Healthy Communities — May 13, 2011

Resources

Childhood Obesity Measures Registry from the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.  This free, searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research is designed to promote the consistent use of common measures and research methods across childhood obesity prevention and research projects.

Let’s Move! Cities and Towns is designed to encourage mayors and elected officials to adopt a long-term, sustainable, and holistic approach to fight childhood obesity.  This initiative recognizes that every city is different, and every town will require a distinct approach to the issue. Once an elected official signs up as a prospective Let’s Move City or a Let’s Move Town, he or she will have the option of choosing at least one significant action to take over the following twelve months.  Sign up and download the toolkit.

Articles & Reports

Walking and Cycling in the United States, 2001-2009: Evidence From the National Household Travel Surveys, American Journal of Public Health, May 6, 2011 Walking increased slightly, whereas cycling levelsstagnated, and the overall prevalence of active travel remainedlow. Improved infrastructure for walking and cycling must becombined with programs to encourage active travel among moregroups, especially children, seniors, and women.

Next Stop: Fresh Produce, Chicago Tribune, April 17, 2011 Food Desert Action, a grassroots organization in Chicago, unveils a Fresh Moves bus, a mobile produce stand to deliver affordable, healthy food from block to block in the community, reaching a vulnerable population which might not otherwise have access to nutritious foods.

USDA Encourages Schools to Partner with Local Farms, NPR, April 27, 2011 To encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables at lunch, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new rule for schools to partner with nearby farms.  This “buy local” rule is part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.

The Future of Cafeteria Food, Mark Bittman, May 10, 2011 If you have gone to school, worked in an office, factory, or other large workplace, you’ve probably eaten – and hated – your fair share of institutional cooking.

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