Innovations and Inspirations for Improving Children's Health: February 2017

Posted February 02, 2017 by Josh Grant

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New strategies are key to addressing children's health issues.

Across the United States, organizations and government agencies are creating new approaches to improve children’s health. Because we support innovation for helping children lead healthier lives, we’ve highlighted some of the most exciting initiatives we’ve seen in the last few weeks. Read on to learn how some groups are addressing critical health needs:

Community Develops Multipronged Approach to Address Obesity
Local government offices and healthcare providers in Buncombe County, North Carolina are collaborating on far-reaching strategies to combat childhood obesity. The 5-2-1 Almost None program is a cornerstone of the county’s efforts; the awareness campaign teaches families to strive to eat five fruits or vegetables, only have two hours of screen time, one hour of exercise and almost no sugary drinks every day. That effort is reinforced with produce fairs at schools, new fitness centers in the high schools and improved food services for vulnerable families.

From the 2003-2004 school year to the 2014-2015 year, the county saw a 3 percent increase (64 percent to 61 percent) in the rate of students who were at healthy weights. But some of the biggest solutions are still coming: The city of Ashville is constructing a 10.5-mile? greenway system with walkways and bike lanes to make physical activity and recreation more accessible for everyone.

Apps Lead to Faster Treatment in ER
The First Five Minutes app is helping healthcare providers in emergency departments treat children faster and not lose any precious time. Developed by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's App Brewery, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the app does not require a data connection, allowing providers to enter a patient’s age and weight to learn the appropriate dosage of medication or treatment to administer in seconds.

The developers built the app so providers no longer had to rely on memory or analogue tools to find dosage amounts. While this is not the first app of its kind, its streamlined interface reduces the amount of time users need to find the right information. Practitioners at Children’s now use the First Five Minutes for all resuscitations as part of its trial period, with a wider release scheduled for later in 2017.

What children’s health innovation stories have you read lately? Share them with us @NICHQ on Twitter! 

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