Weight-Loss Surgeries Used Least in U.S. States That Need Them Most | Health News

By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter


MONDAY, June 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The American South and Midwest are home to the highest obesity rates in the nation, but a new study reveals that severely obese residents of those regions are the least likely to choose lifesaving weight-loss surgery.

“Bariatric surgery has been shown to provide long-term weight loss, sustained improvements in cardiovascular and metabolic health, and even prolonged longevity,” noted study author Dr. Scott Schimpke, but the analysis “shows we continue to underutilize the best treatment for morbid obesity and associated metabolic syndrome.”

Schimpke, an assistant professor in the

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BurnAlong Opens Registrations for the Inclusive, and Accessible, America’s Healthiest Company Challenge

Holistic and Diverse Offerings Open Up Wellness Challenge to Entire Workforces via the BurnAlong Platform

Today, June 14, 2021, BurnAlong, the world’s leading health, wellness, and social motivation platform, began accepting registrations for America’s Healthiest Company challenge which celebrates a holistic approach to wellness. Beginning in 2018, America’s Healthiest Company is an inclusive and accessible six-week challenge for companies and cities to compete against each other by completing online fitness and wellness classes and accumulating minutes across the 49+ diverse categories via the BurnAlong platform.

The challenge will begin on September 7, 2021 and run through October 15, 2021. Traditional

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Virtual care is the future of healthcare

Healthcare was forced to take on digital transformation at a breakneck pace in 2020. A year later, many healthcare organizations are still reeling from the rate of change. In response to a need for care continuity while observing shelter-in-place orders, healthcare organizations and patients both reached for digital tools, including virtual care, as a lifeline. By leading with digital engagement first — often through virtual care — healthcare organizations established a link to their customers in their homes.

Virtual care was the launchpad needed to empower HCOs to take on the impossible. In the words of Paul King, president

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Grocery retail to lead restaurants in food market share post-pandemic

Grocery retailers will hold an edge in food spending market share over the foodservice sector as the nation heads into the post-pandemic period, according to FMI-The Food Industry Association’s annual U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends study.

At the same time, within grocery retail, mass merchants have been absorbing share from traditional supermarkets, revealed FMI’s report, prepared in tandem with The Hartman Group.

The outbreak of COVID-19 in February 2020 reversed a decades-long trend of market share gravitating from retail to foodservice, which ended up benefitting grocery stores at the expense of restaurants.

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Your Life, Your Lifestyle: How Men Can Lower Their Chance of Getting Cancer | Blogs

By Demetrius Parker
Health Communication Specialist

Demetrius Parker is a Health Communication Specialist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC

Men, June is the time of year when our families and friends acknowledge how much they care for us. Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month are celebrated this month. This is a time when we should also focus on ourselves.

Did you know that men have higher rates of getting and dying from cancer than women? Some of the cancers that most often affect men are lung, prostate, colorectal, and skin cancers. By focusing on our

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Caring Health Center participating in oral health program, receives grant funding WWLP

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– The Caring Health Center (CHC) in Springfield has been awarded a grant to participate in an oral health initiative.

While substance abuse can impact mental and physical health, some drugs prescribed to lessen mouth pain can also lead to addiction and damage the mouth and teeth. To help address these issues, CHC will participate in an oral health substance use disorder pilot program thanks to an $18,000 grant awarded by Delta Dental to benefit healthcare centers throughout the region. The program is run by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (The League).

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