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Every Child Deserves Good Health Submitted by Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln (PHL)

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ou may have heard it said: if you don’t have good health, you don’t have anything. Unfortunately, it is also true that if you don’t have anything, you often don’t have good health. A recent health mapping project undertaken by the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln provides an interesting snapshot of neighborhood health. Would you have believed there was a 20-year difference in life expectancy from one Lincoln neighborhood to another? Lincolnites who live in our wealthiest neighborhoods live up to 20 years longer than our neighbors in the lowest income communities. Here, as in other cities across the country, racial and ethnic minorities and lower-income individuals are overrepresented amongst Americans fighting chronic diseases, like diabetes and hypertension, that can shorten a person’s lifespan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking to remove barriers to good health through

their Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Five-year REACH grants support local efforts to ensure that every child and their family, no matter their race or ethnicity, education, income, location, or any other social factors, can achieve their full potential and live a healthy, productive life. How do we know these kinds of programs work? A recent national study by the University of Kansas, the largest and most wide-ranging of its kind, looked at the success of community-based efforts in promoting healthy weights in children.

The study showed that comprehensive community programs, especially those focused on physical activity and nutrition, were associated with healthier weight, and the longer the programs and policies were in place, the more successful they were. However, the study authors said one size doesn’t fit all—nor reach all. To be most effective, programs need to be adapted to meet the needs of groups with the highest health challenges. The REACH grant was designed to do just that. Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, in collaboration with other local non-profits, is one of only 31 REACH grant awardees in the United States. Through projects supported by the REACH grant, our coalition with the Malone Community Center, El Centro de las Americas, and other community partners will work to provide support and education on healthy choices and behaviors to those who need it most, where they live, go to school, work, and worship. The coalition will also work to connect medically underserved children and

families to resources that can support good health, active living, and good nutrition. Every child deserves a chance to live a healthy life. Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln (PHL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, wellness, and fitness of our community. We collaborate with other organizations on joint projects to improve health by increasing physical fitness, promoting healthy weights and good nutrition, supporting breastfeeding, and improving cancer screening and vaccination rates.

Did you know we offer evening & weekend sick visits? Evening & weekend appointments are held at our West A Street location M-Th after 5:30pm • Saturday: 9am-4pm • Sunday: 10am-2pm

Schedule your child’s annual flu vaccine now!

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Lincoln Kids! Newspaper Winter 2018 Edition  

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Lincoln Kids! Newspaper Winter 2018 Edition  

Local family fun & kid-friendly places to visit! Winter Camps, Lessons, Activities, Events, Support Groups, Education, Child Care, and more!...