Tobacco – April 28, 2016

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Updates Smokefree Lists, Maps, and Data

The organization Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights has updated a comprehensive online collection of state and local tobacco control laws. The website includes lists, maps, and data spanning laws related to clean air, e-cigarettes, restrictions on youth tobacco access, restrictions on tobacco sales and distribution, restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotion, tobacco excise taxes, and conditional use permits. States can use these tools as references for progress and opportunities in tobacco control laws.

National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control (NBHN)

Check out this infographic from NBHN that can help clinicians with their patients who suffer from physical, emotional, or substance use problems & click here to gain free access to cancer and tobacco control and prevention resources including toolkits, e-newsletters, webinars and training opportunities, virtual communities, and social media resources.

Black Lives Black Lungs: How tobacco companies led a devastating 50-year infiltration into black communities

A digital project investigating the tobacco industry’s successful targeting of the black community with menthol products. Full documentary coming out this summer.  Click here to see the 5 minute trailer.menthol


Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2015

e-cig_young peopleCDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed data from the 2011–2015 National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) to determine the prevalence and trends of current (past 30-day) use of seven tobacco product types (cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, hookahs, pipe tobacco, and bidis among U.S. middle (grades 6–8) and high (grades 9–12) school students. According to the analysis, during 2011–2015, substantial increases in current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students were reported, resulting in an estimated total of 3.0 million middle school and high school e-cigarette users in 2015.

Training Opportunities – April 28, 2016

Webinar – Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools

Thursday, May 5, 12:30 – 1:30 PM.  Click here to register. Topics will include:

  • What is food marketing in schools and how common is it?
  • Why is it important to address food marketing in schools?
  • What tools and resources are available to help assess food marketing in schools?
  • How can you change the food marketing environment in your school or district?

Webinar – Call to Action: Paths to Walkable Communities

Thursday May 12th at 11am. Click here to register.

Join this webinar to learn about local organizations and governments who are taking action to Step It Up! in creating walkable communities. The release of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking & Walkable Communities in September 2015 was a watershed moment for the walking movement. Its release provided leadership and motivation for governments, businesses and organizations to address the numerous barriers to safe, active mobility and promoted the multiple health benefits of walking. You will hear from two recipients of the Every Body Walk! Micro Grants followed by a city with one of the top Complete Streets policies in the US. Participants will have a chance to ask questions of the panel to learn how they might make their own communities great places to walk.

Healthy Communities – April 28, 2016

Leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors, and access to health services among Hispanics or Latinos in U.S

This MMWR issue includes CDC’s first national study of leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors, and access to health services among Hispanics or Latinos living in the U.S. The report showed that similar in non-Hispanic whites, the two leading causes of death in Hispanics are heart disease and cancer. “Four out of 10 Hispanics die of heart disease or cancer. By not smoking and staying physically active, such as walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, Hispanics can reduce their risk for these chronic diseases and others such as diabetes,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Health professionals can help Hispanics protect their health by learning about their specific risk factors and addressing barriers to care.”

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ASTHO Releases Health in All Policies Framework Document

ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) has released the document “Health in All Policies: A Framework For State Health Leadership,” which outlines the domestic and international history of Health in All Policies (HiAP), showcases state and local HiAP successes, and provides implementation strategies. It also includes key elements of HiAP practice and potential short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes of HiAP initiatives.

What does it cost to make a school safe for walking and bicycling

There are many questions about the cost for Safe Routes to School improvements, and it’s difficult to answer them. Conducting a school assessment or developing an action plan can be a helpful start.


Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the YMCA Making Strides report cards

 Making Strides is a set of report cards assessing each state on 24 indicators specific to walking, biking and active kids. The report cards primarily look at state policy focusing on four key areas: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support. Check out how Oregon is doing in support of walking, bicycling, and active kids and communities.

New Prevalence Projections for Arthritis

According to a new CDC study, the number of U.S. adults with arthritis is projected to reach more than 78 million in 2040, an increase of almost 49%. Of those with arthritis, about 34 million adults will have arthritis-attributable activity limitations (AAAL) in 2040, an increase of 52%.  Currently, about 53 million U.S. adults have arthritis, of whom 22.7 million have AAAL.

State Fundraiser Exemptions and new Food Service Key Informant Briefs from Institute for Health Research and Policy

While many states are applying the Smart Snacks standards to all on-campus fundraisers, a number of states allow exemptions, with some states allowing many junk food fundraisers.  The Institute for Health Research and Policy releases quarterly updates of state fundraiser exemptions. To see the latest, please click here.

MyPlate for Older Adults

my plate_The Tufts Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) partnered with AARP Foundation in conjunction with the updated 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to revamp MyPlate for Older Adults. The new plate gives special attention, with the expertise of AARP Foundation, to fully target various demographics and food access issues relevant to the 50+ population.  Here is the link to the website that allows you to download the MyPlate icon and features tips, recipes and more:

New Report: 2016 Shape of the Nation

Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, released the 2016 update to the Shape of the Nation on the state of physical education and physical activity in the American education system.  While effective physical education and physical activity programs are essential in the formative growth of children and adolescents, there is a large disparity in state requirements and implementation.  Research shows that active kids learn better, yet few states have policies in place requiring schools to offer effective physical education programs to all students.  Read the report here.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps – Building a Culture of Health, County by County

The What Works for Health resource now has evidence ratings for more than 360 policies and programs! For each entry, you can see what the evidence says, examples of implementation, likely impact on disparities, and more information.

Funding Opportunities – April 14, 2016

Presidential Youth Fitness Program Funding Opportunity

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition announces funding opportunity Enhance Physical Education with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Schools and districts can apply to receive resources to enhance implementation of the nation’s youth fitness education and assessment program. Eligible schools and districts (10 or more schools) can receive up to $1,000 in resources including software, student recognition items and more! Let’s Move! Active Schools that have completed their school assessment are eligible to receive up to $2,000 in resources.  Funding applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more click here.

Announcing the $1.5 million Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

APHA, the Aetna Foundation and the National Association of Counties, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, announce the start of a multiyear program to encourage small to mid-sized cities, counties and federally recognized tribes to convene multisector partnerships in support of positive health change. More than $1.5 million in prizes will be awarded to participants that demonstrate measurable change in the next few years. Efforts will be judged both on the quality of cross-sector partnerships and progress on metrics such as tobacco use, walkability, housing affordability, living wages and community safety. Proposals to participate in the Challenge are due May 31, 2016. Those selected to participate will receive community seed grants and will be offered technical assistance, subject matter expertise and online educational opportunities throughout the Challenge. Learn more and download application materials.

2016 Small Grants Program from the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) is soliciting applications for projects to implement and evaluate one or more environmental and policy strategies in the online Physical Activity Implementation Guide for adults with osteoarthritis in at least one of six sectors defined in the guide. The purpose of this program is to engage community organizations and to advance the objectives of the 2011 Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults With Arthritis report through its accompanying online Physical Activity Implementation Guide. Award amount: $5,000 for project duration up to 1 year Email of Intent due:  April 29, 2016 Applications due:  May 31, 2016 Learn more about this funding opportunity here.

Training Opportunities – April 14, 2016

Webinar – Making the Link, Part I – Increasing Access to Community Programs for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Wednesday, April 20th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Click here to register.

The webinar hosted by the CDC’s Division of Community Health will provide strategies on how community health organizations can work with key stakeholders to help increase access to clinical and community preventive services, including chronic disease management.

Webinar – Communicating Controversial Tobacco Control Policies with Executive Leadership

Monday, April 25, 2016, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Click here to register.

This webinar of the Spring Webinar Series by the Tobacco Control Network will highlight some controversial topics related to tobacco policy. The webinar features a dynamic array of speakers who will discuss how they were able to achieve successes in tobacco policy areas with the support of their executive leadership. Participants of the webinar will explore topics including, but not limited to, raising the tobacco purchasing age to 21, working to address health equity among LGBT communities, mentholated cigarettes, and e-cigarettes.

Webinar – Controlling Your Own Density: Strategies to Reduce the Number of Tobacco Outlets in your Community

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 11am PT. Click here to register.

This webinar, part of the CDC/OSH point-of-sale webinar series, will discuss the importance of density reduction as a tobacco control strategy. Experts will explore different methods for reducing density and outline the legal issues involved with addressing existing retailers. They will also discuss a comprehensive policy: San Francisco’s equity-focused density reduction ordinance.

Webinar – Partnering for Strong Economies: Regional Councils and Walkable communities

Thursday, May 5th, Starts at 11:00 a.m. Click here to register.

America Walks presents this webinar which will examine how federal transportation funding is allocated through Regional Councils and how to access it for projects that promote walkable communities including complete streets, safety efforts and place-making.

Portland Employers Bike Summit

Friday, May 20th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Place: Cambia/Regence Campus in Downtown Portland

Cost: Free

Keynote Address by Joe Cortright, President and Principal Economist for Impresa Consulting.

Want to network and learn how Metro-area employers are supporting biking to work? Click here to learn more and register.


Healthy Communities – April 14, 2016

Bring Water Back: Providing Safe Drinking Fountains in Schools

Schools want to offer children water as a healthy alternative to sugary drinks and bottled beverages, but drinking water infrastructure in schools continues to lag behind. Change Lab Solutions developed a new fact sheet to help child health advocates use state plumbing codes to modernize school drinking water infrastructure. It provides an overview of how to use data about school facilities to inform the policy change process, and includes examples of key provisions that can optimize water access in schools. To learn more, see related fact sheet on increasing water access in schools and our model wellness policy language on water access.

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Undiagnosed Hypertension 

Million Hearts® Releases “Hiding in Plain Sight” Resources to Help Find Patients with Undiagnosed Hypertension. Visit the Million Hearts® “Hiding in Plain Sight” webpage to view a set of tools and resources to help find patients with undiagnosed hypertension. On this page, you’ll find:

  • Million Hearts® Hypertension Prevalence Estimator Tool: Health systems or practices can use this tool to: 1) estimate an expected hypertension prevalence among their ambulatory patient population; and 2) initiate or build on their existing hypertension management quality improvement process by comparing the expected hypertension prevalence generated from the tool with their actual calculated prevalence.
  • Partner Toolkit: Refer to this resource for social media messages, social cards, and newsletter content that you can easily share with your partners to help spread the word.

Chronic Disease and Alcohol

NACDD is working with partners at CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities to explore the intersection of the health systems transformation work happening in state level chronic disease prevention and deployment of an evidence-based primary care intervention for risky alcohol use.  Download Infographic here

Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke

The Atlas is an online mapping tool that documents geographic disparities in heart disease and stroke and their risk factors at the local level. Users can create county-level maps of heart disease and stroke and include overlays of congressional boundaries and health care facility locations. Poverty rates, education levels, the food environment, access to health care, and other social factors can be mapped at the county level. Users can now also create census tract-level maps of social, demographic, and economic factors.

Lifespan Weighed Down by Diet  JAMA

The health and economic effects of obesity-related disease are substantial and predicted to worsen. Available evidence points to the impacts of the obesity epidemic on life expectancy. Today’s generation will lead shorter, less healthful lives than their parents. Read what can be done to more effectively address obesity and other chronic diet-related disease.

Global Obesity

The research led by scientists from Imperial College in London, UK, compared body mass index (BMI) among almost 20 million adult men and women from 1975 to 2014. The study found that obesity has tripled in men and more than doubled in women, and more obese men and women now live in China and the USA than in any other country. Read more about why the researchers conclude that global obesity has reached its crisis point and who can play a role in addressing factors that drive up obesity levels.

How food industry uses branded characters to market to kids

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a new Issue Brief on food companies’ use of branded characters to market to kids. Several scientific studies have shown that food and beverage marketing practices strongly influence children’s food preferences and purchase requests. Companies that market high-calorie and nutrient-poor food and beverage products to children often use brand mascots and media characters. Younger children are especially vulnerable to these types of marketing. See examples of popular media characters used by food companies:branded charaters

Tobacco – April 14, 2016

Unpublished Tobacco Industry Study Finds Snus to be Ineffective Smoking Cessation ToolUniversity of California, San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

Researchers from University of California, San Francisco uncovered details on an unpublished randomized control trial in which RJ Reynolds tested the effectiveness of their Camel Snus product as a cessation aid. Groups of smoking participants who were administered Camel Snus or Nicorette lozenges successfully quit smoking at very low rates (1-5%) based on the study group and point of follow-up. This information was submitted to FDA as a public comment on their request for information on tobacco products.

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The battle continues

Big Tobacco is maintaining an extensive state lobbying network of more than 450 registered lobbyists around the country, who are working hard to preserve tobacco’s role. Read more about how health groups in California are fighting the efforts of Big Tobacco to sabotage a cigarette tax ballot measure planned for fall this year and other tobacco control initiatives.

Understanding Tobacco Use Behaviors Among African Americans: Progress, Critical Gaps, and Opportunities. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. October 2015. Although multiple factors likely influence the differences between African Americans and whites in cardiovascular disease and lung cancer mortality rates, historical patterns of tobacco use, particularly cigarette smoking, are the major contributors. This issue presents original research, a review, and commentaries that will serve to advance our understanding of several relevant behavioral similarities and differences between African Americans and whites. Full article attached.

Full article Understanding the African American “Smoker is attached.

Understanding Tobacco Use Behaviors Among African Americans: Progress, Critical Gaps, and Opportunities. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. October 2015. A

lthough multiple factors likely influence the differences between African Americans and whites in cardiovascular disease and lung cancer mortality rates, historical patterns of tobacco use, particularly cigarette smoking, are the major contributors. This issue presents original research, a review, and commentaries that will serve to advance our understanding of several relevant behavioral similarities and differences between African Americans and whites. Full article Understanding Tobacco Use Behaviors Among African Americans is attached.

Marijuana use, attitudes and health effects in Oregon

The latest issue of the CD Summary, a publication of the Oregon Health Authority, is devoted to marijuana use, attitudes and health effects in Oregon. This article presents data on Oregon adult and youth marijuana use patterns, attitudes towards marijuana, and some of the observed health and social impacts. It also talks about what public health professionals can do to educate the public about health issues related to retail marijuana use and minimize its impacts.

More issues of the CD Summary can be found here.