Congressional Hearing Held for USPSTF Bill Impacting Men’s Health

Men’s Health Network Submits Comments for the Record Urging Action on Bill Creating Greater Oversight on Federal Health Task Force

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, November 30, 2016 / — WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, November 30, the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss H.R. 1151, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016. Men’s Health Network (MHN) continues to urge Congress to act on this legislation to improve the recommendation process of the USPSTF as it impacts the health and wellness of men and their families.

In addition to participating in the hearing, MHN provided comments for the record supporting the bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). H.R. 1151 calls for greater transparency and input on recommendations made by the USPSTF—a federal task force composed of national medical experts whose recommendations influence healthcare providers and both public and private insurance coverage decisions.

The USPSTF issues recommendations on a wide range of preventive health services for conditions including testicular cancer, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, depression, and breast cancer, among others. In many cases, these preventive services lead to patients avoiding a life-changing illness or diagnosing it early enough to save their lives.

“MHN appreciates the efforts of Reps. Blackburn and Rush to improve the USPSTF review process by incorporating the input of additional experts,” said Brandon Leonard, VP of Strategic Initiatives at MHN. “USPSTF’s recommendations yield significant influence over health policy and should be subject to a more collaborative review process that takes into account more data on the experiences of patients.”

The proposed legislation would provide for a more open and transparent review process by requiring the USPSTF to establish an advisory board composed of patients groups, clinical services providers, and appropriate federal agencies. The bill requires that the Task Force coordinate efforts with federal agencies when creating research plans and would make comments submitted on recommendation statements, research plans and evidence reviews available to the public.

“I am sure that the PSA test, along with the major cancers that we screen for including breast, colon, and lungs, saves lives. The recent recommendations by the Task Force are short-sighted. It took the tools that physicians and medical professionals had to diagnose patients out of our hands. The recommendations don’t have the input from key groups including patients and primary care doctors,” said Dr. Tom Rogers M.D., CEO of Performance Medicine. “We spend most of our healthcare dollars on the last year of a person’s life—it would be much more cost effective to focus on prevention."

“Early detection is the onramp for healthy living. People should have options—they should have options in knowing their health and wellness so they can make informed decisions,” said Darrell Sabbs, legislative affairs and community benefit manager for Phoebe Health Systems. “Early detection and prevention are so important and valuable to our community and to our customer base.”

About Men’s Health Network
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Joshua Garner
Men's Health Network
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Source: EIN Presswire

National CACFP Sponsors Assocation Healthy Holiday Challenge

Win a $100 Visa Gift Card and be featured at the NCA Annual Conference! #healthyholidayNCA

National CACFP Sponsors Association is excited to announce our Healthy Holiday Challenge.

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2016 / — The National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA), a MyPlate National Strategic Partner, is proud to sponsor the NCA Healthy Holiday Challenge. In October, My Plate kicked off the MyPlate MyState program asking participants to show how they use local foods from their state and region to create balanced meals. NCA, in an effort to expand, support and continue the program, is sponsoring a contest asking the community to snap a picture of their favorite balanced and nutritious holiday meal featuring local foods from their state and region. It's an easy and fun way to celebrate the holidays with healthy foods!

1) Snap a picture of your favorite holiday MyPlate, MyState balanced, nutritious meal using local foods from your region.
2) Post your picture on Facebook or Twitter between November 15, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The picture MUST have a short description of what you have served and how it represents your region. Entries must be submitted with the hashtag #healthyholidayNCA and you MUST tag @NationalCACFP.
3) An NCA committee will judge all entries and choose the picture/description that best represents and describes holiday regional foods used with MyPlate guidelines.
4) The winning photo will be posted on Facebook January 8, 2017.
5) The winning photo will receive a $100 Visa giftcard sponsored by NCA and be featured in our eNews. The winning photo will also have a full-sized poster displayed at the NCA Conference in San Diego April 18-20, 2017.

Since 1986 the National CACFP Sponsor Association (NCA) is the leading national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). We provide education and support to thousands of members in the CACFP community and in particular to sponsors of all sizes from across the country. We strive to improve communication between families, care givers, sponsors, and their supervising government agencies.

For more information visit National CACFP Sponsors Association at

Elizabeth Sherman
National CACFP Sponsors Assoc.
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Source: EIN Presswire