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June 1st, 2011

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  • An ounce of prevention avoids big problem with childhood pounds

    The need to address childhood obesity is often in the news because the numbers are staggering.
  • Healthy 100 Kids offers health coaches

    Healthy 100 Kids at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando is open to children ages 6-17 who have a body mass index (BMI) of 85th percentile or above in children of the same age and sex. One parent must be willing to participate with the child.
  • 3 areas of education for Healthy Kids/Weight

    Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight is a clinical research program at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH. The program is open to children ages 4-18 with a body mass index (BMI) above the 85th percentile in children of the same age and sex.
  • House used for healthy lifestyle lessons

    A house owned by the Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, NC, which is a part of its campus, is the site of a prevention and treatment program to address childhood obesity. The program is called Healthy House.
  • Class helps kids set goals for weight loss

    To help children struggling with a weight problem learn how much fat is in their favorite lunch; instructors at WHAM, a wellness, health, action, and motivation class at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock; weigh out caulk on a gram scale and put it in small take-out boxes. On the top of each box is a picture and name of the food item, such as a taco salad from Taco Bell.
  • Peer counseling doubles breastfeeding rates

    To improve breastfeeding initiation and its continued practice, administrators at the Prentice Ambulatory Care (PAC) Clinic of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago set in place a peer counseling program. Their efforts boosted the rate of women initiating breastfeeding to 84%, from 40%.
  • Data supports peer counseling

    The data on the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program and free breastfeeding classes for mothers receiving care in the Prentice Ambulatory Care Clinic in Chicago show it is successful.
  • Low health literacy linked to death risk

    Low health literacy in older Americans is linked to poorer health status and a higher risk of death, according to a new evidence report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). More than 75 million English-speaking adults in the United States have limited health literacy.
  • ED-based intervention aids outcomes, LOS

    Hip fractures are among the most debilitating and expensive diagnoses to treat, but your hospital can significantly improve outcomes and lower costs if it moves hip-fracture patients into surgery quickly, explains Anthony Balsamo, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and head of the Geriatric Fracture Care Program (GFCP) at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
  • Maternity patients educated on demand

    Education on the maternity care unit at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis, IN, will take place on the patient's schedule, rather than the nurses. That's because they soon will have access to on-demand educational programming via the television in their room that will provide access to education on topics such as caring for the new baby, breastfeeding, and safety issues.
  • 6 ways to prevent hospital readmissions

    To prevent hospital admissions, hospital staff should gather as much information as possible about the patient's discharge needs, psycho-social needs, and support systems in the community, says Cory Sevin, RN, MSN, NP, director with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. They should talk to family members and primary care providers who know the patient and can provide first-hand information, Sevin says.