Job Opportunities- April 17th, 2015

Benton County: Public Health Data Analyst/Epidemiologist
Benton County Human Resources Department website which has full position and application information
This position serves as primary technical resource for planning, developing, collecting, managing, and analyzing population health data to inform and improve Health Services programs and policies. Collaborates with internal and community partners to educate and facilitate the use of performance data to improve the public’s health. Supports epidemiologic investigations used in the prevention and control of communicable diseases and foodborne outbreaks. Works in an innovative, high paced environment, researching and presenting data, integrating health equity approaches across BCHS and within the community, and participating in development of a regional health assessment.
This position is regular part-time (20 hours/week); will work limited duration, full-time (40 hours/week) for the first 10 months.

Training Opportunities- April 17th, 2015

Healthy Places Webinar “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper – And Healthier”  Thursday, April 23th 10am-11am Pacific
Transforming the built environment to improve health outcomes can take years, if not decades. This webinar will focus on short term, low cost, yet high impact strategies for improving streets, public spaces, and buildings across the country that can lead to longer term change. Kate Rube and her team at Project for Public Spaces with Jennifer Smith from Greater Kennedy Plaza, will present health-promoting ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’ approaches, including active recreation amenities, street redesigns that prioritize pedestrians, and farmers’ market stands.

After the webinar, participants will be ready to create great public places that attract people and provide many ways to get healthy! This webinar is part of the “Take Action at the Local Level” webinar series that calls upon individuals to build community and institutional support for walkable design.
Learn More About This Exciting Free Webinar

Lynch Syndrome: A Public Health Approach
On April 21 at noon ET, Genetic Alliance will host a webinar on Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that predisposes individuals to developing colon, uterine, stomach, ovarian and other cancers. Participants will learn about successful programs that have increased awareness of Lynch syndrome as well screening programs and other resources available to address Lynch syndrome. Find out more.

Survivorship Webinar
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is pleased to invite you to join us for a webinar titled, “Patient-Care Team Communication: How Can the Survivor Prepare to Manage a Lifetime of Care?” on Wednesday, April 29 from 3:00pm-4:30pm EDT as part of our Cancer Policy Advocate Training (CPAT) program. The CPAT program consists of three webinars and an in-person policy training scheduled for June 25-26, 2015 in Washington DC.
Deborah Mayer, PHD, RN, Professor in the Adult and Geriatric Health Division at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and the UNC Lineberger Director of Cancer Survivorship will be the feature presenter. Save the date and register now >>

Grantees – Please consult with your liaison regarding questions about the appropriateness of attending any training or conference using TPEP or Healthy Communities funds. This list of training opportunities is provided as a resource for grantees and partners but is not an endorsement of any training or conference hosted by an external organization

Tobacco- April 17th, 2015


New on the CTP Website: Video Series on Tobacco Regulatory Science in Action
We are pleased to announce a new video series on the CTP website: Tobacco Regulatory Science in Action. In each video, the scientists behind CTP-supported research share the work they are doing, and, not only why it is so important to public health, but also to each of them personally.

As you’ll see, though the research spans many topics, the scientists all share a common goal—that their efforts will add to the knowledge base informing FDA’s decision making around tobacco product regulation and communication. The first three videos in the series represent a cross-section of the work under way around the perceptions and preferences of tobacco users, as well as the long term impact of using various tobacco products. We will add more videos in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back with us. See the videos now.


Government Survey Shows Youth E-Cigarette Use Tripled in One Year and Exceeds Use of Regular Cigarettes – FDA Must Act Now to Protect Kids (condensed version)
Historic Decline in Cigarette Smoking is Great News
Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

WASHINGTON, DC – The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey released today shows that  historic declines in youth cigarette smoking continue, but youth use of electronic cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014 and, for the first time, exceeds use of regular cigarettes.
Among high school students, current cigarette smoking (use on at least 1 day in the past 30 days) fell from 12.7 percent in 2013 to 9.2 percent in 2014, reaching another record low. However, current e-cigarette use jumped from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014 (it was just 1.5 percent in 2011). Also troubling, there was no decline in overall tobacco use from 2011 to 2014, with 24.6 percent of high school students reporting current use of at least one tobacco product in 2014.
The dramatic decline in youth cigarette smoking is terrific news for our nation’s health and shows that the fight against tobacco is winnable if we do what we know works. However, the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes is frightening and threatens this progress. It should spur strong and prompt action to prevent kids from using any tobacco product, not just cigarettes. We cannot allow the tobacco industry to keep addicting kids and create another epidemic with a new generation of tobacco products.
These survey results show why the Food and Drug Administration must act with urgency to protect our kids and issue a final rule to regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah. We again call on the FDA and the Obama Administration to issue a final rule by April 25 – one year after the FDA issued a proposed rule – and to close gaps in the rule by cracking down on marketing and flavors that appeal to kids. The FDA first announced in early 2011 that it planned to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars and other unregulated tobacco products, so these important public health protections are long overdue. We cannot afford more delays that allow the tobacco industry to continue targeting our kids with unregulated tobacco products.
The National Youth Tobacco Survey results were published jointly by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FDA’s own evidence leaves the agency with no excuse for failing to act immediately to protect our kids.
The National Youth Tobacco Survey results were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

New NIOSH Report Recommends All Workplaces be Tobacco Free
Recommendations include exposures to e-cigarettes in the workplace
A new report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that all workplaces become tobacco-free and that employers make tobacco cessation programs available to workers. These latest recommendations, which also encompass the use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)—or e-cigarettes—are aimed at protecting workers from the occupational hazards of tobacco and the effects of secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke and emissions from e-cigarettes.
NIOSH’s recommendations, which were issued in a technical document called a Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB), build upon previous recommendations regarding tobacco use in the workplace and incorporate public review and comment on an earlier draft document. The report is aimed at preventing occupational injury and illness related to tobacco use, while also improving the general health and well-being of workers.
Current Intelligence Bulletin 67: Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury Through Workplace Tobacco Policies is available at

New Toolkit on Working with Healthcare Enrollment Assistors to Promote Tobacco Cessation
The Affordable Care Act and the new health insurance coverage options it established brought many new opportunities to help smokers quit. The American Lung Association has released a new toolkit exploring one of these opportunities: working with healthcare enrollment assistors to promote tobacco cessation to people enrolling in insurance coverage. You can view the toolkit here.
Healthcare enrollment assistors are organizations and individuals who help people enroll in new health insurance coverage – particularly Medicaid and state health insurance marketplace plans. These assistors include Patient Navigator Organizations, certified application counselors and brokers. These professionals are interacting directly with consumers – helping them to enroll, but also having discussions about their health and their coverage needs. This toolkit is designed to help you work with assistors in your state or area to make tobacco and quitting a part of these discussions.

In the toolkit, you will find:

  • Background information on health insurance enrollment, State Health Insurance Marketplaces and Medicaid Expansion
  • Information to help you build a strategy for reaching out to assistors (including links to lists of assistor organizations in your state or area)
  • Materials for consumers and assistors about tobacco cessation.

CDC Launches 2015 Tips Campaign
On March 30, 2015, CDC renewed the Tips From Former Smokers campaign ( with new, hard-hitting ads that show the harsh consequences of smoking. Real people tell personal stories about conditions linked to smoking that are not as well known to the public, such as colorectal cancer and vision loss (macular degeneration). Ads also highlight the benefits of quitting for loved ones and the importance of quitting cigarettes completely, not just cutting down. Ads are scheduled to air for 20 weeks—through August 16.

Following are materials as well as activities to help promote the campaign launch. We hope these resources will help facilitate your planning efforts and further support people in your own community who want to quit. Please share this e-mail with your tobacco control partners so that they can plan to use our materials, too.
Tips Web Site Resources: has comprehensive resources for you to use and promote, including:

  • Bios and additional interviews of the ad participants
  • Overviews of the health conditions featured in the campaign
  • Spanish-language content
  • “I’m Ready to Quit” practical tips for quitting smoking
  • Web badges and buttons to post on your site to link readers to the compelling personal stories on the Tips Web site
  • Printable Tips ads to hang in your workplace

Materials from the Tips from Former Smokers Download Center:

  • Access free materials at These include low-resolution TV ads; radio, online, print, and out-of-home ads; and public service announcements.

If you have additional questions about the 2015 Tips campaign, please contact

Institute of Medicine (IOM) Releases Report on Raising Minimum Age for Tobacco Purchases
In 2013, as requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a committee to conduct a study on the public health implications of raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products. In the report, Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products, the committee of experts reviews existing literature on tobacco use initiation, developmental biology and psy­chology, and tobacco policy and predicts the likely public health outcomes of raising the minimum legal age for tobacco products.

Promoting Cessation Among Construction Workers Using Targeted Messages
Blue-collar workers, particularly those in the construction trades, are more likely to smoke and have less success in quitting when compared with white-collar workers. Little is known about health communication strategies that might influence this priority population. This article, Development of Targeted Messages to Promote Smoking Cessation among Construction Trade Workers describes the researchers’ formative work to develop targeted messages to increase participation in an existing smoking cessation program among construction workers.

Electronic Cigarettes Update
This research brief from RTI International, Exhaled Electronic Cigarette Emission: What’s Your Secondhand Exposure?, examines what is currently known about electronic cigarettes and the problem, the source-exposure-dose paradigm applied to electronic cigarettes and future research needs.

Reports and Articles

smokeless tobacco

Swedish Company Asks F.D.A. to Remove Warnings From Smokeless Tobacco Product
New York Times
WASHINGTON — For 50 years now, all tobacco products sold in the United States have had to display warnings about the health risks they carry.
But that could change if the maker of a popular Swedish tobacco product called snus convinces a panel of experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration this week that it is less harmful than cigarettes.
Snus (pronounced “snoose”) is moist, loose tobacco packaged in a pouch like a tea bag and tucked between the lip and the gums. Starting on Thursday, the company that makes it, Swedish Match, will have two days to try to persuade theF.D.A. and its experts that the traditional smoking warnings are too harsh to describe its product.

[California] Sonoma County may set price floor on cigarettes to deter underage smokers — Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat
April 4, 2015
The Press Democrat
Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday are poised to take up sweeping new regulations aimed at making it more costly — and thus more difficult — for minors to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products outside city limits.
An ambitious anti-smoking campaign, spearheaded by county health officials, seeks to impose new licensing fees on retailers who sell tobacco in the unincorporated area. The licensing regulation would require tobacco sellers to permanently raise the price they charge for a pack of cigarettes to a minimum of $7.

Warning images on cigarette packets ‘raise young adults’ knowledge about harms of smoking’
A new study suggests a combination of health warning images and text on cigarette packets is more likely to drive a greater appreciation of the dangers of smoking among young adults than text warnings alone.

Cigarette smoke makes superbugs more aggressive
In lab and mouse experiments, cigarette smoke helps drug-resistant bacteria fight off the immune system
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant superbug, can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now report that cigarette smoke may make matters worse. The study, published byInfection and Immunity, shows that MRSA bacteria exposed to cigarette smoke become even more resistant to killing by the immune system.
“We already know that smoking cigarettes harms human respiratory and immune cells, and now we’ve shown that, on the flipside, smoke can also stress out invasive bacteria and make them more aggressive,” said senior author Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine at UC San Diego and staff physician at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System.

E-cigarettes are being accessed by teenagers who are both smokers and non-smokers
One in five teenagers in a large survey has accessed e-cigarettes, and of these, 16% have never otherwise smoked, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. The highest numbers though were regular smokers – of whom over two thirds had accessed them.
E-cigarettes have been marketed as an alternative nicotine delivery system that is healthier than tobacco. There has been debate around the safety and efficacy of these devices, and whether they reduce the harm caused by smoking, or if they detract from healthy anti-smoking messages. A concern with clinicians, policymakers and parents alike is whether these devices act as a potential gateway to smoking, and discussion has ensued about the sale and marketing of these products to minors.

Research by Legacy about Use of Little Cigars and Cigarillos
Recently published research found a high degree of co-use of little cigars and cigarillos (LCCs) with cigarettes. The study concluded that high degree of co-use of LCCs and cigarettes, along with other factors, suggest that the users of these products face unique risk factors and warrant specific targeting in public health campaigns.

tobacco ads

Research about Frequency of Tobacco Advertising in Stores
Research examining interior and exterior tobacco advertising in stores found advertising significantly more likely to appear in outlets that accept SNAP and WIC benefits than in other tobacco-selling outlets

Healthy Communities- April 17th, 2015


Enhance Fitness program available in Oregon!
Enhance Fitness, an award winning physical activity program developed by Senior Services (Seattle, WA), is gaining popularity across the nation. EnhanceFitness helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives. Thanks to the efforts of Senior Services and YMCA, the program is now available in several Oregon counties.

Want to learn more about the program, find a class in your community or become an EnhanceFitness licensed affiliate? For more information, visit the of the Senior Services or contact Paige Dennison at If you are looking for classes in Douglas County, contact Steven Stanfield at

To find out more about self-management programs available in Oregon, visit the Self-Management – Take Control of your Health webpage of the Oregon Public Health Division at or call 1-888-576-7414

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Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Breastfeeding offers many health benefits for infants and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of infancy, followed by continued breastfeeding, as other foods are introduced, for at least one year. Mothers who return to work face barriers to breastfeeding, such as lack of space and time to express milk. Accommodating breastfeeding in the workplace benefits employers and the U.S. health care system. This new resource provides information on federal and state laws regarding breastfeeding in the U.S. workplace. View/download the resource on breastfeeding in the workplace.

CDC Seeks Young Women to Share Personal Stories in New Breast Cancer Education Campaign – DEADLINE May 15
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new Bring Your Brave campaign will feature young women telling their personal stories about how their lives have been affected by breast cancer. The goals of the campaign are to motivate young women to learn about the disease and its prevention, learn their family history of cancer, and engage in conversations with their health care provider.

CDC is looking for stories from women ages 18-44 who:

  • Found a lump or abnormal change in their breast that turned out not to be breast cancer.
  • Have a mother, sister, or first cousin who had breast cancer before the age of 50 and is BRCA+.
  • Have a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer.
  • Have undergone genetic counseling and testing, and fit at least one of the following criteria:
  • Have had breast cancer and have a BRCA mutation.
  • Have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer and have a BRCA gene mutation.
  • Are of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage and have a personal or family history of breast cancer and have a BRCA gene mutation

CDC is also looking for stories from women of any age who:

  • Have been diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50, have a BRCA mutation, AND have a daughter age 18 through 40. Both women must be willing to share their story about hereditary cancer, learning about family history, and having a BRCA mutation.

To be considered for this project women must:

  • Not smoke or use illegal drugs.
  • Have completed their cancer treatment (if applicable) at least one year ago.

Deadline:  May 15, 2015.  For additional information: Web; e-mail; phone (202) 729-4099.

Voices for Healthy Kids Food Marketing in Schools Toolkit Available
This terrific new tool from our partners at Voices for Healthy Kids can help you stop unhealthy food marketing in schools: Unhealthy school marketing undermines parents, school food improvements, nutrition education & kids’ health.

Companies spend over $150 million a year marketing (mostly unhealthy) foods and beverages to kids in schools.  They market junk food through posters/signs, fronts of vending machines, ads on buses, scoreboards, corporate-sponsored educational materials, team sponsorships, in-school television ads, etc.  Please share this tool with your PTA, community organizations, parents and others committed to children’s health and wellbeing.

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2011, Featuring Incidence of Breast Cancer Subtypes by Race/Ethnicity, Poverty, and State
CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s (DCPC) Cancer Surveillance Branch announces the publication of the most recent Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2011. DCPC co-authors this year include Christie Eheman, Jane Henley, and Blythe Ryerson. This report represents a long-standing collaboration with the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (this year’s lead), the American Cancer Society, the         National Cancer Institute, and our own National Center for Health Statistics.
The report provides an overview of the latest cancer incidence and mortality rates. Each year, the report focuses on a special topic; this year it is breast cancer subtypes. For the first time on a national level, newly-available data on breast cancer incidence rates by demographic and tumor characteristics for the four intrinsic molecular subtypes (HR+/HER-, triple negative, HR+/HER+, and HR-/HER+) is published.  Rates for each subtype stratified by race/ethnicity and by age, stage, grade, and census tract-based poverty is provided.

The report will be published in JNCI and is currently available at: Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2011, Featuring Incidence of Breast Cancer Subtypes by Race-Ethnicity, Poverty, and State.pdf. Related infographics, are available at: infographics

CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) Announces Launch of New Online Data Trends and Maps Database
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is pleased to announce the launch of its new online Data, Trends & Maps interactive database.
What is the Data, Trends & Maps database?
It is an interactive tool that provides state-specific behavior, policy, and environmental indicators from multiple data sources about obesity, nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding.
What can users expect?
You can view statistics in a variety of formats, including maps, tables, and trend lines in the areas of:

  • Obesity/Weight Status
  • Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
  • Physical Activity
  • Sugar Drink Consumption
  • Television Viewing
  • Breastfeeding

Users can also display all indicators for one state or all states for one indicator.
How can users access the database?

The database can be accessed from DNPAO’s Web site, Data, Trends & Maps. You can also post the Data, Trends & Maps Web button on your Web site for your users to link directly to the database. Please share the attached Data, Trends, and Maps fact sheet with interested colleagues and partners.
If you have comments or questions about the Data, Trends & Maps database, please contact Heather C. Hamner (

Increasing Physical Activity through Joint-Use Agreements Spotlights: Arkansas and Virginia
CDC’s DNPAO has released two new spotlights in its Evaluability Assessments Spotlights series. These new documents focus on joint-use agreement (JUA) initiatives in Arkansas and Virginia.
JUAs increase opportunities for physical activity by allowing groups – usually a school and a city or private organization – to share indoor and outdoor spaces for physical activity, such as gymnasiums, athletic fields, and playgrounds. These JUA spotlights describe Arkansas’ and Virginia’s initiatives, including their goals, what the initiatives were able to accomplish, and lessons for states that are considering similar undertakings.
Spotlights on three more states will be available in the future.

Lowering Sodium in School Meals
The American Heart Association (AHA) developed two infographic resources that support the targets for lower sodium in school meals by grade group and demonstrate changes in meals to successfully meet targets.

Reports and Articles


Stop drinking soda, for (your own) good
CNN March 27th, 2015
(CNN)You know soda’s not exactly good for you—but at the same time, it can be hard to resist. Its sweet taste, pleasant fizz, and energizing jolt often seems like just what you need to wash down your dinner, get you through an afternoon slump, or quench your thirst at the movies.

But the more soda you consume (regular or diet), the more hazardous your habit can become. And whether you’re a six-pack-a-day drinker or an occasional soft-drink sipper, cutting back can likely have benefits for your weight and your overall health. Here’s why you should be drinking less, plus tips on how to make the transition easier.

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New Noninvasive Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Lags Traditional Colonoscopy in Prevention
The Oregonian
Medical manufacturer Exact Science Corp. recently announced that 4,000 doctors around the United States have prescribed a noninvasive tool to screen for colorectal cancer called Cologuard to their patients since it received FDA approval in August 2014. While this new medical technology is showing promise as a noninvasive alternative to traditional means of looking for colorectal cancer, colonoscopy continues to be the most effective cancer prevention procedure.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 132,700 people will be diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer in 2015. However, the death rate for colorectal cancer has steadily dropped due to the proven practice of colonoscopy. This procedure is currently the gold standard of colorectal testing.  Regular screening with colonoscopy reduces the risk of colorectal cancer going undetected by 90 percent.

France announces planned limits on unlimited free refills of sugary drinks
April 2, 2015
The French government voted to ban free unlimited soft drinks from restaurants and fast food chains as part of France’s initiative to reduce children’s consumption of sugary drinks by 25%. The law is being framed as a necessary government intervention to “protect the population against commercial competition which aims to . . . encourage [consumers] to consume unhealthy products excessively.”

Physical activity benefits lung cancer patients and survivors
Exercise and physical activity should be considered as therapeutic options for lung cancer as they have been shown to reduce symptoms, increase exercise tolerance, improve quality of life, and potentially reduce length of hospital stay and complications following surgery for lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States with an estimated 160,000 deaths each year and worldwide there are 1.4 million deaths. In the last two decades lung cancer therapy has improved, but the overall 5-year survival rate is still quite low at 17%. Lung cancer patients experience many debilitating symptoms including difficulty breathing, cough, fatigueanxietydepressioninsomnia, and pain. A third of long term survivors, those >5 years from diagnosis, experience reduced quality of life and report lower physical and health scores compared to healthy patients. Given the incidence of lung cancer and the associated costs An inexpensive and relatively easy cancer therapy to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life, like physical activity, could be beneficial, especially for therapy, but clinicians underutilize exercise as a therapy, in part due to the lack of evidence-based consensus as to how and when to implement increasing physical activity.

Road to health: Bike and pedestrian paths play greater role in transportation project funding
Mail Tribune
Pedestrian paths and painted bicycle lanes that seemed to randomly appear along roadways in the past sometimes would satisfy bureaucratic requirements but little else.
That’s changing.
State agencies have come to see transportation as not just moving people and freight, but also helping build healthier communities by connecting pedestrian and bike routes to the places people want to go.
The Oregon Department of Transportation now has an Active Transportation Section that addresses pedestrian and bicycle elements and how they tie in with public roadways. More recently, the Oregon Health Authority was given a say in ODOT plans with an eye toward producing future generations that are leaner and healthier.
The metamorphosis has changed thinking at every level and impacts how projects are funded, said ODOT Active Transportation Section Manager Mac Lynde.

safter streets

New Report from Complete Streets: ‘Safer Streets, Stronger Economies’ 
A new report is available from Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition and Kaiser Permanente – ‘Safer Streets, Stronger Economies.’

The report includes data from 37 Complete Street projects from across the country and explores the impact of these projects. Specifically, the report explores the impact of Complete Street projects on transportation goals, community economics, and much more. Download the report and/or watch the achieved March 24th webinar discussing its results.

Bill Introduced to Increase Physical Activity Training in U.S. Medical Schools
While physicians play a vital role in monitoring and promoting patient physical activity behaviors, a new research from Oregon State University suggests that fewer than half of U.S. trained physicians have received formal education or training on the topic. Overall, few medical school curriculums were found to offer any course related to physical activity. Of those that did, the course was rarely required. The full article on the findings has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

A new bill, the Expanding Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act (H.R. 1411), aims to address the lack of training in physical activity and nutrition in U.S. medical schools. Last month, a revised version of the bill was introduced and included the addition of physical activity training into the bill language. Important things to keep in mind:

Very few commercial weight-loss programs are effective, study finds
Many of us have turned to commercial weight-loss programs in a bid to shed the pounds. But do they really work? According to a comprehensive review of such programs conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers, very few are effective.

Working up a sweat: It could save your life
Science Daily
Physical activity that makes you puff and sweat is key to avoiding an early death, a large study of middle-aged and older adults has found. The researchers followed 204,542 people for more than six years, and compared those who engaged in only moderate activity (such as gentle swimming, social tennis, or household chores) with those who included at least some vigorous activity (such as jogging, aerobics or competitive tennis).

Researchers list reasons why the U. S. Surgeon General should announce that UV tanning causes skin cancer
Science Daily
A July, 2014 Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer by acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak points out that indoor tanning is “strongly associated with increased skin cancer risk,” but stops short of reporting that tanning causes cancer. A new opinion article points out that UV tanning meets the same criteria as smoking as a cause of cancer and argues that announcing the causality could save lives.

Do Antibiotics Raise Diabetes Risk via Gut Microbiota?
People who take multiple courses of antibiotics may face an increased risk of developing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, potentially through alterations in gut microbiota, conclude US researchers.

The team, led by Ben Boursi, MD, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, found that the risk of diabetes was increased by up to 37%, depending on the type of antibiotic and the number of courses prescribed.

Funding Opportunities- March 19, 2015

CDC Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Partner Support for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
CDC plans to award approximately $2.5 million over five years to a national organization to disseminate evidence-based cardiovascular disease prevention strategies and resources,  promote the use of consistent cardiovascular messaging, and provide opportunities for sharing of best practices and evidence-based prevention approaches by partners at the state and local level.  More information about the FOA and application requirements is available at  CDC will host an Informational Teleconference to answer questions about the FOA at 2:00 PM (ET) on March 25, 2015. (Teleconference number: 1-800-779-2592; Participant passcode: 3201699).

Call for Sessions Now Open
The Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association invites you to submit session or mobile workshop proposals for the 2015 Statewide Planning Conference.  This event will be held on October 15 and 16, 2015 at the Oregon Convention Center, in Portland, Oregon.

Proposals for sessions can address any topic relevant to the planning profession. However, additional consideration will be given to proposals that relate to the three identified tracks – rural, transportation and planning healthy communities. Click here for further submittal information, form and CM criteria. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015.

Training Opportunity- March 19, 2015

Aligning State Cancer Plans with National Priorities
March 25, 2015 at 12pm Pacific Time
Register Now
Leading national public health entities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Surgeon General and others have put out a number of priority, strategy, and guidance statements on cancer and chronic disease topics. The GW Cancer Institute’s new Priority Alignment Tool aggregates and streamlines recommendations from 13 major national sources into the top 9 priorities in cancer and chronic disease.  Learn about how this new tool can help Comprehensive Cancer Control programs and coalitions:

  • Gain a better understanding of current national public health priorities
  • Critically assess their cancer plan and activities to identify opportunities for improving alignment with national priorities
  • Draft cancer plan goals, objectives, targets and strategies on national priority topics

The webinar will discuss development of the tool, contents of the tool, and step-by-step guidance on how to use the tool for cancer plan revision purposes.

America Walks Announces 2nd Webinar Series of 2015: “Taking Action at the Local Level”
America Walks’ second free webinar series of 2015 has been scheduled for April and May.
Following the first “Inspiring Stories” Webinar series, “Taking Action at the Local Level” will target advocates and professionals working to build community and institutional support for walkable design.  Each of the Webinars in this series will include a “Call to Action” – a specific task for webinar participants from all over the country to complete that will help move the needle at the local community level.  We will also ask you to report back to us what you did and what happened as a result. Topics include the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative and the “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” recipe for placemaking.

Monday, April 13th (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern): “The Fine Art of Messaging” – Based on research commissioned by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, this webinar will help you understand which messages about walking and walkability work, and which ones don’t.  Karen Saverino and colleagues at Metropolitan Group will present the results of surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups conducted across the country, that will help us effectively frame the issue of walkable communities.  Your “call to action” will be to build these messages into your next communications initiative.

Thursday, April 23rd (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern): “Lighter, Quicker Cheaper – And Healthier” – Transforming the built environment to improve health outcomes can take years, if not decades. This webinar will focus on short term, low cost, yet high impact strategies for improving streets, public spaces, and buildings across the country that can lead to longer term change. Kate Rube and her team at Project for Public Spaces will present health-promoting ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’ approaches, including active recreation amenities, street redesigns that prioritize pedestrians, and farmers’ market stands.  After the webinar, participants will be ready to create great public places that attract people and provide many ways to get healthy.

DATE TBA, May 2015: “The Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets” – Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx challenged mayors across the country to take a leadership role in addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety.   A former mayor himself, Secretary Foxx understands that effective action to reverse the current trend of rising pedestrian injuries and deaths can only be achieved through a partnership between the federal and local governments. This webinar will feature three of the mayors who have responded to the Challenge and task you to get involved in your mayor’s initiative or to get your mayor involved.

America Walks is grateful to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Public Health Association, New Jersey Department of Health, and Every Body Walk! Collaborative for sponsoring this program.

Building Healthy Academic Communities across the U.S. to:
Prevent and Manage Chronic Conditions- A Solution-Focused Online Panel Discussion
Nearly 2,200 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease. One in four has a mental health problem, yet less than 25 percent receive treatment. One in three will have diabetes by 2050. Of every dollar spent on health care in the U.S., more than 75 cents is used to treat chronic disease. About 80 percent of heart disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes could be prevented through simple lifestyle changes. The health of our country is in crisis.
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Taxing E-Cigarettes: The Next (Complicated) Frontier|
Date: Thu, 03/26/2015
Time: 12:00PM
Link: Go To Webinar
This webinar will focus on the surprisingly complex policy considerations involved in e-cigarette taxation. Presenters will discuss key issues to consider in tax policy and will look briefly at jurisdictions that have enacted, or are considering enacting, a tax on e-cigarettes.  Presenters:  Molly Moilanen, Director of Public Affairs, ClearWay Minnesota; Mark Meaney, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.  Moderator: Susan Weisman, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center.

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Tobacco- March 19, 2015


The Institute of Medicine released a powerful new report finding that raising the tobacco sale age to 21 will have a substantial positive impact on public health and save lives.
For Immediate Release:  March 12, 2015
Contact:      Peter Hamm, 202-296-5469

 Institute of Medicine Report Provides Powerful Evidence to Increase Tobacco Sale Age to 21 – States and Localities Should Act to Save Lives
Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Highlights of the report are below:

WASHINGTON, DC – Today’s report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is a clarion call to states and localities across the country to raise the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to 21.

This report, by one of the most prestigious scientific authorities in the United States, strongly concludes that boosting the tobacco sale age to 21 will have a substantial positive impact on public health and save lives. It finds that raising the tobacco sale age will significantly reduce the number of adolescents and young adults who start smoking; reduce smoking-caused deaths; and immediately improve the health of adolescents, young adults and young mothers who would be deterred from smoking, as well as their children. Significantly, the greatest impact would be among adolescents 15-17 who would no longer be able to pass for legal age and would have a harder time obtaining cigarettes from their older friends and classmates.

Overall, the report predicts that raising the minimum age for the sale of tobacco products to 21 will, over time, reduce the smoking rate by about 12 percent and smoking-related deaths by 10 percent.

This report shows that increasing the tobacco sale age is a key new tool to prevent young people from ever becoming addicted to tobacco and starting on a path that all too often leads to serious disease and premature death. It should be adopted widely along with other proven measures to reduce tobacco use, including higher tobacco taxes, comprehensive smoke-free laws and well-funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs that include mass media campaigns.

Increasing the sale age to 21 will reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults – age groups when nearly all smoking begins and that are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry.  National data shows that 95 percent of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21. The ages of 18 to 21 are a critical period when many smokers move from experimental smoking to regular, daily use. While half of adult smokers become daily smokers before 18, four out of five do so before they turn 21. Increasing the tobacco sale age to 21 will help prevent these young people from ever starting to smoke.

The Institute of Medicine is part of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. The report and related materials can be found at

Reports and Articles
cigsstacked New Global Fund to Help Countries Defend Smoking Laws
New York Times: March 18, 2015
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Wednesday that they had started a global fund to help low- and middle-income countries fight legal challenges to their smoking laws by the tobacco industry.
The fund is modest, at least so far, with a total of $4 million from the two charities. But Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and the financial data and news company Bloomberg LP, said in a conference call with reporters that the investment was more like an initial marker, and that it was expected to grow as more donors joined the effort.

The Oregon House is expected to vote to ban the indoor use of electronic cigarettes in public places and in workplaces:

Crook County is kicking butts: Central Oregonian:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Washington, DC – Today, Senator Jeff Merkley, joined by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Markey (D-MA), met with the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products to urge the agency to finalize its plan for regulating tobacco products. During today’s meeting, Senator Merkley also asked for the FDA to strengthen the proposed rules to address flavorings and marketing clearly designed to attract children and to mandate child-proof packaging of liquid nicotine.

“It has been almost six years since the FDA was given the authority to regulate tobacco products like e-cigarettes and tobacco candy, and we are still waiting for some type of regulation,” said Merkley. “In the meantime, more and more children are being introduced to a lifetime of dependence on nicotine through deceptive marketing and flavorings and a complete failure to regulate e-cigarettes. Further delay is unacceptable.”

Seattle officials want to ban smoking in public parks
The Daily Astorian: March 19, 2015
Seattle officials are hoping to expand the city’s smoking ban to public parks.
The Seattle Times reports ( ) Mayor Ed Murray’s administration is asking the Board of Park Commissioners to approve a new rule that would prohibit smoking in all public parks in Seattle.
The new rule would go farther than the city’s current ban, which prohibits smoking, chewing or other tobacco use only within 25 feet of other park patrons and in play areas, beaches or playgrounds.
Breaking the new rule would result in a warning, followed by possible park exclusion for repeated violations.

Development of Targeted Messages to Promote Smoking Cessation among Construction Trade Workers
This article describes the researchers’ formative work to develop targeted messages to increase participation in an existing smoking cessation program among construction workers.

Exhaled Electronic Cigarette Emission: What’s Your Secondhand Exposure?
This brief examines what is currently known about electronic cigarettes and the problem, the source-exposure-dose paradigm applied to electronic cigarettes and future research needs.