NCD’s and Demographics – Healthcare Post #3 by Benet Heames

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Guest post by Coach Benet Heames

I recently wrote about the history of the employer based health insurance system and the lack of price transparency in services provided. Today, let’s look at why many consider health care expenses to be a major threat to our economy.

The two main issues that will impact health care expenses over the long term are:

  1. Demographics – an aging population and rising childhood obesity rates

    1. 10,000 americans turn 65 each day

    2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that in 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

  2. The rising cost and prevalence of noncommunicable disease (NCD’s)

    1. The World Health Organization reports that  63% of all deaths worldwide currently stem from NCDs – namely cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.

So what are NCD’s?

These are defined as diseases of long duration, and slow progression. This is the result of a lifetime of health decisions. Five main diseases are generally considered to be dominant in NCD death and quality of life/care:

  • cardiovascular diseases (including heart disease and stroke),

  • diabetes,

  • cancer,

  • mental illness,

  • chronic respiratory diseases (including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma)

Nearly 80% of the NCD’s are preventable through risk factor intervention. There are two types of risk factors – modifiable and non-modifiable.

  • Non-Modifiable Risk Factors: age, sex, and genetics

  • Modifiable Risk Factors: physical inactivity, diet, tobacco, and alcohol

Of the four modifiable, the two biggest ones are physical inactivity and diet. Two things that we address daily at CFLA!

Wednesday’s Workout
Recovery Practice

Running skill session

FQT @ </= 7 RPE
1mi Run

3 RFQR (30s:30s)
Strict ring dips
Balancing Foot hand crawl
Squat snatches (45%)
–SOMSAVS Scoring for awareness–

Thursday’s Workout

“Shirley Brown”

33 Box jumps (24/20)
33 RKB Swings (24/16)
10 Overhead squats (115/85)
10 Pullups
–3min Rest between rounds–
–See 7/28/14–




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