Henry Schein's Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities Program Promotes Prevention and Wellness in 12 Cities across the United States
August 2012—Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities promotes access to health care, prevention, and wellness for underserved communities by providing free medical and dental screenings at events that are fun and engaging for the community. Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities is annually co-sponsored by state and local community health organizations and supported by Henry Schein's supplier partners. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports and promotes dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care globally, provided financial support for the program as well.
"Henry Schein is deeply grateful for the commitment of our partner community health organizations and for the generosity of our valued supplier partners in working together with us to enhance access to care for the underserved in cities across the United States," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. and Chairman of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. "The success of the Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities program underscores the importance of preventive care in the fight against chronic diseases, and the powerful impact that securing a 'Health Home™' can have in the improvement of the overall health of patients."
At each Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities event, local physicians, nurses, dentists, and community volunteers screen for five diseases and associated risk factors that commonly affect children and caregivers: hypertension, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and poor oral health. In addition, participating children and their caregivers receive educational materials about ways to prevent and treat these problems, information about returning for a flu vaccination later in the season, and assistance in finding a local community health center where they may receive health care on a regular basis. The program seeks to create a "Health Home™" for participating children and their caregivers, so that they have a place to receive ongoing care throughout the year.
The 2012 program's first events were held in Miami, FL. at the Doris Ison Clinic and in Bennettsville, SC at Marlboro County High School. At these first two events, more than 1,500 children and their caregivers were screened. The third 2012 Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities event will be held in Bridgeport, CT on August 25th at the Park City Center.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases account for approximately 80 percent of deaths in the United States and 75 percent of health care costs. The CDC also notes that heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50 percent of all deaths each year among Americans. According to the World Health Organization, chronic diseases account for more than 60 percent of deaths globally.
The Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities program underscores the integral link between oral health and total health by providing free medical and dental services during one visit for participants. Increasingly, studies—including those by the CDC, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the American Dental Association—have demonstrated the link between oral health conditions to overall health among adults, such as links between periodontal disease and diabetes, coronary heart disease, preterm birth, and low birth weight.
Henry Schein's Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities Supplier Partners: