Healthy Communities — January 14, 2011

Interesting and Fun

How to find real food at the supermarket! (picture)

And here’s a perplexing mathematical puzzle – If 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight or obese, how can it be that 9 out of 10 Americans (think they) are eating healthfully?  A recent article explains why so many of us get it wrong


Introducing is a groundbreaking new tool sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help build the movement to reverse childhood obesity and connect leaders in the movement with one another.

A map of the movement shows people working on healthy eating, active living and other obesity-related issues. The map of the movement is available as a widget to embed on your own site. Use cell phone tools to get people engaged in advocacy efforts through text messaging.

CDC Science Briefs Science-in-Briefs provide a short synopsis of newly published articles summing up the findings and how these findings might be applied to the work in cardiovascular health promotion.

2010 Oregon Student Wellness Survey Results Results by state, by race/ethnicity, county, and education service district are publically available.  The SWS focuses mainly on substance abuse.

Reports & Articles

US adults show strong willingness to back street improvements to make physical activity an easier choice Journal of Physical Activity and Health, January 2011
About two out of three adults are willing to take civic action to support local street-scale urban design policy changes that make walking and biking easier in their neighborhoods

Prevention of bad lifestyle habits should be tackled even before age 13 ScienceDaily, December 30, 2010                                                                                                Bad eating habits, ingestion of alcohol, sedentary lifestyles — all are unhealthy life habits that are already being detected in early adolescence and that are especially predominant amongst women and young people between the ages of 19 and 26. Prevention campaigns should take into account those less than 13 years.

Mothers’ diets have biggest influence on children eating healthy ScienceDaily, December 14, 2010                                                                                                New research reveals a mother’s own eating habits — and whether she views her child as a ‘picky eater’ — has a huge impact on whether her child consumes enough fruits and vegetables.

5 myths about school food, The Washington Post, December 19, 2010              Are school meals free for all children who need them? Janet Poppendieck explores this and other widely held assumptions about school food.

New federal nutrition labels required for 40 popular cuts of meat Los Angeles Times, December 29, 2010                                                                                             Coming soon to a grocery store near you: Those nutrition labels slapped on everything from cereal to soda pop will soon be required on packages of meat.

Top 5 Food Policy Gains in 2010 Appetite for Profit, January 7, 2011              Highlights include: new federal legislation to update food safety, child nutrition reauthorization, and San Francisco’s “Happy Meal Ban”.

Pepsi’s questionable push into “better-for-you” foods The Atlantic, January 11, 2011                                                                                                                                                   Over the holidays, Pepsi announced that half its Frito-Lay chips would now be made with “all natural” ingredients. “Natural,” you may recall, has no regulatory meaning.

Average US Teen Consumes 28 Teaspoons (~500 Calories) of Added Sugar PER DAY! Researchers from the CDC and Atlanta’s Emory University studied thousands of teens’ sugar consumption rates over the course of five years and correlated that to incidence of coronary disease and its predictors. They discovered that the average teen consumes 28 teaspoons of added sugar per day.

USDA proposes new standards for school meals Food Politics, January 10, 2011                                                                                                                                                                The USDA announced today that it is starting the interminable rulemaking process for new nutrition standards for school breakfasts and lunches.  The new standards are designed to add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk to school meals.  Read a second take on this story at USAToday.

No Twinkies? Vending machines go organic, MSNBC, January 12, 2011         There has never been a better time to be a vending machine, as long as you’re dispensing organic food and snacks, that is.


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