ACSM, Walk With A Doc Program Announce Partnership

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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) announced a new partnership with the Walk with a Doc program today, forged to promote walking for better health. Walk with a Doc encourages healthy physical activity in people of all ages, because it can reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and improve the health and well-being of Americans.

ACSM is an international leader in promoting the benefits of exercise. “Walking is a safe, easy and effective way for all people to become healthier through physical activity,” said Jim Whitehead, ACSM’s EVP/CEO. “ACSM brings the expertise of 50,000 clinicians, researchers, educators and exercise professionals to this collaboration to team up with Walk with a Doc’s efforts to promote physical activity through walking.”

With close to 250 communities and thousands of doctors across the United States, Walk with a Doc sees the partnership with ACSM as a way to expand its impact as scores of additional communities stand to benefit from the collaboration. “With a doctor’s approval, walking is low impact and safe for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions and those who are more than 20 percent overweight,” said David Sabgir, MD, founder of Walk with a Doc. “Working with ACSM can help us meet our goals to help Americans become more active and meet national guidelines for physical activity.”

Walk with a Doc is following ACSM’s lead to answer the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities, released in September 2015. The call to action recognizes the importance of physical activity for people of all ages and abilities and encourages Americans to be more physically active through walking and asks leaders to better support walking and walkability in their communities.

Walk with a Doc will also be supporting ACSM’s signature program, Exercise is Medicine®, by promoting the EIM health care provider’s pledge to encourage patients to participate in regular physical activity to support their health.

Harvard Launches New Program For Educators

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newsApplications are now being received for Books, Movies, and Civic Engagement, a professional education offering on campus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, June 20 – 24, 2016.

The program will convene teachers, media specialists, school leaders, after-school program leaders, and others committed to using transmedia storytelling – telling a single story across multiple media platforms – to help young people engage with challenging cultural and social justice issues.

“It’s like a film festival for educators,” said Tonya Lewis Lee, who has joined the program faculty along with Nikki Silver, her Chief Co-Creator at ToniK Productions. The two will discuss their process and objectives in adapting The Watsons Go To Birmingham for television, along with their brand new project – a film adaptation of Walter Dean Meyers’ novel, Monster. Faculty will also explore transmedia opportunities for Fun Home and Hamilton, both currently very popular on Broadway.

The explosion of books across genres being adapted for the screen (e.g., biography, dystopia, historical fiction) has created exciting new opportunities to employ transmedia storytelling in support of student learning and development. Harvard Graduate School of Education Faculty Co-Chair Robert Selman explains that the program is designed to explore intertextuality, “a term that points to the way different sectors, genres, and media can all come together to promote and enrich storytelling…and build knowledge and sophistication.”

Activities will include plenary sessions, film screenings, and protocols for dialogic instruction — informal conversation between students and teachers to stimulate thinking and advance understanding. Participants will examine issues and stories that are relevant to today’s students in a variety of workshops and explore ways different content platforms can tell the same (or similar) stories.

Faculty co-chairs:

Joe Blatt, senior lecturer on education and faculty director, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, HGSE Robert Selman, Roy Edward Larsen professor of education and human development, HGSE, and professor of psychology, Harvard Medical School.

Randy Testa, former vice president of education and professional development, Walden Media Tracy Elizabeth, doctoral candidate in Human Development and Education at HGSE.

BMCE is one of 50+ programs for K-12 teachers and school leaders offered annually, online and on campus, at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Additional program information and application details are available at: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/programs

Workplace Lifestyle Intervention Program Improves Health, Reduces Diabetes And Heart Disease Risks

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consultA healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a new study.

A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a study reported in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The program was well-received by participants at Bayer Corp., who lost weight and increased the amount of physical activity they got each day, when compared with a control group in the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

“Health care expenditures associated with diabetes are spiraling, causing widespread concern, particularly for employers who worry about employee health and productivity,” said lead author M. Kaye Kramer, Dr.P.H., assistant professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and director of the school’s Diabetes Prevention Support Center. “This leads to an interest in workplace health promotion; however, there are very few evidence-based programs that actually demonstrate improvement in employee health. This study found that our program not only improves health, but also that employees really like it.”

This demonstration program is based on the U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a national study that found people at risk for diabetes who lost a modest amount of weight through diet and exercise sharply reduced their chances of developing diabetes, outperforming people who took a diabetes drug instead.

Dr. Kramer and colleagues built on the DPP to create a group-based program that puts the findings into practice, called Group Lifestyle Balance™. The program is divided into 22 sessions over a one-year period and aimed at helping people make lifestyle changes to improve health. The sessions can be done as a group with a lifestyle coach or through a DVD coupled with brief weekly phone or, in certain cases, email consultations with the lifestyle coach. The option of the DVD with lifestyle coach support not only served as the main intervention option for those employees who traveled or who did not want to participate in the program in a group venue but also offered a valuable replacement for employees who chose to participate via group setting but had to miss an occasional session.

“Our Group Lifestyle Balance program has proven successful in diverse community settings, so we adapted it for the workplace since we found that there was a real need for effective programs that could fit into people’s work lives,” said senior author Andrea Kriska, Ph.D., professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and principal investigator of the study. “This current effort in the worksite shows clearly that a proven healthy lifestyle program, like the Group Lifestyle Balance program, offered to people where they work is not only feasible but effective in reducing risk factors for diabetes and heart disease for participating employees.”

A total of 89 employees at Bayer Corp. in Robinson Township, Pa., who were at risk for diabetes or heart disease were enrolled in the demonstration program in the fall of 2010 and followed for 18 months.

Over the course of a year, participants lost an average of 5 percent of their body weight (10 pounds), shrunk their waistlines by about 2 inches and brought down the levels of fat and sugar in their blood – all measures that reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They also increased their physical activity by almost twofold.

Of the participants, 96 percent said they felt it was beneficial to offer the program at the worksite, and 99 percent said they would recommend it to their co-workers.

workdesk“The positive results that employees experienced from this lifestyle program speak to the benefits of personalized health programs in the workplace,” said Phil Franklin, M.D., U.S. corporate medical director, Bayer Corp. “I would like to congratulate the University of Pittsburgh researchers on the study.”

Additional authors on this research are Donald Molenaar, M.D., Veterans Health Administration in Minneapolis; Elizabeth Venditti, Ph.D., Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC; and Vincent C. Arena, Ph.D., Rebecca Meehan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Rachel Miller, M.S., Karl Vanderwood, Ph.D., and Yvonne Eaglehouse, M.S., M.P.H., all of Pitt Public Health.

This research was funded by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R18 DK081323–04).

About the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, founded in 1948 and now one of the top-ranked schools of public health in the United States, conducts research on public health and medical care that improves the lives of millions of people around the world. Pitt Public Health is a leader in devising new methods to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other important public health problems. For more information about Pitt Public Health, visit the school’s Web site at http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu.

Mercy Health Program Addresses Portion Size

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saladplateLearn what constitutes a single serving and how to manage portion size during the next “Healthy Eating for You: Portion Control” presentation Feb. 5 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital. The presentation, provided by Mercy Health Youngstown, formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners, is free and open to the public.

How much is a serving?

Most Americans don’t know. That’s one of the factors contributing to the obesity epidemic in the United States.

Learn what constitutes a single serving and how to manage portion size during the next “Healthy Eating for You: Portion Control” presentation Feb. 5 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, 8401 Market St., Boardman.

Registered dietician and community educator Bridget Lackey will lead the informational discussion and answer questions from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Willow Room.

The presentation, provided by Mercy Health Youngstown, formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners, is free and open to the public. Reservations are appreciated. Please call 330-480-3070.

About Mercy Health Youngstown

Mercy Health Youngstown, formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners, is an integrated health system in the Mahoning Valley, which encompasses the Youngstown/Warren metropolitan area – Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio. It is part of Mercy Health, which is headquartered in Cincinnati and is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. Mercy Health Youngstown provides a full spectrum of health care services – acute inpatient and trauma, outpatient and ambulatory, rehabilitation, behavioral, emergency and urgent care, primary care physicians in patient-centered medical homes, specialist physician care, home health, home medical equipment, long-term care and hospice care, as well as Mercy Health Foundation. Learn more at http://www.mercy.com/Youngstown.

10 Ways To Stick To An Exercise Program – Part 2

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By Bob Livingstone

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

familywalk3. Choose a sport that you like and if you are not sure what aerobic activity you enjoy most, try several: walking, running, tennis, basketball, cycling, swimming and basketball to name a few. You will probably not stick with an activity that you don’t like. If you treat your workout like a laborious task that you just have to power through; you will learn to hate it quickly. It may take lots of trial and error to find a sport you really love. Please be patient with yourself and this process.

4. Find folks to workout with if you prefer company or find solace in exercising by yourself.
You can seek out running groups, adult basketball leagues, cycling groups or you may prefer to work out by yourself. One of the reasons I choose running as my sport 35 years ago was because I didn’t have to wait around for anyone else to complete my workout.

5. Start thinking about exercising when you wake up in the morning: Focus on how good you will feel at the end of your workout. When you feel yourself losing motivation, read the second paragraph of this article-The Benefits of Exercise.

seniorcoupleexercisesmall6. Feeling guilty is usually a state that is not helpful and interferes with life. In terms of exercise, telling yourself that if you don’t exercise, you will feel lethargic, overweight and restless can be a major motivator to get out of your chair and to the gym.

7. Listen to music when you exercise because it can be inspiring, motivating and healing. You can find joy in the act of creating a playlist. Downloading music that includes songs with high energy and tunes that bring back happy memories can lead to a euphoric experience. If you know that you will be hearing a new song from your favorite artist; that may be the kicker that takes you from being on the couch to heading out the door.

8. Mark your exercise accomplishments on the calendar with bright colors or star stickers in order to mark and watch your progress.

9. Surround yourself with people who will support your exercise program by cheering you on and sharing their highs and lows in this struggle to be a consistent exerciser.

10. Exercise can also heal emotional pain by focusing on an emotional pain question. When you are working out, the endorphins kick in, your brain chemistry changes and you feel confident that you can face any of life’s challenges. You can read more about this in my book The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise. http://tinyurl.com/96mskfy

Bob Livingstone is the author the critically acclaimed Unchain the Pain: How to be Your Own Therapist, Norlights Press 2011, The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise, Pegasus Books, 2007 and Redemption of the Shattered: A Teenager’s Healing Journey through Sandtray Therapy, Booklocker 2002. He is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker in private practice in The San Francisco Bay Area and has nearly twenty five years experience working with adults, adolescents and children.

10 Ways To Stick To An Exercise Program – Part 1

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By Bob Livingstone

exerciseballHow many times have you started an exercise program only to lose motivation in a short period of time? I bet that this happens to millions of people around the world and you are tired of being part of that demographic. You may lose motivation because you don’t notice quick results, you feel too exhausted to work out, your schedule overwhelms you and that is an obstacle to making time to exercise. You may be guilty of doing too much/too soon. You may feel that you don’t deserve to obtain the many and wonderful benefits of exercise that I’ll mention next. I will give you some concrete tools to stick to an exercise program.

The benefits of exercise are: improves your physical appearance, decreases depression, alleviates anxiety, is a great means of weight control, helps you think clearer, increases confidence and self-esteem, increases energy level, improves your sex life, improves chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, back pain and asthma. Exercise can help control addiction, sharpen memory and prevent cognitive (thinking brain function) decline.

According to research, exercise works as well or better for depression than the SSRI drugs(Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa) without the nasty side effects which include sexual dysfunction, suicidal thinking and lethargy to name a few.

A recent study found that not only will exercise decrease anxiety for those in a state of working out; those who do exercise seem to lower their anxiety levels quicker than sedentary folks when both groups are at rest.

Any amount of exercise will help you, but if you work out regularly, your life can be transformed from feeling stuck and numb to feeling excited about being alive.

How to be a Consistent Exerciser

1. Set a weekly goal of how many days you will exercise each week. What sport will you participate in? How long will each workout be? What time of day will you exercise? These tasks may seem trite and simplistic, but perhaps this is the most important tool that you need to incorporate. If you have a structure to follow, you have a good chance at succeeding. If you don’t have a plan, you probably won’t workout in a consistent manner.

joggers2. Start out slow and don’t try to do too much at first. If you have been sedentary for a long time, set a very modest goal-for example walking for 10 minutes 3 days per week for the first week and then adding another 5 minutes and another day the next week until you are walking an hour 5 days per week. One of the biggest reasons for stopping exercise is starting out too hard, too fast and too long. Every Jan. 1st, I see many adults in their new workout suits running around Lake Merced in San Francisco where I live. Their new year’s resolution is to begin working out in order to improve their health. Instead of beginning at a slow pace and low mileage, they run at a fast pace and for 4 to 5 miles. They are so worn out the next day that they can barely get out of bed. This physical pain discourages them from exercising again until next Jan. 1. This accelerated way of exercising will lead to very sore muscles at best and injury at worst. If you haven’t had a physical for a while, make an appointment with your physician and make sure she gives you the OK to exercise.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Bob Livingstone is the author the critically acclaimed Unchain the Pain: How to be Your Own Therapist, Norlights Press 2011, The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise, Pegasus Books, 2007 and Redemption of the Shattered: A Teenager’s Healing Journey through Sandtray Therapy, Booklocker 2002. He is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker in private practice in The San Francisco Bay Area and has nearly twenty five years experience working with adults, adolescents and children.

Free Milk Program For Children

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From Your Health Journal…..”What a nice story about some primary schools in New Zealand will be receiving free milk next year at school. Many children do not drink enough healthy liquids – filling up with empty calories from ‘liquid candy’ consumption. After age 2, it is important for children to consumer about 3 cups of non or low fat milk each day. Milk contains all of the macro-nutrients – carbohydrates, protein, and fat. It is important to supply children with vitamins A & D, riboflavin, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium. Dairy is rich in many vitamins and minerals, great for strengthening bones and muscles. A very heart warming article helping children lead healthier lifestyles.”

From the article…..

Otago primary school children can expect to receive a free daily serving of milk next year, as part of a national bid to become ”the dairy nutrition capital of the world”.

Fonterra’s ”Milk for Schools” programme will be rolled out in Southland primary schools first, at the start of term 1, January 28, and will then spread through the country during the year.

By the middle of term 2, all areas of the South Island are expected to be receiving school milk.

In launching Milk for Schools yesterday, Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings said he hoped all New Zealand schools wishing to take part would be receiving the low-fat 180ml servings by the end of term 1, 2014.

Fonterra would also provide fridges to keep supplies cool.

A previous government-backed free school milk scheme in New Zealand was stopped in 1967.

Otago Primary Principals’ Association president and Bathgate School principal Whetu Cormick said Milk for Schools was a positive initiative for children across the country. Many lower-decile schools already had access to other health initiatives, such as Kick Start Breakfast and Fruit in Schools, and the milk scheme would provide some equity across all New Zealand schools, he said.

The programme was trialled in Northland this year, and University of Auckland research showed Northland children’s milk consumption at school and at home had increased significantly since the pilot began.

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