Today the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies releases a policy brief, “Health Reform at the Crossroads: Will the Affordable Care Act Help Eliminate Health Inequities?” This policy brief reviews the health status of minority Americans and briefly reviews the complex factors that are associated with health inequities among majority and minority groups.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) has released The Prevention and Public Health Fund: A critical investment in the nation’s physical and fiscal health. This excellent brief provides detailed information on all aspects of the program, its funding levels, allocations of resources, and the history of legislative efforts regarding the Fund. “The United States faces significant health and fiscal challenges that could be mitigated by a better and more reliably funded public health system. The Prevention and Public Health Fund is a vital part of the effort to create such a system. Despite recent cuts it is critical that we maintain the Fund going forward, for the sake of America’s physical and fiscal health.”
An APHA brief, The Farm Bill and Public Health: A Primer for Public Health Professionals. According to National Journal, “The nearly $1 trillion bill sets conservation programs, funds the food stamp program, and provides a safety net for farms and will cut nearly $24 billion from the deficit.” The cut is to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and is not as deep as is expected in the House bill.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, at its recent annual meeting, adopted a resolution in support of the Prevention Fund. “The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the Congress to remain steadfast in its commitment to the Fund, restore the original funding level and provide reliable and continued funding for efforts to reduce preventable disease rates and advance prevention strategies.”
From the Georgia Health Policy Center, a great brief on the community health and wellness benefits resulting from the Affordable Care Act. Includes summaries of Prevention Fund allocations in Georgia, and details how all the parts fit together, including workforce, information technology, and health exchanges. It also references the importance of partnerships – “Some of the partnerships needed to implement health reform will include multi-stakeholder coalitions of public and private sector providers, businesses, state and local government authorities, social service organizations, and others.”
Programs that provide classroom physical activity breaks can increase physical activity, and improve on-task behavior as well as some measures of health. There are a variety of programs that can be used to help kids be active in as little as 10-15 minutes.
Providing recess during the school day is an effective and efficient way to increase physical activity and improve academic performance among children. Recess is important because it can help kids get up to 40 percent of their total daily physical activity.