Healthy Communities – November 19, 2010

Interesting and fun

The 40 Unhealthiest Coffee Drinks

And watch Alex Bogusky, one of the country’s most successful advertising executives, calling for an end to all advertising aimed at children.  Tune in to Fearless Q&A, his web-based talk show, for a lively discussion about what advertising is doing to our children. Tune in for a fascinating exchange about why advertisers should leave kids alone, what the world might look like if they did, and who’s that dude whispering in your child’s ear at the dinner table

Resources

Walk Friendly Communities

The U.S. Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, recently launched Walk Friendly Communities (WFC), an initiative that recognizes communities that support walkability and pedestrian safety. Localities must apply to receive a WFC designation and will also have access to resources on how to improve walkability in their communities. The deadline for applications is December 15.

A Closer Look at African American Men and High Blood Pressure Control: A Review of Psychosocial Factors and Systems-Level Interventions

African American men are disproportionately impacted by cardiovascular disease (CVD), with one of the risk factors being uncontrolled high blood pressure. A heightened public health response is required due to the disparities in high blood pressure control in African American men. In order to provide a resource for public health programs that addresses high blood pressure control in this population, this book was created and provides valuable guidance to stakeholders to facilitate positive changes in their states and communities.

Nourish Middle School Curriculum

A new middle-school curriculum released by WorldLink and the Center for Ecoliteracy invites students and teachers to ask, “What’s the story of my food?” To increase food literacy, students are invited to explore the question: how do the food choices we make – individually and as a society – affect the health of people and the environment.  The Center for Ecoliteracy has also published a guide: Rethinking School Lunch

Reports & Articles

Overweight children show more signs of stress, USA Today, November 8, 2010

Overweight children may be more stressed than those of normal weight, and also experience more sleep problems, headaches, anger and fighting.

Snacking patterns of US adolescents, Food Surveys Research Group of the USDA, October 2010

Adolescent snacking has increased, with 83% of adolescents consuming at least one snack per day.  This snacking provided nearly one-fourth of the total amount of recommended daily calories and more than 30% of total sugars.

Obesity often follows the young into adulthood, Los Angeles Times, November 9, 2010
People who were obese between the ages of 12 and 21 are seven times more likely than normal-weight or overweight peers to develop severe obesity by the time they reach their late 20s to early 30s.

Research links diabetes and sugar sweetened beverages, Diabetes Care, October 27, 2010

Drinking one to two sugar sweetened beverages per day was associated with a 26 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes and a 20 percent increased risk of metabolic syndrome compared to those who drank less than one per month.

Chronic disease death rates increasing in developing nations, The Lancet, November 11, 2010

The burden of chronic, non-communicable diseases in low-income and middle-income countries is increasing.  Tobacco use and overweight are common in most of the countries, but coverage of cost-effective interventions to reduce these risk factors is low.

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