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Health Insurance, Health Care Issues Now Top Rated Topics for Radio Listeners According to Arbitron

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) August 16, 2007

Cary Hall announced today that the Health Insurance Advocate Show, featured on Talk Radio 710 KCMO in Kansas City, Missouri, 9 a.m. Saturdays, has recently experienced a significant Arbitron ratings increase of 119 percent, more than doubling its listenership since this time last year. The program also airs on News Radio 1330 KNSS Talk Radio in Wichita, Kansas, noon on Saturdays, and has experienced an Arbitron ratings increase of 576 percent in the past year – an increase Hall says is a direct result of teaching listeners to feel confident in their understanding of healthcare coverage. Listen to program podcast or live.

“With so much change in the industry and the relentless cost increases that can often drive consumers away from even having healthcare coverage, we believe we know why the show has had such incredible gains in popularity,” Hall said. “Simply put, it’s desperately needed.”

Hall is host of the Saturday morning program as well as president of Benefits By Design, a health insurance and consumer advocate company. The radio program is now the number one rated Saturday talk show in the region according to Arbitron Winter Book Ratings for 2007.

“We’re ending the myth that health insurance is not affordable with a cutting edge program designed to educate and raise awareness in the group and individual policy markets,” said Hall. “We’re helping everyone from sole proprietors who are trying to raise their families to HR executives at large corporations who are trying to make sense out of poorly performing group policies. The show teaches them to understand the market and how best to protect their employees and loved ones with incredible savings and coverage efficiency.”

“People don’t gain clarity on Medicare changes or child-only coverage or caring for elderly parents and so many other very personal issues by reading a boring conventional brochure,” Hall says. “We teach our listeners by conversing with knowledgeable experts, healthcare professionals and community service organizations every week in order to put a human face on what we all face together — the need to protect ourselves and our families and the need to conserve and protect our dollars.”

Hall cites the fact that the health insurance industry can be complex and often leads to confusion, frustration and even heartache in the market place. Breaking down industry terminology and government regulations, demonstrating cost efficiency and giving consumers confidence in the purchase of healthcare coverage is what the Health Insurance Advocate Show strives to deliver.

The new Arbitron ratings come at a crucial time as the Health Insurance Advocate Show reaches its fourth anniversary on the air in Kansas City, touching most of western Missouri and eastern Kansas. The program is in its second year in the Wichita market.

The Health Insurance Advocate Show, heard in Kansas City on Talk Radio 710 KCMO Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and in Wichita on News Radio 1330 KNSS Talk Radio Saturdays from Noon to 1 p.m., is Kansas City’s and Wichita’s only source for the latest information on the health insurance industry.

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Vicky Bisby


The Health Insurance Advocate – 10540 Marty, Suite 200 – Overland Park, KS 66212


According to Arizona’s Office of Oral Health, Common Parenting Practice Could Endanger Kids’ Teeth

Glendale, AZ (PRWEB) February 7, 2008

Anyone who has experienced parenthood knows how a well-timed sippy cup of juice can save the day — or night. But the same things that soothe and comfort might also bring about oral health problems later in life.

A significant concern to dentists is the practice of giving children juice or milk in a bottle or sippy cup to sip on throughout the day or at bedtime. Prolonged exposure to the sugars found in milk and juice contribute to tooth decay and a condition known as baby bottle tooth decay, a painful and damaging consequence for young children to endure.

February is National Children’s Oral Health Month

This is a great time to remind parents what they can do to prevent cavities. “Some people think it’s not a big deal for a young child to get a cavity or lose a baby tooth since these primary teeth eventually fall out anyway,” said Jerry Denning, DDS, dental consultant for Delta Dental of Arizona. “However, maintaining healthy baby teeth is extremely important for the long-term health of permanent teeth. When baby teeth are damaged by decay, it can affect nutrition, speech development and self-esteem, and can cause problems with spacing as permanent teeth grow in.”

According to Arizona’s Office of Oral Health, tooth decay is the most common childhood disorder affecting Arizona children, with 34% having some form of tooth decay by the age of three. Recent research demonstrates this burden is distributed unevenly, affecting more Arizona children from low-income families, children without dental insurance and children of important cultural groups such as Native Americans and Hispanics.

First Dental Visit by Age One

In order to combat and prevent dental decay, RaNee Toscano, R.D. H., and Acting Chief of the Arizona State Department of Health Services – Office of Oral Health stresses the importance of parents starting early, “Seeing a dentist by age one or when your child’s first tooth erupts is critical to their long-term health and well being.” Prevention is the key to maintaining healthy teeth. There are several things parents can do to protect their child’s primary teeth: Don’t put your child to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup. Maintain a balanced healthy diet low in sugary and starchy foods is important. Get fluoride varnish treatments if your child is at risk for decay or sealants once their molars erupt. Promote brushing twice a day and visit the dentist twice a year.

Prevention based strategies are the focus of the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation where grants are targeted to programs providing fluoride varnish treatments for young children at risk for cavities. School age children without dental insurance can receive dental screenings and sealants as part of school-based services. In the past ten years, the Foundation has given back more than $ 2 million to the community to combat oral disease in Arizona. For more information on the Foundation, please visit http://www.deltadentalaz.com/foundation.

About Delta Dental of Arizona

Delta Dental of Arizona is the leading dental benefits provider in Arizona with the largest network of 2,800 dentists, servicing more than 4,500 locations. Passionate about oral health and its importance to generations of families, Delta Dental of Arizona has worked for 35 years to improve oral health by emphasizing preventative care and making dental coverage accessible for a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals. Delta Dental of Arizona, in partnership with EyeMed, introduces DeltaVision, quality vision insurance plans that make maintaining healthy eyesight affordable. Quality dental, vision and FSA benefits are now available from a single, trusted source. For more information about Delta Dental of Arizona, please visit the website at http://www.deltadentalaz.com.


United Nations Foundation Appoints Daniel Carucci as Vice President of Global Health

Washington, D.C. (Vocus) October 15, 2008

The United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) announced today the appointment of Daniel Carucci as its Vice President of Global Health. In this position, Carucci will direct the strategic development, and implementation of the UN Foundation’s global health work, as well as coordinate with UN agencies, corporate and non-governmental partners, and key donors to improve health worldwide.

“We are pleased to welcome Daniel Carucci to our team at the UN Foundation,” said Senator Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation. “His expertise in medicine and tropical disease, as well as his extensive background in the field of global health, make him an exceptional candidate for this role and a good fit for our organization. In this new role, Daniel Carucci will elevate our health program, connecting our health initiatives and strengthening our support of the UN’s work to improve and save lives worldwide.”

Daniel Carucci has over 20 years of experience working in medicine and international health initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, Carucci served as the Director of Science at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. He also worked as Director of the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative at the Foundation for NIH – a $ 200 million program supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the Wellcome Trust and Canadian Institute of Health Research. He has served as the Director of the Malaria Vaccine Program at the Naval Medical Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and is responsible for the establishment of the Molecular Vaccines Interagency Working Group under the U.S. Subcommittee on Biotechnology. Carucci is also the recipient of the prestigious 2002 American Medical Association Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, the 2000 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Excellence in Military Medicine, and the 1989 Operational Flight Surgeon of the Year (Richard E. Luehrs Memorial Award). Carucci received his Medical Degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Tropical Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

For 10 years, the UN Foundation has worked hand-in-hand with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other UN leaders to develop and expand major initiatives to help children survive and thrive. In support of world-renowned international health partnerships, the UN Foundation has mobilized hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of people, brought new private sector partners into the field, helped strengthen the capacity of UN health agencies and provided program expertise to help save children’s lives. The UN Foundation is proud to be a founding partner of the Measles Initiative; a partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Roll Back Malaria; and creator of Nothing But Nets, a grassroots campaign supporting the delivery of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to children and families throughout Africa.

About the United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and capital to help the United Nations solve global problems. We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work – focused on select global problems – is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit http://www.UNFoundation.org.

Press Contact:

Amy DiElsi

Communications Director, Children’s Health, United Nations Foundation

(o) 202-419-3230, (c) 202-492-3078, (e) adielsi @ unfoundation.org

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Save Money on Health Care with 10 Tips from Bills.com

San Mateo, Calif. (Vocus) August 5, 2009

Health care is in the headlines these days as President Obama and Congress attempt to hammer out a way to make health care costs more affordable for Americans, who cite medical bills as one of the leading causes of debt and bankruptcy.

While the politicians debate, Ethan Ewing, president of Bills.com, has put together these 10 ways to save on medical care:


Not What the Doctor Ordered: Rapid Environmental Change Threatens the Foundations of Human Health

Washington, D.C. (Vocus) November 5, 2009

Changes to the Earths land cover, climate, and ecosystems are endangering the health of hundreds of millions, possibly billions, of people worldwide and now represent the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century. The scale of these global changes is rapidly undermining human life-support systems and threatening the core foundations of healthy communities around the globe: access to adequate food, clean air, safe drinking water, and secure homes.

These are the findings of the new report, Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health , published today by the Worldwatch Institute and the United Nations Foundation. The report notes that, as a result of rapid changes to the climate and in land use, we are already seeing alterations in the distribution of malaria, schistosomiasis, and other infectious diseases in many regions. It concludes that poor populations, mainly in developing countries, are the most vulnerable to these environmental changes, even though they are the least responsible for contributing to them.

It is increasingly apparent that the breadth and depth of the changes we are wreaking on the environment are imperiling not only many of the other species with which we share the ecological stage, but the health and wellbeing of our own species as well, writes the reports author, Dr. Samuel S. Myers, M.D., M.P.H., an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Research Associate at the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

The report outlines a series of public health threatsfood and water scarcity, altered distribution of infectious diseases, increased air pollution, natural disasters, and population displacementthat collectively threaten large segments of the human population. But most of the death and disability from these threats is fundamentally preventable, Dr. Myers writes, if the political will can be mobilized to take strong, concerted action. The report outlines the need for national-level risk assessments to identify the greatest threats in different regions, as well as unprecedented technical and financial assistance from the international community to help developing countries adapt to the health impacts of accelerating environmental change.

Ultimately, the report argues, we will need to find new ways to generate economic growth that do not cause serious ecological deterioration, or the progress that has been made toward global health, nutrition, and poverty alleviation will be undone. At present, all of the major types of human caused environmental changeclimate change, changes in land use and cover, and ecosystem service degradationare accelerating, Myers says. To reduce the avoidable human suffering that will result, we must redouble our efforts to slow the pace of environmental change, reduce the rate of human population growth, and reduce the vulnerabilities of those in harms way.

In her preface to the report, Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Special Envoy on Climate Change to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, describes the report as a call to action. She writes that, The knowledge that we can make a difference means that we have a large responsibility to act. By fighting ignorance, inaction, and inequity, we can create the conditions under which health threats can be averted. Most importantly, we must take targeted collective action to reduce the vulnerability of the poorest people on the planet to threats they played little role in generating.

The United Nations Foundation, of which Gro Harlem Brundtland is a board member, supported this report. The UN Foundation connects people, resources, and ideas to solve the worlds global problems.

For a review copy of Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health or to interview Dr. Samuel Myers, please contact Darcey Rakestraw at drakestraw(at)worldwatch(dot)org or Julia Tier at jtier(at)worldwatch(dot)org or (+1) 202.452.1999 x594.

About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society. For more information, visit http://www.worldwatch.org.

About the United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. It builds partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work is focused on decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.


Darcey Rakestraw

(+1 202) 452.1999 x517

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Health, Conservation, Youth-Serving Groups To Surgeon General: Make Outdoor Time A Health Priority

Washington (Vocus) February 4, 2010

National Wildlife Federation (NWF), more than 200 health, conservation, youth, and other organizations, and 16,300 Americans are urging the new surgeon general to make time outdoors a health priority for children.

The new citizens petition and letter of support to Dr. Regina Benjamin recommend a Call to Action to promote the health benefits of children who engage in regular unstructured outdoor play in their backyards, at local parks, or any green space that offers the opportunity to connect with nature.

Dr. Benjamin last week joined First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to announce plans for a healthier America through regular physical activity and better nutrition. Time unplugged and in nature should be an integral part of the vision.

Rebecca Garland, Executive Director of NWFs Be Out There campaign, said today:

National Wildlife Federation congratulates Dr. Regina Benjamin on her new role as Americas surgeon general. Todays release of the citizens petition and organizational sign-on letter marks the formation of a massive, diverse community, partnering together around the common goal of getting Americas families healthy again and reconnected with nature. The medical, education, and environmental communities ask the surgeon general to recommend that all American children and their families take time everyday to Be Out There and interact with the natural world.

Todays children have had less contact with nature than any generation in human history. A new study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that daily media use among young kids and teens is up dramatically from five years ago. The average American child (ages 8 to 18) now spends seven hours 38 minutes plugged in per day. That’s 53 hours per week watching electronic entertainment mediamore than the equivalent of a full-time work week.

While this is a troubling trend for the future of conservation, our economy, the health of our children, and the well-being of our communities are also at stake. Over the last 20 years childhood obesity has doubled, adolescent obesity has tripled, and instances of ADHD have increased. There is compelling research in the fields of public health, psychology, and elsewhere documenting that Americas indoor childhood has significant implications on a childs physical and mental health. Children reap significant benefits when encouraged to spend active time in an outdoor setting interacting with nature.

Daily Physical Activity

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that children and adolescents should accumulate one hour or more of daily physical activity that is mostly aerobic and leads to stronger bones and muscles. Active, outdoor play is an excellent way to meet these guidelines.

Sheila Franklin, Executive Director of National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA), said today:

A 2005 study showed that more than 30 percent of teens failed to meet national recommendations for moderate to vigorous physical activity. Regular physical activity plays a critical role in the prevention of chronic illness, regarded as a top priority in health reform for Americans. The NCPPA looks forward to working with Dr. Benjamin this year to address continuing health issues such as increasing American’s physical activity. It is important to instill in our children the importance of daily physical activity. The upcoming inaugural National Physical Activity Plan will include a variety of strategies that encourage families to spend active time outdoors.

Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a risk factor for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and sleep apnea. Furthermore, the health cost of obesity in the United States could be as high as $ 147 billion annually, according to a study from the Research Triangle Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children who play outdoors are more active and burn more calories than those who sit in front of a television or computer.

Kimberly Avila Edwards MD, FAAP, Department of Pediatrics, UT Southwestern-Austin, Dell Children’s Hospital, said today:

Children who are outdoors are more physically active than those who sit in front of a television or computer. The health of America’s children mirrors the strength of our nation’s future, and the childhood obesity epidemic is one of the greatest health challenges we face. Physical activity, including being outside in fresh air, plays a critical role in the treatment and prevention of pediatric and adult health issues. Combating obesity, heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, and even depression will take a coordinated effort across a broad spectrum of organizations. We support Dr. Benjamin and look forward to collaborating for a solution.


Children who regularly spend time outside may be less likely than their peers to develop nearsightedness, according to recent research reported in the journal Optometry and Vision Science. Participating children who spent more time outside during the day tended to have better distance vision than those who favored indoor activities.

Classroom Preparedness

NWFs report TIME OUT: Using the Outdoors to Enhance Classroom Performance highlights vast research linking time kids spend outside to increased classroom preparedness. Americas increasingly indoor lifestyle causes several factors that work against high performance in the classroom. Lack of unstructured playtime outdoors for some children leads to:

Athletic Trainers Necessary to Ensure Student Athlete Health and Safety, Say Experts

Plainsboro, NJ (PRWEB) March 8, 2010

Athletic trainers play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and health of student athletes, a panel of experts stressed at the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) 24th Annual Athletic Training Conference in Plainsboro. While sports are an excellent opportunity for student-athletes to be active and healthy, experts say it is important that measures are in place to ensure they are participating under the safest possible conditions.

Senator Paul A. Sarlo (D-Bergen/Passaic/Essex), recently introduced legislation (S-693) that would require each school district that conducts an interscholastic athletic program employ one or more school athletic trainers. “School sports give our kids an opportunity to be active, healthy, and learn the fundamentals of the game, but proper precautions must be in place to make sure these activities are safe,” says Sarlo, who is also a volunteer coach is his spare time. “This bill is about keeping our student athletes safe and out of harm’s way.”

Sarlo became interested in the issue after hearing about a case in Kentucky where a high school football player collapsed and died as a result of complications from heat stroke after an intense practice. The football coach, who did not have the benefit of an athletic trainer on staff, was charged with criminally negligent homicide and later acquitted. “The case in Kentucky definitely illustrates the problem with the lack of athletic trainers on site during team practices. Having an athletic trainer on-hand reduces the risk, and ensures that injured or ill players have access to immediate medical care if they should need it,” Sarlo says.

Dr. Robb Rehberg, a professor at William Paterson University and ATSNJ Past-President, expressed the ATSNJ’s support for the Senator’s legislation. “The best way to protect a student athlete’s health is by employing the services of an athletic trainer. As health care providers with expertise in the prevention, recognition, and care of athletic injury and illness, athletic trainers play a key role in keeping our student athletes healthy and safe,” said Rehberg, who is also a recent appointee to the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. “Athletic trainers serve as a resource for coaches, parents, and athletes, and have specific training in making return to play decisions and coordinating proper care. In the absence of a physician, athletic trainers are the most qualified personnel in this area, which is why it is important that all schools with athletic programs employ one.”

The panel included several experts, including Dr. Kevin M. Guskiewicz, a leading researcher on concussions from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Thomas Bottiglieri, D.O. a team physician for several Bergen County High Schools, and Charles Gatt, MD. a prominent New Jersey orthopedic surgeon. “Athletic Trainers bridge the gap between coaches and parents in the athletic health care system. They are the eyes and ears of physicians on the sidelines and in the athletic training rooms,” stated Bottiglieri.

“One of the most important things is the athletic trainers know the kids very well. They can help from both a personality stand point and an intellectual stand point, which goes a long way in making some important decisions when it comes to return to play,” said Gatt, who is the Chairman of the Orthopaedic Department of the Medical School, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson University. In addition to doctor-athletic trainer relationships, Gatt also discussed the value of an athletic trainer when an athlete has chronic injuries. “The athletic trainer is a big help in telling me how athletes are recovering from injuries, and how the initial injuries occur.”

John Bamber the Head Football Coach at Ewing High School in Ewing, NJ, provided a coaches perspective, and discussed how he handles the conflicting emotions about returning an athlete, specifically a talented one, to the game versus leaving them on the bench. Bamber also touched on the pressure parents place on their child to return to play even if the child has an injury.

Niki Popyer, a Marlboro High School girls basketball player, and her mother, Cathy Popyer, illustrated the important role Marlboro’s athletic trainer played in her receiving proper health care. Popyer, who sustained multiple concussions while playing sports, credits the management of her condition by her athletic trainer as what helped most in her return to play. “[My athletic trainer] not only helped me with my physical symptoms, but he also helped me emotionally. When I stopped playing, I was in a bad place and he really helped me through that too.” “I cannot imagine kids playing sports without an athletic trainer on-hand,” said Cathy Popyer.

Ridgewood student-athlete parent, Glenn Jorgensen also described how his children’s injuries affected him and the importance of receiving prompt treatment from an athletic trainer that covers practices and game. “Having an athletic trainer is something that I feel is necessary for the safety of the kids.”

About the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey:

ATSNJ, Inc. consists of Licensed Athletic Trainers, physicians and other allied health care professionals whose goal is to promote quality healthcare for athletes in any setting. For more information, visit the ATSNJ on the web at http://www.atsnj.org