Prevention Diaries: The Practice and Pursuit of Health for All

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How do trees help reduce violence? What do roads have to do with chronic disease? Prevention Diaries examines the unexpected yet empirically predictable relationships that shape our health, providing the keys to realizing vitality and health across our society. With passion, wisdom, and humor, internationally recognized prevention expert Larry Cohen draws on his three decades of experience to make a case for building health into the everyday fabric of ourlives-from health care to workplaces, urban planning to agriculture. Prevention Diaries envisions an alternate model of American health care, one less predicated on treating sickness and more focused on preventing it. Doing so requires a shift in how our society perceives and approaches health — first recognizing our overreliance on individual solutions, then building an environment conducive to preventing problems before they occur. Through first-person vignettes and scientific data, Cohen shows that prevention is the cure what ails us. By creating greater opportunities for health and safety — things like safe access to parks and healthful housing — the US sets a foundation for a healthier country. Prevention Diaries makes it clear that as the US works to ensure everyone can access medical services, we also must make health, not just health care, the ultimate goal.
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ISBN-13: 9780190623821
ISBN-10: 0190623829
Pagini: 272
Dimensiuni: 141 x 214 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.43 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Prevention Diaries presents a moving introduction to prevention, and why it is so important to begin addressing even the largest of problems.
For any epidemiologist who wants a taste of how prevention is currently being applied across a wide range of public health areas, Prevention Diaries offers a degustation menu. The Prevention Institutes work is impressive in its approaches, methods and achievements, and Cohens description of it is engaging and comprehensive
[An] engaging and well-documented exploration of America's gradual, and in some cases grudging, recognition that adopting individual and community prevention-oriented policies and practices is key to promoting health and health equity, reducing injuries, and preventing violence.
Prevention Diaries is Larry Cohen's intensely personal and introspective account of why stopping health problems before they start makes sense for individuals and for societies - and is possible. His stories of how advocates have successfully intervened to prevent problems caused by unhealthy eating, cigarettes, automobiles, guns, violence, and system inequalities should inspire everyone interested in public health to get involved in prevention programsthat will make a real difference in peoples lives.
Cohen understands that change comes from the bottom up, and in Prevention Diaries he chronicles many wonderful success stories of people making a difference: communities coming together to get junk food out of schools; to make healthy food more affordable; to pass more taxes on sugary sodas; to build safer streets, more bike lanes and more play areas; and to lead a very significant shift toward community-centered health.
Prevention Diaries should be required reading for every legislator who will vote on what comes next in health care.
Prevention Diaries by Larry Cohen is indispensable with its wise observations and simple approach to shaping policy with a personal flare.

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Larry Cohen is founder and Executive Director of the Prevention Institute. A leading authority in developing practical prevention strategies for communities, Cohen's accomplishments include catalyzing the nation's first multi-city no-smoking laws; helping define violence as a preventable health issue; advancing chronic disease prevention through physical activity and healthy eating; and promoting better understanding of the underlying causes ofillness, injury, and health inequities. His work has been recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Services, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Public Health Association, and Society for Public Health Education. He lives in Oakland,California.