 hospitals improved the quality of care being provided to their heart failure and heart attack patients. They have a toolkit available with tips for hospitals on improving the quality of care and reducing disparities. ... | Read More

Stay Active to Treat Chronic Illness Advocacy Association

Research shows that exercise can help treat and prevent over 40 different chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Heart disease, Hypertension, and Diabetes. Exercise is Medicine is an organization that advocates for greater awareness of the clinical benefits of exercise and for greater use of exercise as a part of treatment for chronic disease. This organization provides resources for patients on how to use exercise to help prevent or manage a variety of common chronic health conditions, and encourages patients to partner with their health care providers to get the most out of their physical activity regimen. ... | 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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