Mar 1, 2009

Texas in the Health Cellar: Podcast TMA

Texas has lost ground in the fight against obesity and tobacco use. That's according to America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities 2008 Edition, a report by United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention. Dismal findings show the state plummeted from ranking ninth in 2007 for prevalence of smoking to 19th in 2008. And Texas slipped from 32nd for prevalence of obesity in 2007 to 39th in 2008.
This installment of Podcast TMA looks deeper at the issue, as reported in the cover story of the March 2008 issue of Texas Medicine magazine. Today, Kimberly Edwards, MD, an Austin pediatrician and chair of the Texas Pediatric Society's Obesity Committee, and Jeffrey Levin, MD, chair of the Texas Medical Association's Council on Public Health and a Tyler occupational medicine physician, discuss the findings of the America's Health Rankings report and suggest ways the state can improve its overall public health performance.

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This installment covers:

  • The factors contributing to why Texas has lost ground in the fight against obesity;
  • The challenges the state faces in spending more on preventive public health initiatives;
  • What physicians can do in their practices and communities to help reverse the trends of increasing obesity and smoking rates; and
  • Changes that need to occur in how the state approaches obesity and tobacco use.

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