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A pediatrician in Washington DC is changing the way he prescribes physical activity for his patients. In collaboration with the National Park Service and volunteers from George Washington University’s School of Public Health, park rangers and other doctors, he has compiled a database of all the parks in the area. He uses this information to create detailed prescriptions for physical activity for his patients. Projects like this are being developed across the country to help combat growing rates of childhood obesity.
To read more, see the NPR article here.

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It’s been a busy year at BHWP and with hard work comes fruitful rewards! We’re happy to introduce our newest supplements for Young Adult and Low-Income populations for our DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers and our DIMENSIONS: Well Body Toolkit for Healthcare Providers.
These toolkits assist healthcare providers in offering tobacco cessation and weight management and nutrition services to at-risk populations. The supplements are used in tandem with the original toolkits and provide specific strategies for working with these populations.
To see our list of available toolkits, click here.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent National Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported that 15.7% of high schoolers smoke, down 2.4% in 2011. The results are a major victory for the Healthy People 2020 objective of lowering smoking rates below 16% for this population. Unfortunately, the report found that 13.7% of students were obese and 16.6% were overweight, up from 13% and 15.2% in 2011, respectively.
For a summary of the report, see The Washington Post’s article here.

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BHWP Shines a Light on Tobacco and the Justice-Involved Population

Dr. Chad Morris was interviewed by Beyond the 5 A’s about BHWP’s work with the justice-involved population and tobacco cessation. The justice-involved population is often ignored in the scope of public health initiatives and BHWP works to shine a light on the whole health needs of this population. Read his interview here.

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University of California San Francisco published the largest peer-review of e-cigarette studies in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation on Monday. Some of the most notable conclusions include:
- Some youth have their first taste of nicotine via e-cigarettes.
- Nicotine absorption varies too much between brands.
- So far, e-cigarette use is not associated with the successful quitting of conventional cigarettes.
- Major tobacco companies have acquired or produced their own e-cigarette products.

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A Continuity of Care Model for the Justince-Involved Population Excerpt: “‘Health equity is defined as “having the opportunity to attain one’s full health potential’ (Braveman, 2003). Though not traditionally discussed as “underserved,” the justice-involved (JI) population is comprised of individuals with multiple socio-economic backgrounds that limit opportunities for health and well-being…Individuals involved in the legal system present unique challenges with regards to healthcare delivery and are frequently absent from conversations on health disparities. To achieve optimal health equity, these individuals often need the assistance of multiple community organizations working collaboratively in a systematic, cohesive manner…”

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BHWP Attends National Council Conference

BHWP attended the recent National Council for Behavioral Health Conference in Washington, D.C. We were tasked with supplying the Tobacco Control Corner with valuable resources supporting tobacco cessation. We also provided one of our most valuable...

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Become a voice of wellness at your organization! Attend any of our DIMENSIONS trainings in Dillon, CO from May 20-22 free of charge. Half day and one-and-a-half day trainings are offered. Topics include tobacco cessation services, weight management and nutrition strategies and tobacco free policy initiatives. Learn about the latest evidenced-based information and strategies from BHWP’s behavioral change experts.
To find the training that best works for you…

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The FDA will propose regulations later this month on e-cigarettes with restrictions that will likely be similar to those placed on regular cigarettes. Some of the questions regulators will need to answer are:
Will the sale of e-cigarettes be prohibited to minors?
Will the FDA require companies to disclose their ingredients and place health warning labels on packages?
Since flavored, traditional cigarettes are banned due to beliefs they could be marketed towards minors, how will they treat the sale of flavors available for e-cigarettes?
Will they require child-resistant packaging due to the danger of nicotine poisoning from the nicotine liquid used to fill the cartridges in some brands?

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If you’re ready to quit using tobacco, the Health Center at Auraria can connect you to tobacco cessation resources. Accessing the proper tools and support can increase your chances to become tobacco free. The Light Up Your Life in a New Way program is designed to tailor a program to your individual lifestyle and needs. Free to all Auraria students, staff and faculty.
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