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With Support From Web-Based Tools, Pharmacists Help Individuals Adopt Healthier Behaviors, Reduce Cardiovascular Risk 04/20/11

With support from a Web-based program, pharmacists provide weekly feedback and host monthly group sessions to help individuals adopt healthier behaviors that reduce cardiovascular risk, leading to increased levels of physical activity, weight loss, and lower systolic blood pressure.

Statewide, Team-Based Fitness Program Uses Online Social Networking and Competition to Promote Exercise and Weight Loss in Adults 03/31/11

A team-based program combines competition with online and inperson social support to increase physical activity and promote weight loss in adults throughout Rhode Island.

Medicaid Plan Offers Diabetic Patients Access to Fitness Facilities and Coaching, Leading to Weight Loss and Improvements in Cholesterol and Blood Glucose 03/21/11

Medicaid managed care enrollees with type 2 diabetes receive free access to YMCA facilities and have regular meetings with nurses, dietitians, and personal trainers that focus on diet, exercise, and other aspects of disease self-management, leading to weight loss and improvements in body mass index, cholesterol, and blood glucose control.

Multidisciplinary, Clinic-Based Teams Support Obese Children in Changing Behaviors, Leading to Increased Physical Activity, Improved Diet, and Weight Loss 03/09/11

Multidisciplinary, clinic-based teams work with obese children and their families to implement a weight control self-management plan tailored to the child's needs, leading to lower or stabilized body mass index, reductions in screen time and intake of sweetened beverages, and increased physical activity and fruit/vegetable consumption.

Identification and Support of Refugees With Disabilities Enhances Access to Culturally Competent Rehabilitation and Social Services 01/30/11

The Community Connections for Refugees with Disabilities program proactively identifies newly arriving refugees with disabilities, and then supports them in accessing culturally competent rehabilitation and community-based social services.

Faith-Based Exercise Program Increased Physical Activity in Older African-American Women 01/24/11

A faith-based exercise program run through churches increased levels of physical activity and reduced blood pressure and pain levels in older African-American women.

Medical Center Places Nurses in Schools, Leading to Better Lifestyle Choices and Academic Performance Among Students 10/13/10

Medical center–employed nurses work at elementary and middle schools, providing typical school nurse services, annual health screenings, and periodic classroom presentations, leading to improvements in the ability to identify health issues and in the lifestyle choices and academic performance of individual students.

Provider Training on Adolescent Weight Management Promotes Body Mass Index Documentation and Referrals to Health/Fitness Classes, But at Rates Below Health System Goals 09/22/10

The Santa Clara Family Health Plan encouraged health care practitioners to document body mass index and to provide weight management consultations and referrals to obese adolescents during well visits. While the initiative did not have a major impact on practitioner behavior, it does offer insights into how to develop effective programs to address childhood obesity.

Comprehensive Evidence-Based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Cuts Teen Pregnancies in Half 08/19/10

A comprehensive primary adolescent pregnancy prevention program that provides daily academic assistance, job skills training, family life and sex education, self-expression, lifetime sports, and no cost medical and dental care, leads to fewer teenage pregnancies and births, better academic performance, and improved work readiness.

Community Partnership Uses Lay Health Advisers to Reduce Chronic Disease Risk Factors, Leading to Improvements in Lifestyle and Health in Low-Income African Americans 08/15/10

A primary care center, county health department, community organizations, and lay health advisers jointly developed and implemented various activities to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes in a low-income, largely African-American population, leading to improvements in health-related behaviors and better health.

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