HUFFINGTON POST: Setting the Table for a Healthy Workforce, 6/12/2014

June 12, 2014

Setting the Table for a Healthy Workforce

Many of us know that what you eat can impact your health.  But did you know it also has an effect on your performance at work?  People who don’t eat enough nutritious food have trouble concentrating and making good decisions and are at greater risk for workplace accidents.  People who do get enough healthy food during the work day are much more likely to rate their performance at work as “good” or “excellent”.

Americans who work full-time eat …

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RWJF: Pulling the Plug on the Tobacco “Power Wall”: CVS Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco

February 21, 2014

Pulling the Plug on the Tobacco “Power Wall”: CVS Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco

On February 5th, 2014, CVS Pharmacies formally announced their plan to stop selling tobacco products throughout all of their 7,600 U.S. locations.  This change will take effect starting in October 2014. Not only does this movement remove one of the avenues for current smokers, but it also allows us to look at the power of marketing of such habits, through what is known as the tobacco “power wall.” Through tactics including …

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USA TODAY: Eating Too Much Added Sugar May Be Killing You, 2/19

February 19, 2014

Eating Too Much Added Sugar May Be Killing You

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consuming far too many calories from added sugars has been linked to a significant increase in the risk for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, added sugar consumption should add up to no more than 100 calories for women and 150 calories for men, which is less than 10 percent of a daily diet. However, in 2010, researchers discovered that Americans …

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PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: Dental Care Nothing to Smile About for Many Ohio Kids, 2/18

February 18, 2014

Many of us may not be aware that February is also known as National Children’s Dental Health Month. In light of this observance, at the local level it is important for us to realize that it is estimated that nearly 340,000 children in Ohio have never visited a dentist. Oral health (along with many other factors) contributes to our overall health. A lack of attention, especially in children, creates a barrier to taking steps towards a life full of health and quality.

With such a large …

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HUFFINGTON POST: Supporting People with Multiple Chronic Conditions, 2/12

February 12, 2014

Supporting People with Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Health Priority

With our aging population, it has not been uncommon for physicians to find themselves treating patients that have two or more chronic conditions. Data shows that 26.0% of adults and 68.4% of Medicare beneficiaries now have multiple chronic conditions (MCC). That said, clinical outcomes such as mortality and quality of life are negatively affected both by this increasing number and condition-based treatment, resulting in fragmented care.  Recently, however, the U.S. Department of Health and …

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WASHINGTON POST: Hospitals Will Tell You the Cost of Parking but Not of Health Care, 2/10

February 10, 2014

Nearly all hospitals will give you the price of parking. Barely any will give you the price of health care.

A recent study in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal expressed concern, as researchers in Philadelphia aimed to identify whether or not hospitals would provide clear and honest costs for simple medical procedures. As part of the study, researchers called 20 local hospitals, and communicated to the operator that they were uninsured individuals planning to personally pay for a test. During …

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FORTUNE: FOOD DESERT REALITY: debate intensifies over food access, 8/15

August 16, 2013

From Fortune Magazine – August 15, 2013

Swaths of urban America are USDA-designated food deserts. Experts may disagree on the term and the numbers involved, but the problem is real.

Oneikah Delgado walks two hours to buy her family food. The 40-year-old mother of six lives in the Bronx’s Baychester neighborhood. Delgado makes her monthly visit to Part of the Solution (POTS) in the Bronx, where they have a food pantry for people to supplement their household supplies with canned vegetables, fresh produce, eggs, beans, and grains. About 80 …

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August 08, 2013

“Inside Cincinnati” features Renee Mahaffey Harris, Executive Director of the Health Gap, and Cincinnati City Council member, Wendell Young. They discuss health disparities and food deserts in our communities. Courtesy of CitiCable.

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Second Act

July 25, 2013

We’ve experienced many momentum-building moments this year. We started with theestablishment of the Fresh Food Fund, which benefits our Do Right! Healthy Corner Store initiative. We then welcomed a record-breaking crowd to the 10th Annual Health Expo. In June, we joined the effort to lower high infant mortaility rates in Cincinnati.

And now, we are pleased to share that Health Gap CEO, Dwight Tillery, is among the Cincinnati Business Courier 2013 ‘Second Act’ winners. Read more.

Join us in congratulating and thanking Dwight for his tireless work …

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NEWS: HEALTH GAP, RWJF IN DC: Commission to Build Healthier America, 6/19

June 19, 2013

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to “Build a Healthier America” met in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2013 to hear testimony from leading experts on how best to support health in communities and health during early childhood. Eight experts from across the country provided testimony to the commission.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), led by President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health. In 2009 RWJF released their report, Beyond Health Care: New Directions to a Healthier America, …

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NPR: INCREASED DIABETES RISK: hot dogs, bacon & red meat, 6/18

June 18, 2013

From… “You’ve likely heard about the link between sugar consumption and Type 2 diabetes. But fresh research ties another dietary pattern to increased risk of the disease, too: eating too much red meat.

It’s not that we are trying to pick on meat (I’m a meat-eater, in moderation), but the recent studies linking carnivorous habits to health problems seem to be piling up. We’ve had Salami Suicide and Death By Bacon. Now, there’s a study that links red meat consumption to an increased risk of …

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June 18, 2013

Americans consume 25% more calories today than in the 70s, so it’s easy to dismiss obesity as a disease of luxury, but this isn’t true. Academic Earth explains obesity as a class issue enabled by American food policies.

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June 13, 2013

Cincinnati health organizations, hospitals and city leaders along with the Health Gap formed a collaborative dedicated to decreasing Cincinnati infant mortality rates to below average rates in five years.

Currently, the mortality rate among infants in some Cincinnati populations is three times the national average.

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NEWS: JUSTICE IN HEALTH FOR ALL: Dr. Adewale Troutman (APHA) addresses health of black community, 6/1

June 01, 2013

The Center for Closing the Health Gap hosted Dr. Adewale Troutman, president of the American Public Health Association (APHA), who led a forum titled “The Health of the Black Community” on Saturday, June 1.

The APHA is an international organization for public health professionals with more than 50,000 members, and Dr. Troutman is renowned for his commitment to social justice, human rights, community activism, health equity, and addressing national and global health issues. His life’s work is a testimony to this fact.

According to the APHA, “Dr. Troutman …

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