June 5

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

The Howard County Health Department is proud to announce the release of the Howard County Health Assessment Survey (HCHAS) results.  Please view our new website which contains an executive summary, fact sheets, and links to other data sources.  We would like to thank our partners the Horizon Foundation, Howard County General Hospital, and the Columbia Association.  This was made possible by our joint effort.  The survey will be repeated again in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

Howard County Health Assessment Survey Website {new}

Please find below this week’s LHIC digest and corresponding attachments.  Additionally we welcome you to submit any news or events that you would like to share with the group.  The deadline for submissions is Monday by 5:00pm to anugent@howardcountymd.gov .  Again, we thank you for your continued support and participation as we work to achieve health equity in Howard County and to identify and reduce health disparities.  

Next LHIC meeting Monday, July 8th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Click here for calendar invitation.


CDC Releases State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables {new}
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2013 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, a state-by-state assessment of fruit and vegetable consumption. The CDC report revealed that Americans consume less fruit and vegetables than recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with more than one-third of adolescents consuming fruit and vegetables less than once daily. 

HHS, USDA Announce 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee {new}
Fifteen nationally recognized health and nutrition experts were appointed by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The committee provides recommendations that lay the foundation for the updating and publishing of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years, which in turn serve as the basis for federal nutrition policy. The 2015 committee includes Mary Story, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research program.

HHS, Labor, Treasury Release Final Rule for Employee Wellness Programs 
Three federal agencies issued final regulations last week that expand the ability of employers to charge different health care premiums to employees who meet certain wellness program benchmarks. The rule, which takes effect for all health care plans beginning on or after January 1, 2014, implements a provision in the Affordable Care Act that increases the health insurance premium discounts an employer can extend to participating employees from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2014, and as high as 50 percent under certain circumstances.

Healthy Eating Research Studies Examine Menu Labeling
Diners at fast-food restaurants significantly underestimate the number of calories in their meals, according to a study released by Healthy Eating Research (HER) last week. Researchers found teens underestimate the number of calories in their meals by as much as 34 percent, parents of school-age children by as much as 23 percent, and adults by as much as 20 percent. According to lead researcher Jason Block, “having the [calorie] information is an important first step for anyone wanting to make changes”; another HER study released last week shows that adults and teens who used calorie information posted on menus or menu boards in Seattle-area chain restaurants purchased up to 143 fewer calories than customers who did not see or use the calorie information. 

IOM Study Examines Physical Education and Activity in Schools 
An Institute of Medicine (IOM) report released last week examining the status of physical education and physical activity in schools recommends that “students should engage in vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the school day.” The report, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, cites “extensive scientific evidence” that regular physical activity has multiple benefits for physical, mental, and cognitive health; the report also cites “a growing body of evidence” that children and adolescents who achieve at least the recommended amount of vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity “may well improve overall academic performance.” Specific recommendations include adopting/strengthening physical education and/or recess policies as well as instituting dedicated classroom physical activity time.  

Study: Physical Activity Reduces Obesity Risk for Youth
A study to be published in the Journal of Health Economics has found that an additional hour of physical education in elementary school reduces the probability of obesity among fifth-graders, and that the increased gym time did not replace academic time or affect test scores negatively. Researchers found that the additional hour lowers body mass index by 0.5 for all children, including 0.9 for boys. 

Network of Care for Behavioral Health 
Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online information place for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. This online community provides critical information, communication, and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is "No Wrong Door" for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.
For more information, click here.

Howard County Health Department Tobacco Treatment Program and Volunteer Opportunities 
Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm {free}
Quit Smoking Today!  FREE Tobacco Treatment Program open to anyone who lives or works in Howard County.  This is a 4 week program, 1 session per week.  A physician evaluation for medication support will be offered from 5:00pm -8:00pm, by appointment only.  Walk-in clinics for a one-on-one counseling session with a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, offered in English and Spanish will be offered on Thursdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  For more information, click here.

Office on Aging Information - MAP and SHIP 
Maryland Access Point (MAP)
MAP is Howard County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). We help identify a person’s strengths, needs, situations and preferences and help them make informed decisions through a service known as Options Counseling. In addition to our telephone assistance, we can make home visits or meet a person in an alternate location such as a senior center or library.  To contact MAP call 410-313-5980 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or visit the statewide searchable database at 
Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) 

SHIP offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare of any age and their families. Counseling is a free service and assistance is given via telephone and face-to-face interactive sessions, public education presentations and programs, and media activities. To contact SHIP call 410-313-7392 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cancer Prevention Study-3 Comes to Howard County
Help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer!  The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer fighters in Howard County to participate in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a historic, nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives.  For more information, please visit the website.  www.CPS3HowardCounty.org

2-1-1 Maryland
2-1-1 Maryland is a toll-free, 24-hour hotline that provides information on local and national health and human service resources. We serve the entire state of Maryland and are available simply by dialing 2-1-1 or 800-492-0618. The hotline is staffed by trained and nationally certified Information and Referral Specialists who assess callers' needs and then link them with appropriate resources and services. Many of you are already included in our database but others may not be included. Please use the following contact information to update current forms or submit new program forms.  Kate Schulz, Information and Referral Specialist and Howard County Outreach Coordinator.  Contact number: 410-895-1452.  Brandi Nieland, Database Administrator 

Powerpoint Presentation
2-1-1 Maryland Fact Sheet
2-1-1 MD Inclusion Exclusion Guidelines
New Program Form


Howard County Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance Program Meet and Greet {new}
June 15th   3p – 5p
Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD
HC MOTA Program:  Reducing minority health disparities by addressing the social determinants of health.  For information about how your organization can participate contact Paula Blackwell at
pblackwell.firn@gmail.com.  Sponsored by FIRN, Inc. and the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Minority Health and Health Disparities

well4life® Program at Saint Agnes Hospital {free}
A holistic and comprehensive approach to weight loss and healthy living, the well4life® program at Saint Agnes Hospital provides medical oversight, your own personal health coach, educational and fitness classes, support groups, a web companion and more.  If you’d like to change your lifestyle habits and reach a meaningful health and wellness goal, we can give you the support and expertise you need. Find out more at www.well4lifeprogram.com or register for our free monthly information sessions by calling 1-866-690-9355.

You Can Prevent Diabetes!
Saint Agnes Hospital is now offering a 4-month program designed to prevent the development of Type 2 Diabetes in people who test as Pre-Diabetic. The goal of the program is to teach you lifestyle changes geared towards reducing your risk. The program combines the resources and expertise of the Saint Agnes endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators, dieticians, fitness professionals and other health educators in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association. This program includes eight 90-minute group-based behavioral lifestyle intervention classes, complimentary, weekly fitness classes, monthly support groups and biometric screenings at the beginning, end and 6-months post completion of the program. A physician referral is required. For details, contact Roslyn Snyder, Pre-Diabetes Program Coordinator, at 410-368-3244.
Living Your Best Life With Diabetes Group Education Class
Friday & Saturday, July 26th & 27th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at Saint Agnes Hospital
In this eight-hour class, you’ll learn how to manage your diabetes to help prevent complications and live your life to the fullest. Our Saint Agnes experts will offer useful, realistic tips for nutrition and exercise, stress management and blood sugar control. To attend these classes, all patients must first schedule an individual diabetes appointment for initial assessment. Diabetes education and classes are covered by most health insurances. Physician referral is required. For further details, obtain referral form, or schedule your initial appointment, call (410) 368-8448. 
Webinar: The FDA and Tobacco: Past, Present and Future {new}
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 3:00-4:30pm Eastern
The Tobacco Control Network has announced its latest presentation of the Harvey Leadership Webinar Series. Mitch Zeller, newly appointed Director, Center for Tobacco Products, FDA, will provide his expert perspective on what transpired to create the Center for Tobacco Products, some current issues of interest (e-cigarettes, cigarettes, reduced risk tobacco products) and his vision for the future of FDA regulation of tobacco. His presentation will be followed by a discussion with expert panelists, Maggie Mahoney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, and Jeanne Finberg, of the California Attorney General’s office.
Click here for registration information.  

Webinar: The Tobacco Control Act Four Years Later: Living Up to its Promise? {new}
Monday, June 24, 2013, 12:00-1:30pm Central
June 22, 2013, marks the fourth anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products to benefit public health. Since the Act became law, the FDA has established the Center for Tobacco Products and has begun the work of regulating tobacco products and enforcing those regulations. In this Webinar, speakers will reflect on the past four years of federal tobacco regulation, including successes, disappointments, and hopes for the future.  
Click here for registration information. 

Healthy Eating/Active Living {new} 
Webinar: Model Pedestrian Safety Programs
Thursday, June 6th, 2:00pm  - 3:30pm EDT  
Pedestrian fatalities, over the past couple of years have increased, while overall traffic fatalities have declined. As a result, transportation organizations and other agencies that focus on health and recreation have taken a close look at developing safety programs designed to protect people who are walking and rolling.  
Click here for registration information. 

Webinar: State and Local Policy Options to Support Healthy School Foods {new}
June 13, 2013, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. EDT
The passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 represents a significant step forward in our nation’s effort to provide all children with healthy food in schools.  Over the past year, schools across the country have been working hard to implement strong national nutrition standards for school lunches, and in the coming years schools will also begin implementing updates to breakfasts as well to snack foods and beverages.  While these national updates are an important step, schools need support from state and local advocates, policy makers, health officials, and others to ensure that all school nutrition environments are healthy for students.  C
lick here for registration information.  



Additionally we welcome you to submit any news or events that you would like to share with the group.  The deadline for submissions is Monday by 5:00pm to anugent@howardcountymd.gov

 Our mailing address is: 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046