The 2010 Hawaii Community Health Needs Assessment- Community Voices On Health will be used to develop a community benefits strategic plan and related programming efforts for the next three years (2011-2013). The assessment report looks at Hawaii's overall demographics, health status, health disparities, and gaps in health care services. The report also covers trends in social and economic determinants of health.
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), its Department of Pediatrics, and the Hawai‘i Initiative for Childhood Obesity Research and Education (HICORE) are launching a new community campaign to prevent childhood obesity. Several local healthcare organizations are supporting this collaborative effort. Based at the JABSOM Department of Pediatrics, the Hawai‘i 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go Initiative aims to prevent childhood obesity through a coordinated, health education campaign which promotes a healthy lifestyle message.
March 25 2011 Resources on Health Effects of Sugar Sweetened Beverages
Informational briefing on the health effects of sweetened drink has been re-scheduled for Monday, March 28 at 3:00 pm in room 229 of the Capitol.
Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy: Issue Overview and Fact Sheets
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes and Public Health
Center for Disease Control: Does Drinking Beverages with Added Sugars Increase the Risk of Overweight?
Researchers supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) have found evidence that high impact physical activity during childhood and early adolescence can lead to long-term improvements in bone mass, even after the cessatioInformational briefing on the health effects of sweetened drink is scheduled for Monday, March 28 at 3:00 pm in room 229 of the Capitol.n of exercise. Their study was published in a recent issue of Osteoporosis International.
In 1997, the Office of Management and Budget issued revised standards for reporting race and ethnicity in federal datasets. To quantify the health status of NHPI mothers and infants in King County, Washington, 2003--2008 vital statistics for NHPI disaggregated from Asians were used to assess several key maternal and birth outcome indicators.
January 20, 2011 Surgeon general calls for action to support breast-feeding
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin today will issue a call to remove obstacles that prevent women, especially working mothers, from breast-feeding. She is urging health care professionals to emphasize the benefits of breast-feeding. Many companies are directed under the new health care law to provide time and privacy for breast-feeding employees.
January 20, 2011 Experts say early intervention is key to obesity prevention
Pediatric and nutrition experts say paying attention to early growth patterns in children and providing age-appropriate interventions if needed can help prevent obesity. They say programs aimed at infants, while controversial, can have an impact and the prenatal environment also plays a role in a child's future weight and health.
January 18, 2011 Experts look to combat poor sleep habits in children
Studies show that sleep is a significant contributing factor in children's risk of later mental illnesses, especially anxiety disorders and depression, but many youngsters have difficulty getting the recommended hours of sleep. Experts say parents can help their children get enough sleep by setting a regular bedtime and limiting screen-time hours before bed. A team of clinicians also is working on a technique that teaches children to reduce anxious thoughts to ease sleep problems.
January 4, 2011 Obesity in Nauru: Highest in the world? (VIDEO)
The tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru holds that honor. At only 8.1 sq. miles, with a population of less than 10,000, the country's inhabitants have virtually become giants.
December 16, 2010 Study links early schooling in girls to lower obesity risk
Data from about 6,000 U.S. girls showed that those who were able to start school at a younger age had a significantly lower risk of being overweight or obese during adolescence than counterparts who began schooling later. Researchers said that the link could be attributed to peer influence, although a similar trend was not found in boys.
December 14, 2010 Child Nutrition Act: Key Changes the New Law Delivers
This week President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The $4.5 billion bill aims to make school foods more nutritious and expand the reach of lunches and dinners to thousands of children. But how exactly will it impact the future health of America's children? Here are 12 key points of the new law.
The CDC and the AAP are calling for clinicians to use World Health Organization growth curves for children up to 23 months and the CDC growth curves for older children.
October 27, 2011 Prevention Works—AJPH special issue features Prevention Institute
The November issue of the American Journal of Public Health helps prove that, in the words of Ray Baxter of Kaiser Permanente and Bob Ross of The California Endowment, "Prevention works."
October 21, 2010 Lunch Line Redesign
School cafeterias are much criticized for offering the kind of snack foods and desserts that contribute to childhood obesity. But banning junk food from cafeterias, as some schools have tried, or serving only escarole or tofu, can backfire. Students then skip lunch, bring in their own snacks or head out for fast food. We’ve even seen some pizzas delivered to a side door.
October 7, 2010 Pediatrician has prescription to fight obesity
Some of Dr. Maria Brown's young patients won't be getting a prescription they can fill at a pharmacy. Instead, they'll be instructed to fill their lungs with fresh air, feel the sunlight on their skin and stretch their muscles in the great outdoors. They will be told to walk around the block, visit a nature center or take a bike ride with their parents.
October 7, 2010 Insufficient Sleep, Diet, and Obesity
What is the problem and what is known about it so far?
Obesity is a substantial risk factor for serious illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Patients are usually advised to reduce their weight by restricting caloric intake (dieting) and increasing the amount of daily exercise. Some experts also believe that lack of sufﬁcient sleep may contribute to obesity.
October 5, 2010 Sweetened Beverage Tax any link to job losses?
Man Eating Sugar. New York City Health Department.
You'd never eat 16 packs of sugar. Why would you drink 16 packs of sugar? There are 16 packs of sugar in one 20 oz. bottle of soda. All those extra calories can bring on obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Go with water, fat-free milk, seltzer or unsweetened tea instead.
September 23, 2010 Overweight kids face bias from own moms, dads
Study finds parents less willing to help buy car, pay tuition for obese offspring. Overweight youngsters may face discrimination at school and in relationships, but a U.S. study has found they can also receive harsher treatment at home — from their own parents.
September 14, 2010 Native Hawaiians: Vulnerability to early death at all ages
ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Throughout their lives, Native Hawaiians have higher risks of death than white Americans, according to a University of Michigan study.
The research is the first known study to assess mortality patterns among Native Hawaiians at the national level, including those living outside the state of Hawaii.
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September 9, 2010 New recommendations for use of growth charts
With support from the AAP and National Institutes of Health, the CDC has released a recommendation that U.S. clinicians use the 2006 World Health Organization international growth charts, rather than the 2000 CDC growth charts, for children aged 0-23 months. When using the WHO growth charts to assess growth, use of the 2.3rd and 97.7th percentiles (2 standard deviations) are recommended, rather than the 5th and 95th percentiles. The CDC growth charts should continue to be used for the assessment of growth in persons aged 2 to 19 years.
September 8, 2010 First lady pushes for passage of Child Nutrition Act
First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to pass the Child Nutrition Act, which would push forward her "Let's Move!" campaign against childhood obesity. The House is expected to put the bill on its agenda this month, and lawmakers will likely add new elements and more funding to the $4.5 billion version passed by the Senate
September 6, 2010 Lack of nighttime sleep may increase obesity risk in children.
Children age 4 and younger who slept less than 10 hours at night were 80% more likely to be overweight or obese five years later compared with those who slept longer, a U.S. study found. Researchers said that a lack of adequate nighttime sleep might be a lasting risk factor for obesity and that napping should not be a substitute for nighttime sleep.
The National Survey of Children’s Health provides us with an excellent opportunity to explore important child health issues both nationally and in Hawai‘i. The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Family Health Services Division is pleased to present the Health Status of Children in Hawai‘i: 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health. This report uses 2007 data and highlights 22 child health indicators representing the following:
1) physical, mental, and dental health, 2) health care access, quality, and insurance coverage, and 3) community, school, and family life/health. Hawai‘i data was examined for each indicator by age, race, gender, federal poverty level categories, and insurance type. Disparities among the speciﬁ c population groups are highlighted for each indicator. The information presented in this report is meant to stimulate action by policy makers, planners, and the community who consistently strive to improve the health of children in Hawai‘i.
August 5, 2010 Mentorship program helps prevent obesity in adolescents
A study that paired college student mentors with mainly black urban children ages 11 to 16 helped the youngsters learn to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. The study inPediatrics showed the rate of obese and overweight children in the group dropped 5% and the one-on-one mentoring prevented some from becoming overweight for at least two years after the program ended.
Babies were more likely to eat vegetables and try new foods if their mothers were taught about responsible feeding, researchers reported. Nurses visited the first-time mothers and instructed them on timing and introducing solid foods, using repeated exposure to get infants to accept new items, and how to recognize signs of hunger and fullness. HealthDay News
Co-creator of the philanthropic FEED bags, Ellen Gustafson says hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin. At TEDxEast, she launches The 30 Project -- a way to change how we farm and eat in the next 30 years, and solve the global food inequalities behind both epidemics.
Washington, D.C. June 29, 2010 - Hawaii was named the fifth least obese state in the country, according to the seventh annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010 report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The state's adult obesity rate is 22.6 percent, and, in Hawaii men are more obese than women at 25 percent. Now more than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25 percent.
June 29, 2010 Pediatric hypertension becomes bigger health care issue
Pediatric blood pressure is becoming a more important health care issue, driven by rising hypertension rates among overweight children that can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and other problems. Regular blood-pressure screenings can help identify children who may need dietary changes and physical activity to lose weight and reverse the bad effects of high blood pressure.
More than one in three middle school students who regularly eat school lunches are obese or overweight. They’re also more likely to have high LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels than kids who bring lunch from home. The research suggests that efforts to provide healthier choices on school lunch menus still have a long way to go, says Elizabeth Jackson, MD, MPH, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.
As part of the Community Putting Prevention to Work initiative, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded grants to prevent chronic disease and promote wellness to 44 communities in 31 states across the country. The grants, totaling more than $370 million, will support public health efforts to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, reduce obesity and decrease tobacco use. Twenty-three communities will focus solely on preventing obesity. Fourteen will work on preventing tobacco use. Seven additional communities will address both public health opportunities.
March 19, 2010 Congratulations Dr. Katie Heinrich
and the UH JABSOM Office of Public Health Studies!
CONGRATULATIONS HAWAIʻI STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH!!
A historic new investment in prevention and wellness in communities across the country. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative from HHS headquarters in Washington, DC. Over the next two years $370 million will be invested tobacco and obesity-prevention programs in cities, towns, rural areas, and tribal communities across America. In Hawaiʻi, two programs are funded through the Hawaiʻi Department of Health $3.4 Million: (1) Kauai will increase residents’ awareness and knowledge of healthy eating and active living through multiple media venues; increase physical activity and improve nutrition through social support, culturally appropriate education, and behavior change; increase access to and consumption of local produce including links to restaurants and grocery stores; restrict the availability of unhealthy foods in schools; promote healthy foods in grocery stores; and improve active transport and public transportation infrastructure. (2) Maui will work to prevent obesity by educating residents, increasing knowledge, and raising awareness about healthy eating and active living through multiple media venues; increasing physical activity and improving nutrition through social support, culturally appropriate education and behavior change; increasing access to and consumption of local produce; restricting the availability of unhealthy foods in schools; promoting healthy foods in grocery stores; and improving active transport and public transportation infrastructure.
Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.
By Dr. Judith S. Palfrey, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics.
As a pediatrician, my number one goal is to keep children healthy. Yet, over the 30 years I’ve been in practice, there has been a distressing increase in the number of children and adolescents who are overweight and obese. Today, most physicians are dealing with overweight and obesity in about 30 percent of the children we treat. These staggering numbers have alarmed the pediatric community, and they should spur us as a nation into action.
Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.
Hawaiʻi is one of only eight locations in the U.S. to receive the “rapid response funding award” from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through the Active Living Research Program. In Hawaiʻi, the funding creates a program called HO‘ALA—which stands for Hawaii’s Opportunity for Active Living Advancement. The word means “to waken” in the Native Hawaiian language.
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of children ages 8 to 18 showed they spend about 7.5 hours a day -- or more than 53 hours a week -- using media, an increase from the six hours and 19 minutes reported 10 years ago. Data showed black and Hispanic children spend almost one-third more time with electronics each day than their white counterparts.
A CDC study found that one in five teens and children in the U.S. has high cholesterol. Researchers say overweight and obese children and teens were more likely to have abnormal lipid levels compared with peers of normal weight. 1 in 5 U.S. Kids Has High Cholesterol: Obese, overweight at greatest risk for heart disease as adults, CDC report notes.
Marketing foods to children and adolescents: licensed characters and other promotions on packaged foods in the supermarket.
April 1, 2009 Healthiest Nation in One Generation
Lets face it as a nation were not nearly as healthy as we should be. But it doesnt have to be this way. With your help, we can make America the healthiest nation in one generation. Want to learn how?