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Strategy outlined for chronic disease prevention

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Strategy outlined for chronic disease prevention

 

To improve the nation’s health, preventing chronic diseases needs to be prioritized, says a report issued Jan. 29 by Trust for America’s Health.

To achieve that goal, the organization calls for advancements in the public health system, including increased funding, and the partnership of public health officials with physicians, health care payers and educators

(healthyamericans.org/assets/files/TFAH2013HealthierAmerica07.pdf).

 

The recommendations come on the heels of a Jan. 9 report that showed Americans on average die younger and experience higher rates of disease and injury than populations of 16 other high-income countries. That report was published by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine.

Key initiatives suggested by the Trust for America report include:

 

- Eliminating co-pays for preventive services that received an A or B grade from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

- Integrating community-based strategies into new health care models, such as by expanding accountable care organizations into accountable care communities. (ACCs work across sectors, such as housing and education, and work with physicians and public health officials to improve health.)

- Providing effective, evidence-based wellness programs at all workplaces.

 

These recommendations were made in response to data showing that more than half of Americans have one or more serious chronic diseases, a majority of which could have been prevented.

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Maryland City Elementary School Earns Recognition for Wellness Initiatives

Maryland City Elementary School Earns Recognition for Wellness Initiatives | United Way | Scoop.it

 

When Sprout network personality Sportacus from the show LazyTown flipped his way into Maryland City Elementary School this morning, the students wanted to perform their own acrobatics just like the popular character. But once they heard that their school earned the sole AACPS Wellness School of Distinction Award this year, their excitement was overflowing with cheers.

 

"We are honored and beside ourselves," Principal Karen Soneira said. "We didn’t do all this work just for the award, but it means so much to know that we’re on the right track. Our school is so diverse and there are so many needs to think about, but focusing on wellness of the students, staff, and parents is the common fiber that enables us to be successful inside and outside the classroom."

 

The AACPS Wellness Schools of Distinction Award recognizes schools that demonstrate a high priority for the health and well-being of students, staff, and school supporters by going beyond the curriculum to produce positive outcomes for the entire school community. From an engaging outdoor classroom, to raising thousands of dollars for health causes, to earning Green School status to conducting Family Fitness nights, Maryland City’s approach to creating a culture of wellness has uniquely met the needs of its students, staff, and community through strong business partnerships and collaborations.

 

 

"If we want our young people to be successful, we must acknowledge all the factors that aid in their development and performance," Superintendent Kevin Maxwell said. "We work hard to provide proper, nutritionally-sound school meals and excellent student services to our students, but we also know that our staff deserves the same support in order to deliver instruction and be healthy role models. This award shows how a school can be the ultimate centerpiece in a community."

 

Winning the prestigious honor requires that schools demonstrate a strong effort in addressing the eight components of a coordinated school health program as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control: health education, physical activity, allied health personnel partnerships, nutrition, mental wellness, school environment, staff health, and family/community involvement.

As an extension of the AACPS Wellness Committee, the award is in its second year. Sportacus also paid a visit to Arnold and Jacobsville elementary schools, which won elementary-level awards last year.

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