As Thanksgiving approaches, the Foundation would like thank you all for the support that made it possible-you have truly made a difference. Giving hope for promising healthcare solutions is what makes our organization so meaningful. We would also like to look forward to 2017 and give you an overview of Foundation initiatives.
The perpetuating cycle of unhealthy living in Indiana continues to take a huge toll on our youth. Up to ⅓ of adolescents ages 6-19 are overweight or obese. In addition, the rate of diabetes and weight gain in young individuals continues to grow at an alarming rate, and this health crisis is no doubt having a negative effect on school performance and mental health. This issue needs to be a #1 priority in protecting the future of our children.
The Foundation will continue to support Energy Krazed initiatives – our sponsored non-profit program that is taking a proactive approach to stopping this sweeping epidemic. Energy Krazed primarily offers an individualized 9-week health plan for teens as well as community and school based programs. This program is changing the way kids see themselves and is paving the way for a great generation of adults.
Another area of focus for 2017 is Autism. The extensive misunderstanding of Autism Disorder Spectrum encompasses the entire healthcare spectrum; including research, diagnosis, treatment, and skyrocketing costs. The Foundation hopes to incorporate functional medicine to develop a more effective and less costly system for treating the disorders that fall under ADS. Implementing a more realistic approach with visible results is key, and we also need to make it more affordable for parents. Autism knows no bounds as it affects people equally in every racial and socioeconomic class, and the affected spend up to $150,000 a year covering medical costs.
A third area of focus for 2017 is opioid addiction and opioid related deaths. There are 16 opioid related deaths per 100,000 residents in Indiana each year. The Foundation is supporting Indiana based Innovative Healthcare Solutions’ Bridge Device, which sends gentle electrical impulses into the brain via electrodes placed in and around the ear. This small non-invasive earpiece provides withdrawal relief and pain reduction in as little as 10 minutes, and offers a great alternative to overcoming addiction as opposed to traditional narcotic substitutes.
For this coming Giving Tuesday, you can contribute to the Foundation or complete our volunteer form. From all of us at The Foundation for Complex Healthcare Solutions, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Mary Anna Welch
Bachelor of Journalism- Indiana University