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Total Health Driver – Diet
Diet a balanced eating pattern including nutrient-dense foods vital to achieving optimal health and support for the body’s daily functioning. A plant-based diet is associated with good health and low risk of chronic diseases.
CareOregon’s Food Rx program allows physicians to prescribe a food voucher, or a “Food Rx,” to a patient with dietary needs that allows a patient to receive plan-sponsored meals as long as the patient needs to stabilize his or her health.
CDPHP collaborated with the YMCA and Hannaford Supermarkets to create the Healthy Living Center, facility inside a major supermarket that offers a variety of services, including exercise equipment and classes, nutrition counseling, senior health, medication safety and disease management, as well as health insurance support.
Capital Health Plan launched the Champions program in 2006 in ten schools in the Leon County school system in partnership with Titus Human Performance Solutions and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. Champions is a free fitness program for students in grades K-8 that gets students moving to experience the benefits of exercise and develop healthy lifestyle habits.
Working with nurses affiliated with SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison along with several chaplains, common social determinants of health such as inadequate housing and limited access to food are being addressed in the Triangle Neighborhood community. In addition, partnering with Second Harvest, SSM Health and Dean Health Plan volunteers run the mobile food pantry that serves more than 100 people in an hour.
HealthPartners started the Better Shelf for Better Health program in 2013 to transform the food shelf system in a comprehensive and client-centered way to create a better food shelf, better nutrition and better health. While food shelves have traditionally focused on surplus and commodity foods to provide adequate calories, they are uniquely positioned to collaborate with others to support better food choices for food-insecure populations.
HealthPartners’ PowerUp program is a community-wide youth health initiative to make better eating and active living easy, fun and popular. PowerUp focuses on children ages 3-11 and the adults who influence their food and physical activity choices.
Independent Health created the Good for the Neighborhood program to offer pop-up sites for people in high-need neighborhoods to address their health needs in one convenient location.
Independent Health created the Fitness for Kids program to address issues of obesity in elementary school children in Western New York.
Kaiser Permanente funded and founded the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign, a national effort to help local communities develop policies that increase open space acreage; increase access to healthy food; develop compact, mixed use and transit oriented communities; and increase walking and biking.
Kaiser Permanente understands that addressing the social and behavioral needs of members is critical to the organization’s mission of improving the health of its members and the communities it serves. In order to meet the social and behavioral needs of members, new systems and partnerships are needed. The collaboration between Kaiser Permanente and Hunger Free Colorado illustrates a clinic and community partnership, which has resulted in improved food security for Coloradans.
Kaiser Permanente launched the Thriving Schools initiative in 2013 in an effort to influence long-term behavior change and have a measurable effect on the health of students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools in the community.
In New Mexico’s South Valley and International District, poverty, limited access to healthy, affordable food and severe health inequities are common. Recognizing the urgent need for affordable, accessible, healthy food, Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) subsidizes the La Cosecha Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, part of the Agri-Cultura Network. The partners identify low-income, food-insecure families in the South Valley and International District and connect them with weekly bags of fresh, locally grown produce during the 20-week growing season.
UCare partners with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services to hold an annual Senior Legal Fair, a free, multi-cultural and multi-lingual event serving the legal needs of low-income seniors across the Twin Cities metro area.
UCare partnered with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation to launch the Twin Cities Mobile Market initiative. This “grocery store on wheels” sells healthy foods at below-market prices in low-income neighborhoods considered food deserts. More than 275,000 low-income residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods who do not have access to grocery stores that sell fresh, healthy foods, can now benefit from this mobile market.
UCare partners with The Loppet Foundation, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minneapolis Public Schools and other community sponsors to offer a cross-country ski program for many immigrant schoolchildren in their communities. The program also provides an educational nutrition curriculum to help establish healthy behaviors in program participants and their families.
Recognizing East African refugees settling in the community need support, the UCare Foundation funded a program that aims to improve the overall health of refugees and reduce the health disparity gap in the Rochester, Minnesota area. The program works with community elders and religious leaders to communicate in a culturally appropriate way and facilitate discussion on health, provide information on accessing health insurance, promote immunizations and train partner organizations on cultural competencies for serving East African refugees.