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HFS Issues New Directive on Pediatric Weight Management

On October 3, 2013, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) issued a new directive on pediatric weight management documentation and claims coding. The directive, BMI Assessment and Obesity-related Weight Management Follow-up among Children and Adolescents: Documentation and Claims Coding Instructions, was published in a provider informational notice and is posted on the HFS website. [...more]

Committee on Obesity Delivers Obesity Care Coverage Recommendations to Illinois Medicaid

In January 2013, the ICAAP Committee on Obesity presented its initial recommendations to the Illinois Medicaid program on the coverage and reimbursement of pediatric obesity care. The recommendations, A Critical Gap in Care: Early Intervention to Reduce Pediatric Obesity, outline three steps that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services can take immediately to improve care. [...more]

Institute of Medicine Report: Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention

The Institute of Medicine has released a new report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention:  Solving the Weight of the Nation, which identifies strategies with the greatest potential to accelerate success in fighting obesity. [...more]

ICAAP Collaborates to Offer Education on Sugar Loaded Beverages

The Illinois Public Health Institute, in collaboration with American Heart Association, the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, ICAAP, and many other partners, is hosting a symposium that explores clinical approaches to reducing sugar loaded beverage consumption and changes in policy and environmental change that could reduce consumption. [...more]

Breastfeeding Education Offered

ICAAP hosted a webinar “The Illinois Physicians’ Statement on Breastfeeding:  A Model for Practice Change” on Tuesday, March 6th from 5 – 6:00pm. A video of the education is now available. [...more]

ICAAP Forms Committee on Obesity 

In order to address pediatric obesity, ICAAP is forming a multidisciplinary Committee on Obesity. The Committee will consider factors and policies that influence health disparities, access to care, health outcomes, and clinical practice. [...more]

Systematic Review of Physical Activity and Performance at School

A recently published review (Singh et al, 2012) in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine concludes that “physical activity is positively related to academic performance in children”. Researchers conducted a systematic literature review for any articles (published since 1990) that included 3 elements:  physical activity, academic achievement, and age (limited the search to include studies in which the subjects were 0 – 18 years old). [...more]

ICAAP Physician Tackles the Burden of Sugar Sweetened Beverages

A report has been released that examines the projected impact of a state tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. “Estimating the Potential Impact of Sugar-Sweetened and Other Beverage Excise Taxes in Illinois” outlines four tax increase scenarios using national and state data on beverage consumption and health outcomes. The report was issued in conjunction with a call to create an obesity prevention and public health fund for the state of Illinois. “These drinks contain extra sugar and calories that adolescents simply don’t need and could contribute to obesity and tooth decay,” noted Holly J. Benjamin, MD, FAAP, Co-Chair of the ICAAP Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. [...more]

ICAAP Supports Physical Education in Chicago Schools

In order to support the inclusion of daily physical education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), ICAAP, along with the Healthy Schools Campaign, the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, and the American Heart Association, has urged CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard to allow the expiration of the waiver that currently exempts the district from the state’s daily physical education law. The full letter to Mr. Brizard is available for download by clicking here. [...more]

Illinois Physician Groups Promote Breastfeeding Education, Support, and Awareness

Three state-wide provider groups issued a statement today (available for download here) mobilizing their physician members to support breastfeeding through implementation of evidence-based practices and to work within hospitals to increase breastfeeding rates in Illinois to improve maternal and child health. Rates of breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity in Illinois are lower than the national average, despite studies that show breastfeeding’s role in fighting childhood obesity and providing health benefits for nursing mothers. [...more]

ICAAP Supports Fuel Up to Play 60

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and ICAAP has signed on as a supporter of the Midwest Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school program now in more than 70,000 schools nationwide, including 10,000 in the midwest, committed to making children’s health a nationwide priority by motivating students to take charge of their own wellness. [...more]

Physician Dinner Event: National and Local Breastfeeding Initiatives

Physicians from throughout Cook County are invited to register for the upcoming National and Local Breastfeeding Initiatives: Physicians’ Update, a dinner event to unveil a new Illinois breastfeeding policy statement to physician stakeholders and to introduce Baby-Friendly hospital initiatives across Cook County. This event will be held the evening of Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at Rush University Medical Center’s Professional Building, and will feature presentations from Baby-Friendly USA and others.[...more]

Chicago Department of Public Health releases agenda

The Chicago Department of Public Health has released Healthy Chicago, the department’s agenda for the next five years. Healthy Chicago sets priority areas, defines measurable goals, and identifies strategies for achieving those goals in twelve major subject areas, including Obesity Prevention and Healthy Mothers and Babies, which includes ICAAP’s work on breastfeeding promotion. To learn more or download the complete agenda, visit the CDPH website by clicking here.

Springfield hospitals buck trend, promote breastfeeding

Few U.S. hospitals do enough to promote breastfeeding, federal health officials say. But officials from Springfield’s two downtown hospitals say they are among the fewer than 4 percent that actually provide the full range of support for nursing mothers outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [...more]

August is Illinois Breastfeeding Promotion Month

Governor Pat Quinn has declared August as Breastfeeding Promotion Month in the state of Illinois, “to increase public awareness of breastfeeding as the normal and expected way to feed all babies in Illinois”. ICAAP is involved in breastfeeding promotion in the City of Chicago and suburban Cook County through CDC-funded Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiatives. By collaborating with area hospitals, ICAAP, and its partner organizations, are working to improve hospital breastfeeding practices across the region by implementing Baby-Friendly steps and increasing the number of hospitals achieving the Baby-Friendly USA designation. [...more]

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