Healthy Communitites — April 15, 2011

Fun & Interesting

This interactive infographic shows a breakdown of our current calorie consumption for every year between 1970 and 2008.  Watch how our calorie consumption changes over the past 40 years.

Eat This, Not That – NBC’s Today Show reveals several restaurant meals with shocking levels of sodium and discusses lower sodium alternatives.


Northwest Health Foundation’s Health Care Reform Terminology Glossary for anyone interested in a quick reference to language used in health care reform discussions.

Marion Nestle is putting together a series of food policy resource lists.

New Fact Sheets from NPLAN

  • The first focuses on access to drinking water in school.
  • The second fact sheet provides a model framework for parent-teacher associations to take a stance for student health by supporting school policies aimed at preventing childhood obesity.

Health Impact Assessment Resources from Active Living Research – find trainings, case studies and links to other useful resources.

Map the Meal Gap – new data on food insecurity at the community level, as well as estimated costs of meals at the county level.  This new data aims to help policymakers understand the scope of need among the food insecure population.

Screen-Free Week is big news!  Find a Screen-Free Week event at a school, library, business or community center near you.  Screen-Free Week is generating lots of great media coverage.  Here are a few of our favorite articles and posts about the week:

Articles & Reports

Type 2 Diabetes in Children, Kaiser Health News + The Washington Post, March 21, 2011 This report looks at the childhood obesity epidemic from the lens of two teenagers diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home, Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2011 To encourage healthful eating, Chicago school doesn’t allow kids to bring lunches or certain snacks from home – some parents aren’t fans of the policy.

The Battle of the Office Candy Jar, Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2011 Sweets may boost workplace morale, but they’re sabotaging our diets.

Research to Practice: Building Our Understanding – this series of reports from the CDC’s Healthy Communities Program focus on health communication with various audiences and marketing practices to guide implementation of policies, systems, and environmental change strategies to support healthy lifestyles.

Supporting Equitable Food Systems Through Food Assistance at Farmers’ Markets, American Journal of Public Health, April 2011

Restaurants say consumers are finally ordering healthier meals, USA Today, April 12, 2011 For the first two months in 2011, the top selling entree at Applebee’s wasn’t a gloppy burger or flashy fajita plate. It was a sirloin and shrimp entree from the chain’s diet menu.

Harnessing the power of supermarkets to help reverse childhood obesity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation + The Food Trust, April 2011 This new report examines marketing strategies that may help parents, caregivers and youths select and purchase healthier foods and beverages at the grocery store.

Why Place and Race Matter, PolicyLink, April 2011 This new report makes the undeniable case that race must be central to the decisions made by policymakers, advocates and community leaders if we ever hope to close the racial health gap.


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