Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
For Minority Physicians
Help prevent childhood obesity by encouraging physical activity
One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts adolescent youth at risk for health problems that once were common only in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. The AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) encourages families to take the following steps:
- Get active outside. Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride or play basketball at the park.
- Limit screen time: no more than two hours a day.
- Make healthy meals. Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits and whole-grain foods.
Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight. Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website to learn more.
The AMA-MAS promotes educating all patients about lifestyle changes that can be made to prevent obesity. Email the AMA-MAS if you have a project or idea that could help prevent this health disparity or raise awareness regarding obesity prevention.
AHRQ toolkit aims to improve discharge for diverse populations
Physicians working at hospitals should know about a newly updated resource that can help reduce hospital readmission rates by replicating a discharge process that resulted in 30 percent fewer readmissions and emergency room visits.
Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Re-Engineered Discharge Toolkit provides guidance to implement the toolkit for all patients, including those with limited English proficiency and from diverse cultural backgrounds. The toolkit employs health literacy strategies to ensure that patients know how to care for themselves when they get home.
Visit the AHRQ website to learn more.