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PCD News Summary for February 9, 2017

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Published every Thursday, Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed online journal established by CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The News Media Branch prepares press summary packets each week. To receive these press summaries on an embargoed basis, send an e-mail to Please note that this e-mail list is for credentialed journalists only. All others, please visit Hookup to Health to sign up for e-mail updates

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An Initiative to Facilitate Park Usage, Discovery, and Physical Activity Among Children and Adolescents in Greenville County, South Carolina, 2014

Melissa Newton

An incentivized scavenger-hunt-style program designed to increase young people’s park use may help them get more physical activity. Park Hop is a summer-long scavenger hunt designed to increase park use, park discovery, and physical activity. Researchers evaluated the Park Hop program in South Carolina using multiple measures such as pre- and post-intervention participant surveys and in-park observations. They concluded that the program positively influenced park usage, park discovery, participants’ perceptions of parks, and time engaged in physical activity. Children and adolescents visited an average of 12.1 (of 19) Park Hop parks and discovered an average of 4.6 venues. Researchers note that this valuable community-based initiative is easily replicable and can be implemented in other communities looking to increase physical activity in local park settings.

Randomized Controlled Trial of a Community Health Worker Self-Management Support Intervention Among Low-Income Adults With Diabetes, Seattle, Washington, 2010–2014

Melissa Newton

In-home diabetes self-management support from community health workers could improve the glycemic control of people with severe hyperglycemia, even among patients who frequently participated in primary care. Low-income patients with glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) of 8 percent or higher from three safety-net providers were recruited for a 1-year randomized clinical trial for diabetes self-management. Participants who were part of the intervention saw a greater average decrease in HbA1c compared with the control group. Program participants also reported significantly fewer outpatient clinic visits during the one-year intervention period.


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