Preventing Childhood Obesity Begins in Physical Education Class

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic that can threaten the health and life span of the world. Obesity is on the rise due to the lack of activity children have since schools are decreasing physical education classes.

Diagnosing obesity in children is different than in adults they use your body mass index (BMI). In children there are several factors in determining obesity. In children they measure your skin fold thickness, height and weight and their BMI. In children if there BMI is above the 95th percentile they are considered obese. Type 2 diabetes is rising…scientist…call this a major public health crisis. Newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes in children has increased from less than 5{9408d2729c5b964773080eecb6473be8afcc4ab36ea87c4d1a5a2adbd81b758b} before 1994 to 30{9408d2729c5b964773080eecb6473be8afcc4ab36ea87c4d1a5a2adbd81b758b} and 50{9408d2729c5b964773080eecb6473be8afcc4ab36ea87c4d1a5a2adbd81b758b} in more recent years.

Childhood obesity is not only predisposing kids for health risks but mental and social complications as well. Obese children are at risk for diseases such as hypertension, type II diabetes, and coronary heart disease. Once considered rare conditions in children, these diseases are seen with increasing frequency by pediatricians. With this rise of adult diseases in children it is decreasing the life expectancy of the next generation. With the rise of these diseases heath care costs

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Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers, dealing a blow to a key element of the White House’s plan to address the pandemic as coronavirus cases resulting from the Omicron variant are on the rise.

But the court allowed a more modest mandate requiring health care workers at facilities receiving federal money to be vaccinated.

The vote in the employer mandate case was 6 to 3, with the liberal justices in dissent. The vote in the health care case was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh joining the liberal justices to form a majority.

The employer decision undercut one of President Biden’s most significant attempts to tame the virus and left the country with a patchwork of state laws and policies, largely leaving companies and businesses on their own.

In both the employer and health worker cases, the justices explored whether Congress had authorized the executive branch to take sweeping actions to address the health care crisis.

The unsigned majority opinion in the employer case said a statute on workplace hazards did not justify a mandate that would have

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MedPAC: Increase hospital pay, no change for physicians in 2023

Medicare payment advisors unanimously approved a recommendation Thursday to update hospital payment by 2{9408d2729c5b964773080eecb6473be8afcc4ab36ea87c4d1a5a2adbd81b758b} for fiscal 2023, and to keep physician fee schedule payment stagnant next year.

But members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission continued to voice concerns about the long-term viability of the current physician fee schedule model, which they say isn’t keeping up with inflation during a particularly volatile time for healthcare providers.

MedPAC assesses the adequacy of Medicare payments by sector each year. The commission examines factors like access to care, access to capital and Medicare payments. To guide their 2023 draft recommendations, staff used 2020 data, which is colored by the COVID-19 public health emergency. But MedPAC believes most of the PHE’s effects on the health system will be temporary, and thus shouldn’t be tackled through fee schedule updates.

The commission agreed that this should translate into updating hospital payment by the amount determined under current law, which is expected to be 2{9408d2729c5b964773080eecb6473be8afcc4ab36ea87c4d1a5a2adbd81b758b} for 2023.

However, Commissioner Brian DeBusk, CEO of medical equipment manufacturer DeRoyal Industries, noted that 2023 will be the second year of extreme shifts in costs for hospitals’ labor and materials. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ market basket, which reflects

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