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How to Get Involved in A Healthier Community!

Matthew Szenderski 10/16/2013
Matthew Szenderski

Breast Cancer Prevention, Diabetes Awareness, Great American Smoke Out:  Fall Campaigns Target Key Health Issues

Fall is a great time in the US to get involved with your community organizations such as the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Cancer Society (ACS) to support their campaigns to address important health issues. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, November is American Diabetes month, and the Great American Smokeout is always the 3rd Thursday in the month of November (November 21st, 2013).

And there are good reasons for you and California employers to get involved during the next couple of months to support these campaigns:

Breast Cancer – This year alone 39,290 women will die of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women (12%) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

Diabetes – Nearly 26 million people (children and adults) in the US have diabetes. Another 79 million people in the US are at risk for developing Type II diabetes. The estimated national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion dollars each year.

Tobacco Use – Tobacco use accounts for about 30% of all cancer deaths, and 87% of lung cancer deaths. This year lung cancer will kill more people (159,480) in the US than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer combined.

I think it is safe to say we have all had someone who was near and dear to our hearts that was negatively affected by one of these conditions. So that leads to the question: “What am I actively doing to make a positive difference in my community to impact these health issues?”

The KeenanWell health management consulting team has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the Port of Oakland on their new wellness initiatives. During the development of their wellness program, the Port was approached by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Oakland and asked to participate in the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes. The Port believed this was a great chance to get involved and make a positive impact in their community, and the initiative quickly took shape as members of the wellness committee served as champions to solicit participation among the employees. As a result, the Port will be well represented by its team of participants in this year’s walk.

For additional information on how you and your company can get involved in your community to support these campaigns, please visit the following websites:

American Cancer Society :

American Diabetes Association: