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Be Proactive in Reducing Obesity at Work Government - Federal

Workplace obesity prevention programs can be an effective way for employers to reduce obesity and lower their health care costs, lower absenteeism and increase employee productivity. CDC has a free web-based resource that provides employers with tools to create an effective obesity prevention program for employees. ... | Read More

Check Your Symptoms Website - other

This tool asks you to provide your gender and to answer questions about your symptoms. Based on your answers, the tool shows when symptoms may point to an emergency, or when a visit to the doctor or self care is sufficient. It is for adults only and is not a substitute for your doctor's advice. ... | Read More

Collaborate to Fight Osteoporosis Published literature

In order to help fight the osteoporosis epidemic among post-menopausal women, the American Pharmacists Association developed Project ImPACT (Improve Persistence and Compliance with Therapy) to foster a collaboration between patients, physicians, and pharmacists that leads to improved detection and treatment. Project ImPACT allows pharmacists in ambulatory care settings to conduct bone mineral density screening on at-risk patients who come into the pharmacy. Based on the results of the screening test, patients are classified as high, moderate, or low risk for a bone fracture and referred to a primary care doctor for follow-up as needed. In a study of Project ImPACT, more than two thirds of those screened were found to be at high or moderate risk of fracture. Follow-up appointments were completed for 37% of patients and 24% of those were started on osteoporosis medication. Because many patients see their pharmacist more often than their doctor, making screening available at the pharmacy resulted in improved detection for those at risk for osteoporosis and is likely to have expedited the start of medication, preventing serious bone fractures. ... | 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

Consume Only Pasteurized Milk Published literature

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that pregnant women, infants, and children consume only pasteurized milk. They also endorse banning the sale of raw milk and milk products throughout the United States, including fresh cheeses, soft cheeses, and soft-ripened cheeses made with raw milk. They also encourage pediatricians to contact their state representatives to support a ban on sale of raw milk and milk products. Raw milk and raw milk products are a source of several bacterial infections including Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella species, Brucella species, and Escherichia coli O157. These infections affect both healthy and immunocompromised individuals and can lead to life threatening illness and fetal miscarriage. The AAP made these recommendations based on the abundance of data regarding the burden of illness associated with the consumption of raw milk and the strong evidence that pasteurization does not alter the nutritional value of milk. ... | Read More

Create a Chronic Disease Coalition Website - other

Create a statewide coalition like The Oklahoma Arthritis Network. Oklahoma has a coalition that informs people about arthritis and educates people about programs and resources to help manage the disease. The network works with the Arthritis Foundation to provide training workshops to educate people about the importance of physical activity and weight control in relation to arthritis pain relief. ... | Read More

Create Walking Wellness Initiative Government - Federal

Broome County Steps Program has created an innovative walking program, BC Walks, to encourage people in rural areas to become more physically active to help control diabetes and obesity in the community. BC Walks has enrolled more than 80,000 participants in the last 4 years. In one year, the percentage of people in the community who walked for 30 minutes or more, 5 days a week, increased from 53% to 61%. ... | Read More

Detect Early Diabetes in Older Adults Advocacy Association

Most patients do not notice any symptoms in the early stages of diabetes, but untreated diabetes can lead to very severe consequences. The Medicare Diabetes Screening project is an effort to raise awareness about diabetes and diabetes testing among adults over 65. For anyone with pre-diabetes, Medicare will cover two free blood sugar tests every year or one free annual blood sugar test for anyone over the age of 65 with at least one of the following diabetes risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, family history of diabetes or a history of gestational diabetes or of giving birth to a baby weighing at least 9lbs. The MedicareDiabetes Screening Project provides free educational materials for diabetes as well as diabetes screening promotional information. ... | Read More

Encourage Kids to Walk or Bike to School Advocacy Association

In 1997, the Safe Routes to School initiative began in the US as a pilot program designed to increase the percentage of children walking and biking to school. The program focuses on ensuring that many different routes to school are safe for children and seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of alternative commuting and provide incentives. In 2005, Safe Routes to School became a national program with federal funding available to states in order to improve walking routes to neighborhood school. Safe Routes to School has funded infrastructural efforts, like building sidewalks and crosswalks, and the program has also funded school-wide programs to increase enthusiasm for walking and biking, like after-school bike mechanic programs and Walking Wednesday events. Studies demonstrate that Safe Routes to School initiatives increase walking and biking among students and could potentially be an important tool to fight childhood obesity in any community in America. Information about program ideas and funding opportunities is available on their website. ... | 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

SUCCESS STORIES

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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