Healthy Communities — May 27, 2011

Just for Fun

Zombies upstage a routine public health bulletin – the first official CDC instructions on coping with a zombie apocalypse!

Health professionals and institutions across the country are urging McDonald’s to stop marking junk food to children.

Resources

This time-lapse map from Policylink shows increasing diversity/people of color in the United States from 1990-2040!  www.PolicyLink.org/AmericasTomorrow

Rethink the Food Label Project: the familiar but perplexing black-and-white Nutrition Facts label is up for redesign.  The Rethink the Food Label contest can be entered by anyone with ideas that would make the label more useful to consumers.  Watch the video here.

Prevention Institute Tools 

  • Taking Two Steps to Prevention traces the pathway of illness and injury to community conditions, norms and root factors that cause poor health and inequality. The Two Steps approach helps in planning health strategy and contributing to safer, healthier, and more equitable communities.
  • The Spectrum of Prevention describes the elements of a comprehensive community prevention strategy, and shows how a multi-faceted prevention strategy can create synergy and build momentum for improving health.
  • Collaboration Multiplier offers a matrix for creating multi-disciplinary coalitions. It aids coalitions in more effectively identifying their strengths, targeting individual and joint needs, and applying skills – thereby multiplying collective accomplishments.

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month – take action!

The Community Walking Project from Alberta’s Center for Active Living describes their community walking project, which worked with senior programs, worksites and neighborhoods to promote walking groups.

Articles & Reports

Study Finds Community Income Related to Child Obesity, Brockton Enterprise, May 16, 2011 The food you eat, how much exercise you get and which zip code you call home. These are all things that can make you fat, according to a public health study that found a direct correlation between child obesity rates and a community’s median household income.

Why Kids Need Recess and Exercise, CNN, May 9, 2011 This op-ed highlights the growing problem of schools eliminating recess and how playground time is crucial, not only for children to succeed academically, but for their physical and mental well-being.

Fast Food Toy Ban may be effective, Society of Behavioral Medicine, April 27, 2011 New research suggests that legislation banning toys from unhealthful children’s meals at fast-food restaurants is making a difference.

10 Things Fast Food Companies Won’t Say, Smartmoney.com, May 23, 2011 After years of serving 1,000-calorie meals, most fast-food chains have started to offer healthier options salads, fruit cups and other un-fried options. But if you reach for the lower-cal options, be prepared for some sticker shock.

Mini-Size Trend’s Tiny Treats Bulk Up Dairy Queen’s Bottom Line, Bloomberg News, May 20, 2011 American restaurants infamous for dishing out a day’s worth of calories in a single meal are selling cheaper, trimmed-down portions to snag calorie-conscious customers.

Snack Trucks Thwart Nutrition Goals, Wall Street Journal, May 26, 2011 After the Novato school district banned junk food in its K-12 schools in 2007, Rana Sanghi saw an opportunity. He altered his ice cream truck route to include Novato High School, parking the vehicle just outside the entrance.

Workplace Cited as New Source of Rise in Obesity, New York Times, May 26, 2011 Looking beyond poor eating habits and a couch-potato lifestyle, a group of researchers has found a new culprit in the obesity epidemic: the American workplace.

Christopher Onstott (Portland Tribune)

Battle for Healthy Snacks, Portland Tribune, May 26, 2011                                  The Commission for the Blind has vending power, but it’s slow to change.

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