Healthy Communities — April 22, 2011

The 12 States of America, The Atlantic.  Since 1980, income inequality has fractured the nation.  See the dozen new states, which counties belong to them, and how median income has changed over the last 30 years.

20 Facts about US Inequality that Everyone Should Know – from the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality.

Video: Preserving Choice, Protecting Health A new video from CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention covers the staggering facts about the sodium in our food: where it comes from, how it affects our health, and what we can do about it.  The video is available in three versions:


Nourish California is a new nonprofit initiative designed to increase food literacy and build healthy communities.  Educational resources for use in K-12 schools are available. Watch a video about their efforts.

12th Annual National Women’s Health Week – May 8-14, 2011  As part of this year’s National Women’s Health Week,  the Office of Women’s Health new campaign is: Make the Call. Don’t miss the Beat! The campaign’s purpose is to educate women on the symptoms of a heart attack and encourage women who may be having a heart attack to call 911 for immediate, potentially life-saving care.

Heart Disease and Stroke Fact Sheets – 2010 Updates  measures the walkability of any address!  See how your location measures up.

Articles & Reports

Local advocates take on colorectal cancer, Cannon Beach Gazette, April 15, 2011 A Clatsop County campaign aims to educate residents about the dangers of colon cancer – and the benefits of early detection.

National Park Service announces Healthy Foods Strategy, April 14, 2011 The Healthy Foods Strategy will help ensure that the 281 million annual visitors to national parks have access to healthy, sustainable, and high-quality food at reasonable prices.  A new report featuring case studies from the National Park System, Food for the Parks, is also available.

Healthful Behavior is a Key to Health Care System USA Today, April 15 2011
Some health care industry experts say budget proposals won’t work without a key piece: encouraging healthy behavior.

Is Sugar Toxic? New York Times Magazine, April 13, 2011 Our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years.

Our View: Want Fries with That? Not at These Schools  USA Today, April 12, 2011
It’s true that school districts, especially in poor communities, face daunting challenges in providing nutritious food. But often, myths and outdated thinking hold them back more than lack of money or time.

For schoolchildren, where’s the water? CNN, April 19, 2011 When 12-year old Mason went to lunch each day last year, he could choose between orange juice and milk, but he couldn’t get a cup of water.

Health of US workfoce declining and driving up employer costs, AFX News, April 14, 2011 Overweight and obese have largest impact on employers’ healthcare expenditures, with unhealthy behaviors costing an average of $670 per employee each year.

Subway slashes sodium in sandwich line, USA Today, April 15, 2011 The sandwich chain with more locations than McDonald’s announces plans for a significant reduction in sodium in U.S. stores that could ultimately nudge much of the fast-food industry to follow.

HHS announces plan to reduce health disparities, April 8, 2011 The US Department of Health and Human Services recently launched two strategic plans aimed at reducing health disparities.

  • The first plan, the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Health Disparities, outlines goals and actions HHS will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.
  • The second plan, the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity, outlines a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives and partnerships to help racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved groups reach their full health potential

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