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SBM recommends school officials, community leaders, and legislators adopt policies that enhance youth summer programming to minimize the amount of weight children gain over the summer. Policies should encourage school-community partnerships, family outreach, joint use of facilities, and adherence to healthy eating and physical activity standards. The brief is endorsed by the National Summer Learning Association.
SBM calls for increased lung cancer screening for high risk patients, to reduce cancer deaths. Screening is recommended for those who are 55-80 years of age; have no current cancer symptoms; smoke currently or quit within the last 15 years; and have a 30 pack-year smoking history. Legislators should support the integration of evidence-based tobacco treatment into screening programs, and should increase funding for screening and research. Health care providers should integrate evidence-based tobacco treatment into screening, reduce screening barriers, and counsel patients about the potential benefits and harms associated with screening. The brief is endorsed by the American College of Radiology and the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago. [Read more>>] [View our infographic>>]
SBM calls for increased human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates to prevent cancer. The vaccination is recommended for 11- and 12-year-olds. Legislators should advocate for vaccine insurance coverage and adequate provider reimbursement. Health care providers should treat HPV vaccination as a routine vaccination, and should use culturally appropriate communication strategies to educate patients and parents about the vaccine’s importance, effectiveness, and safety. The brief is endorsed by the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. [Read more>>] [View our infographic>>]
SBM supports stronger regulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems (e-cigarettes), incorporation of electronic nicotine delivery systems into clean air policies, and special consideration of product safety standards to protect vulnerable populations. [Read more>>]
In response to the significant colorectal cancer (CRC) burden and persistent underutilization of screening, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s 80% by 2018 initiative sets an important goal for CRC screening in older Americans. SBM supports 80% by 2018 and encourages policymakers and health care providers to implement the recommendations outlined by the initiative. [Read more>>]
SBM supports expanding the use of community health workers to enhance primary care, prevention, and chronic disease management programs within patient-centered medical homes to improve patient outcomes and reduce unnecessary utilization of resources. [Read more>>]
SBM recommends the inclusion of community health workers and other providers of peer support as a regular part of prevention and routine care. This brief is co-authored with the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, National Council of La Raza, and Peers for Progress. [Read more>>]
SBM encourages legislation and other policies that require Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers to reimburse for diabetes self-management education and that support 12 hours each year for everyone with diabetes. [Read more>>]
SBM supports the retention of the current school lunch standards set by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. SBM further recommends that schools promote traditional and innovative nutrition education formats, repeatedly encourage the consumption of healthful foods, and make small environmental changes in lunchrooms to make more healthful eating accessible, attractive, and normative. [Read more>>]
SBM encourages legislation and policies for Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers to reimburse exercise programming for people with serious mental illness treated in community mental health programs. This brief is co-authored with the American College of Sports Medicine. [Read more>>]
SBM recommends early care and education settings provide healthy foods in age-appropriate portions; increase physical activity during childcare hours to as close to 120 minutes per day as possible; decrease sedentary behavior to no more than 30 minutes at a time; and decrease entertainment screen time in childcare to less than 30 minutes weekly. [Read more>>]
SBM recommends elementary schools provide as many of the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity during school hours as possible. [Read more>>]
Considerable research shows people of all ages and across all races and ethnicities are more active when they can access parks. Park use also facilitates a healthy weight status. [Read more>>]