May 2014 Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. e-newsletter
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This month, in recognition of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, R2R is excited to highlight two researchers working in the fields of nutrition and exercise. Dr. Sean Lucan, a practicing family physician and former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar joined R2R to discuss how different aspects of urban food environments may influence what people eat, and what the implications are for obesity and chronic disease, particularly in low-income and minority communities. Dr. Basia Belza, with the University of Washington, works on implementation strategies for Project EnhanceFitness, an ongoing, low-cost, evidenced-based group exercise program that helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives. Their efforts are demonstrative of the multi-level interventions needed in the promotion of healthier habits and lives. Read more about them and their initiatives on R2R.
Research to Reality Cyber-Seminar Series
The June Research to Reality cyber-seminar will examine two important initiatives aimed at improving the lives and outcomes of cancer survivors. Dr. Sarah Birken with the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, will present the findings of her recent study that examined determinants of survivorship care plan use and provide insight into promoting their implementation. Program Coordinator at the Alaska Public Health Department Julia Thorsness, will discuss the Alaska Cancer Survivorship Resource Plan and its ability to leverage partnerships and coordinate survivorship program efforts and initiatives in Alaska. As always, part of the webinar will be dedicated to your questions. We look forward to you engaging with the presenters, and sharing your own experiences. More Information and Registration
May's R2R cyber seminar looked at research and interventions in communities that make healthy choices easy, safe, and affordable can have a positive impact on the way people live, learn, work, and play. Melissa Laska and Peri Nearon discussed their experiences and how partnerships with community leaders in education, government, transportation, and business are essential in creating sustainable change to reduce the burden of chronic disease. Both speakers spoke to the challenges faced by their interventions and the lessons that they learned. View the archive and join the discussion on R2R.
The program was designed to increase physical activity among adults. The intervention programmatic materials are available through the program website. A research study was conducted to test the efficacy of the intervention and at posttest; the intervention group reported a significant increase in physical activity as well as improvement in pain and stiffness compared to the control group.
Draft Research Plan: Screening for Skin Cancer
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft Research Plan on screening for skin cancer. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment fromMay 15 through June 11, 2014. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.
Public Comment on Draft Recommendation Statement and Draft Evidence Review: Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Persons with Known Risk Factors
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft Recommendation Statement and draft Evidence Review on behavioral counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in persons with known risk factors. Both are available for review and public comment from May 13 through June 9, 2014. To review the draft Recommendation Statement and draft Evidence Review and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force Meeting June 2014
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) will hold its next meeting on June 18-19 in Atlanta, GA. Topics for this meeting include systematic reviews on promoting physical activity, obesity prevention and control, and reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. Please see the June 2014 Task Force meeting web page for additional information.
New Task Force Findings on Strategies to Prevent Skin Cancer in Community Settings
The Community Preventive Services Task Force released the following recommendations and findings for interventions relevant to community-based cancer prevention and control:
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