Pixar’s latest animated feature is a G-rated prequel, so there’s no doubt that it’s kid friendly. The real questions are: Will your kids be entertained? Will you be entertained? Is it worth the cost of taking the entire family? Read the review at the link below…
We’re featured this short video before, but it’s time for a reminder!
San Diego is warming up again, and families will be spending more time out in the sun. Dr. Benabio, a dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, kicks off the summer season with some important information about how to enjoy the sun safely. Sunscreen, hats, Vitamin D – it’s all here in this quick video!
For more, visit KP.org/Sunscreen
Young children who missed more than half of recommended well-child visits had up to twice the risk of hospitalization compared to children who attended most of their visits, according to a study published today in the American Journal of Managed Care. The study included more than 20,000 children enrolled at Group Health Cooperative.
Children with chronic conditions like asthma andheart disease were even more likely to be hospitalized when they missed visits, according to the study. In fact, children with chronic conditions who missed more than half of the recommended well-child visits had more than three times the risk of being hospitalized compared to children with chronic conditions who attended most of their visits.
“Well-child visits are important because this is where children receive preventive immunizations and develop a relationship with their provider,” says study lead authorJeffrey Tom, MD, MS, an assistant investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Hawaii. “These visits allow providers to identify health problems early and help to manage those problems so the children are less likely to end up in the hospital.”
When he conducted the study, Dr. Tom was a senior fellow in the University of Washington Department of Pediatrics.
“Regular preventive care for children with special needs and chronic conditions is even more important, given the risk of possible complications for their conditions, often leading to hospitalizations,” added coauthor David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.
The study included 20,065 children who were enrolled in Group Health from 1999 to 2006. Researchers followed the children from birth until age 3.5 years or until their first hospital stay, whichever came first.
During the study period, Group Health recommended nine well-child visits between birth and 3.5 years. The visits start at three to five days and continue at 1, 2, 4, 6, 10 and 15 months, and at 2 and 3.5 years.
Most children in the study (76 percent) attended at least three-quarters of the recommended visits, for which Group Health required no copayment. The authors say the lack of copayment is an important incentive and likely one reason for such good adherence to visits among the study population.
Overall, 4 percent of children in the study — and 9 percent of children with chronic conditions — were hospitalized. The two most common reasons for hospitalization in both groups were pneumonia and asthma.
Children who missed more than half of their visits had 1.4 to 2.0 times the risk of hospitalization compared to those who attended most of their visits. Children with chronic conditions who missed more than half of their visits had 1.9 to 3.2 times the risk of hospitalization compared to those who attended most of their visits.
Authors caution that their findings might not apply to all health systems because the study was conducted in an integrated health care system where the majority of children attend most of their well-child visits and tend to have families with higher-than-average income and education. The authors were unable to adjust for income, education, race or ethnicity.
This study does not prove that missing well-child visits will increase the chance of hospitalization, although it does show an important association between these factors. The authors say one important reason for this link is that well-child visits allow for preventive care that keeps children from ending up in the hospital. An alternative explanation is that parents who miss well-child visits are also less likely to manage their children’s illnesses and follow treatment regimens, which could result in higher rates of hospitalization.
Some prior studies have found an association between missing well-child visits and increased hospitalization, but others reported no link. The authors of this study conducted another study with similar findings in a fee-for-service medical setting in Hawaii. That study was published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (now JAMA Pediatrics) in November 2010.
Authors of the study include Jeffrey O. Tom, MD, MS, with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Hawaii; Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH, with the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute; David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, with Group Health Research Institute and the University of Washington in Seattle; Cam Solomon, PhD, with Seattle Children’s Research Institute; and Chien-Wen Tseng, MD, MPH, with the University of Hawaii and Pacific Health Research and Education Institute in Hawaii.
This study was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (grant T32HP10002-21), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — and by Group Health Cooperative and Group Health Research Institute.
OAKLAND, Calif. — In a continued effort to promote a national conversation about obesity and obesity prevention, Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring a three-part film series, The Weight of the Nation for Kids, focused on youth. The films, which premiere tonight on HBO, spotlight youth who are taking the initiative to change the food and physical activity environments in their communities as a way to combat the growing obesity epidemic.
“Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions and has led to chronic conditions among our nation’s youth,” said Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, Kaiser Permanente’s senior vice president for Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. “It’s clear that we must act now to improve the environments in which we live, work, learn and play.”
The Weight of the Nation for Kids follows last year’s launch of The Weight of the Nation, one of the most ambitious public health campaigns to date addressing America’s obesity epidemic. Kaiser Permanente’s partners in this campaign include HBO, the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
Over the past year, Kaiser Permanente has hosted screenings and town hall events across the country to engage communities in discussions about solutions. Through grants co-funded by Kaiser Permanente and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, 40,000 screening kits that include DVDs of the films and discussion guides have been made available free of charge. For The Weight of the Nation for Kids, additional screening kits will be available for community and school screenings. The films are available in English and Spanish and can be streamed, free of charge, from HBO.com.
Watch a preview of The Weight of the Nation for Kids
“Our hope is that children, their families and community members will see the films, talk about the issues and find inspiration on how they can get involved to create healthier environments, whether at home, in schools or in the broader community,” Baxter added.
The Weight of the Nation for Kids aims to raise national awareness and engage the public about the epidemic of obesity, particularly in children. The films contain critical and useful information that can be applied immediately and shared with families, members, patients and communities.
The films use scientific fact and compelling testimonials to illustrate the health consequences of obesity and excess weight in youth. They also share inspiring stories of perseverance and drive, highlighting youth groups and individuals who have made real progress in improving the health of their schools and communities.
The three films are:
- The Great Cafeteria Takeover, which follows a group of children in New Orleans that set out to make a difference in their community during the post-Katrina rebuilding period, eventually succeeding in changing their school lunch menus to include healthier options.
- Kabreeya’s Salad Days, the story of 17-year-old Kabreeya Lewis, whose fierce persistence allowed her to achieve her goal of having a salad bar in her high school cafeteria in North Carolina.
- Quiz Ed!, a documentary-style quiz show that polls young people, ranging from 10 to 18 years of age, using riddles about the food and activity factors that are contributing to the obesity epidemic.
In addition to The Weight of the Nation for Kids, Kaiser Permanente recently launched Thriving Schools— a comprehensive, national effort for K-12 students, their parents and families as well as teachers and staff, focused on creating a culture of health in schools. These efforts combined are part of an ongoing commitment to improve school health through healthy food options and regular physical activity.
We know that a sedentary lifestyle, combined with overeating can lead to unhealthful weight gain. And with as much “screen time” that children get these days, it can lead to early problems with childhood weight. But when is it time to intervene, and is it something a parent can handle, or should a physician be consulted?
Here are some steps you can take to head off the problem before it gets out of hand. Read the full article at the link below.