In a series of regular features, we explore ways the Every Body Walk! video series, combined with Community Commons tools, can inspire Americans to get up and moving.
In this introductory video, George C. Halvorson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, delivers some very encouraging statistics about the benefits of walking. “There is almost nothing that we can do for our own personal health, that creates more benefit, than walking,” says Halvorson. Read more
The HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH) launched its new heart attack awareness campaign targeting Spanish-speaking women age 50 and over. The “Haga La Llamada, ¡No Pierda Tiempo!” campaign builds on OWH’s successful “Make the Call, Don’t Miss a Beat” campaign. The new Spanish-language campaign aims to educate and empower Spanish-speaking women to call 9-1-1 when they experience any of the seven symptoms of a heart attack and to do the same for their mothers, sisters and friends. read more
When Coca-Cola released “Coming Together,” a 2 minute ad addressing obesity, it was met with jeers and howls of laughter. Now that the laughter has died down, CSPI thought it would attempt to translate the ad’s Cokespeak into plain English.
Research documents what educators know: healthy students are better prepared to learn and succeed in school. Yet current health and education policy misses several simple, vital opportunities to boost academic success through health promotion and school wellness. We can create a better future for our children and our nation by improving health in schools. read more
The Department of Health and Human Services relaunched their HealthCare.gov website to create the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace is designed to help individuals, families and small businesses find health insurance that fits their budget, with less hassle. read more
The American Lung Association annual “State of Tobacco Control” report reveals a tragic money trail leading to tobacco-caused death and disease that shows federal and state governments are largely failing to combat tobacco industry tactics, while diverting or misusing life-saving tobacco control funds. read more
CSPI’s latest study, Xtreme Eating 2013, reaffirms the need for restaurants and similar retail food establishments to tell customers how many calories are in their menu items. For example, who would guess that The Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta has 3,120 calories (about a day and half’s worth) or that Smoothie King’s 40 oz. Peanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie has 1,460 calories? read more
Workplace wellness programs can reduce medical costs by more than 18 percent for the average worker, according to a report published by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The January edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, published by the Elk Grove Village, Illinois-based ACOEM, includes a study titled “Medical Care Savings From Workplace Wellness Programs: What Is a Realistic Savings Potential?” read more
Hoping to bridge the gap between low-income residents and health-care services, a $100 million fund will be unveiled this week to build community centers near affordable housing as demand for primary-care services is expected to rise. Supporters say it is a new kind of public-private partnership boosted by the philanthropic sector that was inspired by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. read more
Formed in the spring of 2010, Advancing the Movement (ATM) is a network of leaders – serving across fields, political perspectives and focus areas – collaborating on policy, systems and environmental changes for a healthier, more equitable and prosperous United States of America.
From inspiring the creation of cutting-edge data, learning and performance platforms, to cultivating balanced dialogue for collective impact, ATM is transforming the way resources and best practices are shared and leveraged among communities across the country. Read more