AMA Targets Sugar-sweetened Beverages

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Based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, has operated his own private medical practice focused on occupational therapy and preventive medicine for nearly 20 years. Active in his field, William D. Jones, MD, spends time away from his Oklahoma City, OK, practice engaging with professional organizations that further his education, such as the American Medical Association.

The American Medical Association recently updated its policy position to address the rising epidemic of type 2 diabetes and its link to sugary beverage consumption. With FDA figures estimating that Americans consume nearly 16 percent of their total daily calories as “empty” sugars, educating the public about sugar-sweetened drinks and their effect on overall health is the route that the AMA is choosing to take to address the issue.

Some of the new recommendations that the AMA will push for on a legislative level include limiting the access and sale of sugary beverages in elementary and high schools, as well as the implementation of mandatory warning labels that clearly outline the health risks that come with excessive consumption of these drinks.

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Oklahoma State Medical Association Foundation Projects

 

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William D. Jones, MD, is an Oklahoma City, OK-based physician specializing in occupational and preventive medicine. As a member of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, William D. Jones, MD, is part of an organization with a charitable foundation arm aimed at improving public health across the state.

Established in 1991, the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) Foundation promotes scientific and medical research focused on the betterment of public health. Support from the foundation may be provided through the application of assets to individuals, corporations, trusts, funds, or foundations whose research or purposes are scientific, educational, or charitable in nature.

Past initiatives supported by the OSMA foundation have been centered on topics such as obesity awareness and smoke-free families. OSMA has also provided assistance to medical students and residents in transition from clinical training to professional practices. Future programming may focus on charitable healthcare delivery and research, communication within the medical community, or continuing medical education programs for physicians.

An Introduction to Occupational Medicine

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William D Jones MD

William D. Jones, MD, has practiced medicine in and around Oklahoma City, OK, for more than 20 years. Focused primarily on occupational and preventive medicine, William D. Jones has treated workers from a variety of Oklahoma (OK) locations.

Occupational health functions where work and health meet. The field addresses not only the prevention of work-related injuries and illness but also the care and treatment of those who have to miss work for health reasons. Occupational physicians evaluate those who have experienced an impairment and help recovering patients return to work whenever possible, a process that studies have shown supports the recovery process on a mental and physical level.

These services play a crucial role in the lives of the patients themselves and in the well-being of the economy at large. Data suggests that each year, the US workforce loses 40 million productivity days due to incapacitated workers. Applying an in-depth understanding of regulatory systems and workers’ compensation laws, as well as available treatments and rehabilitative systems, the occupational physician helps these workers to recover their abilities whenever possible.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Explained

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A private-practice physician based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, practices occupational and preventive medicine. William D. Jones, MD, also serves as the secretary and treasurer for the OK College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

At the most basic level, the term “occupational and environmental medicine” refers to the medical specialty that evaluates the ability of employees to perform work. Specialists in the field understand the impact of physical, biological, and social environments on employees, as well as the importance of protecting workers’ health at all times. In addition to determining the arrangements of work based on the health of the employee, occupational and environmental medicine specialists assess the health outcomes of various environmental exposures in the workplace.

The occupational and environmental medicine specialty stresses the importance of prevention, advocating for proper safety training for workers and monitoring workers’ health as they return to full duty. Occupational and environmental medicine specialists often work as clinical physicians, medical directors, and chief medical officers.