Here at Healthy Bytes, keeping an eye on pending healthcare legislation is important to us – from time to time, we pass along relevant, newsworthy healthcare news, legislation and/or campaigns that may be of interest to you. Here are a few recent notable healthcare updates that you may find useful in your private practice or nutrition business.
You may be aware that June is Men’s Health Month. The purpose of Men’s Health Month, according to MensHealthMonth.org, is to “…heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.”
The Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group recently conducted a study assessing the effectiveness of diabetes prevention using either medication or weight loss via lifestyle changes in pre-diabetic patients. Results demonstrated that both the drug as well as diet and activity coaching reduced the risk of developing diabetes. However, participants in the lifestyle coaching group were 58% less likely to develop diabetes compared to the control group. The lifestyle changes that you, as RDNs help your clients to make, were nearly twice as effective as medication.
Many of you are aware that February is heart health month, and we want to share resources with you that may help improve your clients’ heart health. The stats are scary: One in every four deaths in the U.S. are attributed to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death in the U.S. among both men and women, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. And among women, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death, according to the American Heart Association.
Imagine if your clients’ health insurance benefits included receipt of nutritious food. We can dream, right? Good news - this very benefit could be coming to an insurance plan near you.