Healthy Communities — August 5, 2011

Parking in a bike lane?  Not okay in Vilnius, Lithuania.


The mayor was so upset with luxury cars parking in the city’s bicycle lanes he expressed his displeasure by crushing a Mercedes with a tank!



11-year old Birke Baehr gives an excellent talk on what’s wrong with our food system (video).


Even as summer winds down and the kids head back to school, playtime doesn’t have to end. With the After School Physical Activity website from the San Diego County Office of Education, teachers, parents, and students can find ideas, instructions, and videos for fun activities and games appropriate for children in grades 4 through 8.

Under Pressure: Sodium Reduction in the School Environment (pdf).  As part of a broader national effort to reduce sodium intake, CDC developed this Guide to support your work in providing more healthful diets for children and promoting healthful habits in school settings.

Oregon’s Arthritis Report 2011 (pdf) is now available.

Road to Health Training Toolkit and Training Guide from the CDC/National Diabetes Education Program is designed for people who develop or conduct train-the-trainer workshops and for community health workers working with Hispanic/Latino and African American populations.

Articles & Reports

The Value of Primordial and Primary Prevention for Cardiovascular Disease, Circulation, July 25, 2011 This new policy from the American Heart Association states “Policy change makes the greatest impact when it optimizes the environments where people live, learn, work and play — workplaces, schools, homes, and communities, making healthier behaviors and healthier choices the norm by default or by design, putting individual behavior in the context of multiple-level influences.”

Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding – United States, 2007 and 2009, CDC Vital Signs, August 2011

CDC conducted a national survey of U.S. obstetric hospitals and birth centers and then analyzed the data to describe the prevalence of facilities using maternity care practices consistent with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.


The block-by-block fight against obesity, The Oregonian, August 1, 2011 When a county health worker moved his office into Cesar Chavez Elementary School to organize the North Portland community around healthy eating and active living, he didn’t just bring brochures. He listened to parents, children and teachers, then found partners to plant a community garden, teach cooking classes and promote walking.

Youth advocacy for obesity prevention: the next wave of social change for health, Translational Behavioral Medicine,  July 20, 2011 Youth advocacy has been successfully used in substance use prevention, but it is relatively new in obesity prevention.

Is Commercially-Prepared Food Responsible for Childhood Weight Gain? Time “Healthland”, July 25, 20-11 In the first study to examine the relationship between where food is prepared and increased calorie consumption, researchers report that eating commercially-made food can lead children to take in more calories than if they had eaten similar meals at home.

Farm-to-School Programs Teach Kentucky Kids How to Eat Healthier USA Today, July 27, 2011 With concern about childhood obesity on the rise and a push toward greener eating through local access, farm to school programs are sprouting up across the nation — funded and organized through state initiatives, private partnerships and volunteer organizations.

Cheesecake Factory ‘SkinnyLicious’ menu cuts calories, USA Today, July 29, 2011 The Cheesecake Factory, under pressure from calorie counters and advocacy groups, plans to roll out a separate menu with 40 items, from entrees to desserts, with strict calorie guidelines.

From left, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes has a serving size of 3/4 cup. Healthy Choice Chicken Tortilla Soup (microwaveable bowl) has a serving size of one cup, and Ritz Crackers have a serving size of five crackers. Photo: The New York Times

The Problem with Serving SizesThe New York Times, August 2, 2011

This article discusses how frequently unrealistic serving sizes cause consumers to eat more calories and more sodium than they realize.




Read a press release from the Center for Science in the Public Interest addressing how labels for canned soup, ice cream, coffee creamer and aerosol non-stick cooking sprays understate the calories, sodium, and saturated fat consumers are likely to get from those products.

TV product placements termed junk food ad loophole, Reuters, August 2, 2011 Companies that have pledged not to market unhealthy food and beverages directly to children may be turning to product placement on television shows instead of traditional ads to target youngsters, a new study showed.  Read the full study from the Yale Rudd Center (pdf).


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