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Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging

Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging report coverEnvironmental Threats to Healthy Aging, released on the Today Show, is our most recent in-depth report on environment and health issues. It offers a comprehensive review of the currently available research on the lifetime influences of environmental factors on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and their relation to a range of other chronic diseases the report terms the "Western disease cluster" - diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. And, how these diseases are being driven by dramatic alterations over the past 50 to 100 years in the U.S. food supply, an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, and exposure to toxic chemicals among other issues. Positive changes to these drivers will help the health of people and the planet.Download the report ], [ Order the print copy ], [ Download the PowerPoint Presentation Environmental Drivers of Chronic Disease ]

14,784 The number of times as of Sep 1, 2010
the report & chapters have been downloaded
from our web site as well as agehealthy.org
Chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman discusses the report's key finding with host Meredith Vieira. View entire segment of nationwide 10-23-2008 report release on NBC's Today Show

Presentations and Training Materials: Environmental Drivers of Chronic Disease

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Since the report release we have presented key findings in over 80 venues including professional conferences, meetings, grand rounds, briefings, community events, and in online webinars.

Help us share this important information! We encourage health professionals and others to take advantage of the materials available on our web site to educate others and help move practices and policies for a healthier world.

  • 3-Part Video Lecture "Healthy People, Healthy Planet"
    by Jill Stein MD
    (for University of Delaware Nursing School).
    This video series addresses how two of the major problems our age, climate change and chronic disease, are being driven by the same key environmental factors and, therefore, can be solved by the same set of solutions.
    • Module 1: Climate Change
    • Module 2: Chronic Disease
    • Module 3: Common Drivers, Common Solutions
  • Environmental Drivers of Chronic Disease webinar
    by Ted Schettler MD MPH
    . Includes:
    • Environmental factors as key drivers of many common chronic diseases
    • How environmental factors alter key biological pathways leading to chronic disease
    • Important environmental determinants of health including:
      • Food system/nutrition and diet
      • Toxic chemicals
      • Built environment / physical activity
      • Psychological & socioeconomic stress
    • Examples of cross cutting solutions for healthy people & a healthy environment

Listen to the Authors Discuss Key Findings

  • The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) Partnreship Call : Metabolic Syndrome: At the Crossroads of the Western Disease - Jill Stein MD was one of the featured speakers. See the details and then listen to the call (MP3 audio format).
  • AARP Prime Time Radio interview with Drs. Jill Stein and Ted Schettler
  • Dr. Jill's Stein's half hour radio interview on KEXP public radio Seattle's Sustainability Segment of "Mind Over Matters," which aired on Saturday, March 21 - 90.3 FM in Seattle and on the web at http://www.kexp.org/ (Listen to Dr. Stein's interview in MP3 format)

 

See a List of All Presentations and Media Coverage

 


Upcoming Presentations/Exhibits:

  • August 13-15, 2010 UMass Campus, Amherst, MA - Annual NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming) Conference - Dr. Jill Stein will give a presentation. You can view a description of it ["17) The Public Health Imperative for Sustainable Agriculture: Pastured Meat"] on page 3 of the Workshop Descriptions PDF.
  • September 2nd - Noon – 1:00 PM - Multnomah County Library Central Branch, Portland, Oregon. Presentation will be given by Maye Thompson RN.
  • October 31st - American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging - Los Angeles, CA - Dr. Ted Schettler will give a presentation with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)
  • November 5th - Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School - "Aging: Treatment Perspectives and Challenges from Mid-Life On" – Keynote – Ted Schettler MD MPH.

Recent Presentations/Exhibits:

  • Our Environment, our Health: A Nurse's Call to Action – June 7th – Baltimore, MD - Ted Schettler MD MPH keynoted on In Harm’s Way.
  • Arkansas Public Health Conference – May 14th – Hot Springs, AK - Ted Schettler MD MPH gave the Closing Keynote. Over 200 people attended the conference, and Dr. Schettler's PowerPoint presentation received a great deal of positive feedback for how well it got across the connection between disease and the environment.
  • OSU Gerontology Conference – April 9th – 1:15 – 2:45 PM - Corvallis, Oregon. You can view information about the conference at http://osugero.org/. Maye Thompson RN gave the presentation.
  • OASIS Cornell Estates – March 19th - 1:30 – 2:30PM - Hillsboro, Oregon.
    http://www.oasisnet.org/Cities/PortlandOR.aspx – Maye Thomson RN gave the presentation.
  • Second Annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference – March 5, 2010, Portland, OR - Keynote Address given by Ted Schettler MD MPH
  • Grand Rounds, Metrowest Medical Center, March 1st, 2010, 12:00 -1:00 PM – Natick, MA – Dr. Jill Stein. The Grand Rounds event was very well received and attended, with 55 people signing in, among which were doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, therapists, and administrators.
  • Massachusetts Health and Social Services Consortium (HESSCO) Annual Meeting, Dec 2nd, 2009, 9:30 AM - HESSCO Elders Services – Raffael’s Banquet Facility, Walpole, MA.
  • American Public Health Association 137th Annual Meeting and Expo, November 9 in Philadelphia, PA. Gerontological health section symposium “Environment and Aging: Building Lifelong Communities” – presented by Drs. Jill Stein, Peter Whitehouse, and Danny George. Read more about the presentationsView details of the session online.
  • Centers for Disease Control National Environmental Public Health Conference "Healthy People in a Healthy Environment" October 26 in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Jill Stein's presentation focused on Chronic Disease and Climate Change: Common Drivers, Common Solutions; Dr. Ted Schettler presented on the main findings of Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging.
    http://www.team-psa.com/2009nephc/main.asp
  • Greater Boston PSR exhibited the Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging report at the Centers for Disease Control conference "Promoting Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging" September 15-16 in Chapel Hill, NC. We distributed a great many copies to participants (and, in a prior mailing, to many of the Speakers). We are thankful to the CDC for including the entire report on the CD of the event.  Learn more about the conference.

Coverage of particular note:

Since its release, the report has been featured in over 65 national and regional stories, and reached an audience of over 23 millions from television, radio, print, and online media coverage.

  • August 31, 2009 - The AARP South Carolina State Office added a link on their web page to the agehealty web page.
  • August, 2009 - The EPA Aging Initiative has posted a link to Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging in the Resources section of their web site: http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/ngo.htm#pfsr. The Initiative site provides a wealth of information about the Agency's efforts to protect the environmental health of older persons.
  • Wednesday, August 3, 2009 - Dr. Jill Stein participated in a panel discussion on Equal Time Radio, Montpelier, VT, hosted by Carl Etnier. The discussion, titled "Doctors Speak Out on Health Care During Energy Scarcity," focused on exploring energy, food, and the local economy at the end of the age of oil.
  • Thursday, May 7, 2009: The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) hosted an important call on metabolic syndrome [a cluster of conditions occurring together that elevate a person’s risk of developing certain chronic diseases such heart disease, stroke and diabetes and its intersection with what is being called the Western Disease Cluster]. Dr. Jill Stein was one of the featured speakers. See the details and then listen to the call (MP3 audio format).
  • AARP Prime Time Radio interview with Drs. Jill Stein and Ted Schettler (which first aired on May 5, 2009)
  • A full page in the April 2009 edition of Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing newsletter, circ. 150,000 in print (Dr. Weil is a leading integrative medicine expert)
  • GBPSR's Healthy Aging report op-ed appeared March 25, 2009 on the front page of the "Living" section of the Huffington Post ( View the posting)
  • Dr. Jill's Stein's half hour radio interview on KEXP public radio Seattle's Sustainability Segment of "Mind Over Matters," which aired on Saturday, March 21 - 90.3 FM in Seattle and on the web at http://www.kexp.org/
    (Listen to Dr. Stein's interview in MP3 format)
  • A review in Rachel's Democracy & Health News #1000, February 26, 2009, where the report was termed "stunning." (see the review in PDF format)
  • Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 117, Number 1, Jan. 2009
  • USA Today's "A Better Life," Jan. 12, 2009, which generates over 9.5 million page views per month
  • Health Affairs, December 31, 2008, a trade/policy publication that focuses on healthcare policy and research with a readership of about 30,000 and more online (1.3 million page views per month)
  • The EPA Aging Initiative List Serve, December 2008, (which goes out to over 4000 EPA or federal agency professionals, press, academics, congressional staff, aging experts, and persons involved in the aging and public health field)
  • Articles on prominent Web sites that address aging and health issues, such as iParenting.com (Dec. 1, 2008) and The Tangled Neuron (Nov. 23, 2008)
  • The Washington Post News Service, Nov. 11, 2008, in an article that was picked up by seven top regional daily newspapers, including The San Diego Union-Tribune, which has a print circulation of 270,000
  • Yahoo! Health, Oct. 31, 2008, which receives over 8 million page views per month