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  • The Affordable Care Act introduced numerous reforms aimed at helping small businesses provide health benefits for their employees—and it’s poised to take those reforms a step further next year by expanding the definition of small group to include mid-sized employers.

  • This webinar explored health plan strategies for improving pediatric preventive care by promoting Bright Futures guidelines through provider networks and directly to members.

  • We’ve all heard about the eye-popping price tags: cancer drugs that cost $14,000 a month, new hepatitis C drugs pegged at $84,000 for a course of treatment.

  • Each year millions of children miss screenings, immunizations and well visits despite the lifelong benefits of preventive care in childhood. The Affordable Care Act expands coverage of all preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the Bright Futures guidelines.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has published a report evaluating the evidence base for interventions to address the social determinants of health.

  • The emergence of new online tools—built by journalists, for journalists—has made it easier than ever to visualize health care data. With the power to build charts comes the responsibility to portray information accurately and in a way that enhances the story for your readers.

Expanding Nutritional Counseling to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Webinar: Expanding Nutritional Counseling to Prevent Childhood Obesity

December 12, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

Efforts to improve children’s nutrition have been gaining momentum, with new standards for school lunches in effect this year and community gardens in harvest across the country. Yet for many, the annual well-child visit continues to be a missed opportunity to address poor eating habits. Given the health risks of childhood obesity, offering positive, practical guidance on nutrition in a clinical setting could prove beneficial for protecting children’s long-term health.

This webinar on strategies for improving nutritional guidance for youth covered the following:

  • the critical importance of proper nutrition in childhood
  • a brief overview of federal efforts to support improvements
  • the origins of the Healthy Generation Benefit pilot, a multi-sector partnership to provide effective nutrition support for overweight children
  • a health plan experience participating in the pilot, with pragmatic considerations for providing coverage for nutritional counseling

This webinar was developed under a cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

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