Health in the News
Reducing sodium intake is an important component of creating healthier eating habits and can lower blood pressure which can lead to a decrease in the risk for hypertension. It is estimated that reducing daily sodium intake by 1,200 milligrams can prevent up to 92,000 deaths and save up to $24 billion in health care costs each year, nationally. A brief published by IMPH outlines sodium reduction strategies in SC. Following publication of the brief, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution (H. 3879) to raise awareness of the danger of excessive salt intake to the health of South Carolinians.
The New Morning Foundation released a new report entitled, A Sterling Opportunity: 25 Years After the Comprehensive Health Education Act. The report assesses whether South Carolina’s 85 public school districts are in compliance with the Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1988 and whether the General Assembly’s legislative intentions have been fulfilled. This study is the first of its kind to assess the types of materials use to teach reproductive health education in South Carolina public schools.
The South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) is currently accepting student programmatic and research abstracts for the Contributed Papers Session at the SCPHA 2013 Annual Meeting. The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) is sponsoring the Outstanding Student Abstract Award, which will be presented to the student with the highest scoring abstract. The honor includes a $100 award.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH), in partnership with the Greenville County Library System, Greenville Forward, LiveWell Greenville, Piedmont Health Foundation and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, will be facilitating screenings of the four-part documentary The Weight of the Nation
The Healthy South Carolina Initiative announces the availability of funds for the implementation of healthy eating, active living and tobacco-free living strategies.
Associate Director Maya Pack participated in the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting held in San Francisco, California October 27-31, 2012. Ms. Pack’s participation centered around Health Impact Assessments. In addition to a poster presentation, Ms. Pack participated in a Panel Discussion arranged by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) entitled Public Health Institutes: Building National Capacity for Health Impact Assessments.
On Wednesday September 26th 2012, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps announced a new tool called What Works for Health. This resource can be used to find effective policies and programs to improve the many factors that affect health in communities.
The State Alliance for Adolescent Sexual Health in South Carolina (SAASH) recently released a new report, the Call to Action Resource Document, which challenges school leaders, health care providers, policy makers and parents to work together to take immediate action to improve the sexual health and well-being of South Carolina’s youth.
Dr. Lee Pearson, director of operations for IMPH, served on the committee which drafted the report.
An article in the September 2, 2012 issue of The Greenville News, “Downtown park dream inspires ideas” discusses the current South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) health impact assessment (HIA) examining the potential effects of expansion and addition of parks, green space and trails in three low to moderate income neighborhoods in Greenville’s west side, West Greenville, West End and Southernside.
Ms. Maya Pack presented on a health impact assessment the at Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) International Conference on July 31, 2012 in Savannah, GA. A link to Ms. Pack’s presentation, A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on a Proposed “Road Diet” and Re-Striping Project In Spartanburg, SC, is provided.