Division of Chronic DiseasePrevention & Health Promotion
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"The Great American Smokeout is an excellent opportunity for Missourians to establish an official quit date to stop smoking," stated Bernard R. Malone, director, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
A smoker loses an average of 13.3 years of his/her life.Smokers who quit experience improved circulation, and lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer.Children in the household of nonsmokers are also healthier.Over 350,000 Missouri children are exposed to secondhand smoke causing up to 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis.Babies of parents who smoke are twice as likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
This funding will allow us to better educate Missourians about the health risks and costs involved with tobacco use," added Malone.For more information on the Great American Smokeout and/or cessation programs, please contact the American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG USA or http://www.lungusa.org/; the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or http://www.cancer.org/; or http://www.greatamericansmokeout.com/.For suggested guidelines to quitting smoking, visit http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit/canquit.htm.
That's according to Bernard Malone , director of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Missouri.Because of the problem , the state has begun a study to look at the diet and exercise habits of Missourians.Malone says the research concludes in November and will be used to direct future programs for obesity prevention and education in Missouri.
From the state capital , I'm Kyle ElfrinkMore than one-third of Missourians are obese and now the state is taking notice.
Bernard Malone , director of Health Promotion for Missouri , says the study will cover all of the state , with special emphasis on metro areas and the Bootheel ...( ( ( MALONE : 19 ... minority populations..) ) ).Malone says that the study wraps up in November and will search for ways to combat a disease that affects more than one-third of Missourians.From the state capitol , I'm Kyle Elfrink
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Bernard MaloneMr. Malone has over 32 years of public health experience and service at the federal, state and local level of government.
From 1974-1989 he was employed as a Public Health Advisor with the US Centers for Disease Control.
In that time, he provided service in a number of assignments to state and local health departments around the nation, including Saginaw, MI, Miami, FL, Baltimore, MD and to the state of Missouri.
In 1989, he left the federal service to continue his work with the Missouri Department of Health in Jefferson City, MO where he served in a variety of roles, including the Director of the state's Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and on an interim basis, as the Department's Deputy Director.In 2003, he left the state service to accept a position in Kansas City, MO as the Director of the Division of Environmental Health Services at the local health department.
In September 2005, he was asked to assume the duties as of the Deputy Director, a position he holds to this date on an interim basis.
Mr. Malone is co-author on a number of public health publications and has served in a variety of voluntary positions in public health organizations.Chief among these is his role with the Missouri Public Health Association where he has served on the Board of Directors for over 15 years.He currently serves as President of that organization.He has received numerous acknowledgements and honors in his career, including the Administrator of the Year in 2001 by the MO Institute of Public Administrators and the Mentor of the Year, 2005 from the MO Association of Local Public Health Agencies.
He has served as an Accreditation Site Reviewer for the MO Institute of Community Health since 2005.
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"The study underscores the aim of the Missouri Department of Health to improve the health of the public by encouraging healthful physical activity," said coauthor Bernard R. Malone of the Missouri Department of Health, coinvestigator in the study.
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