Healthy Communities — January 6, 2011


Food Program Use by County These fact sheets from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon show the use of federally funded nutrition programs among Oregon counties, and the level of untapped federal resources resulting from underutilization.  Learn more about SNAP, Child Nutrition Programs, WIC, and Farm Direct Nutrition Programs in each county.

Materials on Social Determinants of Health Slides, a recording, and a messaging guide from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Vulnerable Populations Portfolio webinar, A New Way to Talk about the Social Determinants of Health, are now available online. These materials provide guidance on ways to create more compelling, effective, and persuasive messages about the social determinants.

Comment on the National Prevention Strategy The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council was created by the Affordable Care Act and is in the process of developing a first-ever National Prevention Strategy.  Draft Recommendations, which are overarching priorities with a focus on communities, are now available online and comments and input are being accepted until January 13, 2011.

Reports & Articles

Making Up for Lost Time: Forging New Connections between Health and Community Development, Community Investments, Winter 2010                    New trends in today’s public health world are making an important case for bringing public health and community development efforts together. Read about specific examples from King County, Washington that are capitalizing on changes and simultaneously advancing both health and community development.

Can Congress Make You Buy Broccoli? And Why That’s a Hard Question, New England Journal of Medicine, December 22, 2010                                                                The continuing uncertainty over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act raises the question of why this constitutional question is so hard to answer.  There are at least four reasons.

2011: The Year of the Vegetable, Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2011              The saddest thing about childhood obesity is that it is unnecessary.  It is inexcusable that in the breadbasket of the world, American children are eating so much lousy food.

Some GOP Stalwarts Defend First Lady’s Anti-Obesity Campaign, The Washington Post, December 30, 2010                                                                                   Some Republicans watching the cluttered 2012 presidential field may have found an unlikely point of disagreement: the first lady and flab. Sarah Palin has taken to assailing Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiative on her reality show and elsewhere, while former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, the Republican Party’s resident authority on obesity and a potential Palin rival, has been defending it.

That’s One Way to Reduce Sugar! Freakonomics, January 4, 2011                  Turns out that when you reduce the size of a container of Nesquik chocolate syrup, you also reduce the sugar content.  It’s possible the actual syrup has less actual sugar — but, judging from the label, it’s also possible that it doesn’t.

The Influence on Sodium on Liking and Consumption of Salty Food, Journal of Food Science, December 2010                                                                                Results from a recent study indicate that reductions of sodium content greater than 50% in food may have only a minor decrease in preference and no effect on consumption of the food.


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