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Quality Improvement training in all healthcare professional education

It’s time to make quality improvement (QI) an integral part of medical culture. Let’s unite the disciplines of medicine and QI to empower providers early on in their training to both provide excellent care and advocate for high-quality, cost-efficient care at a systems level. Health improvement advocates have long applied QI methods to achieve the triple aim of better health, better care, and lower costs. Yet many providers ...more »

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Fit Kids: A Free, After-School Fitness Program fighting obesity, and building confidence. Simple.

Childhood Obesity will help bankrupt our healthcare system if we do not fight back. Physical activity is a natural weapon to fight obesity. Research suggests that physically active children grow up to be physically active adults, so let’s get kids moving through an innovative, free, after school youth fitness program that simply makes fitness fun! By teaching children at a young age that fitness can be fun, and allowing ...more »

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Improve a person’s health by improving their employment status

Today we hear so much about improving our health, but the focus on improving one’s health is primarily on a person’s physical health - access to health care, exercise and nutrition. We need to increase our scope of thinking to truly have an impact an individual’s overall health. We at HRU believe that physical health should not be looked at as an isolated silo, but part of a larger picture. In order to increase an ...more »

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Extrinsic Reward System to Guide the Quality of Children's Nutritional Choices

Reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity requires cultural change in how kids value food. We propose a method of making the nutritional merits of food irresistible, much as traditional marketing methods did for unhealthy products. Our game, Fitter Critters, won 2nd place in Let's Move's Apps for Healthy Kids (http://is.gd/lrn7fN), and a study by U. Mass Medical found it significantly increased self-efficacy and positive ...more »

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Don't Indoctrinate New Doctors: a fresh dialogue for physician-patient communications

Each year approximately 18,000 new medical students step into their white coats. Within a few short months they are introduced to the central dogma of how modern medical care is structured: the chief complaint and history of present illness. These are the core first two steps of taking a history, the scripted series of questions that guide a physician through talking to a patient. This method is emphasized for new medical ...more »

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Empowering Teachers to Battle Childhood Obesity

Children spend most of their time at school but physical activity opportunities have been declining nationwide and the problem of childhood obesity remains unmitigated. Modern approaches call for integration of physical activity in the academic classroom throughout the school hours that can increase physical activity levels, improve cognitive and academic performance and motivate students to be both active and learning. ...more »

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Obliterating Obesity. Let's Help Kids Learn to Physically Pull Their Own Weight!

In this study 492 second, third, and fourth graders (all of whom could do at least one conventional pull up) were tested for their BMI. Of these 492 students, 202 were girls and 290 were boys. According to the data, NONE of the girls were obese. And a full 92% fell into the normal weight range. Which is to say, ONLY 8% fell into the overweight range and carried any excess weight at all. As for the boys, 85% fell ...more »

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Make Healthy Eating and Exercise Fun and Exciting for Kids at the Earliest Possible Age

Rip a page out of McDonald’s play book using their marketing strategies.Get kids excited about healthy eating and exercise at the earliest possible age. Known fact: Taste buds have memories. The foods kids eat from 12 to 30 months will usually be the foods THEY WANT TO EAT for the rest of their lives. To accomplish that goal, we have created a cast of cartoon characters called the VEDGE’ Kids (Vigorous, EDucated and ...more »

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