Texas Resources for Physicians to Help Patients Take Healthier Life Steps

Texas Resources for Physicians to Help Patients Eat Healthily, Increase Physical Activity, Quit Smoking and Reduce Risky Drinking 

Obesity 

Salud America!
www.salud-america.org
(210) 562-6500
Salud America! operates nationally and has headquarters at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The group's free e-newsletters feature articles on preventing obesity among Latino children.

Texas Department of State Health Services
www.dshs.state.tx.us/obesity
(888) 963-7111
The Web site's Resources for Public Health Professionals section has information on identifying, preventing, and treating overweight and obesity in adults and children.

Texas Medical Association
www.texmed.org
(800) 880-1300
The Public Health and Science section of the Web site has resources helpful in assessing obesity and its associated health risks, reviewing strategies for promoting weight loss, outlining methods health professionals can use to affect the problem of overweight and obesity at school and community levels, and formulating proper treatment plans with physical activities, diet and behavioral modifications, and medications.

Texas Pediatric Society
www.txpeds.org
(512) 370-1506
"Pediatric Obesity: A Clinical Toolkit for Healthcare Providers" serves as a diagnosis and treatment overview for physicians and includes an evaluation form; patient handouts in English and Spanish that provide nutrition, behavioral, and lifestyle guidelines; and English and Spanish healthy lifestyle "prescription" forms.

Physicial Activity and Nutrition 

Texas Action for Healthy Kids
www.actionforhealthykids.org
(800) 416-5136
The group is working to improve nutrition and physical activity in schools. The Web site has tools to encourage parents to be advocates for healthy living and helps students, their families, and community volunteers set up a support network for school-based wellness activities and long-term policy change.

Texas Department of Agriculture
www.squaremeals.org
(888) 839-5437
The Food & Nutrition Division offers tips for healthy eating and active living for parents, as well as well as advice for helping school districts create healthy environments.

Texas Parks & Wildlife
www.tpwd.state.tx.us
(800) 792-1112
The section of the Web site devoted to kids promotes outdoor activities, nature exploration, and learning about Texas' wildflowers and wild animals. Resources for parents and teachers include urban outdoor programs, tips for taking children outdoors, and ideas for children's service projects.

Texas Round-Up Health & Fitness Initiative
www.texasroundup.org
The online tool provides Texans with the resources needed to establish regular physical activity routines and healthy habits and features a free activity tracking system. The educational component emphasizes the benefits of regular exercise and healthy choices.

Texercise
www.texercise.com
(800) 889-8595
An initiative of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Texercise educates and involves older Texans and their families in physical activities and proper nutrition. The Web site has information on community programs, links to Texercise teams throughout the state, as well as a DVD created for individuals and organizations wanting an easy-to-follow exercise routine.

Substance Abuse 

Texas Department of State Health Services 
www.dshs.state.tx.us/sa/prc/
(888) 963-7111
Substance Abuse Services funds 11 Prevention Resource Centers, which provide communities with preventive interventions and oversee the 2young2drink campaign against underage drinking. The Web site has a directory of centers that physicians and patients can access.

Texas Medical Association
www.texmed.org
(800) 880-1300
Integrating Child and Adolescent Mental Health into Primary Care: A Resource Guide for Physicians contains information about substance abuse disorders and provides resources on screening for substance abuse in adolescents.

Tobacco 

American Lung Association
www.texaslung.org
(512) 467-6753
The ALA has a Texas portal with information about tobacco, asthma, and lung diseases aimed at parents, educators, students, health care professionals, and researchers.

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
www.mdanderson.org/topics/smoking
(877) MDA-6789
The Web site highlights tips for quitting, teen smoking cessation, tobacco use prevention, and cessation training for physicians, and facts about smoking and tobacco use.

Texas Department of State Health Services
www.dshs.state.tx.us/tobacco
(888) 963-7111
The Clinical Toolkit for Treating Tobacco Dependence features patient brochures on quitting, resources to support a clinic's tobacco intervention efforts, and quick guides for the busy practitioner.

Texas Medical Association's Physician Oncology Education Program
www.poep.org
(800) 880-1300
The Web site features a PDF version of the Tobacco Cessation Pocket Guide, which instructs physicians on providing interventions in five steps: ask, advise, assess, assist, and arrange. It also features information on nicotine replacement therapies.


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