Healthy Communities — September 9, 2011

The Coalition of National Health Education Organizations is collecting stories from public health programs around the nation on the impact of proposed budget cuts.  If you would like to tell your story or provide CNHEO with any information about your experience, please complete this survey by September 19th.

Resources

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has launched the Life’s Sweeter with Fewer Sugary Drinks Challenge.  The campaign seeks to reduce soda and sugary drink consumption.

Learn more at www.fewersugarydrinks.org/, liking them on FaceBook, or following them on Twitter.

The Monday Campaigns is a national movement that dedicates the first day of every week to health.  Every Monday, individuals and organizations join together to commit to healthy behaviors that help end chronic preventable diseases.

Why Monday? It’s the January of the week, the perfect time for a fresh start!  Learn more at www.mondaycampaigns.org

The CDC has been busy podcasting!  Check out the recently released list of podcasts and sort by audience or topic.  Or try one of the following:

  • Smart Snacks (1:16).  In this podcast for kids, the Kidtastics talk about some great snacks to much on that will keep your body moving.
  • Common Cancers (A minute of Health with CDC) (:59).  Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. Women are at risk for any of five forms of gynecologic cancer, including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. This podcast encourages regular checkups and screening to detect cancers.
  • Childhood Obesity – Prevention Begins with Breastfeeding (1:20).  Breastfeeding can help prevent obesity, but one in three moms stop without hospital support. About 95% of hospitals lack policies that fully support breastfeeding moms. Hospitals need to do more to help moms start and continue breastfeeding.

Articles and Reports

The French Fry Lobby Versus Healthy Kids [Op-Ed]                              The Hill, August 31, 2011

Right now, seventy-five percent of the vegetables in school lunches are fries or other starchy vegetables—with fries number one in school lunches across the country. The lobbyists would like to keep it that way.

Park District Unveils Healthy Vending Machines NBC Chicago, August 30, 2011
You just had a workout at a Chicago Park District field house, and now you want a snack to refuel. You can forget about those fatty chips. Don’t even think about sugary pastries. And sack the craving for sodium. Those snacks won’t be there anymore. The Park District is on a campaign to provide healthy snacks in its facilities.

Sugary Drinks Add 300 Calories a Day to Youths’ Diets USA Today,  August 31, 2011

The latest analysis shows that half of people in the USA drink sugary beverages on any given day, and about 25% consume at least 200 calories a day from them. About 5% of people ages 2 and older consume at least 567 calories a day from such drinks. That’s a national problem, nutrition experts say.

 Restaurants Want a Piece of the Food Stamp Pie, USA Today, September 5, 2011 The number of businesses approved to accept food stamps grew by a third from 2005 to 2010, as vendors from convenience and dollar discount stores joined the growing program.  Now fast food restaurants are lobbying to be included.

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