Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Colorado #2 in "States where fitness is king"

courtesy of WSJ

Even people dedicated enough to log their workouts on a smartphone app don’t exercise as much as experts say they should.

That is a piece of the picture painted by 2014 data from MapMyFitness, one of the most popular workout-tracking apps in the U.S., with 22 million users. Users tell the app they’re taking a walk or run, for instance, and it tracks the number of minutes of activity and registers their location. So a vacationing Vermonter’s run in Santa Fe would show up in New Mexico’s workout minutes.

California topped all states in exercise with 87 workout minutes a week per user. The state has favorable weather and has long been a center of healthy activity. It was followed by Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Arizona.

For the rest of the story, go to The Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tri-County hiring wellness and healthy food specialists

Tri-County Health Department is seeking applicants for full-time (3-yr) positions; Worksite Wellness Specialist and  Healthy Food and Beverage Policy Specialist.  The department seeks enthusiastic professionals with backgrounds in wellness, health promotion, nutrition, policy, and/or public health to join our team.  Full details and application instructions can be found at:  http://www.tchd.org/Jobs.aspx

It’s not high school civics, but parents (and teens) learn the ropes of public policy

Nate Donovan’s idea was simple: Teach school bus drivers and aides basic Spanish phrases to help them better communicate with Spanish-speaking students and families.

He called the project, “School Bus Drivers Habla Espanol.”

he Fort Collins resident, a school bus driver himself, presented the idea to three-dozen adults and teenagers gathered in a Loveland 4H meeting room one Thursday night last month. They were his classmates in a 20-week course called the Family Leadership Training Institute, or FLTI.

One by one, all of them would present their own community project proposals at a podium in front of the room. But that night Donovan had a special addendum to his three-minute speech. He announced that just a few days before he’d filed the preliminary paperwork needed to run for school board next fall.

“This is my calling and it starts right here, right now,” he said, to enthusiastic applause and cheers from his fellow students.

It may not have been the conventional backdrop for such an announcement, but it seemed fitting for a class that helps participants learn how to navigate the world of public policy.

While the class is non-partisan and focuses on no single policy issue, the point is to get parents and other community members engaged in bigger discussions about the issues that affect their lives.

In other words, “Teaching families how to go from the kitchen table to the policy table,” said Eileen Forlenza, a parent and community engagement specialist at the state health department. The department coordinates the program.

For the rest of the story, go to Chalkbeat Colorado.

Colorado Colorectal Cancer Summit

Regional and national healthcare leaders will be in Denver May 26 and 27 to discuss ways to save lives and improve colorectal cancer screening rates during the Rocky Mountain Colorectal Cancer Screening Summit.

Colorado ranks 22nd nationwide for colorectal cancer screenings, and 65 percent of Colorado residents, age 50-75, are up-to-date on colorectal cancer screenings. Colorado's goal is 80 percent. Colorectal cancer can be completely prevented by screening and it is also one of the most successfully treated cancers if diagnosed early. The five-year survival rate is around 90 percent for colorectal cancers caught in their earliest stage. 

Rocky Mountain Colorectal Cancer Screening Summit
Tuesday, May 26 – 2:30 to 5 p.m. 
 Wednesday, May 27 – 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites Denver Southeast, 7525 East Hampden Avenue


Dr. Richard Wender – Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society
Dr. Dennis Ahnen – National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable; University of Colorado 
Dr. Tim Byers, MPH – Colorado School of Public Health; CU Cancer Center

For more information, contact Lisa Bade

Monday, May 18, 2015

Don't Miss Out: Final Chance to Register for Chronic Disease Prevention Conference

Evidence-based Solutions for Prediabetes and Hypertension: Shifting the Practice Paradigm
DATE:  Friday, June 12, 2015

TIME:  8 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

LOCATION:  The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center,
                    200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, CO 80112

COST:  Free

Event registration closes May 30. Don't miss out on this learning event!
Register now!
Registration password:CDPHE
Conference event brochure
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT colorado.gov/cdphe/chronicdisease2015events
Continuing Education credits will be available.

This event aligns with the Million Hearts® initiative.*

* "The Million Hearts® word and logo marks, and the Be One in a Million Hearts® slogan and logo marks and associated trade dress are owned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Use of these marks does not imply endorsement by HHS. Use of the Marks also does not necessarily imply that the materials have been reviewed or approved by HHS."
CDPHE Prevention Services Division 

Friday, May 15, 2015

A prescription for prevention

Preventable chronic diseases now affect half the U.S. adult population and account for the bulk of U.S. health care costs. Prevention strategies focused on risk factors for these diseases are critical to improving health and reducing health care costs. To tackle this challenge, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) convened the Prevention Task Force to develop a framework and recommendations for integrating prevention into the nation’s approach to health and health care.
The BPC will host a release and discussion of the task force’s white paper, A Prevention Prescription for Improving Health and Health Care in America, in Washington, D.C. Bringing together experts from across the health, public health and budget sectors, the task force examined the opportunities to boost investment in prevention within the rapidly changing health care delivery system landscape.
WHEN: Thursday, May 28th 2015 01:00 p.m. to 02:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20005
For information and registration, go to the Bipartisan Policy Center.

FREE Self-Management Program for Older Adults with Chronic Disease in Colorado

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a six-week, peer-led, evidence-based workshop developed at Stanford University.

Through a grant held by the Colorado Department of Human Services, State Unit on Aging, this workshop is currently offered free of charge to Coloradans age 60 and older with a chronic health condition or age 18 and older with a disability

CDSMP gives participants the tools they need to set achievable goals, reduce stress, eat healthier foods and increase their physical activity. The program also cuts health care costs, reducing hospitalizations and physician visits.

Workshops are offered in counties across the state. For a full schedule, go to selfmanagementcolorado.org.