Welcome to the Health Action Center Circa 2004


The Campaign for Better Health was a partnership of the leading health advocates and organizations who had come together to provide better health opportunities for more Americans. This was their website where visitors could find alerts to make sure they stayed up-to-date on urgent issues needing their immediate action.
Content is from the site's 2004-2006 archived pages.

 

Welcome to the Health Action Center
The Campaign for Better Health is building a grassroots action network that will be 250,000 strong by the end of the year. Health policy and practice is out of step with the health and wellness practices of millions of Americans. The Better Health Action Network creates a powerful voice for the millions of integrative health and wellness supporters to bring integrative health and wellness solutions to national attention.

Here you'll find alerts from The Campaign for Better Health and Citizens for Health where your action can make a difference. To make sure you stay up-to-date on urgent issues needing your immediate action, sign up for Health Action Center email updates.

About the Campaign for Better Health

Mission

The Campaign for Better Health will accelerate the shift from a treatment-based health system to a new, broader and more profound health and wellness culture that reduces costs, empowers individuals and enhances quality of life.

Purpose

The Campaign for Better Health gives a powerful, national voice to the millions of Americans who utilize and support integrative health and wellness practices. Together, we will create a healthier America by advancing solutions to improve health policy, practice and research and by empowering individuals to recognize their ability and responsibility to heal themselves.

About Citizens for Health

Who is Citizens for Health?

Citizens for Health was formed by a group of ordinary people who believed that good health is a right. Over 120 million Americans regularly use dietary supplements, eat organic foods or visit alternative medical practitioners. Collectively, we represent the largest, unorganized consumer movement in the country.

Consumers are taking pro-active steps to get healthy and stay healthy, and they are moving towards non-toxic and cost effective natural alternatives such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, healing arts, massage, and other holistic practices.

During a time when health care costs are escalating, chronic diseases pose more problems and our highly processed foods have fewer and fewer vital nutrients, the natural healthcare movement provides solutions—solutions that are less invasive, non-toxic, safe and proven to save billions of healthcare dollars.

 



Help Lower Healthcare Costs and Improve the Health of At-Risk Children and Adults
Dear Citizens for Health Supporters and Friends of The Healthy Foundation,

Rising healthcare costs are a serious concern for all of us. Costs are rising and so are the number of Americans inflicted with chronic illnesses. The personal, social and economic burdens are unsustainable.

The Healthy Foundation has created unique programs that help lower these escalating costs and increase the health and wellness of those in need of help. Through their Vitamin Relief USA programs, they provide free daily multivitamins to over 20,000 children, teens, adults and seniors who are at-risk for vitamin deficiencies at over 500 locations in 42 states.

Most of us have come to appreciate what simple, daily multi-vitamins can do to support and maintain one's good health. For children, seniors, teens and adults at risk for malnutrition, the benefits from daily vitamins are dramatic. Daily vitamins help protect at-risk individuals from chronic diseases while also healing their illnesses, and improving their quality of life.

For instance, according to parents and teachers of the children participating in Vitamin Relief USA, the daily vitamins have helped to improve the children's school grades, school attendance, behavior, eating habits and self-esteem. In addition, parents report that they do not have to take their children to the doctor as often.

Senior participants report that vitamins from Vitamin Relief USA have decreased their need for medication, lessened their pain, and increased their mobility, energy, self-confidence and the ability to care for themselves.

We need programs like this programs that provide cost-effective, preventative measures. And we need them to expand and grow.

In order to do this, The Healthy Foundation needs your help.

A request has been made of the Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Committee to provide The Healthy Foundation, from the 2005 congressional budget, with:

$2 million to provide daily vitamins to 60,000 at-risk children for one year.

And $2 million to research the impact of daily vitamins on seniors and their quality of life.

In order for this appropriation to be approved, it must have the support of many members of Congress. The Healthy Foundation cannot possibly reach each member of Congress to ask for his or her support.

As a constituent, your message to your congressional representative can make the difference between the success and failure of this funding.



Ask Congress to shift healthcare policy and support alternative solutions!
Although our nation is facing a serious healthcare crisis, millions of Americans are finding solutions that exist outside conventional medical approaches. Today, the majority of Americans use numerous types of "alternative" health solutions to maintain wellness, yet few of these solutions are embraced by legislators. Tell Congress that integrative health solutions are important to you and help to shift healthcare policy in America!

Support Fair Tax Treatment for Dietary Supplements!
Contact your Representatives today and encourage them to co-sponsor the bi-partisan bill H.R. 2627, the Dietary Supplement Tax Fairness Act. This important legislation would allow consumers to write off dietary supplements and some other natural health products as medical expenses on their taxes and give consumers tax breaks on these healthcare options. This initiative will save you hundreds of dollars every year on your health products and will allow many consumers to afford natural, less expensive, preventative healthcare options often paid for out-of-pocket, not just the conventional and pharmaceutical options that are covered by traditional health insurance. TAKE ACTION! Send a letter to your Representative and ask that they support H.R. 2627, the Dietary Supplement Tax Fairness Act. Send your message today. It only takes a minute!

Ask the U.S. Codex Delegation to protect DSHEA
Let?s write to Dr. Barbara Schneeman at the FDA now! Dr. Schneeman is one of our key U.S. representatives to Codex. Let?s ask her to please work diligently to ensure that our nation's hard-won health freedoms, a good example of which is the Dietary Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), are not only protected here at home but inform every meeting and decision at Codex. Codex Alimentarius (Latin for ?Food Code?) was originally created as the United Nations? attempt to establish international guidelines to ?help governments consider the formulation and adoption of similar international standards of [...] purity for all foods? To many, this sounds like a good idea. Agreement on trade, safety and purity would seem beneficial for the world in so many ways, right? Wrong! Not in the ways Codex is being constructed now. If accepted as an international standard by the U.S. Codex Delegation and implemented in the U.S. (called ?harmonization?), our future access to innovative and health-enhancing dietary supplements could, in time, be dramatically restricted. Let?s let Dr. Schneeman know that we are confident that she, Dr. Scarbrough, and the entire U.S. Delegation won't let us down at the Codex conference tables in Bonn, Rome, Geneva and here in the U.S.

Congress is Writing the WRONG Prescription for Health!
As the debate over Senate Bill 722 heats up, one thing is certain- the right to use safe dietary supplements is clearly under attack. This legislation threatens DSHEA and your access to safe dietary supplements. We need you to send a clear message to Washington: Congress is writing the WRONG prescription for health!

Take Action Today to Restore the Privacy of Your Medical Information
Your medical information is no longer private. You no longer have the power to consent to the disclosure of your health information. New federal rules grant permission to thousands of organizations, unrelated to your healthcare, to access your health information including your past medical records and genetic information. Even psychotherapy sessions are not exempt from this federal prying. The Justice Department now states that patients "no longer possess a reasonable expectation that their histories will remain completely confidential," adding that federal law "does not recognize a physician-patient privilege." Restore your rights today. Support Congressional Legislation that restores your medical privacy.

 



 

Take Action! Send a Message

Help Lower Healthcare Costs and Improve the Health of At-Risk Children and Adults

Dear Citizens for Health Supporters and Friends of The Healthy Foundation,

Rising healthcare costs are a serious concern for all of us. Costs are rising and so are the number of Americans inflicted with chronic illnesses. The personal, social and economic burdens are unsustainable.

The Healthy Foundation has created unique programs that help lower these escalating costs and increase the health and wellness of those in need of help. Through their Vitamin Relief USA programs, they provide free daily multivitamins to over 20,000 children, teens, adults and seniors who are at-risk for vitamin deficiencies at over 500 locations in 42 states.

Most of us have come to appreciate what simple, daily multi-vitamins can do to support and maintain one's good health. For children, seniors, teens and adults at risk for malnutrition, the benefits from daily vitamins are dramatic. Daily vitamins help protect at-risk individuals from chronic diseases while also healing their illnesses, and improving their quality of life.

For instance, according to parents and teachers of the children participating in Vitamin Relief USA, the daily vitamins have helped to improve the children's school grades, school attendance, behavior, eating habits and self-esteem. In addition, parents report that they do not have to take their children to the doctor as often.

Senior participants report that vitamins from Vitamin Relief USA have decreased their need for medication, lessened their pain, and increased their mobility, energy, self-confidence and the ability to care for themselves.

We need programs like this programs that provide cost-effective, preventative measures. And we need them to expand and grow.

In order to do this, The Healthy Foundation needs your help.

A request has been made of the Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Committee to provide The Healthy Foundation, from the 2005 congressional budget, with:

$2 million to provide daily vitamins to 60,000 at-risk children for one year.

And $2 million to research the impact of daily vitamins on seniors and their quality of life.

In order for this appropriation to be approved, it must have the support of many members of Congress. The Healthy Foundation cannot possibly reach each member of Congress to ask for his or her support.

As a constituent, your message to your congressional representative can make the difference between the success and failure of this funding.

 


Letter to Your U.S. representative


Dear Representative

Health care costs are out of control. Preventative measures are needed now. As your constituent, I strongly urge you to make policy and funding decisions that improve this situation. Today, as a nation, we spend around $1.5 trillion dollars on healthcare in the United States. In the next decade, that number is expected to double. We must take measures right now to bring these escalating costs under control. One important key to improving this problem is available right now. Research shows that a daily multivitamin is a viable, cost effective tool to improve health, prevent disease and reduce healthcare costs. I am one of more than 158 million Americans (over half our population) who benefit from natural health approaches. Strong mainstream research continues to validate the important impact that daily multivitamins provide for Americans overall health resulting in lower healthcare costs. In fact, an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association recommends daily vitamins for all adults, particularly seniors, to prevent chronic disease. This is why I am excited about The Healthy Foundations Vitamin Relief USA programs. Through these vitamin distribution programs, over 20,000 children, seniors, teens and adults who are at-risk for malnutrition receive free high-quality RDA multi-vitamins at over 500 locations in 42 states. According to parents and teachers, these daily vitamins are improving at-risk childrens school grades, school attendance, behavior, eating habits and self-esteem. In addition, parents report that they do not have to take their children to the doctor as often. Senior participants report that vitamins from Vitamin Relief USA have decreased their need for medication, lessened their pain, and increased their mobility, energy, self-confidence and ability to care for themselves. For these reasons, I urge you to actively support the request made to Chairman Regula of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation Committee to provide to The Healthy Foundation: $2 million to provide daily multi-vitamins for one year to 60,000 children at-risk for nutritional deficiencies, to be distributed in public schools, after-school programs, Head Start programs and WIC programs in support of the President's No Child Left Behind initiative. And $2 million to conduct a demonstration research project to show the beneficial impact of daily multi-vitamin intake on the quality of life of at-risk seniors. The Healthy Foundation received $500,000 from the 2002 Congressional budget to perform a demonstration research project to verify the impact of daily vitamins on at-risk children and their academic performance. The clinical trial is underway at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Preliminary results from this important study are expected in the spring of 2005. I believe The Healthy Foundation should be approved for the requested funds for the 2005 budget. It is not only cost-effective, but also wise and humane for us to spend a few dollars on daily multivitamins to improve the quality of life of our most vulnerable citizens while also preventing the costly effects of disease and illness. Please voice your support the member request for The Healthy Foundation to Congressman Regula.

Sincerely,
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