Funding Opportunities- May 22nd, 2015

A great opportunity to help schools improve nutrition and physical activity!
Fuel Up to Play 60 grant funding applications for up to $4,000/school are open now through June 16th.  These grants support healthy eating and physical activity initiatives and are great ways bring school wellness policies to life for students, staff and school communities. Last year, 22 Oregon schools received Fuel Up to Play 60 grant funding. Two of these schools were also awarded the Oregon Department of Education School Wellness Award this spring.

Check out the online application:    For questions regarding the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in Oregon or for help with the grant application, please contact Crista Hawkins, Oregon Dairy Council Fuel Up to Play 60 Manager. or 503-229-5033.

TITLE: Healthy Eating & Preventing Childhood Obesity
This call for proposals (CFP) is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The award types are: Round 9 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.

Request for Applications: InSHAPE Wellness Program
People with serious mental illness in publicly funded mental health organizations have a reduced life-expectancy of 25-30 years compared to the general population. Obesity and tobacco use are major causes of this dramatic health disparity. Would you like to do something about it?

InSHAPE is a wellness program designed to improve the physical health of people with serious mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health recently funded Dr. Steve Bartels and his Dartmouth College team to implement InSHAPE and determine how to best implement evidence-based health promotion to decrease obesity and reduce cardiovascular risk for persons with mental illness — an opportunity that is being offered to 48 mental health organizations across the nation.

The National Council is pleased to invite you to apply for the InSHAPE wellness program. Sites will be randomly chosen to either receive individual technical assistance or a learning collaborative placement.

To learn more about the InSHAPE program and this particular opportunity, register for one of the following two informational webinars:

You can also learn more about this initiative by reviewing the Request for Applications, and apply by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, June 12, 2015.

USDA Announces SNAP Farmer’s Markey Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $3.3 million to help farmers’ markets accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as a form of payment. According to USDA, more than 6,200 farmers’ markets and farmers are currently authorized to accept SNAP payments, an eightfold increase since 2009.

Tobacco Retail Compliance – Indian Tribes
Deadline: May 26, 2015The FDA intends to award sole source contracts to Indian Tribes for tobacco retail compliance check inspections.

Legacy Provides Grants to U.S. Public Community Colleges to Support Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus Policies – Legacy. Legacy is offering grants to public community colleges across the country to support efforts to advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100% smoke-free or 100% tobacco-free policy. Grants are $5,000/year, with up to two years of funding. Applications are due on August 6, 2015.

Job Opportunities- May 22nd, 2015

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

Hiring an intern for the ODOT Active Transportation Section. The person will be working closely with the Active Transportation Policy Lead, Bike/Ped Program Manager, and Sustainability Program Coordinator. The selection lead says “It will be substantive work related to biking, walking, and sustainability issues (no Xeroxing and staple removing here!), and we’re pretty flexible on schedule, time frame, location, etc.” There’s no closing date listed in the application, but those interested are encouraged to apply by the end of May. Go to: Active Transportation Section Intern

Training Opportunities- May 22nd, 2015

Million Hearts® and Sodium Webinar: Making Sense of the Science and Translation to Practice
Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET  Register Now
Audience: Million Hearts® Collaboration Partners and Stakeholders, State and Local health departments, Healthcare Professionals, National Organizations, Community Partners
Purpose: Decreasing sodium intake of the population is a priority of the Million Hearts® Initiative. This webinar will present the public health rationale for reducing population sodium intake and address recent research that has called sodium recommendations into question. The aim is to help professionals make sense of the sodium science, clarify confusion about guidelines regarding salt and health, and provide a state and local example of successful implementation of sodium reduction guidelines.
Objectives: At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize sodium reduction strategies as one of the Million Hearts® priorities.
  • Describe some of the reasons why research on sodium intake and health outcomes has produced inconsistent results.
  • Identify nationally recommended sodium reduction guidelines.
  • Discuss practical applications of sodium reduction guidelines at the state and local level.

Register for the event: 

Request for Applications: InSHAPE Wellness Program
People with serious mental illness in publicly funded mental health organizations have a reduced life-expectancy of 25-30 years compared to the general population. Obesity and tobacco use are major causes of this dramatic health disparity. Would you like to do something about it?

InSHAPE is a wellness program designed to improve the physical health of people with serious mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health recently funded Dr. Steve Bartels and his Dartmouth College team to implement InSHAPE and determine how to best implement evidence-based health promotion to decrease obesity and reduce cardiovascular risk for persons with mental illness — an opportunity that is being offered to 48 mental health organizations across the nation.

The National Council is pleased to invite you to apply for the InSHAPE wellness program. Sites will be randomly chosen to either receive individual technical assistance or a learning collaborative placement.

To learn more about the InSHAPE program and this particular opportunity, register for one of the following two informational webinars:

You can also learn more about this initiative by reviewing the Request for Applications, and apply by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Physical Activity in Worksites Networking Call
May 26, 2015 2:30-3:30pm EST 866-581-9669, participant code 31358597
Sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Physical Activity in Worksites Workgroup

The focus of this call will be  to hear from  states who are just beginning a physical activity worksite program and/ or new staff to the field of physical activity worksite wellness or states currently facing a challenge. Everyone is welcome to listen in as you may have experienced and overcome a similar challenge and maybe able to offer a solution to the other working on physical activity in worksite settings.
Who are the calls for?  This call series is intended for state or local health departments and partners that are taking an active role in supporting physical activity in worksite settings.
What is the purpose?  The purpose of this networking forum is to facilitate information sharing among public health practitioners who are supporting  physical activity in worksites

Topic:  States sharing their needs for networking calls on physical activity in worksites. If you would like to receive future notices for these networking calls on Physical Activity in Worksite Settings, please send your  name, e-mail address, type of worksite program and telephone number to Annie Carr

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium will host a webinar titled, Essential Guide to the Master Settlement Agreement
June 16, 2015 at 1:00pm Central Time, 2:00pm Eastern.  Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) experts will share their perspectives on the MSA, how it came to be, how it has been enforced, and why it is so crucial in tobacco regulation. To register for this event, click HERE.

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium will sponsor a webinar titled, Regulating Tobacco in the Retail Environment: An Overview of Local Point-of-Sale Strategies.
The program will take place Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 10:00am Central Time, 11:00am Eastern. To register, click HERE.

 Please join us for the next Point of Sale Strategies Webinar: It’s Go Time: Tobacco Retailer Licensing Playbook on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00pm ET.
Tobacco retailer licensing has emerged as one of the most effective and versatile regulatory schemes to reduce youth access and exposure to tobacco products and marketing in the retail environment. This webinar will discuss the steps necessary to create and implement an effective tobacco retailer licensing policy.

ChangeLab Solutions will introduce a new tool to help local health departments and tobacco control professionals along the path to licensing, the Tobacco Retailer Licensing Playbook.  Guest speakers from communities with successful tobacco retailer licensing programs will discuss their approach to craft, enact, and enforce an effective policy.

Please register for this webinar here:

Oregon Brownfields Forum Meeting Thursday, May 28 10 am – 12 noon

Portland State University; Native American Student and Community Center 710 SW Jackson St, Portland, OR 97201 Nimiipuutimt Room (Room 110)

Topic: Health, Equity and Brownfields
This gathering will create opportunities for state and local health departments and equity-focused organizations to connect with the brownfields redevelopment community. Participants will learn through conversation about how health and equity-focused organizations are working to improve health, address inequities, and meaningfully engage communities in benefits that result from brownfield efforts across the state. Speakers will discuss their shared interests in:

– Community engagement and partnerships that are inclusive, culturally mindful, and representative of communities impacted by brownfields.

– Diversifying funding and capacity building to include health and equity focused stakeholders.

– Using data to describe opportunities to improve health and address inequities, and encouraging metrics and indicators to track health and equity benefits from brownfield investments.
No charge to attend, but please RSVP online at:

Webinar: Measuring the Economic Impact of Non-motorized Transportation
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
To register:
As if health benefits were not enough, communities across the United States are also interested in understanding how transportation decisions and investments can result in economic benefits. This webinar will explore methods that can be used to evaluate the economic benefits of non-motorized transportation investments based on a recent report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Evaluating the Economic Benefits of Non-motorized Transportation. The report documents a variety of economic benefits of these investments and provides resources for communities who are interested in measuring the economic impact of future projects. There will be case study presentations from agencies that have assessed the local impacts of investing in bicycling and walking, including one bike share program.

The Intertwine Alliance presents the third Health and Nature Forum Thursday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to noon (8:30 am – Health and Nature 101)

The Intertwine Alliance (in the David Evans & Associates building) 2100 SW River Parkway, Willamette Room (off main lobby), Portland Free

We are excited to take this conversation to the next level and to begin considering a range of possible directions to take the foundational work we’ve completed to this point. A key feature of this forum will be to break into small discussion groups to explore a range of potential project avenues. To that end we are asking individuals to look at the list of topics below and, when registering for the event, select the one that most appeals to you and your work, or that you find most compelling:

  • Inserting Nature into our Healthcare Model
  • Workplace Wellness and Nature
  • Nature at our Schools
  • One-on-One with Nature
  • Bikes, Pedestrians, Health and Nature
  • Other (areas you are interested in that are not represented in the above discussions)

Webinars: Obesity Prevention in Rural Communities: Stories from the Field
State and local health departments across the country are reducing obesity rates by improving access to healthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity. Health departments working in rural communities often have a hard time finding examples of what’s working in other rural places.  The webinars will cover strategies to improve access to healthy food in small rural stores, create a culture of wellness in schools, and create environments that support physical activity.

Featuring five rural communities, speakers will provide practical tips to implementing policy, system, and environmental changes in rural communities. Sponsored by the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) and ChangeLab Solutions.

Recording for the May 21, 11 AM

Invited Speakers:

  • Sarah Tennyson, Mountainwise (Western North Carolina) – Improving access to healthy foods in rural stores
  • Ray Sharp, Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department (Michigan) – Making rural streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Kathleen Hein, Crawford County (Wisconsin) – Creating a culture of wellness in rural schools

 May 28, Noon – 1 PM PT / 3 PM – 4 PM ET


Invited Speakers:

  • Gloria Begay, Dine Community Advocacy Alliance (Navajo Nation) – Making junk food more expensive and healthy food more affordable through taxes
  • Dean Ledbetter, North Carolina Department of Transportation – Working with state departments of transportation to revive rural main streets



Tobacco- May 22nd, 2015

SD Sioux Tribe Goes Smoke-free
Congratulations to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST), the first tribe in South Dakota to go smoke-free. On May 5, the CRST Tribal Council officially approved the reservation’s Smoke-free Air Act, prohibiting smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes in all indoor public places and workplaces, including restaurants and tribal offices. The Act also restricts outdoor smoking to 50 feet from any public building. Protecting tribal members from secondhand smoke is critical, given a smoking rate among CRST tribal members of approximately 51 percent, compared to 19 percent nationally.

The tribe’s landmark Smoke-free Air Act was the result of more than six years of hard work led by the Canli (Lakota for “tobacco”) Coalition of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a group of healthcare providers, cultural leaders, educators, environmental workers, community elders and youth. The coalition and other tribal leaders worked relentlessly to promote smoke-free air and educate the tribal community about the dangers of commercial tobacco and second-hand smoke. Since 2009, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has provided the tribe with legal technical assistance. By this spring, tribal members of all ages supported the Smoke-free Air Act. Thanks to the passion and commitment of the coalition and other tribal leaders, the Smoke-free Air Act is now in effect. 

Reports and Articles

Randomized Trial of Four Financial-Incentive Programs for Smoking Cessation
Financial incentives promote many health behaviors, but effective ways to deliver health incentives remain uncertain.


We randomly assigned CVS Caremark employees and their relatives and friends to one of four incentive programs or to usual care for smoking cessation. Two of the incentive programs targeted individuals, and two targeted groups of six participants. One of the individual-oriented programs and one of the group-oriented programs entailed rewards of approximately $800 for smoking cessation; the others entailed refundable deposits of $150 plus $650 in reward payments for successful participants. Usual care included informational resources and free smoking-cessation aids.


Overall, 2538 participants were enrolled. Of those assigned to reward-based programs, 90.0% accepted the assignment, as compared with 13.7% of those assigned to deposit-based programs (P<0.001). In intention-to-treat analyses, rates of sustained abstinence from smoking through 6 months were higher with each of the four incentive programs (range, 9.4 to 16.0%) than with usual care (6.0%) (P<0.05 for all comparisons); the superiority of reward-based programs was sustained through 12 months. Group-oriented and individual-oriented programs were associated with similar 6-month abstinence rates (13.7% and 12.1%, respectively; P=0.29). Reward-based programs were associated with higher abstinence rates than deposit-based programs (15.7% vs. 10.2%, P<0.001). However, in instrumental-variable analyses that accounted for differential acceptance, the rate of abstinence at 6 months was 13.2 percentage points (95% confidence interval, 3.1 to 22.8) higher in the deposit-based programs than in the reward-based programs among the estimated 13.7% of the participants who would accept participation in either type of program.


Reward-based programs were much more commonly accepted than deposit-based programs, leading to higher rates of sustained abstinence from smoking. Group-oriented incentive programs were no more effective than individual-oriented programs. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health and CVS Caremark; number, NCT01526265.)
You can get a summary of the previous article I sent you out of this editorial. Click this link for the summary. -Nudging Smokers

FDA Announcements – FDA.  The FDA Center for Tobacco Products denied a Citizen Petition from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and American Snuff Company, LLC to change a smokeless tobacco warning statement. FDA also issued a draft guidance regarding FDA’s authority to issue a No-Tobacco-Sale Order (NTSO).

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Goes Smoke Free (SD) — The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) is the first tribe in South Dakota to go smoke-free. On May 5, 2015, the CRST Tribal Council officially approved the reservation’s Smoke-Free Air Act prohibiting smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in all indoor public places and workplaces.

Crescent City Passes New Laws (CA) – Crescent City Council passed two new ordinances restricting the location of new tobacco and alcohol retailers (or current retailers expanding their business), requiring them to obtain a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). These laws will go into effect on May 20, 2015 and include conditions such as reduced window advertising, state law requirements, and product placement.

CVS Health Reports Record First Quarter Results per Removal of Tobacco Products – PR Newswire.  Net revenues for the company increased by 11.1% to $3.6 billion since March 31, 2015. The Retail Pharmacy Segment was positively impacted by increased sales, an improved front store margin rate largely driven by the removal of tobacco products and favorable purchasing economics.

Why Do Smokers Try to Quit Without Medication or Counseling? A Qualitative Study with Ex-SmokersBMJ. Key Findings: New explanations were produced as to why smokers quit unassisted: 1) prioritization of lay knowledge gained directly and indirectly from personal experience and peers, 2) evaluation of costs and benefits of quitting unassisted, 3) belief that quitting is a personal responsibility, and 4) perception that quitting unassisted is the “right” or “better” choice in terms of self-identify or self-image.

State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco Use Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years — United States, 2011–2013
Weekly May 22, 2015 / 64(19);532-536
Kimberly Nguyen, MS1; LaTisha Marshall, MPH1; Sean Hu, DrPH1; Linda Neff, PhD1 (Author affiliations at end of text)

Cigarette smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco both cause substantial morbidity and premature mortality (1,2). The concurrent use of these products might increase dependence and the risk for tobacco-related disease and death (1,2). State-specific estimates of prevalence and relative percent change in current cigarette smoking, smokeless tobacco use, and concurrent cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use among U.S. adults during 2011–2013, developed using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), indicate statistically significant (p<0.05) changes for all three behaviors. From 2011 to 2013, there was a statistically significant decline in current cigarette smoking prevalence overall and in 26 states. During the same period, use of smokeless tobacco significantly increased in four states: Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, and West Virginia; significant declines were observed in two states: Ohio and Tennessee. In addition, the use of smokeless tobacco among cigarette smokers (concurrent use) significantly increased in five states (Delaware, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and West Virginia). Although annual decreases in overall cigarette smoking among adults in the United States have occurred in recent years (2), there is much variability in prevalence of cigarette smoking, smokeless tobacco, and concurrent use across states. In 2013, the prevalence ranged from 10.3% (Utah) to 27.3% (West Virginia) for cigarette smoking; 1.5% (District of Columbia and Massachusetts) to 9.4% (West Virginia) for smokeless tobacco; and 3.1% (Vermont) to 13.5% (Idaho) for concurrent use. These findings highlight the importance of sustained comprehensive state tobacco-control programs funded at CDC-recommended levels, which can accelerate progress toward reducing tobacco-related disease and deaths by promoting evidence-based population-level interventions. These interventions include increasing the price of tobacco products, implementing comprehensive smoke-free laws, restricting tobacco advertising and promotion, controlling access to tobacco products, and promoting cessation assistance for smokers to quit, as well as continuing and implementing mass media campaigns that contain graphic anti-smoking ads, such as the Tips from Former Smokers (TIPS) campaign (3).

Healthy Communities- May 22nd, 2015

Oregon Biking

Call for Photos! Show your community in the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Do you have some photos to share that would be good to be featured in the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan? ODOT is currently updating this plan, which will guide policies and strategies for increasing biking and walking in Oregon in the years ahead. The plan team is looking for photos from communities throughout Oregon – urban, suburban, small town, rural and any other types – that show examples of what you want to see more of – quality biking and walking experiences.
If you have some that you are permitted to share please send them (along with any information on credit that should be attributed) to by Friday May 29.

Join @MomsRising and @CSPI Friday, May 29th from 1 pm to 2 pm ET for a #FoodFri tweet chat to discuss food marketing to kids. The chat will be about ongoing efforts to protect kids from unhealthy food marketing, the growing number of restaurants dropping soda from kids’ menus, and what parents and advocates can do to accelerate progress to reduce junk food marketing to kids. This tweet chat will be an opportunity to celebrate successes, discuss next steps, and to urge companies to do more to support children’s health. This information provided by Center for Science in the Public Interest

school healthy meals

USDA Announces 95 Percent Compliance with School Meal Nutrition Standards
Ninety-five percent of schools nationwide are meeting the updated meal standards required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, according to new data released by the United States Department of Agriculture. According to the data, which is current as of December 2014, thirty states have been certified with at least 97 percent compliance, including 17 states at 100 percent compliance. 

Reports and Articles


America in 2015 Just Released
America in 2015, the second edition of the Urban Land Institute’s community survey, gauges Americans’ opinions and realities regarding housing, transportation, and community. The report, which was released at ULI’s Spring Meeting last week, uncovers important community design–related barriers to living a healthy life, including:

  • 21 percent of Americans say that crime makes it unsafe to walk in their neighborhoods, and 25 percent say traffic makes it unsafe to walk.
  • 38 percent of Americans say they lack outdoor places for recreation in their communities.
  • 16 percent say that healthy food is not readily available in their communities.
  • 48 percent say their communities lack sufficient bike lanes.   Learn more.

Public Comment Period Ends for Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report
The public comment period closed last week on the scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), which will inform the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans expected to be released by the end of the year. In comments submitted to the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, praised the DGAC’s conclusions and policy recommendations for being “informed by solid scientific evidence, address critical diet-related public health issues, and are consistent with a number of efforts RWJF has undertaken over the past decade to encourage healthy eating to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.”

Does Perceived Neighborhood Walkability and Safety Mediate the Association Between Education and Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines
published in Prev Chronic Dis 2015;12:140570.
Abstract: The role of neighborhood walkability and safety in mediating the association between education and physical activity has not been quantified. We used data from the 2010 and 2012 Communities Putting Prevention to Work Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and structural equation modeling to estimate how much of the effect of education level on physical activity was mediated by perceived neighborhood walkability and safety. Neighborhood walkability accounts for 11.3% and neighborhood safety accounts for 6.8% of the effect. A modest proportion of the important association between education and physical activity is mediated by perceived neighborhood walkability and safety, suggesting that interventions focused on enhancing walkability and safety could reduce the disparity in physical activity associated with education level.

The National Physical Activity Plan: A Call to Action from the American Heart Association
The advisory summarizes the data that describe the health benefits of regular physical activity and the public health burden of low levels of physical activity, and describes the NPAP and the role it will play in increasing the physical activity levels of Americans.

The Impact of Safe Routes to School Programs on Walking and Biking,
a research brief published on Active Living Research.
The Challenge: Most school children in the U.S. get to school by bus or car, with only a small percentage walking or biking. Increasing walking, biking, and other modes of active school travel holds promise for reducing childhood obesity and improving health of children and adolescents. This research review highlights findings from studies conducted in several states and cities that have examined walking or biking rates, safety, and economic issues associated with Safe Routes to School (SRTS). Key Findings:

  • Actively commuting to and from school could improve mental and physical health.
  • SRTS has increased the number of students who walk or bike to and from school.
  • Unsafe routes make it harder for students to walk or bike to and from school. SRTS has made it safer for students to walk or bike to or from school.
  • SRTS can lower health care and transportation costs for school districts and families.
  • Communities can take action on SRTS through subdivision regulations that require sidewalks, education facility plans that ensure access to school by foot and bicycle, school wellness policies that include Safe Routs to School, and capital improvement plans that prioritize engineering improvements near schools. […click here for the full brief]

Developing Local Board of Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Food Access — King County, Washington, 2010-2012,
published in Prev Chronic Dis 2015;12:140544.
Abstract: Policies that change environments are important tools for preventing chronic diseases, including obesity. Boards of health often have authority to adopt such policies, but few do so. This study assesses 1) how one local board of health developed a policy approach for healthy food access through vending machine guidelines (rather than regulations) and 2) the impact of the approach. Using a case study design guided by “three streams” policy theory and RE-AIM, we analyzed data from a focus group, interviews, and policy documents. The guidelines effectively supported institutional policy development in several settings. Recognition of the problem of chronic disease and the policy solution of vending machine guidelines created an opening for the board to influence nutrition environments. Institutions identified a need for support in adopting vending machine policies. Communities could benefit from the study board’s approach to using nonregulatory evidence-based guidelines as a policy tool.

From the Washington Post, May 18, 2015: Target is making a big shift away from sugary cereals, canned foods and mac and cheese.
It’s only becoming more difficult to be a packaged food manufacturer in America.

Target recently gathered some of the country’s largest food companies in the country to tell them that many of their products would no longer be featured or promoted in the same way they have in recent years. The news, [http://it%27s%20a%20difficult%20time%20to%20be%20a%20packaged%20food%20manufacturer%20in%20america/]first reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes on the heels of what has been a trying stretch for American food manufacturers. And it could have a sizable impact on the health of the packaged food industry…[read more]

Soda Tax Bill Rejected in California
A bill (AB 1357) that would have levied a two-cent-per-ounce tax on distributors of soda and other sugary drinks was rejected by the state assembly’s health committee. Revenue from the tax would have been directed towards programs in the state’s education, health, and agriculture departments that address childhood obesity and diabetes prevention, nutrition education, physical activity, and farm-to-school programs.

Study: Most Foods and Beverages Advertised to Children Fall Short of Federal Standards for a Healthy Diet

Major food and beverage companies are meeting their own pledges to advertise healthier products to children on TV, but three out of four of those products do not meet government guidelines for what constitutes a healthy diet for children, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study—funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its national program Healthy Eating Research —found that, in 2013, 25 percent of companies’ TV ads to children promoted products the government would count as moderately healthy―and no ads promoted products in the healthiest food category. This study was conducted before companies adopted uniform set of nutrition standards.

A healthful legacy: Michelle Obama looks to the future of ‘Let’s Move’
Five years after she launched Let’s Move, Michelle Obama’s willingness “to make a complete fool of myself” is the most visible part of her campaign to end childhood obesity. She’ll dance with a turnip, or Big Bird, or Jimmy Fallon.

Behind the scenes, however, she has cultivated partnerships with big business to cut salt, sugar and fat from food. This network of corporate relationships is unlike that of any previous first lady and has helped her sidestep a Republican Congress resistant to the administration’s public health policies.

Preschoolers should be more physically active, study suggests
Researchers followed the activities of preschool children in the Seattle area for 50 days and found that 29% of their days were spent napping, about 12% were for active play and the rest of their time was spent eating or in sedentary activities. Being active is important for young children because it helps prevent obesity and develops their motor and social skills, said lead author Pooja Tandon. The findings were published in Pediatrics. USA Today (5/18)

Funding Opportunities- May 8th, 2015

Legacy Funding Opportunity
Legacy, a national public health organization dedicated to reducing tobacco use, recently announced awards to 38 community colleges through the Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Community College Grant Initiative. We are pleased to let you know that grants of up to $5,000/year are still available to public community colleges across the country to support your efforts to advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100% smoke-free or 100% tobacco-free policy. If you did not get a chance to apply, now is the time.

The deadline for applications is August 6, 2015 at 6:00pm EST.

  • Initial grants are for one year.
  • Upon invitation, awardees may apply for an additional year of funding at $5,000.
  • Awardees will receive technical assistance from Legacy throughout the grant period.

For more information including the grant guidelines, frequently asked questions, and a link to the online application, please visit our website at
Funding Opportunity for Tribal Governments
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Tribal government agencies to contract with the FDA to conduct tobacco retailer inspections in Indian Country.

Job Opportunities- May 8th, 2015

Oregon & Southwest Washington Office of the American Diabetes Association – ASSOCIATE MANAGER, MISSION DELIVERY

The Oregon & Southwest Washington Office of the American Diabetes Association is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Associate Manager, Mission Delivery to support and manage community initiatives, volunteer leadership and Portland office operations.

Essential Functions

* Plan and implement annual Community Outreach program for people with diabetes
* Development and maintain relationships with partners from the health care and diabetes community
* Coordinate American Diabetes Month activities and outreach
* Recruits, trains and retains market volunteers and matches them with program and fundraising events and projects
* Oregon & Southwest Washington Operations: manage account payables and receivables and operation budgets
* Oregon & Southwest Washington Operations: assist in setting meetings, communicating and tracking activity of the community leadership board
* Oregon & Southwest Washington Operations: manage office, answer telephones, order supplies and materials, mail public education materials and support events and projects as needed

For more information and to apply, go to and under “Job Search” select Oregon from the locations drop-down.

Brownfield Internship Opportunity at OHA-Public Health Division
Apply today!
The Brownfield Initiative at Oregon Health Authority-Public Health Division (OHA-PHD) is seeking a data analyst/GIS skilled intern. Placement would start May/June 2015 (flexible). The Brownfield Initiative is situated within the Environmental Public Health Section of the Public Health Division and is part of the State of Oregon’s effort to support healthy, equitable communities through evidence-based research and collaboration. The Brownfield Initiative provides significant expertise in the intersection of health, community engagement, cross disciplinary partnerships, and the built environment. The program is focused on the opportunity to improve health and address health inequities through the redevelopment or reuse of brownfield properties. Click here to learn more about the OHA-Brownfield Initiative.

The intern would support a critical need identified through a collective impact effort led by the OHA-PHD Brownfields Initiative. The collective impact effort includes stakeholders with an interest in brownfields from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and the Oregon Business Development Division (aka “Business Oregon”). The intern would be located primarily at the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland, Oregon (Lloyd center area) – at OHA-PHD with opportunity to travel to other state agency offices as a part of the collective impact process.

INTERNSHIP DELIVERABLES (scalable to internship hour requirement) – The intern would be supported by OHA-PHD, DEQ, DLCD, and Business Oregon staff to accomplish the following:


  • A comprehensive inventory of former wood product mill sites in Oregon based on data from state agencies, county assessors, and other publicly available data. This inventory would be categorized by sites being either: 1) entirely vacant; 2) being reused marginally; or 3) mostly, or completely in productive re-use.
  • A GIS resource (maps, data sets, visualizations) that assists collective impact partners with identifying geographies of opportunity for former Mill sites. The purpose of developing a GIS resource is to establish a baseline understanding of the current status of opportunity for Mill site redevelopment in rural Oregon. An example is how the mill sites overlap with designated Regionally Significant Industrial Areas, while also taking into consideration indicators of local health needs for the populations living nearby the mill sites. There are potentially many other layers of interest to the collective impact team – which the team will identify specifically, in consultation with the selected intern.
  • Incorporate existing data that details current land uses on the former mill sites and immediately adjacent properties.

Additional tasks will be determined based on the capacity, interests, and time limitations of the intern. Such tasks will be identified in consultation with the intern and collective impact partners, but could include:

  • Quantitative analysis of site characteristics such as development potential, social determinants of health in local populations, health status of local populations, and presence of environmental hazards. This analysis could potentially lead to development of a typology of mill sites or recommendations for the collective impact effort to pilot assistance and support.
  • Nationwide scan of best practices in redeveloping mill sites.
  • A final report document of professional quality, potentially including case studies

Experience and skills:

  • Proficiency in ArcGIS and MS office
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to conduct research and summarize descriptive statistics on land use, demographics, health outcomes, and economic conditions.

How to apply: If this internship interests you please contact Kari Christensen ( with a brief 2-paragraph narrative describing your background, contact information, academic program, what appeals to you, and an anticipated internship timeline. Please attach a current resume.

Download request for intern announcement here.