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  • 03 Jan 2012 8:35 AM | Anonymous

    The United Health Foundation has released the 2011 State Health Rankings. Idaho placed 19th in overall health.


    Strengths included low incidence of infectious disease, low rate of preventable hospitalizations, and low violent crime rate. Challenges included limited availability of primary care physicians, low immunization coverage, and high rate of uninsured population.


    A few interesting highlights: In the past five years, diabetes increased from 6.8 percent to 7.9 percent. The percentage of Idaho children living in poverty increased from 12.4 percent to 19.9 percent for those under age 18.


    Read the full report at:

  • 07 Nov 2011 7:45 AM | Anonymous

    HRSA issues 2011 report on the health status, health behaviors and use of health care by U.S. women

    The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA)Women’s Health USA 2011, the tenth edition of an annual data book identifying priorities, trends and disparities in women’s health, is now available.

    The 2011 edition highlights several new topics, including secondhand tobacco smoke exposure, Alzheimer’s disease, preconception health, unintended pregnancy, oral health care utilization and barriers to health care. For the first time, the special population section of the report features data on the health of lesbian and bisexual women, as well as Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women. Data on American Indian and Alaska Native women are also featured.

    Women’s Health USA provides the public with a valuable resource for describing the status of women's health throughout the nation,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “By highlighting critical health issues affecting women, this volume draws attention to age, income and race and ethnic disparities in women’s health.”

    The data indicate that historically underserved sub-populations of women are at increased risk for multiple negative health outcomes. Preventive care, increased access to vital health services, supports and resources can promote the health and well-being of all women.

    Selected highlights of the publication include the following items:

    • Health-Related Quality of Life: In 2007–2009, women aged 18 and older reported an average of 4.0 days of poor physical health per month, compared to 3.2 days reported by men in the same age group. Similarly, women reported an aver­age of 3.9 mentally unhealthy days compared to 2.9 days per month for men.
    • Health Services Utilization: Barriers to care contribute to disparities in health care utilization and health status. In 2009, almost 20 percent of women aged 18-64 were uninsured. About one-third (32.4 percent) of uninsured women reported they did not obtain needed care because it was too costly. In 2007-2009, women were twice as likely as men to have an unmet need for mental health treatment of counseling in the past year (6.7 percent versus 3.3 percent).
    • Oral Health Care Utilization: Cost is a significant barrier to appropriate utilization of dental care. In 2007-2009, over 15 percent of women reported they did not obtain needed dental care in the past year because they could not afford care. Health insurance helps to reduce cost as a barrier to health care; only about 10 percent of women with health insurance compared to 42.6 percent of women without health insurance reported they did not obtain needed dental care in the past year due to costs.
    • Preconception Health: Efforts to improve pregnancy outcomes and the health of mothers and infants should begin prior to conception. In 2006-2008, only about half of new mothers (51.1 percent) in a 29-state area reported a healthy pre-pregnancy weight and only29.7 percent reported taking a daily multivitamin prior to pregnancy.
    • Preventive Care: Pap tests for cervical cancer screening are recommended every 3 years after the onset of sexual activity or age 21, whichever comes first, up to age 65. In 2008, 81.8 percent of women aged 21-65 reported receiving a Pap test within the past 3 years. However, non-Hispanic Asian women were less likely than women of other racial and ethnic groups to have received a Pap test in the past 3 years (70.4 versus 81.8 percent overall).
    • Special Populations: As indigenous populations with a similar history of disenfranchisement, American Indi­an/Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders share some health disparities related to substance use and chronic conditions such as diabetes, which was twice as common in these populations as in non-Hispanic White women in 2007-2009. However, American Indian/Alaska Native women have especially high rates of injury, while Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders have higher cancer inci­dence and mortality.
    • Special Populations: Pronounced health disparities exist by sexual orientation. Both lesbian and bisexual women reported rates of smoking and binge drinking approximately twice as high heterosexual women. In 2006-2008, nearly half of lesbian and bisexual women reported smoking, compared to less than one-quarter of heterosexual women. Bisexual women were also less likely than heterosexual women to report having health insurance.
    • Violence Against Women: In 2009, females were more than four times as likely to experience non-fatal intimate partner violence than males; females are also more than twice as likely as males to be killed by intimate partners. Black females experience higher rates of both fatal and non-fatal violence than White females.

    Women’s Health USA 2011 is available in print and online at and online version now includes individually downloadable data tables and corresponding figures. Print copies can be ordered through the HRSA Information Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-HRSA or online at For more information about women’s health and for more information about maternal and child health is available

    The Health Resources and Services Administration is part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA is the primary federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit

  • 29 Aug 2011 8:24 AM | Anonymous

    Half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030, report says

    By Jennifer Huget, The Washington Post, Published: August 25

    Based on trends, half of the adults in the United States will be obese by 2030 unless the government makes changing the food environment a policy priority, according to a report released Thursday on the international obesity crisis in the British medical journal the Lancet.

    Those changes include making healthful foods cheaper and less-healthful foods more expensive largely through tax strategies, the report said. Changes in the way foods are marketed would also be called for, among many other measures.

    Changes over the past century in the way food is made and marketed have contributed to the creation of an “obesogenic” environment in which personal willpower and efforts to maintain a healthful weight are largely impossible, the report noted.

    It also laid out a new way of calculating how many calories to cut to lose weight, giving what it said is a more accurate means of estimating projected weight loss over time.

    The common weight-loss wisdom is that reducing calorie intake by about 500 calories a day “will result in slow and steady weight loss of about 0.5 kg (about a pound) per week.” That rule doesn’t take into account the way the body adapts to the change. In particular, as anyone who has actually lost weight can attest, the less you weigh, the fewer calories you can consume if you wish to lose more weight or maintain the loss.

    The report said that weight loss should be viewed over a longer period of time and proposed a new “approximate rule of thumb” for an average overweight adult. It said that “every change of energy intake of [about 24 calories] per day will lead to an eventual bodyweight change of about 1 kg (just over two pounds) . . . with half of the weight change being achieved in about 1 year and 95 percent of the weight change in about 3 years.”

    Though the report acknowledged that it’s ultimately up to individuals to decide what to eat and how to live their lives, it maintained that governments have largely abdicated the responsibility for addressing obesity to individuals, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations. Yet the obesity epidemic will not be reversed without government leadership, regulation, and investment in programs, monitoring, and research, it said.

    The report, issued in a four-part series published in the Lancet, was released in advance of the first high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly focused on noncommunicable disease prevention and control, which will take place in New York next month.

  • 27 Jun 2011 1:03 AM | Anonymous

    This first ever National Prevention Strategy, called for under the Affordable Care Act, was created to help move the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness. By focusing on prevention, the National Prevention Strategy will help Americans stay healthy and fit and improve our nation’s prosperity.

    The National Prevention Strategy’s goal is to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The Strategy’s four Strategic Directions and seven Priorities include evidence-based recommendations fundamental to improving the nation’s health.

    The National Prevention Council, comprised of 17 Federal agencies and chaired by the Surgeon General, developed the National Prevention Strategy with input from stakeholders, the public, and the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. To succeed, implementation of the Strategy must include public and private partners working together at the national, state, tribal, local, and territorial levels.

    More information on the National Prevention Strategy and the National Prevention Council can be found at:


  • 02 May 2011 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    Women at High Risk for Diabetes: Access and Quality of Health Care, 2003–2006


    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are pleased to release the report Women at High Risk for Diabetes: Access and Quality of Health Care, 2003–2006.

    The full report can be downloaded or free print copies ordered at For more information on diabetes, visit

    Using the most scientifically based measures and national data sources available, this collaborative effort compared the quality of preventive health care received by U.S. women at high risk for diabetes with that for U.S. women not at high risk for diabetes. The report presents quality measures across several crucial elements of health care: access to care, general health and wellbeing, and use of preventive care and behaviors.

    Among the report’s major findings:

    Regardless of diabetes risk status, minority women, women with low levels of education, or women who lived in low income families more often reported having fair-to-poor health.

    • Regardless of diabetes risk status, women with a high school education or less were significantly more likely than women with more than a high school education to have been uninsured all year.
    • Women at high risk for diabetes who had a high school education or less were significantly less likely than women at high risk for diabetes who had more than a high school education to have tried to lose weight in the past year.
    • Women at high risk for diabetes were significantly less likely than women not at high risk for diabetes to report that they were physically active 150 minutes per week, the level of moderate physical activity per week recommended as part of a strategy to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes.

    Additional resources on diabetes and woman are posted at

  • 20 Mar 2011 7:43 PM | Anonymous

    It is especially important for people with diabetes, and those at risk for the disease, to make healthy food choices, such as eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Such eating habits are an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and may help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in those at risk or its complications in those with the disease. To promote beneficial food choices, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is supporting National Nutrition Month this March, and you can, too! National Nutrition Month highlights the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year, the focus is on how to "Eat Right with Color." Click here to learn more about healthy eating and diabetes.

    To help promote National Nutrition Month, share diabetes-friendly recipes from NDEP’s Más que comida, es vida recipe booklet. For more nutritious, tasty, and easy-to-prepare recipes, check out the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s new family cookbook, Keep the Beat™ Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals. Encourage people to develop a healthy meal plan using NDEP’s GAME PLAN fat and calorie counter and food and activity tracker.

    Distribute NDEP feature articles to your local media, including, A Quick, Healthy Dish for People with Diabetes & Their Families and Eat Fruits and Veggies to Lose Weight & Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Also, check out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPyramid menu planner and encourage people to use this resource to determine their personal healthy eating goals.

  • 17 Mar 2011 12:44 AM | Anonymous

    Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Idaho

    Genuine solutions to the challenging problem of obesity require the joint effort of partners and collaborators. Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Idaho is a voluntary network of organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals committed to creating an environment where all Idahoans value and have access to healthy food options as well as places and opportunities to be physically active to improve their health and well-being. 

    HEAL Idaho strives to create thriving communities where making the healthy choice is the easy choice.

    HEAL Network members share information and access to resources through a Google group as well as regional meetings and an annual statewide summit. Through these web-based and group activities, members have access to:

    • Tools for grassroots organizing,
    • National, state and community–based educational offerings,
    • Funding resources and opportunities, and
    • New partnerships for leveraging services and programs.

    To become involved with HEAL Idaho, go online to Google Groups (you will first need to create a Google account if you don't already have one), enter 'HEAL Idaho' in the search box, and request your membership. Once approved, you will receive confirmation to join the HEAL Idaho Google Group where you will have access to health information updates, grant funding opportunities, success stories, best practices, and member contacts.

    HEAL Idaho is facilitated by the IDHW Bureau of Community and Environmental Health (BCEH) Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) Program. As the facilitator and convenor, IPAN provides administrative support, communication coordination and fiscal management.  For more information, contact Jaime Harding at or 208-334-5788.

  • 09 Mar 2011 11:39 PM | Anonymous
    In 2008, the annual healthcare cost of obesity in the US was estimated to be as high as 147 billion dollars a year.1 The annual medical burden of obesity increased to 9.1 percent in 2006 compared to 6.5 percent in 1998.1 Medical expenses for obese employees are estimated to be 42 percent higher than for a person with a healthy weight.1 Workplace obesity prevention programs can be an effective way for employers to reduce obesity and lower their health care costs, lower absenteeism and increase employee productivity.

    What is the cost of obesity to your organization?

    "CDC's LEAN Works! Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition" is a FREE web-based resource that offers interactive tools and evidence-based resources to design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs, including an obesity cost calculator to estimate how much obesity is costing your company and how much savings your company could reap with different workplace interventions.

    Be the first to benefit! Get started with CDC's LEAN Works! today by choosing one of the stages below.


    Why should I create a program?
    Where should I begin?
    What program components and activities should I include?
    How do I maintain interest and motivation?
    Is my program working?
  • 22 Feb 2011 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    Agencies working together to maintain benefits of preventing tooth decay while preventing excessive exposure 

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced important steps to ensure that standards and guidelines on fluoride in drinking water continue to provide the maximum protection to the American people to support good dental health, especially in children. HHS is proposing that the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water can be set at the lowest end of the current optimal range to prevent tooth decay, and EPA is initiating review of the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water.

    These actions will maximize the health benefits of water fluoridation, an important tool in the prevention of tooth decay while reducing the possibility of children receiving too much fluoride. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named the fluoridation of drinking water one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. 

    “One of water fluoridation’s biggest advantages is that it benefits all residents of a community - at home, work, school, or play,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH. “The announcement is part of our ongoing support of appropriate fluoridation for community water systems, and its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay throughout one’s lifetime.” 

    “Both HHS and EPA are making announcements on fluoride based on the most up to date scientific data,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, Peter Silva. “EPA’s new analysis will help us make sure that people benefit from tooth decay prevention while at the same time avoiding the unwanted health effects from too much fluoride.” 

    HHS and EPA reached an understanding of the latest science on fluoride and its effect on tooth decay prevention and the development of dental fluorosis that may occur with excess fluoride consumption during the tooth forming years, age 8 and younger. Dental fluorosis in the United States appears mostly in the very mild or mild form – as barely visible lacy white markings or spots on the enamel. The severe form of dental fluorosis, with staining and pitting of the tooth surface, is rare in the United States.

    There are several reasons for the changes seen over time, including that Americans have access to more sources of fluoride than they did when water fluoridation was first introduced in the United States in the 1940s. Water is now one of several sources of fluoride. Other common sources include dental products such as toothpaste and mouth rinses, prescription fluoride supplements, and fluoride applied by dental professionals. Water fluoridation and fluoride toothpaste are largely responsible for the significant decline in tooth decay in the U.S. over the past several decades.

    HHS’ proposed recommendation of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water replaces the current recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams. This updated recommendation is based on recent EPA and HHS scientific assessments to balance the benefits of preventing tooth decay while limiting any unwanted health effects. These scientific assessments will also guide EPA in making a determination of whether to lower the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water, which is set to prevent adverse health effects.

    The new EPA assessments of fluoride were undertaken in response to findings of the National Academies of Science (NAS). At EPA’s request, in 2006 NAS reviewed new data on fluoride and issued a report recommending that EPA update its health and exposure assessments to take into account bone and dental effects and to consider all sources of fluoride. In addition to EPA’s new assessments and the NAS report, HHS also considered current levels of tooth decay and dental fluorosis and fluid consumption across the United States.

    For more information about community water fluoridation, as well as information for health care providers and individuals on how to prevent tooth decay and reduce the chance of children developing dental fluorosis, visit For information about the national drinking water regulations for fluoride, visit:

  • 22 Feb 2011 5:04 PM | Anonymous

    The American Dental Association's National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) campaign features a two-sided, eye-catching poster with the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck along with their NEW best friends and next door neighbors Den and Gen Smiley, reminding children “A Healthy Smile? It’s Easy to Find! Remember to brush & floss everyday!” On the opposite side, pre-teens/teens are excited to discover “Healthy Smiles Look Good Up Close” with general oral health messages. To learn about the McGrinn Twins new please download the story below.

    The NCDHM Program Planning Guide offers program coordinators, dental societies, teachers and parents resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, and much, much more.

    Posters are available in English and Spanish. They can be used on billboards, in offices, classrooms, etc. To download the posters in '8x10' please click the links below.

    English Version Posters

    Spanish Version Posters

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