Navigation Links
'Hearts and Minds' Promotes Wellness; African Americans Living with Mental Illness Have Higher Risk for Other Illnesses.
Date:3/18/2010

ARLINGTON, Va., March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched a new health education program to promote sound "mind and body" health practices among individuals who live with serious mental illness.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO)

The "Hearts and Minds" initiative focuses on combating risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and obesity for major illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The program has significant implications for African Americans living with mental illness, who face these risk factors as well as additional disparities in access to and quality of health care.  

"Wellness is everyone's concern," said NAMI Executive Director Mike Fitzpatrick. "But it is especially urgent for people living with serious mental illness, including African Americans."

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health reports that:

  • In 2006, African American men were 30% more likely to die from heart disease, as compared to non-Hispanic white men.
  • African American women are 1.7 times as likely as non-Hispanic white women to be obese.
  • African Americans were 1.5 times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have high blood pressure.

One recent study has now confirmed the existence of a "reciprocal link" between depression and obesity. People living with serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia live on average 25 years less than other Americans who die from other chronic illnesses.

The Hearts & Minds program consists of five key components:

  • A special interactive "Hearts & Minds" Web site including discussion groups
  • A facilitator's guide and tool kit for local community discussions
  • A DVD that can be downloaded or purchased through NAMI's online store
  • A booklet on health strategies and risks that also can be downloaded or purchased
  • Printed fact sheets on a broad range of topics

"Many kinds of risk factors contribute to health challenges for people with mental illnesses," said NAMI Medical Director Ken Duckworth, M.D. "Many are preventable or reversible."

"They include isolation, relatively low incomes, sedentary lifestyles, smoking as a form of self-medication and the side-effects of some medications for mental illness."

"There has been significant progress in treatment options for mental illness to support recovery, but for every individual, each option requires careful assessment of benefits and risks."

"Hearts and Minds will empower people to minimize and manage health risks to support wellness and recovery," Duckworth said.

"Hearts and Minds" is funded by OptumHealth and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at the University of California-San Francisco.

About NAMI

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy. For more information see www.nami.org.

SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness

Back to top

RELATED LINKS
http://www.nami.org

'/>"/>

SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Urban Smog Tough on Young Adults Hearts
2. Fat Builds Up in Hearts Before Diabetes Onset
3. New research suggests hearts are experts at self-preservation
4. Study Shows How Exercise Helps Womens Hearts
5. Obesity Can Hurt Kids Hearts
6. Study Finds Women Pay More Attention to Their Hair Than Their Hearts
7. Childrens Heart Foundation (CHF) Hosts 4th Annual Arizona Swing For Their Hearts Golf Event
8. Free For All on Leap Day to Get Hearts Pumping!
9. King of Talk Celebrates Milestone With Quaker, The King of Hearts
10. Pacemaker tune-up works chemical wonders on damaged hearts in dogs
11. Research Shows Alcohol Can Benefit the Hearts of New Drinkers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/22/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... Pet obesity ... and 54% of dogs, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). During ... key pet food issues such as the benefits of corn and grains, value of ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... 2017 , ... FPS is a nonprofit mental health agency ... 1977, our organization was at the forefront in working with veterans with PTSD-related ... evident and served as the catalyst for the establishing the agency. , Run ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... In ... many different solutions on the market, it is easy to start feeling frustrated ... Locksmith offers a complimentary security consultation. , Home Security Hardware Choices, There ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... Wis (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... a category by itself - the Vectorâ„¢ Series Multi-Cook Oven offers up to ... oven chamber, featuring exclusive Structured Air Technologyâ„¢ for unmatched evenness in cooking. Alto-Shaam ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 ... ... expand the pipeline and the number of African American/Black students who want to ... and residents to pursue their careers as physicians in the Oakland/San Francisco Northern ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/22/2017)... 22, 2017 The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition ... and House of Representatives that will curtail the ability ... -- from extracting retroactive direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) ... pharmacies and the Medicare program. S. 413, ... and Jon Tester (D-MT), and House companion ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... MELVILLE, N.Y. , Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Rijuven, ... its CardioSleeve diagnostic device to medical practitioners. ... records synchronized electrocardiogram (ECG) and heart sound signals, ... via Bluetooth, and offers cloud-based analysis to help ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... Feb. 22, 2017  Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), ... be a Gold sponsor of the Alzheimer,s Foundation ... Tour." This tour commemorates AFA,s15 years of educating ... and programs. The tour will include AFA,s free ... and displays of the AFA Quilt to Remember. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: