From executive summary:
"The vast majority of large employers offer health and wellness programs to employees, nearing saturation levels for companies with more than 1,000 employees. Small and mid-sized employers are still learning from these early adopters and marking new paths. But the use of incentives in today’s health and wellness programs is almost uniformly believed among employers of all sizes, with and without programs in place, to boost program success and return… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 31, 2009 at 5:30pm —
James Pinkerton of the New America Foundation suggests that the Congress should abandon ideology and focus on the facts that support evidence-based prevention strategies.
"The proposals in the current health reform bills, in the House, and in the Senate, aren’t talking about screening every American for obscure diseases featured only on episodes of "House." They’re focused on fighting health problems that are rampant in America–such as obesity and smoking –with proven, evidence-based… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 31, 2009 at 3:40pm —
Copied from TheLancet.com
The Lancet's H1N1 Resource Centre is the result of a collaborative effort by the editors of over 40 Elsevier-published journals and 11 learned societies who have agreed to make freely available on this site any relevant content. All papers have been selected by a Lancet editor, grouped by topic and fulltext pdfs made available to download free of charge. Please check back regularly to this site for new content. Better still, register now for site… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 31, 2009 at 1:18pm —
Coverage of health and healthcare issues was reshaped by the AIDS/HIV epidemic in the 1980's. What emerged is coverage that attempts to take a multi-dimensional look at health issues. Granted, the media have not always gotten it right; however, print, broadcast, and web not only inform, but shape public opinion. The Association of Health Care Journalists' website (http://www.healthjournalism.org/" target="_blank
)may be an outlet for… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 31, 2009 at 12:30pm —
From Architectural Record website blog post written by Jenna McKnight
"It was a packed house today at NYC’s Center for Architecture, where AIA New York teamed up with the city health department to present the fourth annual Fit City conference. The goal of the event was to bring together architects, health professionals, and government officials to discuss how buildings and urban design can improve public health.
A focus this year was on a new set of design… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 28, 2009 at 2:00pm —
What is the nexus between consumer eating behavior and obesity prevention policy. Can one inform the other....should one inform the other. If public health practitioners must engage and collaborate with the business sector, how are differences in perspective negotiated/reconciled for productive collaboration. The Hartman Group, a market research firm, challenges the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) childhood obesity prevention recommendations. When the IOM speaks doesn't everyone listen and get on… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 25, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Copied from Prevention Matters Blogspot dated August 24, 2009
Link to Hartman Group study: http://www.hartman-group.com/hartbeat/weighing-in-on-health-reform" target="_blank
The Hartman Group, a market research firm that specializes in studying how consumer attitudes and behaviors lead to purchase, says the ideal solutions to the obesity dilemma "may have little… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 25, 2009 at 11:00am —
Virginia's Tysons Corner is the 12th largest employment center in the nation. While 120,000 people work in its "fortress of unfriendly buildings", only 17,000 have a Tysons Corner residential address. A mere 14 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., the retrofit of this commercial district is expected to be completed by 2013. The project has major implications for redevelopment and will serve as a laboratory for the "new" urbanism.
Read the article from the June 22, 2009 issue of… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 19, 2009 at 2:40pm —
In his Washington Post article "The Great Prevention Myth", conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer got it all wrong. He claims that the Obama administration has taken to advancing the "prevention myth" as the panacea for a far too costly healthcare reform agenda. Krauthammer slammed Obamacare because prevention increases medical costs.… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 18, 2009 at 4:00pm —
The retail food index (RFI) is used to determine the availability of nutrious food in a community/neighborhood/study area. If you are read PolicyLink's report, Designed for Disease: The Link Between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes,
you know that obesity and diabetes rates increase, regardless of income level below or above poverty, in the absence of nutritious food options as measured by the RFI. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) released a study that examined the… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 18, 2009 at 2:00pm —
I don't know about you, but I am swamped with attending townhalls, web forums, and of course responding to action alerts from the pro-health reform camp. I am all for innovative, multi-sector, ecological, community-based, evidence-based, carbon-neutral, collaborative approaches.....you get the point. Now comes the reauthorization of the Transportation Bill. Citizen advocacy fatigue is setting in so I was very relieved to get an email alert from Transportation for America (T4A). Yes it was yet… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 14, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Many of the nation's children walk to school during the school year. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) blends injury & obesity prevention strategies. This turns out to be a winning combination beyond the schoolyard.
Read the article from Preventing Chronic Disease
-a CDC publication.
Added by Marisel Brown on August 14, 2009 at 4:06pm —
I was stunned to read on the California Convergence's Ning social network that California never had K-12 health education content standards. As a result of legislation championed by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) in 2005, the state will implement an activity/skill-based health education program for public school students. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell assembled an advisory panel to develop the standards.
Given the activity-based focus of the new… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 14, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Getting up and out is a challenge for all of us, but the YMCA and city/county park and recreation directors are going to make it easier. There is a "Y" or a park in many neighborhoods so this is a natural partnership for active living initiatives where they are most effective--at the community level.
The collaborative ,Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE), also includes NACCHO, and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and is… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 14, 2009 at 3:30pm —
If you are old enough to remember junior high Home Ec (remember that tuna casserole topped with potato chips....YUMMM) , you will wonder if our cousins across "The Pond" have lost it.
Great Britain will require all children between the ages of 11 and 14 to study home economics. The objective: teach basic nutrition and cooking skills to prevent obesity. While you may hear prominent public health practioners in the United States say "we don't work in schools", our British cousins get an A+… Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on August 14, 2009 at 11:30am —