Experts join forces to fight chronic disease during free webinar

Solutions to combat chronic disease – America’s no. 1 cause of death, disability and rising health care costs – will be the focus of a free webinar discussion on March 24.

Sponsored in part by The Ohio State University, the webinar will focus on evidence-based approaches for preventing and managing chronic conditions, and how academic institutions can implement these best practices on campus and throughout their communities. Additional sponsors include the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.

“The health of our country is in crisis,” said panelist and Ohio State’s University Chief Wellness Officer and Dean of the College of Nursing Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. Melnyk is also founder and president of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, an organization that shares best practices to improve health and wellness outcomes across campuses nationwide. “With the alarming increases in obesity, chronic illness and mental health disorders, it is imperative that higher education institutions place high priority on wellness initiatives and prevention with a sense of urgency,” said Melnyk.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly 600,000 American deaths each year (one in four). An estimated one in three will have diabetes by 2050, and more than 75 cents of every U.S. dollar spent on health care is used to treat chronic disease. Melnyk also noted that one in four people suffers from some sort of mental health disorder, yet less than 25 percent receive treatment.

While cardiovascular disease is a popular topic of conversation, this particular webinar discussion will specifically address the value of screening and educating the public.

“What many don’t realize is that several of these conditions can be prevented and effectively managed through simple, healthy lifestyle changes,” explained Melnyk. “With 33 million people teaching, working, learning and living on college campuses in the U.S., academia has an incredible opportunity to influence national health policy and practices, and ultimately help build a healthier nation.”

Visit nursing.osu.edu/bhac-dc for more information.


Building Health Academic Communities across the U.S. to Prevent and Manage Chronic Conditions: A Webinar Discussion

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Registration is free. Click here to sign up.

To access the webinar, visit go.osu.edu/bhacus and log in as a guest. Then dial the conference line at 877-820-7831. The participant passcode is 636580# (be sure to press # after you enter the passcode).

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