Healthy Communities — June 17, 2011

Just for Fun

Giant Bar Graph of Obesity Made With Soda Cans

On April 10, 2011, nearly 100 students illustrated the rising rates of American obesity over the past 30 years by creating a giant bar graph made from thousands of soda cans in four towering structures. The demonstration was captured on tape and also poses the question, “are we drinking ourselves fat?” Find out more by visiting


National Prevention Strategy released!  This first ever National Prevention Strategy, called for under the Affordable Care Act, was created to help move the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness. The National Prevention Strategy’s goal is to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network – Built Environment Module now available.  The new community design feature allows users view data on air quality, childhood lead poisoning, motor vehicle crash, and types of transportation to work. This data can be used when making decisions to improve the built environment in communities nationwide.

Tools for Healthy Tribes was created through a partnership between the American Indian Healthy Eating Project and the following tribes: Coharie Tribe, Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe, Lumbee Tribe, Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation, Meherrin Indan Tribe, Sappony, and Waccamaw Siouan Tribe. The toolkit aims to provide tools and technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of tribal leaders to develop, implement, and evaluate community change around healthy eating and active living and to disseminate lessons learned to foster the translation of culturally appropriate, tribally led strategies to reduce American Indian health disparities nationwide.

Articles & Reports

First Lady Targets Healthy Habits for Toddler Set Associated Press, June 8, 2011
Michelle Obama dropped in on lunch and circle time at a Washington child care center on Wednesday and used the occasion to announce a new national initiative to encourage child care centers to promote healthy eating and exercise habits starting with the littlest Americans.

L.A. Schools Consider Dumping Chocolate Milk, Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2011
An item that’s on millions of kids’ meal trays once or twice a day has become the subject of a food fight in school districts around the country, called everything from part of a healthy diet to “soda in drag.” How could a half-pint carton of chocolate milk be so complicated?

New child nutrition law strikes a healthy balance, The Hill, May 31, 2011 This op-ed from the Center for Science in the Public Interest rebuts recent arguments against the new child nutrition law from opponents and the industry.

New series on childhood obesity, Seattle Times, June 2011


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