Healthy Communities — June 27, 2011

Resources

Food Day is scheduled for October 24th.  Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. 

Medicare’s Share the News, Share the Health campaign is to raise awareness about preventive benefits now available for free under the Affordable Care Act.  Learn more from the public service announcement, the full Spanish version of the Medicare website, and prevention information specifically for caregivers.

CDC’s Healthy Communities Program has launched Strive to Implement High-Impact Policies Document.

CDC’s Winnable Battles Website provides high-quality resources, including general information about the winnable battles initiative, as well as topic-specific information about each area (food safety, healthcare-associated infections, HIV, motor vehicle injuries, nutrition/physical activity/obesity, teen pregnancy and tobacco).

The Outdoor Alliance for kids launched Get Your Nature On, a new Facebook application to inspire and encourage young people to get outside and be active.

Articles & Reports

In Washington County, Momentum Grows for Adding Bicyclists, Pedestrians into Transportation System, The Oregonian, June 17, 2011 Support for an effort to include so-called “active transportation” elements into the county’s transportation plan has been growing over the past several years, a number of city and county officials say.

Ways to Curb Childhood Obesity Outlined in U.S. Report HealthDay, June 23, 2011 New Institute of Medicine report calls for strategies to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and good sleep habits to reduce high rates of obesity among infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the United States.  Read the full report here.

Restaurants Revamping Menus in Response to Calorie Count Rules, Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2011
Restaurant chains are working to lower the calorie counts on menu items because of national rules expected by year-end that will require any restaurant chain with 20 or more locations to post calorie information.

Potatoes Bad, Nuts Good for Staying Slim, Harvard Study Finds Washington Post, Rob June 22, 2011
Is a serving of boiled potatoes really much worse than a helping of nuts?

More Young Adults Are Living With Diabetes, USA Today, June 23, 2011 Experts are becoming increasingly concerned about the growing number of people in their 20s and 30s coping with type 2 diabetes, which used to be rarely seen in those under 40.

High School Students Need More Daily Physical Activity, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, June 21, 2011 High school students nationwide are not getting enough daily physical activity.  Among US high school students grades 9-12 in 2010, only 15 percent met objectives for daily aerobic activity.

Eating Late, Staying Up Late Leads to Higher BMI, HealthBeat, June 6, 2011 A new study shows eating dinner after 8 pm and going to sleep later can lead to higher body mass indexes.

Jack in the Box Stops Including Toys in Kids’ Meals, Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2011 Jack in the Box has announced that it will stop offering toys in children’s meals and has added a new lower-calorie, kid-friendly option to the menu.

Junk Food Fight: Should Ads Stop Targeting Teens? NPR, June 22, 2011 The government says junk food marketers shouldn’t advertise to kids. Not just on TV, but also online, in schools and in stores

June Key Delta Community Center Creates Educational Garden, Neighborhood Notes, June 21, 2011 The June Key Delta Community Center in North Portland says the garden will “serve as a demonstration of how African-American communities heavily burdened by health disparities such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity can work together.”

U.S. Cancer Death Rates Decline, But Disparities Persist NPR’s Shots blog, June 17, 2011 One section of the report focuses on a persistent and, in some cases, widening gap in cancer death rates between people with the least education and those with the most.

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