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Positive Health News!

With our country’s obesity epidemic, less active kids and many nutritional problems, it can be easy to miss positive news on the health front. The Ninth Annual American Fitness Index (AFI) was released this week and showed an increase in those who indicated they exercised in the last month, and an almost 5% decrease in smoking.  Another promising finding was an increase in the number of states requiring physical education for our children. The index looked at metropolitan areas in the United States and found the three fittest areas were Washington, D.C., closely followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver, Colorado. The goal of AFI is to offer communities resources that help in the assessment, planning, and implementation of health-improving measures.  The indicators used are modifiable through community effort.

As we continue to work with individuals and communities alike, this type of programming helps identify actionable areas with evidence for improving health.  It is encouraging to hear positive news about our country’s health!

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Beat Diabetes!

Beat Diabetes was the theme of this year’s World Health Day, April 7th, 2016.  Corresponding with this, the World Health Organization published the Global Report on Diabetes to increase awareness and as a further call to action. The report calls for increasing physical activity and healthy eating from a very young age to decrease the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.  This population-based approach includes regulatory measures to improve global nutrition, recognizing the significant impact this has on the diabetes epidemic.

This same week, the Lancet published the NCD Risk-Factor Collaboration report that looked at over 750 studies that measured either fasting blood sugar or hemoglobin A-1C, studies including over 4 million people.  Unfortunately, the report is not positive.  They estimate that the incidence of diabetes has increased four-fold from 1980 to 2014, which encompasses over 400 million people with diabetes on the planet.  The vast majority of these cases, over 80%, are Type 2 Diabetes.  Many of these people live with diabetes either without knowledge or education, often without medications for treatment.  The study notes that reducing the global impact of diabetes will require substantial response from the world’s governments and health care systems.

Obesity and physical inactivity are clearly primarily responsible for the worldwide diabetes burden.  Addressing diet and lifestyle changes in a structured self-management program, which can be delivered to millions of people, seems overwhelming but is urgently needed.

As health care providers, we need to be vocal proponents of programs that encourage healthier nutrition and lifestyle changes in our own communities. This should include every patient receiving education and guidance on improving their physical activity as well as nutritional advice.  Outside of the clinic, we should be supporters of investments in our community to improve physical activity, such as proposed by “whole-of-community” programs like the Toronto Charter for Physical Activity.

Let’s be proactive in our personal and professional spheres of influence to be part of the solution.

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References: 

WHO Global Report on Diabetes: see http://www.who.int/diabetes/global-report

Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call to Action

Krug, EG.  Trends in Diabetes: sounding the alarm. The Lancet, 06 April 2016

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration. Worldwide trends in diabetes since 1980: a pooled analysis of 751 population-based studies with 4.4 million participants. Lancet 2016