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Help Davenport win a state-wide contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 08:34
Dear Quad City Resident,

Help Davenport win a state-wide contest, which will bring resources to our Quad City region.

 

Davenport is a finalist to become a Blue Zones Community™, which is a program to help people live longer, healthier lives.

 

If Davenport wins, then the Quad Cities wins because we will leverage these resources for the entire region.That's why we're sending you this email - so you'll join us in pledging to support for this project, so our community can be selected.

 

We are especially looking for people who live or work in Davenport to take a pledge to support this project and use their Davenport zip code.

 

So please, take a minute to vote for Davenport as a Blue Zones Community.

 

Here is what you can do:

 

Text BZP to 772937

- or -

 

Go to http://www.bluezonesproject.com/citizens/signup

 

And ask others to do the same. Because this simple act could have a positive impact on all of us for years to come.

 

Here's to our well-being!

 
Medicaid and Rural America PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisha Smith   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:59

Center for Rural Affairs analyzes benefits of Medicaid in rural areas
Rural children increasingly reliant on public health insurance

 

LYONS, NE - Medicaid protects long-term care for millions of seniors, helps people with disabilities live independently and provides health coverage that ensures children can see a doctor when they get sick. The Center for Rural Affairs released a new health care report today, entitled – Medicaid and Rural America – that examines these and other vital roles Medicaid plays in rural areas.

“A variety of unique characteristics of rural communities make Medicaid crucial for rural people and rural places,” said Jon Bailey, Rural Research Director at the Center for Rural Affairs and author of the report.


“The demographics and health care infrastructure of rural America make Medicaid a vital source of insurance coverage, filling gaps in Medicare coverage and the availability of private insurance,” Bailey continued.

According to Bailey, rural poverty rates are generally higher. Rural residents have lower rates of employer-sponsored health insurance. And rural areas have a higher proportion of older persons in their total population.

Bailey’s report goes on to explain that about 65 percent of families with non-elderly Medicaid enrollees have at least one worker in the family, with nearly half having at least one full-time worker.

“Many perceive Medicaid as the classic ‘welfare’ program,” said Bailey. “That perception is simply not true.”

A full copy of the report can be viewed and downloaded at: http://files.cfra.org/pdf/Medicaid.pdf.

The Center for Rural Affairs report makes a detailed case that Medicaid is a critical piece of the rural health care system. The connections between rural areas and Medicaid include:

  • The unique rural demographics of an older, lower income, more disabled and less healthy population with lower rates of private health insurance require a well-functioning Medicaid program.
  • Medicaid provides health insurance coverage and health care access for rural children and the disabled, both with limited health insurance options.
  • Significantly more people in rural areas would be without health insurance without Medicaid coverage.
  • Medicaid is a primary financer of long-term care, vital in rural areas with higher rates of elderly population and greater reliance on nursing facilities.
  • Medicaid helps expand health services—particularly mental health services—that would otherwise be limited or nonexistent in rural areas.
  • Medicaid keeps health care facilities and health care providers in rural areas by providing a significant portion of patient revenue.
  • Medicaid enhances the quality of life in rural areas by providing greater access to rural health care services.
  • Medicaid helps the rural economy by providing jobs and local revenue.

In the report, Bailey also provides evidence that Medicaid is also vital to the rural health care infrastructure and to rural communities. Health care providers, especially those who serve large percentages of Medicaid patients, rely on Medicaid payments to cover the costs of treating those patients. Federal and state Medicaid dollars contribute to rural economic development by generating health care jobs and other related businesses and services.

“In many respects, Medicaid has become a rural program,” explained Bailey.

The most recent data on Medicaid coverage show that 16 percent of rural residents had Medicaid coverage in the past year, compared to 13 percent of urban residents. And a recent analysis of those eligible for Medicaid from state data affirms the importance of Medicaid to rural people.

The data from 35 states and the District of Columbia shows that more rural than urban residents are eligible for Medicaid in 31 states. (New Jersey and the District of Columbia, have no rural counties). In 13 states the rural-urban variation was five percentage points higher for the rural population.

“The importance of Medicaid to certain populations - children, low-income disabled, low-income elderly and pregnant women - in rural America is especially striking,” Bailey concluded.

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HHS Mandate Controversy Misses the Mark PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Evelyn McCullough   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 08:52

Greensboro, NC – February 29, 2012 – The C12 Group, America’s largest Christian CEO roundtable provider, says that continuing media coverage about the recently announced U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate for all medical insurance plans to provide zero-cost abortifacients such as the “morning-after pill,” beginning in late 2013, broadly misses the mark.  Don Barefoot, President and CEO of The C12 Group, with more than 1000 active members across America, says, “We know that consternation about the overreaching HHS Mandate isn’t limited to church-affiliated organizations.  Bible-believing Christian business owners and CEOs see their roles as servant leaders at work as an extension of their faith and personal worship.  Several of our members have expressed outrage at the thought that our federal government is attempting to force their company medical plans to offer abortifacients.  Those with 50 employees or more also know that they’ll be penalized $2000 per employee beginning in 2014 by pending ObamaCare legislation when they refuse, as a matter of conscience, to offer such medical coverage.  They are among literally tens of thousands of Bible-believing Judeo-Christian chief executives whose religious liberties would be trampled by the radical proposals coming out of Washington DC.”

From 20 years of experience in working with more than 3000 established American companies with sales ranging up into the billions, C12 estimates that 10% of America’s one million companies with at least $1 million in annual sales and 10 or more employees are led by Biblical worldview Christians with a deep personal faith that informs their leadership.  C12 estimates that these 100,000 firms employ more than five percent of U.S. adults, and routinely interact with nearly every American over the course of a typical year.  Overall, these companies represent a significant portion of the American business landscape.  Mr. Barefoot says, “Given their commitment to excellence as a matter of stewardship, these are among the most trustworthy and resilient small-to-midsized companies, making them especially vital to America’s economic future.  Mr. Barefoot concludes, “C12 is a business organization that rarely takes time to comment on current socio-political events.

But this issue has crossed the line; we cannot be silent.  Unless the HHS mandate is rescinded, even in its amended form, many of these Christian entrepreneurs will be forced to drop company-sponsored medical coverage due to their deeply-held beliefs.  This is bad for millions of employees, bad for America, and an affront to people of Biblical faith everywhere.”

C12 was founded by Buck Jacobs, a dedicated Christian, author and CEO, in 1992.  C12 is a growing network of more than 1000 members in 75 metro areas across America and is comprised of Christian CEOs and business owners who desire a trustworthy peer advisory board and seek to ‘Build Great Businesses for a Greater Purpose.’

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What the Diet, Drug Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About Weight Loss PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 08:46
Best Way to Lose Weight is to Flip Your Biological Switch, Expert Says

Obesity has become such an epidemic in the United States, the FDA is considering approving a new prescription weight-loss drug – despite safety concerns about it.

It seems the health effects of being overweight override officials’ concerns about Qnexa, a drug the FDA rejected two years ago.

That shocks weight-loss expert Don Ochs, who says neither diets nor drugs are effective, long-lasting solutions.

“When you understand the biology behind burning off fat versus packing it on, the whole notion of starving yourself on a low-calorie diet is absurd,” says Ochs, developer of the physician-recommended Mobanu Integrated Weight Loss Solution (www.mobanu.com). “And certainly taking a drug that can damage your heart is out of the question.”

Here’s what people should know about biology and weight loss, Ochs says.

• Your body was designed to temporarily store fat because food was not consistently available to our ancestors. They relied on that stored fat to get them through famines, winters and dry seasons. That worked very well until we made huge advances in agriculture and food supplies became abundant and consistently available.

• When food is plentiful, your body will quickly burn fat deposits – those bulges you want to get rid of – for energy. When food is scarce, it burns fat more slowly, to help ensure your survival. That’s why simply eating less is not the best way to lose weight. A low-calorie diet actually tells your body to store fat because food is in short supply.

• You can control whether or not your body stores fat for survival or dumps it for an upcoming time of plenty by sending it the right signals. The types of food you eat, and how much you eat of them, send biologically ingrained messages to your body about whether to store fat or burn it – just like flipping a switch.

• Your body is very efficient at converting certain types of food to fat. These were the foods with natural carbohydrates that were available to our ancestors before a dry season or another winter, such as apples, which ripen in the fall. If you eat these foods, your body interprets it as a signal that lean times are coming so guess what? It starts stocking up on the stored fat.

To address his own weight problem, Ochs spent years studying the biology of fat burning versus fat storing based on research conducted at The Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health. From that perspective he figured out how to recognize when the foods he ate were signaling his body to produce a lot of insulin, which results in storing fat instead of burning it off.

“When you feel very sleepy after a meal, or when you’re full and yet you still crave food, those are signals that you’ve flipped the switch and turned on your insulin production,” he says. “How many carbohydrates flip that switch is different for every person based on genetics.

Losing weight by working with biology and your own individual, genetically encoded insulin triggers is natural and a prescription for long-term success. It doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want and never exercise, but it does mean you’ll feel full and satisfied and have lots of energy. And keep the weight off.

About Donald Ochs

Donald Ochs is a Colorado entrepreneur, the president and CEO of Ochs Development Co. and M4 Group, an inventor and sports enthusiast. He developed the Mobanu weight loss system based on research conducted at The Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health. The program is endorsed by physicians, nutritionists and exercise experts.

 
IBCLC Day Celebrated Worldwide PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Bollinger   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:04
The Quad City Breastfeeding Coalition is joining the International Lactation Consultation Association in celebrating IBCLC Day on March 7, 2012. This year’s theme “IBCLCs Make an Impact” highlights how the expertise of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) can make a difference in the health and well being of children and their mothers.

IBCLCs have years of training and continuing study to enable them to inform, assist and support women during pregnancy, early days after birth and as the baby grows including: getting off to a good start with breastfeeding, continuing to breastfeed after returning to work or school, breastfeeding a premature or sick infant, and preventing and managing challenges that might occur.

IBCLCs also train and support other health workers and educators so that they may assist mothers in the present and in the future. IBCLCs develop health programs and campaigns too. According to Cathy Carothers, President of the International Lactation Consultant Association, “How an infant is fed can have a lifelong impact on their health. Mother’s milk helps develop a strong immune system that can respond to fight off infections. The rising incidence of obesity and diabetes will have a major impact on health, and both these conditions are more likely to develop in children and in mothers when babies are not breastfed. IBCLCs make an impact on the quality of breastfeeding care provided by health services where they are employed and thus an impact for children and mothers.”

As allied health care professionals with the only internationally-recognized credential for professional lactation services, IBCLCs work in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, education, and in research. There are currently more than 25,000 IBCLCs in 90 countries worldwide who are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (www.ibclc.org) under the direction of the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Pregnant women, parents or health workers can find an IBCLC near them by visiting the International Lactation Consultant Association’s website at www.ilca.org and follow the “Find a Lactation Consultant” link where they can search for an IBCLC by postal code, city and state, or country.

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is the professional association for IBCLCs and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ILCA’s mission is to advance the profession of lactation consulting worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research. With the vision of a worldwide network of lactation professionals, ILCA provides members with numerous resources and professional development opportunities that enhance their ability to provide optimal care to breastfeeding families.

For more information about ILCA, visit the website at www.ilca.org or contact the ILCA Office at 919-861-5577 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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