D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Help D.C. Youth Focus on Fitness

D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Help D.C. Youth Focus on Fitness











D.C. Council President Kwame Brown speaking to the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs and other guests.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

Council Chairman Kwame Brown, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) celebrated the start of a new program to help D.C. youth live healthier through improved fitness and fun.

Chairman Brown shared his own words with the children at the event about the importance of being healthy and fit. Listen to the Kwame Brown’s audio clip.

Leah Lamb, the Chief Development Officer for BGCGW, Jenny Wallace, Women’s Leadership Committee Member, and Paul Alagero, Director of Corporate Relations for BGCGW, spoke on the benefits of reaching children and helping them to become healthier.

View the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington video.

Lamb led the day’s activities. She spoke about the partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs and CareFirst. The youth at the event joined in for a “thank you.”

Listen to Leah Lamb’s audio clip to hear her comments about the Boys & Girls Clubs’ partnership with CareFirst.

CareFirst presented a $ 75,000 check for the adoption of the Richard England Club House 14 and its goal to enrich the lives of boys and girls in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Since 2005, the BGCGW has received $ 223,500 in funding from CareFirst. Most notably is the BGCGW’s Adopt a Club campaign. CareFirst sponsors Clubhouse 14, in Ward 7.

Karen Dixon, AVP of Corporate Marketing Communications at CareFirst, spoke to the children during the presentation about CareFirst’s emphasis on health and wellness. Listen to Karen Dixon’s audio clip to hear her remarks.

Approximately 858 youth ages 6 to18 from low-income families will have access to a broad range of programs and services administered by BGCGW professional staff specifically trained to deal with this demographic group.

For 125 years, BGCGW has been a leader in youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances, and helping them develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Founded in 1886, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) has been serving youth in the area for more than 125 years. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington is ‘to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.’ BGCGW is one of the largest affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, currently operating 21 sites over a 75-miles radius from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Germantown, Maryland. Over 21,000 members attend the Clubs for activities, sports, and encouragement. For more information, visit http://www.bgcgw.org/.

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

In its 74th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to nearly 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Through its CareFirst Commitment initiative and other public mission activities, CareFirst supports efforts to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its service areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our Web site at http://www.carefirst.com or follow CareFirst news on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CareFirst_News.

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Groups Focus on Underage Drinking During Alcohol Awareness Month

Groups Focus on Underage Drinking During Alcohol Awareness Month










Canadian, OK (PRWEB) April 19, 2006

The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that nearly 4.5 million teens between the ages of 12 and 17 are current alcohol users. In an effort to combat this statistic the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) held approximately 1,200 town hall meetings across the country as part of a campaign to prevent underage drinking.

The spring time is when there is the most attention on underage alcohol consumption and binge drinking, especially since alcohol abuse by minors increases for spring break, prom and graduation as well as the fact that April is Alcohol Awareness Month.

Research has found that adults who first used alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to report dependence on or abuse of alcohol than adults who first used at age 21 or older, according to SAMHSA. In addition to its negative impact on health, alcohol use among youth is strongly correlated with violence, risky sexual behavior, poor academic performance, alcohol-related driving incidents, and other harmful behaviors. In fact, alcohol is responsible for six times the number of youth deaths than can be attributed to all other drugs combined.

“Underage drinking is not inevitable, as some parents may think,” said SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie in a release from the Administration. “For too long, underage drinking has been accepted as a rite of passage in this country, and far too many young people, their friends and families, have paid the price. It’s time to change attitudes toward teen drinking from acceptance to abstinence. It’s time to get real, get focused, and push back. It’s time for parents and teachers, clergy and coaches to talk with children early and often about alcohol, especially before they’ve started drinking.”

Joining the effort to cut the use of any toxic substance among youth is Narconon Arrowhead, whose education and prevention program reaches tens of thousands of young people annually with anti-drug messages. Delivering truth about what drugs and alcohol do to a person’s mind and body, whether legal or not, Narconon Arrowhead is one of the nation’s largest and most successful education and rehabilitation programs, based on the drug-free social education model developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

Research shows that parents of teens generally underestimate the extent of alcohol used by youth as well as the harm drinking can do. Parents also underestimate the extent to which their opinion matters to their children.

To get free information on how you can help educate your children about the dangers of alcohol and drug use, contact Narconon Arrowhead today by calling 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com. Information on the national campaign to “Start Talking Before They Start Drinking” is available at http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov.

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Drug Reaction and Patient Safety to be Focus of Upcoming ?WARM? Summit, Workshop on Adverse Response Monitoring

Drug Reaction and Patient Safety to be Focus of Upcoming ‘WARM’ Summit, Workshop on Adverse Response Monitoring











Ottawa (PRWEB) February 19, 2008

The WARM Summit, a Canadian-led, international initiative to improve patient safety, is taking place in Ottawa on February 21 – 22, 2008. With the focus on health risks from taking prescribed medications, the workshop will bring together experts from medicine, science, engineering, business and government to find objective methods of measuring patient responses to medications and to develop standards for adverse response measurement and analysis. The panel will produce a report and recommendations to improve patient safety and to help optimize the efficacy of medication.

Organized by the Ottawa Section of IEEE, the workshop will feature representatives from Ottawa Heart Institute, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratories, the University of Toronto, and European Federation of Medical Informatics, and delegates from Health Canada, among others. In addition, the workshop is sponsored by the healthcare divisions of IBM and TELUS, along with Emergis (a TELUS company focused on health information management).

“Engineering shares with medicine a commitment to improve quality of life while putting safety first, and that’s why the IEEE is organizing this workshop. On this common ground, we will seek to work out the differences and identify the cross-cutting technologies that can bridge the gap between physical and physiological safety systems,” said Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi, IEEE Ottawa Section Chair.

Drug adverse responses need better standards for monitoring and reporting:

“Despite the well-known risks associated with using prescription drugs, medication errors and adverse reactions are still poorly understood and recorded. Given these risks, we need to develop objective methods for monitoring an individual’s response to treatment,” said George Mihalas, President of the European Federation of Medical Informatics.

Although in Canada (outside of Quebec), between 2006 – 2007, there were over 45,000 adverse reactions to medication reported – or approximately 22 of every 1000 people were hospitalized due to drug reactions – there is still no standardized method to monitor and report these reactions.

Most medications today are administered by patients at home, without supervision, and in the absence of systems to manage and track adverse drug responses. Many patients experience complications from prescribed drugs – often severe – adding to the challenges of managing chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

“Is this treatment working for me? That is the question in health care. Without a precise answer to this question, knowing what’s going on with a patient imposes unbearable costs of cognition, communication, coordination, and capability. Personal health monitoring systems are needed to help answer this question efficiently and therefore enable the provision of safe, high-quality care for all,” said Dr. Radu Leca, President of Biosign Technologies Inc.

A demonstration of how technology can help:

As part of the WARM Summit, technologies to be demonstrated include a telematic health information system for monitoring responses to frequently prescribed drugs. The system, developed by Biosign, leverages established technologies to assess a patient’s response to treatment and the need to adjust treatment accordingly. Its networking and communication facilities are being tested on TELUS and IBM platforms.

“IBM supports and applauds this initiative, which addresses challenging questions in the quest for high-quality healthcare. Ensuring that people are not harmed by medication is not an option, but the first condition of quality care. That’s why we are working closely with TELUS and Biosign to offer a prescription for action,” said Sal Causi, IBM Healthcare’s Business Development Executive.

“TELUS is pleased to support this IEEE workshop’s goal of improving patient safety through the use of technology. This is an extension of our ongoing collaboration with IBM and Biosign. The strategy to commoditize self care and remote monitoring is critical as we move toward next-generation healthcare,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, TELUS’ Chief Technology Officer.

The WARM Summit will take place at Nepean Centrepointe, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. The Summit begins at 8:00am EST on Thursday February 21st and runs until 6:30pm EST on February 22nd.

More information is available at http://ottawa.ieee.ca/ims/warm2008/index.htm


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Food Safety Thrives When Consumers Focus on Five – Focusing on Five Easy Steps Helps Consumers Reduce Their Risk of Foodborne Illness

Food Safety Thrives When Consumers Focus on Five -
Focusing on Five Easy Steps Helps Consumers Reduce Their Risk of Foodborne Illness













Washington, D.C. (Vocus) September 1, 2009

September marks the start of Food Safety Education month, a time for consumers to incorporate safe food handling practices that can reduce their risk of foodborne illness into their daily routine. According to the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2009 Food & Health Survey, 52 percent of consumers perceive foodborne illness as the most important food safety issue, but the survey also found that people have room for improvement when it comes to following proper food safety practices at home.

Today, in a special Food Safety Education Month kick-off Web cast, experts highlighted the risks of not practicing proper food safety precautions at home.

“It’s important for people to know that they have some control in keeping their food safe,” said Robert Gravani, Professor of Food Science at Cornell University. “It’s remarkable how easy it is to incorporate simple food safety steps into your every day routine.”

5 Food Safety Steps to Keep Consumers Safe:

Purchasing: Make sure meat, poultry and seafood products — whether raw, pre-packaged, or from the deli — are refrigerated when purchased.
Cooking: Always cook to “Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures” and use a meat thermometer to check the doneness of your food.
Holding: Hold hot foods above 140 °F and cold foods below 40 °F.
Separating: Use one cutting board for fresh produce — and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
Cleaning: Always wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before beginning food preparation; after handling food, and after using the bathroom, changing diapers, or touching pets.

It’s important that proper food safety practices are followed throughout the food supply chain, from food manufacturers to government, farmers, retailers, government and consumers.

“The Food & Health survey data shows that consumers agree that food safety is a shared responsibility” said Tony Flood, Director of Food Safety Communications at the Foundation, “They’re looking to manufacturers and government first, but they also understand that they have a role to play too.”

The Foundation also has additional materials available on a wide range of food safety and defense issues available at http://www.ific.org/publications/other/foodsafetyresources.cfm.

For additional information on food safety, a copy of the 2009 Food & Health Survey or to schedule an interview with an expert please call the Foundation Media Team at 202-296-6540.

The International Food Information Council Foundation will effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition, and food safety for the public good. The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. IFIC Foundation materials are available at http://ific.org/newsroom. For interviews with scientific experts or for more information, call (202) 296-6540.

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