Category: Archived - Part 3

Hail to the king of exercises

By Adam Osborn Many people have strong opinions, founded in truth or not about the squat. Some think its dangerous and injurious. Others believe the squat is the undisputed king of exercises and that performing it is like taking your awesome pills. Why is the squat the rightful king and why should you be squatting? Lets begin with a quiz. Do you do any of the following? Get out of bed in the morning Use the restroom Get into or out of a car Sit down Stand up from seated Pick things up from the floor Squat If you had…

Opinion: Get covered or run for cover

By Francis M. Miller The script for the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange is beginning to read like the storyline of Gilligans Island. It all started as a three-hour tour. From the outset the debate has centered on whether Colorado should set up its own exchange or have the feds do it for us. So far, 13 states, including Colorado, have opted to set up state-run exchanges. More than half the states, 26 of them, are refusing to participate and the feds will have to run it out of Washington, D.C. This has pretty much divided along party lines with Republican-led…

Opinion: Health care just around the corner

By Francis M. Miller Indeclaring Americanindependence, our founders sought to eliminate two perverse forms of tyranny that had ruled private lives for centuries. The monarchy and the church had become corrupt andwere oppressive. My great-great-grandfather immigrated from Poland. Peasants therewere not even allowed to pick up dead tree limbs for firewood. As Walter McDougall, the historian, wrote in Freedom Just Around the Corner, these medieval systems were never reformed. They werereplaced when the peasants dropped their hoes, walked out of the fields andboarded ships to America. The18th centurymindset of ourfounding fathers did not envision predatory global corporations or the massive…

Opinion: A role model inspires a model health care system

By Dr. Shelley Dworet Back in the 1960s when I first thought about becoming a pediatrician, I was in my mid-teens.I asked my own pediatrician, a woman who had known me since birth, if I could shadow her for a day. What an experience to watch her see patients at Brigham Women and Childrens Hospital in Boston, then follow her back to her elegant office in Brookline. Behind the closed doors of her private space, her desk was piled with charts and letters, and journals stacked on the floor and chairs.All at once, I didnt feel so guilty about the…

Opinion: Growth in senior population requires attention to health care needs

By Denali Johnson Colorado has one of the fastest growing aging populations in the U.S. Currently, one in nine Coloradans is a senior citizen. By the year 2030, that will increase to about one in five. While Colorado historically has had one of the smallest percentages of seniors, our annual growth rate is now 3 percent above the national average. The increasing number and percent of older adults in Colorado presents new opportunities and challenges to communities across the state. With the baby boomer generation aging, a larger number of active older adults will be available to contribute to the…

Opinion: Looking out for No.1 in health

By Michele Lueck In college basketball, being No. 1 means winning the Final Four. In cinema, it means taking home an Oscar. But when it comes to Colorados health, being No. 1 could improve hundreds of thousands of lives and greatly benefit the local economy and business environment. Though Colorado already is No. 1 in certain measures (we have the leanest and most-active adult population of any state), the 2012 Colorado Health Report Card shows theres plenty of room for improvements. For example, were No. 31 among other states in prenatal care and No. 38 in childrens preventative dental care. And though our adult population…

Opinion: Sending health care leaders back to school

By Edie Sonn Measuring outcomes in meaningful and consistent ways; giving providers incentives to improve; holding them accountable for their results. Comparing providers against their peers as well as against their own historical trend. Rewarding low-performers who improve, without penalizing high-performers that dont have as far to go. Making sense of a bewildering tangle of expectations and requirements. Thats the landscape of health care accountability, right? Yes, and its also the landscape of school accountability. Every single balancing act described above that lies at the heart of every discussion we have about paying for value in health care echoes the…

Opinion: Uninsured young adults: Are they really invincible?

By Emily King What comes to mind when you think of the term Young Invincible? You might picture a twenty-something, perhaps unemployed or underemployed. Maybe living in a parents basement, consuming an above-average amount of Ramen noodles. This twenty-something chooses not to purchase health insurance, the thinking goes, because getting sick is not something he or she can even picture a perceived invincibility and there are plenty of more fun things to buy. Findings from the 2011 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) suggest that last sentence isnt true for most young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 in Colorado. In fact, a perceived invincibility is way down…

Opinion: Support SB 222 to improve access to children’s immunizations

By Stephanie Wasserman We know that childhood vaccines are a safe, easy, and cost-effective way to help prevent disease and keep children healthy as they grow. Research shows that children who are vaccinated experience fewer doctor visits, hospitalizations and premature deaths. But, unfortunately, many kids dont have access to routine vaccinations. Thats why the Colorado Childrens Immunization Coalition (CCIC) comprised of over 300 doctors, researchers, public health experts, parents, and business leaders is supporting Senate Bill 222 , which would help keep Colorado kids healthy by providing better access to vaccines. CCIC was formed in 1991 to raise awareness and improve the states childhood immunization rates in response…

Opinion: Sex ed a matter of public health, not politics

By Vicki Cowart Over the past decade as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, I have heard countless stories from parents who struggle having the talk with their teens. Through the work of PPRMs Responsible Sex Education Institute, I also hear stories from teachers and principals about wanting more support to equip students with appropriate information about sexual health. And from the many teens our educators speak to on a weekly and daily basis, we know that teens are curious they want real answers and real information about sexual health and whats going on with their…