Healthy Communities – September 24, 2010

Reports & Articles

Carrots or Candy in Corner Stores? Indiana Health Law Review This article examines federal legal facilitators and barriers to stocking healthier options in the food environment, with particular emphasis on how healthy foods get to smaller grocery stores or “corner stores” in predominantly low-income areas.

First Lady Asks Restaurants to Make Foods Healthier, The Seattle Times First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged restaurants to include more healthy options on menus as well as market healthier foods to children while addressing the National Restaurant Association. “We have to do more, we have to go farther, and we need your help to lead this effort,” she said.

Virginia County Elementary Schools Ban Chocolate Milk The Fairfax Times Chocolate milk was removed from the menu, along with table salt, as part of an effort to promote healthier eating in county public schools.  And even though critics are saying the changes at Fairfax County are not enough — parents are upset that chocolate milk is the gone.  They’re even complaining on Facebook!

Farmers’ Markets Draw Few Food Stamp Users Associated Press About one-fourth of the nation’s 6,000 or so farmers’ markets accept food stamps, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. But the bulk of SNAP benefits redeemed last year — 82 percent — went to grocery stores and supercenters. Less than 0.01 percent was spent at farmers’ markets, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture

How Does Obesity in Adults Affect Spending on Health Care? Congressional Budget Office This new brief examines how changes in weight distribution have affected health care spending per adult and how future changes might affect future spending.  The analysis demonstrates that health care spending grew substantially in all weight categories between 1987 and 2007, but the rate of growth was much more rapid among the obese.

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