Healthy Communities — February 11, 2011

Resources

Let’s Move! Resources Available Let’s Move! A First Lady initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation has made available a variety of resources for use in organizations and communities.

League of American Bicyclists Economic Benefits of Investing in Bicycle Facilities Factsheet The League has provided a simple, easy to use and full of good information fact sheet titled The Economic Benefits of Investing in Bicycle Facilities.  The sheet demonstrates why investments in bicycle infrastructure make good economic sense as a cost effective way to enhance shopping districts and communities, generate tourism and support business.

The Health Indicators Warehouse is a collaboration of many federal agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, providing a single, user-friendly source for national, state and community health indicators.  Access to high quality data improves understanding of a community’s health status and determinants and facilitates the prioritization of interventions.

First Years in the First State: Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity Quality in Delaware Child Care

This toolkit is a practical, “how-to” guide created to help child care providers follow nutrition and physical activity rules.  While the toolkit was designed with Delaware’s specific regulations in mind, others might find the document helpful in working with child care providers to improve nutrition and physical activity for young children.

Reports & Articles

Whole Foods Giving Away 500 Salad Bars to Schools, PR Newswire, February 10, 2011

To make an even larger impact in lunchrooms across the country, Whole Foods Market announced it is a founding partner of Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, whose goal is to provide 6,000 salad bars across the nation by 2013.

Food Manufacturers Back Healthy School Meals Project, Food Navigator USA, January 21, 2011

Major food manufacturers have backed a project uniting several industries to help provide more affordable healthy school meals, driven by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Local Food for Local Schools Hermiston (OR) Herald, February 9, 2011
State and school officials are going back to basics to improve economy and health through an initiative to bring more Oregon-grown products into the cafeteria.

USA Late to the Party on School Lunch Makeovers, NPR, February 2, 2011

While First Lady Michelle Obama and lawmakers have been patting themselves on the back for passing a child nutrition bill aimed at improving US school lunches, other nations have been revamping their school food programs with more nutritious, sustainable food for the better part of the past decade.

Preschool Kids Know What They Like: Salt, Sugar, and Fat, Labspaces, January 25, 2011

A child’s taste preferences begin at home and most often involve salt, sugar and fat.  Researchers say young kids learn quickly what brands deliver the goods: a study of preschoolers ages 3 to 5 found that children could equate their taste preferences to brand-name fast-food and soda products.

How Much Do Fruits and Vegetables Cost? USDA Economic Research Services, February 2011

This study updates previous estimates of fruit and vegetable prices and approximates the cost of satisfying recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for adult fruit and veg consumption.  It concludes that meeting the recommendations for an adult diet costs $2.00 to $2.50 per day.

Health Starts Where We Live, Learn, Work and Play, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Vulnerable Populations Portfolio, October 2010

Four insightful authors share their thoughts on how our health is impacted by where and how we live, learn, work and play in original essays.  Each looks at the role that non-medical factors play in where health starts – long before illness – in our homes, schools and jobs.

Simple Life Changes Could Stop Millions of Cancers, Reuters, February 4, 2011

About a third of all common cancers in the United States, China and Britain could be prevented each year if people ate healthier food, drank less alcohol and exercised more, according to estimates from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.

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