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Results for Physical Inactivity, (6)

Combat Obesity Among Children Advocacy Association

Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta, a national leader in pediatric health care, has launched a program called Strong4Life to address the growing number of children with diseases once seen only in adults-such as hypertension, liver and kidney disease and type 2 diabetes. The program is focused around four simple ideas to help families stay healthy - Eat Right, Be Active, Get Support and Have Fun. The program includes a campaign to increase awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic through billboards, ads and commercials throughout Atlanta as well as an interactive website. The online tool provides parents and families with more information on obesity and the related health risks, tips on how families can partner with their physician to improve a child's health through weight loss, and a variety of simple ideas and tips for parents on how to stop obesity in their own home. ... | Read More

Exercise to Improve Mental Health Published literature

Even with therapy and appropriate medications, patients with mental illness have a decreased life-span and lower quality of life due to a high frequency of physical health problems, addiction, and chronic illness. In order to improve the poor physical health that can lead to early death among patients with mental illness, Monadnock Family Services, a community mental health center in New Hampshire, launched the In SHAPE program. This program enrolls adults with mental illness in wellness activities in the community such as exercise and dance classes, weight loss programs and smoking cessation groups. A trained health mentor works with each In SHAPE participant to develop a personalized plan for health action and empowerment and helps participants put their SHAPE plan into action. The program also includes a large group meeting for participants every 12 weeks to celebrate achievements, recognize participant efforts and provide incentives for the next 12 weeks. A study of the SHAPE program found that over a nine month period, participants reported increased time engaged in physical activity, greater readiness to reduce caloric intake, smaller waist circumference, higher degree of satisfaction with physical health, mental functioning and improved symptoms. ... | Read More

Promote a Health Behavior Change Program Published literature

Evidence suggests that individually adapted health behavior change programs are successful in increasing physical activity. Personalized health behavior change programs are adapted to the individual's readiness for change, interests, and preferences. These programs teach behavioral skills that encourage incorporating physical activity into daily routines. The programs are designed to assist the individual to: (1) set goals for physical activity and self-monitor progress, (2) build social support for new behavioral patterns, (3) learn positive reinforcement of behavior through self-reward and positive self-talk, (4) maintain behavior changes, and (5) prevent relapse into sedentary behaviors. ... | Read More

Promote Physical Activity Published literature

The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity presents a clear framework and guidelines for implementing programs and interventions to increase physical activity within the population. The guidelines are meant to be applicable to all countries and includes actions that can be taken at all levels. ... | Read More

Promote Physical Activity Published literature

The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity presents a clear framework and guidelines for implementing programs and interventions to increase physical activity within the population. The guidelines are meant to be applicable to all countries and includes actions that can be taken at all levels. ... | Read More

Treat Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Professional Association

The American Geriatrics Society provides guidelines for treating type 2 diabetes in older adults. ... | 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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