Healthy Communities – August 6, 2010

Be warned – Cities are engaging in a vast biking conspiracy!

Unsung Heroes of Public Health Call for Nominations
The Campaign for Public Health Foundation is seeking nominations for its inaugural The Rock in the Pond and The Wave Maker Awards. These awards are designed to honor “unsung heroes” in our nation’s public health system.

Resources

Principles for Quality Prevention in Health Reform

The principles were developed by Prevention Institute, PolicyLink, Trust for America’s Health and Public Health Institute, along with other organizations, to encourage a consistent approach to ensure the highest quality in our national prevention efforts. Signatories stand for a shared voice and commitment to quality prevention on behalf of organizations across the country.  Learn more about the principles or become a signatory.

Making Schools the Model for Healthier Environments Toolkit

This new toolkit from RWJF provides tools and resources to help ensure that school environments become the standard for healthy eating and active living. The information provided will offer promising solutions to problems that schools face in providing healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.

5 ways you can help children avoid hunger this summer

Sally Eliason from the Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon/Oregon Hunger Task Force talks about the need to raise awareness for Oregon’s Summer Food Program.   Also, KOIN Local 6 had some nice coverage of the Summer Food Program.

National Diabetes Education Program’s Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care tool is a new resource developed for youth and young adults, families, and health care professionals. Transitioning from teenage years to adulthood can be stressful for teens with diabetes and their families. Teens and young adults have to learn how to assume more responsibility for diabetes self-management and to make independent judgments about their health care needs.

New Bilingual Teen Tip Sheets
NDEP is pleased to introduce three new tip sheets for teens in English and Spanish. This easy-to-read series for Hispanic/Latino teens and families provides the basics about managing diabetes.

Public Voting has opened for the Apps for Healthy Kids competition.

App developers compete for $60,000 in prizes by creating innovative, fun and engaging software tools and games that encourage children directly or through their parents to make more nutritious food choices and be more physically active.  Check out this Let’s Move initiative and vote for your favorite!

Reports & Articles

“Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities” International City/County Management Association

ICMA has released a new report focusing on how to adapt smart growth strategies to rural communities. Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, the report examines the challenges rural communities face, including rapid growth at metropolitan edges, declining rural populations, and the loss of working lands. It highlights smart growth strategies that can help guide rural growth while preserving the unique rural character of existing communities.

More States Reach 30 Percent Obesity Rate

The obesity epidemic affects every state, according to a new CDC report, State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults – United States, 2009. New data shows that nine states had an obesity rate of 30 percent or higher in 2009. In comparison, no state had an obesity rate of 30 percent or more in 2000, and only three states reached the 30 percent mark in 2007. No state met the country’s Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity to 15 percent. The report also makes recommendations on how to reverse the epidemic.

Planting the Seeds for Public Health: How the Farm Bill Can Help Farmers to Produce and Distribute Healthy Foods Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc.  August 4, 2010

This new report shows that federal policies impede farmers’ ability to make fruits and vegetables more widely available and affordable.  The report provides a legal analysis of the 2008 Farm Bill and highlights the often overlooked ways federal policies discourage farmers from producing and strategically marketing fruits and vegetables. It also offers policy recommendations to help farmers to produce and market healthy foods.

Beyond the Affordable Care Act:  Achieving Real Improvements in American’s Health Robert Wood Johnson’s Commission to Build a Healthier America, August 2010

This great summary is tied directly to our HPCDP activities with recommendations for action regarding food and activity, public-private partnerships, working across agencies, local efforts and smoking cessation.

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