ACU alumnus launches health education campaign
For immediate release
August 5, 1999
The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis
Hastert (R-IL), Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK), and Rep. David E.
Bonior (D-MI) joined forces with Abilene Christian
University graduate and president of the American
Association for Clinical Chemistry, K. Michael Parker,
Ph.D., to launch AACC's new HI 5 health education campaign.
The announcement was made at a Capitol Hill news
HI 5, or Health Indicators 5, is a health care awareness
campaign that empowers Americans to monitor, manage and
improve their own health by providing them with information
and practical advice about 5 significant consumer health
issues &endash;diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer,
thyroid disease and anemia &endash; and the tests used to
prevent, diagnose and treat them &endash; glucose,
cholesterol, prostate specific antigen (PSA), thyroid
stimulating hormone (TSH) and hemoglobin.
HI 5 encourages patients to learn more about these
diseases, talk to their doctors about their blood test
results during an annual physical, start a personal health
file at home and compare test results from
"I'm going to spend the coming months spreading the HI 5
message in my district, the state and across our nations,"
Speaker Hastert said. "At every opportunity, I'll be
touting the benefits of health education and offering up the
HI 5 information as a great place to start," he said.
"With the help of Speaker Hastert, Rep. Watts and Rep.
Bonior we will be able to reach millions of Americans with
straight talk about becoming a real partner in our health
maintenance process," said AACC president Parker. "This
first step is to capture the public's attention, and we
certainly thank these distinguished members of Congress for
a job well done."
In addition to launching the HI 5 campaign, Speaker
Hastert has recorded public service announcements that will
begin airing in a few weeks in the top 200 U.S. radio
markets. One-minute TV PSAs featuring the Speaker also will
be distributed to 750 television stations via satellite
beginning Aug. 10.
AACC has worked collaboratively with clinicians, lab
professionals, patient advocacy groups and other health
organizations to develop comprehensive materials for
distribution to consumer, either directly, or through their
physicians. On the AACC web site, www.aacc.org, a section
has been devoted to the HI 5 campaign, which offers
backgrounder, fact sheet and answers to "frequently asked
questions" about the HI 5 diseases and blood tests, as well
as links to other information sources. The Association also
is undertaking a media campaign to increase awareness about
laboratory testing and its role in improving and maintaining
health. HI 5 information brochures may be obtained by
calling AACC at (800) 892-1400 (press option "1" on the
AACC is an international nonprofit scientific/medical
society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians,
research scientists and other individuals involved with
clinical chemistry and other clinical laboratory
science-related disciplines. Founded in 1948, the society
has 11,000 members; a staff of 50 manages the Association's
Washington, DC office.
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