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Hunger is a Health Issue

By Lee W. Hammerling, MD, ProMedica chief medical officer

Chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, can be difficult to manage. The lack of a very basic human need – nutritious food – can further exacerbate these diagnoses. Hunger and malnutrition also can make obesity and mental illness more severe. And hungry or malnourished children are more prone to colds, developmental delays, and other ailments.

School Nurses are focused on prevention of chronic health conditions

August 7, 2013 - Guest PFCD blog by Shirley Schantz, EdD, ARNP, RN and Angela Shubert, National Association of School Nurses

The statistics are startling and demand attention: One in three children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese. Today’s children could be the first generation to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. But we can reverse this trend and bring health costs down at the same time by investing in transformative and cross-cutting disease prevention programs. This is why the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) believes that addressing obesity in America should be a national priority. We can save children from life-threatening diseases by better managing and preventing obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases.

AMA Declaration and Proposed Legislation Provides Additional Tools to Curb Obesity and Diabetes in Medicare

June 19, 2013

Today Reps. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) Ron Kind (D-WI) along with Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bipartisan bill focused on treatment and prevention of obesity in America. The "Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013" takes an important step to curb this growing epidemic by providing physicians with the necessary tools to address obesity and diabetes in this country.

Poor adherence generates higher health care costs and worse health outcomes

A new national survey commissioned by the Partnership for a Healthy America and conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies, confirms that we have a serious adherence program in America. Two out of three of us are not taking our medicines as prescribed.

Key Element Missing in Healthcare Decisions: Patients

February 4, 2013

We all are patients at some point and experience the challenges of making important healthcare decisions, often with less information then we need to make informed decisions. Having a “patient-centered” health system is a commonly cited goal of health reforms. Though there is general recognition that engaging patients in the critical decisions affecting their health are central to improving health and healthcare system performance, there are still significant gaps between what patients want and what they actually receive.

Last Week in Health Care

December 17, 2012

Several interesting health care-related stories from last week…from Thursday’s Washington Post’s Health & Science section, David Brown outlined a new study that highlights the long term burdens of disease.  In Thursday’s Politico Jason Millman painted a picture of what Medicaid might look like after entitlement cuts.

Research and Metrics Underscore the Importance of Fighting Chronic Disease

December 14, 2012

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) is the largest ever systematic effort to capture the global distribution and causes of a wide array of major diseases, injuries, and health risk factors. The report highlights non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, as the dominant causes of death and disability worldwide. Released in December 2012, the study underscores what the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease has been working against since its inception - chronic disease and resulting rising costs, especially as an aging worldwide population commands increasing resources and interventions.

Last Week in Health Care

December 10, 2012

It was a busy week for healthcare news despite the dominant stories still revolving around the continuing “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington…On the prevention front, KHN reported Tuesday on a recent Kaiser Permanente study that might shed light on the slow uptake on preventive services in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. 

As a sign of the still-challenging financial times, the New York Times reported Friday that, despite states collecting record tobacco settlement revenue, many are drastically cutting their prevention programs. 

Affordable Care Act Proposed Rules

November 27, 2012

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Obama administration announced new regulations to implement three key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. They focus on insurance market reforms, standards for coverage of essential health benefits and employer-based wellness programs.

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