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Fixin' Healthcare

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Health Care With Leverage

In 2005, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center piloted Body & Soul, an evidence-based health and wellness program tailored for African-American churches. The program consists of four components: 1. pastoral involvement, 2. educational activities to raise awareness about healthy living, 3. a worship environment that promotes healthy eating and 4. peer counseling.

Initial studies showed that after interventional efforts and support from peer counselors at local churches the fruit and vegetables intake increased from an average of three to four servings daily.

Body & Soul has been launched across the country in partnership with the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan.

The American Psychiatric Foundation will collaborate with school communities around the country to implement a program designed to encourage and equip teachers, coaches and other adults who work closely with teens to notice the warning signs of mental health problems and refer students for help in addressing these problems. During the 2006-2007 school year, the program will be implemented by 17 nonprofit organizations, schools and school districts. More than 4,000 teachers and other school personnel are expected to participate in collaboration with mental health professionals from their local communities.

Now, that's health care with leverage.

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