The Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, a school ranked nationally by “U.S. News and World Report” as a top 25 graduate school of public health, recently received a key endorsement from an influencer in the public health sector. According to a recent report, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer has recognized the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health with CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM accreditation in recognition for the school’s programs aimed at reducing the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members. The programs, which involve promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings, and ensuring access to quality treatment, are seen by the group as a prime example of preventive health initiatives being implemented effectively
Christopher A. Viehbacher, chief executive officer of Sanofi and chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, sees the school’s efforts as a way of witnessing to advocacy for a healthier lifestyle: “The Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health is leading by example in promoting healthier behavior,” adding that, “I hope their vision and commitment to better health will encourage other employers in Texas and across all industries and geographies to become Gold Standard accredited.”
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, is a nonprofit organization of CEOs that was started by former President George H.W. Bush, along with the National Cancer Institute and other leading cancer organizations to inspire companies and organizations to implement healthy lifestyle codes in order to increase awareness of preventative health initiatives for fighting cancer. The Gold Standard lays out five key areas of health and wellness that companies must address to reduce the risk of cancer in the workplace in order to quality for the award.
There are specific cancer reducing programs that companies must implement successfully in order to qualify, such as discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.
Interim Dean, James N. Burdine, Dr.P.H. commented that, “Our institution has made great strides forward to ensure that our faculty and staff have every opportunity to make healthy choices regarding their healthcare, physical wellness, and nutrition,” adding, “We will continue to work to sustain and improve the health and wellness of our faculty, staff and their families.”