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Vision for Healthcare’s Blindside: Savings from Screening & Addressing Social Determinants of Health

A recent RWJF Report features healthcare’s blindside: 4 out of 5 of physicians feel unequipped to address social determinants that impact patient health, such as hunger & housing needs. To ensure healthcare investment, we need financial models of healthcare savings from identifying and addressing hardships. Children's HealthWatch proposes 3 key steps: 1. Examine whether hardships (food, housing, & energy insecurity) ...more »

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A Story of Health: Health and Environment.

Multiple environments. Food. Chemicals. Social. Economic. Built. Connect the dots. Connect through stories. Kid next door with asthma. The couple who can't conceive. Little guy with a learning problem. How? Make it fun. “Piano steps” at subway, people stepped up. Art, music, movement, helps learning. Send in the clowns. No more ‘eat your spinach’, Taste the cool crunch of an apple in autumn. No more ...more »

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Academic Scholarship Program to Reduce College Student Obesity

We aim to reduce obesity in college students and improve their future prospects and that of their children. It’s original. No other obesity program targets college students; they’re the most receptive to changing physical habits and mindset. If students meet semester health targets and academic goals, tuition fees are reimbursed. It offers higher education to those who can’t afford it and motivates students to improve ...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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Innovative Community-School Partnerships Transform the Lives & Health of Vulnerable Children

Innovative school-community partnerships build on current services and transform the lives and health of vulnerable children. Increases in kindergarten children in the Sioux Falls School District with emotional-behavioral problems led the District to reach out to health care providers to form an innovative program that is being replicated in the community, and can be replicated nationally. Head Start / Early Head Start ...more »

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95210 Health and Wellness Tracking

The 95210 Family Health Tracker is a corporate wellness program designed for the entire family to track their daily health that matters the most: sleep, nutrition, screen time, physical activity, sodas and sugary drinks, tobacco exposure, walking steps, weight loss, multivitamins, and water intake. By encouraging the entire family to participate, a company may lower their health related costs, and employees will live ...more »

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R & R for RETIRED EXECUTIVES:

R & R: REFIRE & REVITALIZE Retired Executives: Many of our great minds, visionaries and world leaders are suffering life-limiting, life-shortening debilitations due greatly to misinformed lifestyle practices advocated by misinformed health-care “authorities.” Others are being “warehoused” in nursing homes where death becomes a welcome refuge from boredom, abuse and disuse. A week or 10 days of re-education taught by ...more »

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Gardens to Hospitals

The indisputable necessity for healthier meals in hospitals was illuminated in a study from UCLA and the RAND Corporation assessing food venues at California’s major children’s hospitals. The study revealed that a mere 7% of entrees served in hospitals were classified as ‘healthy.’ Dr. Lenard Lesser, the primary investigator on the study and a physician in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program ...more »

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Celebrating Families! 0-3 - reducing children’s toxic stress and ACEs

Celebrating Families! (CF!) was originally created by a 30-year old recovering, alcoholic mom to break the intergenerational cycle of addiction in her own family. CF! is now used by Drug Courts throughout the US. This 16 session, SAMHSA approved program, is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & Practices and has proven effective for families with children ages 3-18 dealing with addiction, abuse ...more »

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Visions of Eye Health from the Ocular Nutrition Society

The demand for vision services is expected to flood the healthcare system by 2015 due to age related eye disease and the diabetes epidemic. As the baby boomer generation is aging, the number of people in the US with impaired vision - including blindness - could increase by at least 60 percent over the next three decades. Therefore, disease prevention, including lifestyle modification, attention to dietary intake and supplementation ...more »

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Healthy Food School Mandate

There should be a mandate for all public schools to teach nutrition and provide only healthy food in cafeterias and vending machines. Healthy food would mean fresh and/or organic without the use of growth hormones, food coloring, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, mono-sodium glutamate (MSG), high sugar/salt/fat, as well as other unhealthy ingredients. We have an obesity epidemic in this country yet the options for ...more »

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