Healthy Communities — February 18, 2011

Resources

Oregon Rural Community Explorer The Oregon Communities Reporter is a unique resource for community practitioners as it links the 723 places and 36 counties in Oregon to data gathered at the place, census tract, and county levels by various agencies and institutions.  And learn more about Rural issues here.

USDA Rural Atlas This visualization tool provides a spatial interpretation of county-level, economic and social conditions along four dimensions: people, jobs, agriculture, and county classifications.  It also users socioeconomic indicators to increase understanding of the diverse opportunities and challenges facing rural regions and communities.

CDC County Level Estimates for Leisure-Time Physical Inactivity These estimates reflect the percentage of adults in each county who report no physical activity or exercise other than at their regular jobs.  States where residents are least likely to be physically active during leisure time are Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  States where residents are most likely to be physically active are California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Reports & Articles

Rules for Oregon Farmers Markets, Formerly Homegrown, Could Soon Be Law The Oregonian, February 16, 2011
In recent decades, farmers markets have sprouted up around Oregon, offering consumers an abundance of fresh food choices and giving producers greater opportunities for income. The only problem is that farm-direct sales have largely operated in regulatory vacuum, creating a confusing atmosphere for farmers and food safety inspectors.

America’s Best School Lunches, The Huffington Post, February 15, 2011       Ask a group of school kids about “mystery meat” and they may have no idea what you’re talking about, not if they’re on the feeding end of national and local efforts to transform school lunch programs. A genuine movement is afoot at schools to create better, more nutritional meals for kids using produce from local farmers, and in many cases, from gardens the students help create and maintain themselves.

New Campaign Urges Women to Call 911 at Heart Attack Warning Signs, Chicago Tribune, February 16, 2011                                                                                   Despite the danger, research shows many women don’t recognize the signs of heart disease. To help raise awareness, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health this month kicked off the Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat campaign.

Restaurant Children’s Meals: The Faults with Defaults, Center for Science in the Public Interest Research shows that people generally stick with default options. Yet, the default options for side dishes and drinks with restaurant children’s meals are often unhealthy. Providing healthier default options for children’s meals supports parents by reducing barriers to feeding their children healthfully.

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