Insight News

Feb 08th


New public-private sector initiative aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in five years

Million Hearts focuses on improving aspirin use, blood pressure, cholesterol control and tobacco prevention


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), with several key initial partners, today launched Million Hearts, an initiative that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Currently, cardiovascular disease costs $444 billion every year in medical costs and lost productivity in Americans. Building on work already underway thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Million Hearts will help improve Americans’ health and increase productivity.

Reducing the harm of tobacco smoke

New research shows that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) continues to pose measurable health hazards to children.

Hennepin County Strong Beginnings Child Care offers new series of workshops to educate parents about how to reduce the harms of ETS exposure for infants and young children.

Hennepin County Strong Beginnings Centers serve approximately 750 children in predominantly urban areas of North and South Minneapolis.  Sixty-five percent are low-income and support high-quality early care to promote early childhood development and school readiness.  Their mission is to work with parents to improve development of the children they service and to promote school readiness ( 

From the jail track to the well track: Reducing the impact of incarceration on children

One of my family members spent most of his life in jail.  It was strange because whenever he got out, he seemed to be totally disconnected from what was going on in the world.  Cell phones, the internet, DVDs and “texting” were invented while he was incarcerated.  More importantly, all of us—his children, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and best friends-continued with our day to day lives- wondering every day (or at least every so often) whether he was “okay” or not.  Before going to prison, when it came to making good decisions, he seemed most often to make the wrong choices for himself.  When it came to handling conflict, he would do anything to avoid being “punked” or shamed into backing down or making a compromise.  When it came to anger, he seemed to choose to express it through violence and confrontational approaches.

From my spirit: Sacred, special, and unique

I am not a theologian; however, it would be very difficult for me to practice as a Black psychologist if I did not understand the concepts of faith and spirituality.  In fact a recent survey ("Faith," Barna by Topic: African Americans, indicted that 52.8% of African-Americans believe overwhelmingly in an Authoritarian God, and compared to 66 percent of whites, 83 percent of African Americans say their religious faith is very important in their lives (2001).  Therefore, it is not strange to me that I believe from my Spirit, that every human being is a child of a Living (not dead) God and that we are sacred, special, and uniquely created.  I believe with all of my heart that even the lowest among us is worthy of love, respect, hope and power.  I believe that when people have suffered as much as many of us have, that we have earned a right to be well.  I also believe that somewhere in our past, the price has already been paid for us ---by grandmothers who had calloused knees scrubbing floors in rich folk’s houses, and grandfathers who pushed brooms and mops as janitors, and aunties who “did hair in the kitchen.”

Diabetes costs area $2 billion a year

Diabetes costs area $2 billion a yearLast month, Novo Nordisk awarded sponsorships totaling $100,000 to 4 Minneapolis-based community organizations to support programs that educate people living with type 2 diabetes on how to better manage their diabetes and reduce the risk of long-term diabetes related complications. The sponsorships are part of the Novo Nordisk Community Care program, which aims to promote enduring, sustainable change for people living with diabetes. The groups represent diverse communities in Minneapolis and are working diligently to help improve patients’ lives. 

Trash haulers Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Between the normal colorless, dark and rather bland trash containers, expect to see beautiful pink waste carts throughout the Twin Cities this fall, in a special Curb Cancer campaign by a group of local trash haulers.

Self Determination and how to actually lose weight

Obesity is a deadly, costly, and prevalent problem in the United States.  According to the Center for Disease Control about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese.  Likewise, since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled, with significant racial and ethnic disparities existing such that non-Hispanic black girls are significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls.  In fact, Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest rates of obesity (44.1%) compared with Mexican Americans (39.3%), all Hispanics (37.9%) and non-Hispanic whites (32.6%).  Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged two—19 years are obese.  Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.  In 2008, the medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion –paying $1,429 more for obese people than those of normal weight.
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