National Public Health Week

NPHW_(2)BE THE HEALTHIEST NATION IN ONE GENERATION

For the first time in decades, the current generation isn’t as healthy as the one that came before. Communities need to band together to take a stance against this disturbing trend to make sure that children and young adults have bright, healthy futures. Public health professionals can lead the way by helping communities identify the resources and information available to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Did you know?

  • The U.S. spends far more on health care than any other country, with such costs rising tenfold from 1980 to 2010 and expected to rise faster than national income during the foreseeable future. However, investing just $10 per person each year in proven, community-based public health efforts could save the nation more than $16 billion within five years. [1]
  •  By 2020, the direct benefits of the federal Clean Air Act will have reached almost $2 trillion, much more than the $65 billion it will have cost to implement the law. About 85 percent of the $2 trillion is attributable to decreases in premature death and illness related to air pollution. [2]
  • Twenty-three to one: That’s the rate of the return on investment in clean water technologies in the first half of the 20th century. [3]
  • Widening access to care by investing in expanded Medicaid eligibility, which is encouraged and funded via the Affordable Care Act, results in better health outcomes and reductions in mortality, especially among communities already struggling with health problems. [4]
  • The Health Care Innovation Awards are funding up to $1 billion in awards to organizations that implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, particularly those with the highest health care needs. [5]

Start Here:

  • APHA promotes “Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments.” The guide was created by the American Public Health Association, Public Health Institute and the California Department of Public Health in response to growing interest in using collaborative approaches to improve population health by embedding health considerations into decision-making processes across a broad array of sectors. Share these details and policies with local public health professionals.
  • There are numerous ways that the Affordable Care Act will benefit specific populations such as children and parents, childless adults, the elderly, women, low-income individuals and families, LGBT individuals and families, racial and ethnic minorities and others. The ACA will also benefit small businesses, health care providers, and states. Visit APHA’s website for consumer education resources on the ACA.
  • Visit HealthCare.gov to learn more about newly available options for health care and enroll in coverage provided under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Promote educational webinars hosted by national organizations such as APHA, CDC, or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with your community so that they know where to go for the most up-to-date information on policy changes that impact public health. Host an after-party to help answer any additional questions.
  • Partner with a local university’s public health department to help educate the community on public health options available to them. Learn about innovative project taking place at these institutions and how they could impact your community.

Taken From: nphw.org (link) 

 

American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

diabetes alert dayTomorrow is American Diabetes Association Alert Day®! Help to spread awareness for diabetes prevention!

American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, the next Alert Day will take place on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventive tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

For every test taken, Boar’s Head Brand® – a leading provider of premium delicatessen products – will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association starting March 25 through April 25, 2014, up to $50,000.

American Diabetes Association Alert Day is also nationally supported by Walgreens.

Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.

– See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/alert-day/#sthash.qFL5YZnU.dpuf

Brain Awareness Week!

g_colBrain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Founded in 1996 by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations from around the world in a week-long celebration of the brain every March. Partners include universities, hospitals, K-12 schools, advocacy groups, government agencies, service organizations, professional groups, and affiliates. During BAW, partners organize creative and innovative activities in their communities to educate and excite people of all ages about the brain and the promise of brain research.

 

National Sleep Awareness Week®

How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Are you getting enough sleep?

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Sleep provides amazing benefits:

  • Lowers stress & improves mood
  • Helps you maintain a healthy weight
  • Improves athletic performance & coordination
  • Increases your ability to pay attention & remember new information

Resource: Sleepfoundation.org

Pinnaclife-Sleep_DSC7255For sleep troubles, try Pinnaclife Sleep Support.

What is it?
A non-addictive sleep aid blended with melatonin, magnesium and curcumin (from the spice, turmeric). Addition of Olivamine10 provides additional antioxidant support and all of the other benefits from this blend.

What does it do?
When combined with good sleep hygiene practices, it promotes a healthy sleep cycle and avoids being over sedating – meaning people wake up feeling more alert and well rested

Who is it for?
Customers or patients with the following: irregular work schedule, 3rd shift hours, jet lag, history of insomnia or restless sleep, history of substance abuse / addiction, or poor response to common over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids.  Always practice good sleep hygiene including going to bed at the same time every night, avoiding lights/TV/sound while in bed, avoiding caffeine or stimulants at least 8 hours before bedtime, getting daily physical activity, and finding ways to relax at least an hour before bed.