Healthy Communities — July 22, 2011

The Center for Science in the Public Interest announced this year’s winners of the Xtreme Eating Awards.

Four fried mozzarella sticks and melted American cheese grilled between two slices of sourdough bread. Only 1,260 calories and 3,010 mg of sodium

The dishonors go to burgers topped with pork belly and fried eggs, and grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with deep-fried mozzarella sticks.  Check out the whole list!



North Carolina has a new website with lots of policy ideas for environmental change to promote healthy behaviors:

This interactive map from the Washington Post breaks down life expectancy by county and state, race, and sex.

Local Resources for Healthy Schools:

Articles & Reports

Promoting Healthy Community Lifestyles; Gresham Wants Resident Input About Policies for Obesity Prevention Initiative The Oregonian, July 9, 2011 Streets with more sidewalks. More bike lanes. More community centers and recreational facilities. These were some of the suggestions residents made at a recent community forum held by the city of Gresham. Last week’s forum was one small part of a project the city began last year to do something surprising: help residents stave off obesity by taking another look at its transportation system and land-use policies.

Oregon school-based health centers have received over $4M in grant awards for construction, renovation and equipment.

Poll: Obesity Hits More Boomers Than Others in US Associated Press July 19, 2011
Cancer and memory loss are baby boomers’ biggest health fears. Given their weight, maybe heart disease and diabetes should be.

Restaurant Nutrition Labels Mostly Accurate,, July 19, 2011 For Americans who like to eat out — and who doesn’t — there is reassuring news from researchers who report that customers can generally rely on restaurants’ calorie labels, although the calorie count on individual food items may be underestimated.

First Lady Teams Up with Grocers Nationwide, USA Today, July 20, 2011 A collection of retail heavyweights will join first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to bring fresh fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods to the USA’s “food deserts” — impoverished areas with little access to healthy foods. Read more from the White House news release.

Programs Cropping Up Across USA to Address ‘Food Deserts’ USA Today, July 14, 2011

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Community Garden in Portland, Ore

The kale, turnips and romaine lettuce grow in neat rows on a 2-acre plot at Woodlawn estate, a Virginia property once owned by George Washington. The effort is one of many emerging across the country as “food deserts” — impoverished areas with little access to healthy foods — attract attention.


Prevention Research Centers report on new research in the July 2011 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease

Food Companies Announce Industry Food Marketing Standards, Better Business Bureau, July 14, 2011 Some of the nation’s largest food companies announced that they will cut back on marketing unhealthy foods to children proposing their own set of advertising standards after rejecting similar voluntary guidelines proposed by the federal government.

Economic Research Service Studies Released on Healthy Food Pricing

Read more about these studies here: How Food Prices Affect Your Weight

Poorer, Less Educated Youth More Prone to Hypertension HealthDay News, July 14, 2011
Young American adults with low incomes and less education are at increased risk for high blood pressure, a new study finds.

Television Effects Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease, Reuters, July 15, 2011 People who spend more hours in front of the television are at greater risk of dying, or developing diabetes and heart disease, with even two hours of television a day having a marked effect

The Landscape of Adult Obesity: State Rates are Still High  CDC, July 20, 2011

In 2010, no state reported adult obesity prevalence lower than 20 percent and 12 states reported an obesity prevalence of 30 percent of more.


Watch CDC TV’s The Obesity Epidemic, a 7 minute video that explains the many factors that have contributed to the epidemic.



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