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DCMS Foundation addresses community health issues recognized by cardiologists

Tuesday, August 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
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With continued efforts from the DCMS and its Foundation, we continue to be at the front in addressing healthy issues affecting our community. Through our 904 Mission One Million weight loss campaign partnered with Mayor Lenny Curry and his Journey To One campaign, continued focus remains on encouraging and educating 904 area residents to lose an overall one million pounds over the next few years! By visiting and sharing their individual weight loss, residents help contribute to the City’s overall pounds lost. To date, that weight loss is nearly 80,000 pounds! With county health rankings placing Duval County 55 out of 67 Florida counties for health, we remain committed to providing healthy options for weight loss and healthy habits leading to generational change. Data across the medical specialty spectrum continues to share information regarding the new trend of being healthy for a better quality of life and longevity. In the July 2017 edition of Cardiology, new data shows that ¾ of U.S. adults say being in shape and looking good is “very important” to them. While 31% actually exercise as a regular habit, 45% admitted to not being active. Motivation for continued exercise is more successfully driven by health reasons and not with body dissatisfaction. 

Another DCMS Foundation community wide endeavor underway is our Food Deserts Public Policy Coalition which has a mission of improving access to healthy food items in the underserved areas of Duval County in a strategic and tactical manner. Working with coalition members representing city leaders, state representatives, US representatives, attorneys, the business community, area hospitals, area colleges and key nonprofits working within neighborhoods of need, the coalition strongly reflects area expertise and knowledge while providing valuable input integral to achieving success for both short- and long-term goals for making a sustainable impact in the underserved areas of NE Florida. To ensure long-term success, the Coalition is focused on public policy development and implementation. To further share the short- and long-term goals of the Coalition, a 2018 winter meeting with city leaders, the public at-large and the news media, is in the planning process.

Also in the July 2017 edition of Cardiology, data shows that ‘food policies may reduce deaths from heart disease.’ Astounding numbers – 150,500 in death reduction from cardiovascular disease by 2030 could be realized with a nationwide subsidy of 10% for fruits and vegetables, according to a study examining how food policies may lower cardiovascular death rates in the US. With public policy provision of a supplemental nutrition assistance program to the public with 30% subsidy for fruits and vegetables, an outlook of 35,100 cardiovascular disease deaths could be prevented. The DCMS and its Foundation remains committed to helping improve the total health of our community, and you are encouraged to get involved. Should you have an interest in learning how you can actively participate, please contact Tammy Chaney at