Healthy Communities – July 14, 2016

An Environmental Scan of Recent Initiatives Incorporating Social Determinants in Public Health

Read this CDC article about social, environmental, and economic determinants of health and various efforts, such as “Health in All Policies” and other concepts and initiatives to positively influence these factors to foster health at the community level

Legal Preemption and the Prevention of Chronic Conditions

Want to know more about what preemption means for chronic disease prevention? Read this CDC article that discusses the legal concept of preemption, explains its use as a tool to both thwart or further public health interventions, and offers practical guidance for how to navigate around it to legally address factors underlying chronic conditions.

Environment May Affect Obesity Risk More Than Genetics

mcdonaldsA study of Americans born from 1900 to 1958 found those born later in the 20th century were more likely to gain weight, regardless of whether they were genetically predisposed to obesity, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers said the study suggests cultural and environmental developments, such as easy access to unhealthy foods, may have a bigger role in the obesity epidemic than genetics. Read more about the results of this study published by Health Day News.

US Consumer Attitudes Toward Sodium in Baby and Toddler Foods

The CDC supported a cross-sectional study to examine US adults’ attitudes toward sodium in baby and toddler foods and its association with parent characteristics. A sample of 6378 adults completed a national probability-based online consumer panel survey measuring responses on a 5-point Likert scale to the statement: “It is important for baby and toddler foods to be low in sodium”. The majority agreed (68%) that it is important. The highest proportions of agreement (>80%) were among parents with at least one child aged <2 years, and those persons who believed too much sodium was harmful to their own health.  Read the full article.

An Intervention to Increase Availability of Healthy Foods and Beverages: The Healthy Hospital Food Initiative, 2010–2014

Hospitals are ideal settings for modeling healthy eating, but few programs have sought to improve nutrition in all venues where food is served. Learn about this Healthy Hospital Food Initiative and the experience from New York City hospitals.

Helpless to Prevent Cancer? Actually, Quite a Bit Is in Your Control

This article from The New York Times explores the growing understanding that prevention is a key strategy in fighting cancer.  The Author cites several research studies to support this including  a study on the impacts of: smoking, drinking, obesity and exercise.

From AARP: Livable Lingo: Our Livability Glossary

Planners, policy makers, politicians and assorted livability pros often use these terms. Form-based Code? Complete Streets? Age-Friendly Community? What do these mean? Read AARP’s very helpful article to learn what each means so you can talk the talk.

How to Fight Lead Exposure with Nutrition

A good reminder that a healthy diet is an important defense against exposure to lead. A diet rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin C can help decrease lead absorption. Learn more from this article published on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ blog update.

Tobacco – July 14, 2016


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Youth marijuana use prevention campaign

Oregon Health Authority launched the youth marijuana use prevention campaign. The Stay True To You campaign that includes a website, posters, videos and audio spots aims at persuading young people to stay away from marijuana.

Estimating the Impact of Raising Prices and Eliminating Discounts on Cigarette Smoking

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) recently released a tobacco-related article in the July/August 2016 edition of Public Health Reports titled “Estimating the impact of raising prices and eliminating discounts on cigarette smoking prevalence in the United States.” The study modeled the impact of three cigarette price scenarios on smoking prevalence among youth aged 12–17 years, young adults aged 18–25 years, and adults aged >26 years. The study found that each price scenario would substantially reduce cigarette smoking prevalence and smoking-related deaths, especially among youth and young adults.

CVS is doing well and doing good 

CVSCVS shows that consumers – especially young ones – want to associate with brands that share their values. By helping to limit access to tobacco and by communicating with teens and young adults, CVS is helping to empower this generation to end tobacco use for good. Read more..

Stalled Progress in Statewide Comprehensive Smoke-Free Laws and Cigarette Excise Taxes, United States, 2000–2014

Increasing tobacco excise taxes and implementing comprehensive smoke-free laws are two of the most effective population-level strategies to reduce tobacco use, prevent tobacco use initiation, and protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. Read this article about a CDC study that examined state laws related to smoke-free buildings and to cigarette excise taxes from 2000 through 2014 to see how implementation of these laws from 2000 through 2009 differs from implementation in more recent years (2010–2014).

Updates Tobacco-Free Policy Resources to Recognize 10-Year Anniversary of Surgeon General’s Report on Secondhand Smoke

To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the landmark 2006 Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium released updated versions of its tobacco-free policy guides, Regulating Tobacco Use Outdoors and Adopting Tobacco-free Policies on Campuses. The 2006 report concluded that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure, which has informed continued tobacco control and prevention efforts to reduce the burden of secondhand smoke exposure in the United States.

Using creativity to save lives

Teens have the power to use their own unique style and creativity to spark conversations and drive change. By using that creativity, they can become the first generation to end smoking for good. Read more…


Job Opportunities – July 14, 2016

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Program Administrator

Klamath County Public Health has a Program Administrator position open.  This position is responsible for the coordination of the Health Promotion/ Disease and Injury Prevention division and will be open untilled filled. To learn more about the position, visit  the county website.

 New Healthy Communities Coordinator Position Opening for Douglas County

As part of Adapt’s Prevention Department, the Healthy Communities Coordinator (HCC) performs a variety of activities to strengthen, maintain, and leverage collaborations and achieve priority policy, system and environmental change aimed to increase access to physical activity, improve nutrition, support tobacco prevention, and promote self-management of chronic conditions. For more information about this position or to apply, please contact Cati Adkins, Adapt Prevention Director at or call 541-492-0145.

Training Opportunities – July 14, 2016

Webinar: Working with Public Housing Authorities: Addressing Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing Implementation Challenges

July 27, 2016, 12 pm                                             Register here

The Tobacco Control Training Collaborative is hosting a webinar that will focus on the main challenges when attempting implement smokefree multi-unit housing. This webinar is mostly geared for tobacco control program managers and secondhand smoke policy coordinators from state, tribal and territorial programs.

Webinar: Safe Routes to School – Harnessing the Power of Data to Support Kids Walking and Biking

July 27, 2016, 1:00 pm                                       Register here

We are in a time of rapid change when it comes to using data to understand and improve health and safety. Join this webinar to learn how data can be used to inform and support Safe Routes to School initiatives. Hear from speakers about the importance of data, learn about ways in which data is becoming more accessible and useable to communities, and be inspired by innovative uses of data across the country.

Webinar: Designing Places for People

August 1, 2016, 11am                                               Register here

Join this “Designing Places for People” webinar hosted by America Walks. Part of the Walking College series, but open to everyone, this webinar will illustrate specific features of the built environment that make a place walkable—people-and business-friendly. Learn how to survey existing conditions and visualize their transformation—from a desolate and abandoned downtown district to a modern, vibrant marketplace of human interaction, welcoming people of all ages, incomes, ethnicities, and religions. Dan and Samantha will provide an informative and entertaining demonstration of their work and recommend tools, such as the walking audit, for us to use to create change in our own communities. Presenters: Dan Burden and Samantha Thomas, Blue Zones.


Tobacco – June 23, 2016

U.S. E-Cigarette Regulations – 50 State Review (2016)

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center at the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law recently updated an online interactive map summarizing state e-cigarette regulations. The map is based on a survey of state statutes pertaining to e-cigarette regulations in the following areas: definition of “tobacco product,” taxation, product packaging, youth access/other retail restrictions, retail license/permit requirement, and smoke-free air legislation.

Electronic Cigarette Use Among Working Adults — United States, 2014
In 2014, an estimated 5.5 million (3.8%) of 146 million U.S. working adults were current e-cigarette users. The highest e-cigarette use prevalence was among workers in accommodation and food services (6.9%) industry, and among workers in food preparation and serving related occupations (6.8%). Higher prevalence of e-cigarette use among certain groups, coupled with uncertainties regarding the safety of e-cigarette use and the effect of e-cigarette use on patterns of conventional tobacco use, underscore the importance of continued public health surveillance of e-cigarette use among U.S. working adults. See this CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for more information.

White House Removes Flavored E-Cigarette Language from FDA Deeming Rule The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) removed language from FDA’s rule extending tobacco regulation authority to include e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco. FDA’s release originally included a rule that e-liquid manufacturers would have to submit an application for market authorization in order to continue selling their products, but OMB removed this rule and FDA’s scientific rational for including this rule.



Training Opportunities – June 23, 2016

Webinar: What Works for Health 101

June 28, at noon                                        Register here.

Join this quick conversation about What Works for Health. The subject of the newest 20-minute entry in our Webinar Shorts series, What Works for Health 101 will explore our online resource that provides communities with information to help select and implement evidence-informed strategies (i.e., policies, programs, systems and environmental changes) that can help improve health behaviors, clinical care, the physical environment, and the social & economic factors that affect health.

Webinar: Supporting the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The Role of State and Territorial Health Agencies

June 29, 11:30am-12:30pm                       Register here.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Key Recommendations of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines and highlight how Massachusetts has utilized the Guidelines to develop nutrition standards for state agency food procurement and the work that Missouri has been doing to promote healthy eating through the Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy initiative.

Webinar: FIT-based screening programs

June 29, 2016, 9am                                    Register here.

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable will be hosting a webinar Guidance on implementing FIT-based screening programs.  The purpose of the webinar is to review the rationale for FIT-based testing programs and discuss strategies for successful implementation of stool-based testing programs.

Webinar: The 500 Cities Project

June 30, 2016, 11am-noon                         Register here.

The CDC, CDC Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will host a webinar discussing the 500 Cities Project. The project is a first-of-its-kind data analysis of 27 chronic disease measures for the 500 largest American cities, and the census tracts within.

Training – Truth Initiative Change Agents for Youth Activism Fellowship

The Truth Initiative is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Youth Activism Fellowship, a 12-month program for 18-24 year olds who want to change culture and help end the tobacco epidemic, and gain critical social change skills. Selected Fellows meet three times throughout the year in cities such as Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, CA, where they receive training on the public health impact of tobacco, community engagement, communications, and policy and advocacy. The deadline to apply is July 31.

Training –  Updated Health Equity Resource: Community Approaches to Advance Health Equity Module

The Division of Community Health, Office of Health Equity in collaboration with the Training, Translation and Communications Branch is pleased to announce the release of the improved Community Approaches to Advance Health Equity online training module! The module now includes six lessons with more interactive exercises and it allows the user to produce a health equity workbook. The primary source of information in the module was obtained from A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity.


Healthy Communities – June 23, 2016

Worksite Health ScoreCard

Want to assess the success of your worksite health promotion program? Use CDC’s Worksite Health ScoreCard to measure the health of your workforce and evaluate workplace efforts to help employees improve their health. CDC developed this free online tool to help employers measure how proven, science-based health promotion strategies can be used in their worksites. These strategies include the following:

  • Lifestyle counseling.
  • Physical and social environmental facility changes like stairwell enhancements or an on-site fitness center.
  • Policies like tobacco-free campuses.
  • Health plan benefits.
  • Other worksite programs, such as walking clubs, which have been shown to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic diseases.

Healthy Aging Data Portal

senio coupleThe Healthy Aging Data Portal provides easy access to CDC data on a range of key indicators of health and well-being, screenings and vaccinations, and mental health among older adults at the national and state levels. The indicators on this Healthy Aging Portal that provide a snapshot of currently available surveillance information and can be useful for prioritization and evaluation of public health interventions.

Updated Health Equity Resource: Community Approaches to Advance Health Equity Module

The Division of Community Health, Office of Health Equity in collaboration with the Training, Translation and Communications Branch is pleased to announce the release of the improved Community Approaches to Advance Health Equity online training module! The module now includes six lessons with more interactive exercises and it allows the user to produce a health equity workbook. The primary source of information in the module was obtained from A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity

2015 National, State, and Local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Results Released

Youth Online — a web-based data system that allows users to view and analyze national, state, and local YRBS data—has been updated. Youth Online provides quick access to comprehensive results on youth health risk behaviors from 1991 through 2015.

Diabetes Care in the Heat, Extreme Weather, and Emergencies

 Summer is here and, as temperatures start to rise, it is important to revisit emergency procedures to address heat-related illnesses. People with diabetes, who work outdoors or in hot indoor environments, may need to take additional caution to maintain their health. CDC’s Be Prepared! offers guidance and resources to help people manage diabetes in extreme weather, emergencies, and natural disasters.

Recommendations for CRC screening released

The final USPSTF recommendations for CRC screening were released today.  You may also find of interest a related JAMA news release and a statement from the American Cancer Society on the new recommendations.  One of the primary differences from the 2008 recommendation is the addition of computed tomography (CT) colonography and multitargeted stool DNA (FIT-DNA) to the list of screening strategies.

New York City Can Enforce Salt Warnings on Menus, Court Says
The New York State Supreme Court recently cleared the way for the New York City to enforce a rule requiring many eateries to alert consumers about food items with high salt content. Some popular restaurant chains voluntarily started including the menu icon—a saltshaker in a triangle—with an explanation that items that bear the symbol contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, the daily limit recommended by many nutritionists.

Is Sugar Really Bad for You? It Depends

The federal government’s decision to update food labels last month marked a sea change for consumers: For the first time, beginning in 2018, nutrition labels will be required to list a breakdown of both the total sugars and the added sugars in packaged foods. But is sugar really that bad for you? And is the sugar added to foods really more harmful than the sugars found naturally in foods? Read more about this.