UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
November marks the fall season and cooler weather! Perfect for outdoor
physical activities - brisk walking, raking leaves, hiking in the
forest. We hope you can enjoy the outdoors. Many activities are happening
nationally, in South Carolina, and in the School of Public Health.
We include notable activities in our November 1997 Newsletter. Best
wishes as we move into the Thanksgiving Holiday Season.
PREVENTION RESEARCH CENTER NOTES
"Promoting Health Through Physical Activity"
Barb Ainsworth, Fran Wheeler and the Prevention Center Staff
IN THIS NOTE
NEWS FROM THE PREVENTION CENTER - Governor's Award, Army
Focus Groups, Southeastern ACSM Lecture Tour, Chronic Disease Surveillance,
Cooper Institute Conference on Physical Activity Interventions
HEALTH OBSERVANCES IN NOV NEW PUBLICATIONS - Trails in SC;
Church-Based CVD Prevention
NATIONAL NEWS - Washington Report, Healthy People 2010,
Walkable Community Awards
STATE NEWS - Palmetto Trails Update
WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES - Trail Building, Diabetes &
African Americans, Healthy Communities, Exercise Medicine, Minority
WEB PAGES - The President's Challenge, Cardiovascular Disease
USC PREVENTION CENTER UPDATE
PROGRAM RECOGNITION: The Placemat Strength Training Program
was recognized recently as the 1997 winner of the Governor's Health
Promotion for Older South Carolinians Award. The Placemat Program
is funded by the SC Department of Health and Human Services; it
is designated as one of the core demonstration projects of the USC
Prevention Center. Working with the Community Long Term Care Program,
the project trains providers who then teach homebound elderly clients
a series of exercises (illustrated on a placemat) to improve strength
and flexibility. Congratulations to PI Maureen Sanderson and staff,
Carol Cornman and Marcia Lane.
ARMY FOCUS GROUPS: The USC Prevention Center has been selected
by the US Army to conduct a series of focus groups about physical
activity messages for military beneficiaries and civilian employees.
The purpose of this work is to determine if the new CDC physical
activity campaign, "Ready, Set, It's Everywhere You Go!", is appropriate
for a new physical activity program being developed by the Army.
Focus groups are planned for Fort Jackson (Columbia, SC) and Fort
Lewis (Tacoma, Washington). The project is being coordinated by
Marcia Lane and involves collaborators at the CDC and at the Medical
University of South Carolina. For more information, contact Marcia
ACSM LECTURE TOUR: Center Director Barb Ainsworth recently
completed the 1997 Southeast American College of Sports Medicine
Scholar Lecture Tour. Her travels took her to the University of
Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, University
of Mississippi, University of Louisville, and University of New
Orleans. The title of her speech was, "Why is Physical Inactivity
a Public Health Problem?".
CHRONIC DISEASE SURVEILLANCE: The Council of State and Territorial
Epidemiologists, the Association of State and Territorial Chronic
Disease Program Directors, and the National Center for Chronic Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion recently convened the first of two
workshops to develop a national plan for chronic disease surveillance.
Center Deputy Director Fran Wheeler participated in the first work
session, which focused on developing lists of chronic diseases,
conditions and determinants that should be under national, state
and local surveillance. A second meeting will be held in early December,
after which time the lists will be circulated for review and comment.
For additional information, contact Fran Wheeler at 803-777-5054.
COOPER INSTITUTE CONFERENCE ON PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTERVENTIONS:
The USC Prevention Center was represented at the Cooper Institute/ACSM
Specialty Conference on Physical Activity Interventions by Dean
Dianne Ward and Deputy Director Fran Wheeler. This conference brought
together the world's leading experts in physical activity intervention
to highlight the state-of-the-art and to make recommendations for
research for the next decade. Major sessions included interventions
targeting youth, interventions targeting older adults, interventions
targeting underserved populations, interventions in health care
settings, worksite physical activity interventions, mediated approaches
to increasing physical activity, lifestyle physical activity interventions,
and environmental and policy approaches to increasing physical activity.
WHAT MONTH IS THIS
Several national health observances take place in the month of November.
November is Child Safety and Protection Month (National PTA), National
Alzheimer's Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month, and National
Epilepsy Month. Also, November 20 is the date for this year's Great
American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The
bulletin board outside the Prevention Center Office features information
about USC's Alzheimer's Disease Registry ......check it out. For
more information, call Carol Cornman at 803-777-5337
Thanks to a grant from the Recreational Trails Fund Program, the
SC Governor's Council on Physical Fitness developed "South Carolina
Trail Resource Guide," which lists agencies and organizations that
provide trails or information about trails throughout South Carolina.
The guide was compiled from a survey conducted by the Governor's
Council, in cooperation with the SC Department of Health and Environmental
Control and The SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
It features a key to the types of trails available - hiking, mountain
biking, bicycling, equestrian, paddle sports, motorcycling/ATVing,
walking/jogging. For a copy of the Trail Resource Guide, contact
Regina Fields at SC DHEC, 737-3938 or Jim Schmid at SC PRT, 734-0130.
For more information about trails in SC, check out the State Trails
Program's web site at www.sctrails.net.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recently announced
the publication of "Working with Religious Congregations - A Guide
for Health Professionals." This monograph builds on lessons learned
from church-based programs supported by NHLBI's Stroke Belt Initiative,
including the Strike Out Stroke Project at the SC Department of
Health and Environmental Control. The publication
is a guide to help professionals in health agencies reach out to
religious congregations and work with them to implement CVD risk
reduction programs. To review a copy of this report, see Fran Wheeler
in the Prevention Center Office; to order a copy, call the NHLBI
Information Center at 301-251-1222. To learn more about NHLBI's
Stroke Belt Initiative, check out the Institute's web site at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/heart/other/sb_spec.htm;
to learn more about South Carolina's Strike Out Stroke efforts,
call Barbara Wright-Mallory at DHEC, 737-6054.
NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL LEVEL
WASHINGTON REPORT: (1) The Senate Labor and Human Resources
Committee approved the nomination of Dr. David Satcher (currently
Director of CDC) to be the next Surgeon General and DHHS Assistant
Secretary of Health. (2) Funding for the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations
bill continues to face an uncertain outcome in Congress due to controversies
around educational testing. One continuing resolution has expired
(October 23); another is in effect until November 6. Public health
advocates remain hopeful about funding increases for tobacco use
prevention, diabetes, cancer registries, and cardiovascular disease
prevention -- if Congress can overcome controversies surrounding
educational testing and needle exchange programs before the planned
adjournment date of November 7.
HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010: It's that time again * work is underway
to develop objectives for Healthy People 2010. The DHHS Office of
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has extended a call for
comments through December 15, 1997: (1) comments on the proposed
framework for Healthy People 2010, and (2) comments on Healthy People
2010 Objectives - additions, deletions or modifications of the Year
2000 Objectives. A copy of "Developing Objectives for Healthy People
2010" is available for review in the Prevention Center Office (see
Fran Wheeler). More information about the review process - and how
to submit comments - is available at the Healthy People Homepage
WALKABLE COMMUNITY AWARDS: Walking Magazine has announced
its First Annual Walkable Community Awards. Do you live in or know
of a great place to walk? Nominate your ;community if you feel it
has just the right mix of sidewalks and trails, destinations that
can be reached on foot (workplaces, schools, culture, commerce),
parks and green spaces, and an active population that values walking.
An expert panel representing Walking Magazine, the American Hiking
Society and the Partnership for a Walkable America will review the
nominations and present awards to communities of all shapes and
sizes in May 1998. To nominate your community, describe why you
think it works for walkers - in a one-page typewritten letter; longer
entries will not be accepted. Entries must be postmarked by December
15, 1997. Mail entries to Walkable Community Award, c/o Walking
Magazine, 9-11 Harcourt Street, Boston, MA 02116.
NEWS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA
PALMETTO TRAILS UPDATE: Volunteers are needed all along
our state trail, from the mountains to the sea. Several sections
have work days planned in November and volunteers are needed for
all sorts of tasks, some of which require no special skills. Call
Tom Dawson, the Palmetto Trails Coordinator at 803-7710870, and
offer to lend a hand.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
CREATING A WALKING TRAIL: November 9-11, 1997, Beaufort,
A relaxed, "hands-on" workshop to enable participants to create
their own pathways to health and education. Learn about the Greenways
Project in Beaufort and the creation of a walkable community in
Port Royal. Cost is $15; you must register in advance * call 803-757-2251.
TRAIL BUILDING WORKSHOP: November 15, 1997, Poinsett State
Park. A highly informative session covering the basics of trail
building. Sponsored by Palmetto Trails and the Poinsett State Park
Rangers. For information and to register, call Tom Dawson at 803-771-0870
or Terry Hurrey at 803-494-8177.
DIABETES AND AFRICAN AMERICANS:November 17, 1997, Columbia,
A one-day workshop based on the African American Program of the
American Diabetes Association. The program's goal is to educate
African Americans on the seriousness of diabetes and how diabetes
control can prevent or delay complications of this disease. There
is no charge for this workshop; for additional information, call
Raquel Edmond at 803-799-4246.
YOUTH - TODAY'S ASSETS, TOMORROW'S PROMISE: November 19-21,
1997, Columbia, SC. The 1997 annual meeting of groups affiliated
with Healthy Communities, SC Healthy People 2000, and the SC Primary
Prevention Institute; sponsored by SC DHEC's Office of Community
Development and the SC Hospital Association. A variety of workshops
and skills-building sessions, as well as nationally-recognized keynote
speakers. A copy of the conference brochure is available in the
Prevention Center Office. Cost is $50 (includes some meals); for
more information, call 796-3080.
EXERCISE MEDICINE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM: November 20, 1997,
Chapel Hill, NC. A short course to teach health care professionals
how to provide counseling and exercise prescriptions for patients
with diabetes, lipid disorders, hypertension, coronary disease,
depression, immunodeficiency and chronic fatigue. Sponsored by the
School of Nursing, UNC-Chapel Hill. A copy of the conference brochure
is available in the Prevention Center Office. Cost is $120; for
more information, call 919-966-3638.
BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES OF COLOR: December 7-9, 1997,
Columbia, SC. The 1997 Minority Health Issues Conference, coordinated
by SC DHEC's Office of Minority Health. A forum for health professionals
and consumers to learn about culturally appropriate services in
communities of color. A copy of the conference brochure is available
in the Prevention Center Office.Cost is $20-200, depending on the
sessions selected; prices are lower for registrations received before
11/21/97. For more information, call 803-734-4972.
INTERNATIONAL TRAILS AND GREENWAYS CONFERENCE: January 28-31,
1998, San Diego, CA. After five successful national conferences,
the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy is going international to address
trails and greenways as an essential public policy issue. The conference
will make the connection between trails and transportation, recreation,
urban policy, public health, economic development, sustainability,
livable communities, land use planning, and more. Cost is $250 if
register by November 30, 1997; for more information call 1-800-974-5151
or register on-line at www.railtrails.org.
WEB PAGES OF INTEREST
THE PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE: The University of Indiana maintains
pages of information about the President's Council on Physical Fitness
and Sports. The Council's quarterly publication, Research Digest,
is now on-line at this site. The September 1997 issue provided an
overview of Youth Sports in America. The President's Council proposes
several recommendations to enhance the potential for youth sports
to meet the needs of all youth. The full report -- and lots of other
information-- is available on-line at www.indiana.edu/~preschal.
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: The American
Heart Association's Council on Epidemiology and Prevention is developing
central reference or annotated bibliography for criteria and methods
used by cardiovascular disease epidemiologists. The bibliography
contains 22 chapters, divided among eight main sections: clinical
endpoints, CVD measurement methods, intermediate and surrogate endpoint
measurement, behavioral risk measurement, again and functional health
status, psychosocial factor measurement, biostatistical methods,
and medical records surveillance methodology. Check out this excellent
resource on-line at www.fhcrc.org/~cvdeab -- and don't miss Chapter
16, "Physical Activity Assessment," compiled by Steve Blair.
Prevention Research Center
Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
730 Devine Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29208
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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