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Making Monday the Day All Health Breaks Loose!

We have the audacious goal to steal a day of the week for health. Imagine if every Monday people joined together to commit to the behaviors that can help end chronic preventable diseases. Why Monday? People view Monday as a day for a fresh start and are more likely to start diets and exercise regimes, quit smoking, call a doctor and seek out health information on Monday than any other day. Making Monday Health ...more »

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Diabetes Prevention Online Intervention Program

Diabetes costs $245 billion/yr. 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes: blood glucose levels elevated but not yet diabetes. Without prevention, progression to diabetes is 10%/yr. Progression can be prevented by lifestyle changes -- physical activity, eating habits, modest weight loss -- as proven by the DPP study. DPP is being replicated nationally. But the program is intensive, requiring attendance at classes weekly ...more »

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Increase Care Quality and Save $25 Billion in Wasted Health Costs

76% of readmissions are preventable and financial penalties are now in place. Hospitals have never been more motivated to address the problem. Apparos Health wants to eliminate this cycle, reduce readmissions, and save hospitals the $25 billion lost from preventable readmissions. Apparos Health can do this by leveraging a patented, proven educational technology platform ranked #2 in the world to deliver proprietary, ...more »

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Filling Safety Net Gaps One Family at a Time Addresses Social Determinants for Two Generations

Family resources impact health outcomes and medical professionals want to write “social need’ prescriptions. Let’s let them. To a low-income family, one catalytic need – a security deposit, a bed – can be the difference between success and backsliding. Benevolent successfully fills these gaps, working with community organizations and individuals, allowing professionals to post clients’ needs online, and inviting donors ...more »

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Revolutionize pediatric medicine and transform the way society responds to challenges facing kids

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study is one of the largest investigations into early adversity and later-life health. It revealed that the more categories of ACEs, the higher the risk of chronic illnesses and toxic stress. Yet, the link between early adverse experiences and health, learning and behavior is often overlooked or misunderstood in traditional health care settings, especially in urban areas. The ...more »

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Active at Work ... and Play with ‘Active Motion Seating’

We spend way too much time sitting still. Imagine the health benefits of going for nice long walks instead of sitting still all these hours. Impossible? You'd never have the time? But this is exactly what both adults and kids can do with Active Motion Seating - healthy low intensity physical activity – while safely seated – without reducing work productivity. Guided by a concept from economics, ‘optimal defaults’, ...more »

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Vision: Preventative Care-A public health model transforms the way hospitals deliver care:

Hospitals provide universal, preventative obesity screening (simple) intervene (disruptive) and refer to community-based care & treatment (innovative) How to get there: ask what is your height and weight? 1 question during a hospital admission could transform care, health & cost -quickly assesses the severity of risk (a BMI calculation of at least 25 based on height and weight of an adult is overweight, at risk for ...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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Push Beyond WEIRD: Community-Emergent Prevention Practices for Type 2 Diabetes

Health education and prevention programs for type 2 diabetes are designed for WEIRD populations (white, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic). When we translate WEIRD health interventions for American Indians, African Americans or Latinos, we introduce practices that do not come from the communities themselves. Studies show that in time these prevention efforts ware off. Lets support a new model for prevention ...more »

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Use Personalized Medicine to Improve Cancer Screening

The conventional wisdom about cancer screening is "early detection is always good". However, recent studies have brought this into question. More screening leads to more diagnoses, and more procedures, but often does NOT prolong lives. That has led to recommendations against common cancer screening tests such as the PSA test. It also leads to calls to reduce using the word "cancer" in diagnoses. Cancer screening ...more »

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Prevention is what everyone wants to focus on, but too often our community waits until they have the disease to begin treatment. Doctors often don't have time when seeing patients to even look at lifestyle behaviors. 1) Things could change by changing the social norm to be more active in order to prevent illness before it starts 2) Reform insurance policies to offer discounts and other incentives to exercise, even ...more »

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Reduce childhood trauma & adult health problems by teaching healthy relationship skills to parents

The ACE study shows that risk factors for many chronic diseases cluster in people who experience maltreatment in childhood often due to family instability. Children raised in fragile families all too frequently experience abuse, violence, and trauma. This new approach of teaching at-risk parents the skills necessary to form and sustain long-term, stable romantic relationships to prevent childhood trauma is a primary ...more »

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