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Assist Students Who Want to Quit Smoking Government - non-federal

School Staff in Suffolk county are trained to provide cessation programs for students who smoke. ... | 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

Build a Coalition to Address Tobacco Use Government - Federal

This user guide focuses on the critical role coalitions play in a comprehensive tobacco control program. According to Best Practices, communities need to work toward transforming the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of users and nonusers by changing the way tobacco is promoted, sold, and used. ... | 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

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

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

Educate about Waterpipe Tobacco Use Advocacy Association

Young adults have brought back the trend of using waterpipe tobacco(hookahs). Evidence exists that shows that waterpipe tobacco, causes some of the same health risk as smoking cigarettes. The American Lung Association recommends educating the public of the potential danger of the growing waterpipe trend. ... | Read More

Encourage Physical Activity in Employees Advocacy Association

American Cancer Society's Active for Life is a workplace physical activity program. They offer a 10-week on-line program that uses individual and group strategies to help employees become more physically active. ... | Read More

Find Cancer in the Earliest Stages Website - other

The Cancer Institute at the Washington Hospital Center has created a novel approach to cancer prevention, the Cancer Preventorium. The Preventorium is completely dedicated to combating cancer through prevention and early detection and treatment. This innovative clinic is aimed at healthy, symptom-free patients, especially lower income and Latino patients who often have less access to preventive services. The clinic provides patients with an assessment of personal cancer risk, cancer prevention education, and appropriate screening tests at low cost, based on Medicare rates. To help guide them through the process, each patient is paired with a program navigator who helps with appointments and referrals, reminders, and transitions between facilities. The Preventorium model was created with the understanding that prevention efforts can only work if the public at large understands the importance of prevention and buys into the program. With this in mind, the Preventorium also sponsors a far-reaching outreach program including radio and television shows, prevention websites, and regular columns in print media all focused on cancer education, prevention, and healthy lifestyle changes. ... | 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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