Guest Column in Local Paper: A call to action to improve community’s health

The Florida Times Union published a Guest Commentary I wrote on Improving the Health in our community

Guest column: A call to action to improve community’s health

Humana recently launched its local Bold Goal initiative with a conference at UNF. There were excellent presentations and I was honored to participate with a distinguished group of panelists from the Duval County Health Department, hospitals, providers of care and the Duval County Medical Society. It was nice to be involved in the event and try to play a small part in improving the health in the community in which I live.

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I’ll be posting a longer version with all the citations here.

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Mindfulness: Is This the Way to Improve our Eating Habits and Reduce Smoking?

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This week we had Judson “Jud” Brewer, MD, PhD from Claritas Mind join us on PopHealth Week. I have recently gotten into Mindfulness and have used HeadSpace (which has been very good) daily for over a month. I’ll discuss Headspace in another post. More recently I started Eat Right Now developed by Claritas Mind and have used it daily as well. Eat Right Now states it’s “a program that utilizes a proven scientific approach to help you control your food cravings.”

It has surprised me how much of an impact mindfulness can have on my thinking and behavior. Continue reading

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Casino Healthcare – An Interview with Dan Munro

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I recently interviewed Dan Munro on PopHealth Week and we discussed his book Casino Healthcare. dan-munro-picWe all know about the high costs and poorer outcomes associated with American Healthcare.  In Casino Healthcare Dan explains his view of how our system, one built with Selective Health Coverage is like a casino; or really three casino’s, the insurer casino, provider casino and pharmaceutical casino.

Dan explores each of these areas and explains how they work to maximize revenue through a system of complex transactions and systems.

As an example, on the Provider side Dan explains a little known group called the AMA/Relative Value Scale Update Committee  or “RUC” as its more affectionately known.   Continue reading

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The Florida Trail, 50 Years and Why these Trails are More Than Just a Walk in the Woods

Recently I took part in the Florida Trail Association (FTA) Annual Conference. The FTA develops, maintains, protects, and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state, including the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). This event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the FTA’s founding.

A Brief History

The National Scenic Trails were authorized under the National Trails System Act of 1968 that began with the naming of the Appalachian Trail (AT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) as the first National Scenic Trails. The AT was originally founded by Benton MacKaye and completed in 1937. It’s over 2,000 miles long. Earl Shaffer was the first person to do a complete single thru-hike of the AT  in 1948. Earl was a soldier returning from World War II who said he was going to “walk off the war”.  More on this and its relevance to current day later.

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Jim and Fred at the unveiling of the sign.

The Florida National Scenic Trail another of the eleven National Scenic Trails is about 1,300 miles long and has its own originator, Jim Kern. The weekend was a well-earned celebration of Jim’s vision to establish the Florida Trail 50 years ago.  Jim is also a co-founder of the American Hiking Society, and founder of Big City Mountaineers which takes under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions.

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Upcoming Webinar: Why Health Literacy Matters to Your Business

October is Health Literacy Month, a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information.

Please join me as I moderate a panel on  Why Health Literacy Matters to Your Business during a free webinar from EdLogics featuring top experts from across the country.

The panel includes:

  • Tommy G. Thompson, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Wisconsin

Join us as we explore the strong connection between health literacy, health outcomes, and healthcare costs – and learn what you can do to make a difference.

Date: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2:30-3:45 pm EDT

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