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Health Promotion in the Workplace - 4th Edition

Michael P. O'Donnell, MBA, MPH, PhD






Michael Odonnell



From the Editor

Editor's Notes: July/August 2016


Michael P. O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH



Can Diabetes Prevention Improve Health and Save Medicare Money, Does Medicare Care Know, and Why is That Important?
On March 14, 2016, Paul Spitalnic, chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued a memo certifying that the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (Program) provided by the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of the United States to Medicare recipients met the standards of improving health and reducing Medicare spending (1) necessary for Medicare to agree to cover the cost of the Program for eligible Medicare recipients nationwide.
This is the first health promotion approach certified by Medicare through this process and has the potential to stimulate rapid growth of community-based health promotion efforts.
The program, its evaluation, the certification process, and their significance are reviewed below.

Y-USA Diabetes Prevention Program

In 2011, the YMCA of the United States received a Health Care Innovation Award grant for US$11,885 134 from the CMS to expand its Diabetes Prevention Program to prediabetic Medicare recipients. Program goals were to enroll at least 10 000 people, reduce weight 5%, reduce risks of diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia for at least half of the enrollees, and save at least US$1.8 million in Medicare costs by June 2015. (2)



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2017 Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference
March 27 – 31, 2017
The Broadmoor | Colorado Springs, CO
Core Conference: March 29-31, 2017
Intensive Training Seminars: March 27 & 28, 2017
Awareness, Motivation, Skills and Opportunity…
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Definition of Health Promotion


Health Promotion is the art and science of helping people discover the synergies between their core passions and optimal health, enhancing their motivation to strive for optimal health, and supporting them in changing their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health. Optimal health is a dynamic balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health. Lifestyle change can be facilitated through a combination of learning experiences that enhance awareness, increase motivation, and build skills and, most important, through the creation of opportunities that open access to environments that make positive health practices the easiest choice.

Michael P. O'Donnell (2009) Definition of Health Promotion 2.0: Embracing Passion, Enhancing Motivation, Recognizing Dynamic Balance, and Creating Opportunities. American Journal of Health Promotion: September/October 2009, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. iv-iv.

 Physical     : Fitness. Nutrition. Medical self-care. Control of substance abuse.
  Emotional  : Care for emotional crisis. Stress Management
  Social         : Communities. Families. Friends
  Intellectual : Educational. Achievement. Career development
  Spiritual     : Love. Hope. Charity.