CA Access News

January 2011

In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us

 

As we kick off the New Year, health and wellness is at the forefront of everyone's mind. With that focus, comes a platter of topics and concerns. Childhood obesity continues to be a prominent concern in the United States, reaching far beyond the medical community alone. Research has shown that obesity, poor nutrition and low physical activity may affect children's cognitive and physical outcomes. Great strides are being made in fighting childhood obesity, but even more action is needed to combat this ever-increasing epidemic. The following information gives you a snapshot of what's being done to help reduce the prevalence of obesity in America.

Combating Childhood Obesity

In early 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let's Move! campaign with the intent of eliminating the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. As part of the First Lady's overall campaign, President Obama recently signed Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law, which will take effect in 2011. Read more

Legislative Update - State and Federal

Keep abreast of proposed legislation and what it means to your organization. Following is a list of state and federal legislation. Read more


Partner Spotlight

Real Medicine Foundation

Recently, CPAT Partner and founder and CEO of Real Medicine Foundation, Martina Fuchs, was honored with Lifetime Network's Remarkable Woman award. The award spotlights extraordinary women who inspire and empower others to make a difference in their communities and the world.

Lifetime's Remarkable Women are weekly vignettes featured on-air and online celebrating extraordinary women who inspire and encourage all of us to make a difference in our world. Look for on-air spots and videos highlighting her extraordinary accomplishments on the Lifetime Network starting today. For more on Martina's inspirational story, visit Lifetime's website. Congratulations Martina!

Mission:
Real Medicine Foundation provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster and poverty stricken areas. RMF believes that "real" medicine is focused on the person as a whole, including medical/physical, emotional, economic and social support. RMF's unique approach to humanitarian relief involves partnering with local groups wherever they are to ensure that the clinics and solutions it creates will be sustainable long after the public spotlight has moved on.

About:
Real Medicine Foundation, based in Los Angeles, provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster and poverty stricken areas. RMF believes that "real" medicine is focused on the person as a whole, including medical/physical, emotional, economic and social support. RMF's unique approach to humanitarian relief involves partnering with local groups wherever they are to ensure that the clinics and solutions it creates will be sustainable long after the public spotlight has moved on. RMF currently has clinics and projects around the world, including Haiti, Peru, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, the United States, and more. For complete listings of RMF's projects, please visit http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work.

Web:
http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/

Calendar

Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!


Stay tuned to see what CPAT will be bringing you in February!

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Jason Dumont at jason@perrycom.com to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Jason Dumont at jason@perrycom.com

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at brandon@cerrell.com

In the News

Gluten-free: 'Not just another crazy diet'
By Eve Thompson
Gatehouse News Service, January 14, 2011
If we really are what we eat, then one out of 100 Americans with celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, is in trouble. At a rough estimate, nearly 500 Siskiyou County residents could suffer from their genetic allergy to foods containing gluten – specifically wheat, rye and barley. Symptoms include seemingly inexplicable stomach distress, eczema, sinus infections, headaches, asthma, weight loss and fatigue. Avoiding wheat is difficult, but a wheat-free diet is the only cure for the disease.

USDA Breaking News: Combat Obesity, School Lunches To Drastically Change
Medical News Today, January 13, 2011
Sorry kids, say goodbye to chips, tater tots and chocolate milk. In a move to change the practices of school lunch services that have helped drive the United States into a state of obesity emergency, the USDA made public new recommendations to overhaul the 15 year old methods being used in our children's schools that affect more than 32 million American students. Salt content would be cut by more than half, reduced fat milk products would be the norm and all grains would be whole, and even though veggies are good for you, kids don't need the starch that is contained in potatoes for example, so those would be limited to a cup serving a week.

Life Expectancy For Today's Youth Cut Short By Obesity
Medical News Today, January 13, 2011
For the first time in history, the next generation will not live longer, or even as long, as their parents. "Diseases such as Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions and joint deterioration - what were once considered 'adult' diseases - are regularly being diagnosed in children, due to the prevalence of obesity," said Jessica Bartfield, MD, internal medicine and medical weight-loss specialist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System.

Interesting Information

U.S. Obesity Trends

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The statistics regarding obesity among all age groups are startling.

U.S. Obesity Trends
During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. Currently, more than 64% of US adults are either overweight or obese, according to results from the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). This figure represents a 14% increase in the prevalence rate from NHANES III (1988-94) and a 36% increase from NHANES II (1976 -80). (Prevalence is the percentage of the population that falls into the designated category.)

The greatest increase took place in the obese group (Body Mass Index > 30), where the prevalence doubled from NHANES II (1976-80). Roughly 59 million American adults are in this group, which is at the greatest health risk. (Please note that NHANES data are based on weights and heights as actually measured by trained health professionals using standardized measuring equipment.) View source

Maps (viewable here) graphically depict this trend over a 16-year span. It is important to note that these figures are based on telephone interviews where weight and height are self-reported. Self reported data tend to underestimate weight and over-report height. Therefore, the prevalence rates are actually under-estimates compared to the NHANES data which originate from actual measurements.

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