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Childhood Obesity Meeting
ActionToQuit Update
Policy and Advocacy
National Prevention Strategy
Worldwide Cancer Cases
New Prevention Recommendations
Report on Prioritizing Public Health
APHA Annual Meeting
Food Day 2012

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 Jul/Aug 2012

 

Partnership News
Partnership Convenes Childhood Obesity Advisory Committee
Partnership virtually convened its childhood obesity letter writingadvisory committee to share preliminary results and solicit feedback. The project's goal is to estimate the impact that three federal policies could have on childhood obesity prevalence. In January, the group considered seven federal policies with potential to reduce childhood obesity and selected three for quantitative analysis: strengthen afterschool programs to increase physical activity, enact an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and regulate advertising of unhealthy foods. These three policies were chosen because they address significant contributors to childhood obesity. Results are slated to be released next summer.
 ActionToQuit Update

The ActionToQuit web site continues to letter writing

expand with three new sections being

added. "FDA" includes information about the Food and Drug Administration regulations of tobacco products. "Health Systems" focuses on hospitals, community health centers, and providers because of the significant role these groups play in helping patients quit using tobacco. "Medicaid" contains resources and information about Medicaid coverage for tobacco cessation. ActionToQuit and the Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change will co-host a free webinar on Thursday, August 9 from 12:30 - 1:45 pm (ET). Register here. ActionToQuit is Partnership for Prevention's tobacco control initiative.

Policy and Advocacy

Nutrition: Partnership and more than 100 other organizations and prominent individuals wrote to Secretary Sebelius urging her to direct the Surgeon General to produce a report on the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.

 

Tobacco: Partnership sent comments to the FDA in support of its draft guidance for industry regarding submitting applications for modified risk tobacco products. Modified risk tobacco products claim to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related disease. Partnership also urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to add the Joint Commission's tobacco treatment measure set to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program.

 

 Prevention News

Action Plan Released to Implement National Prevention Strategy

The National Prevention Council has released an action plan to implement the National Prevention Strategy. The National Prevention Strategy was created as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It presents evidence-based recommendations for improving health by addressing the leading root causes of illness and injury. The action plan outlines how federal agencies and offices and their partners will work to support prevention and wellness in their own activities and programs.

Worldwide Cancer Cases Could Dramatically Increase

A new study predicts that cancer cases worldwide could go up by 75% by 2030, driven by an increased standard of living in less developed nations. Poorer countries often have higher rates of cancer due to infections (e.g., cervical cancer), while richer countries have higher rates of cancers associated with lifestyle factors, such as diet and smoking. As poor countries increase their standard of living, cancers from lifestyle factors typically increase and cancers from infections decrease. In the upcoming decades, lifestyle-related cancer is set to become a major cause of death and illness around the world, and especially in rapidly developing countries such as China and India.
New Prevention Recommendations 

The Community Preventive Services Task Force published updated recommendations for interventions to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening. Interventions include group education and reminders for clients to get cancer screenings. The findings were published in the July issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued two final recommendation statements. The USPSTF recommends screening adults for obesity and offering behavioral interventions or referring patients to programs to manage obesity. The USPSTF recommends against screening with electrocardiography for predicting coronary heart disease in asymptomatic patients at low-risk for coronary heart disease.

Resources and Reports  
New RWJF-funded Report Provides Guidance on Prioritizing Public Health
The Transforming Public Health project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), released a report that can help policymakers and public health leaders adapt to challenging political and fiscal times. It provides concepts, rather than "how-to" guidance, that public health departments and their partners can use to maintain core public health functions, as well as prepare for a changing 21st century public health system. 
Announcements
Registration Is Open for APHA Annual Meeting

Registration is open for the 2012 American Public Health Association annual meeting. The meeting will be held in San Francisco, CA from October 27-31. The topic of this year's meeting is Prevention & Wellness Across the Lifespan. Early bird registration ends August 16. Click here to learn more. 

Get Ready for Food Day 2012

Food movement leaders are gearing up for the second annual Food Day on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Food Day is the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. More than 2,300 events in all 50 states took place on the first Food Day, and organizers intend for Food Day 2012 to represent an even bigger grassroots campaign for improved food policies. To help make Food Day a great success and get involved, go to www.FoodDay.org.

Partnership for Prevention was founded in 1991 by leaders dedicated to making disease prevention and health promotion a national priority and America a healthier nation. Partnership seeks to increase understanding and use of clinical preventive services and population-based prevention to improve health.