Healthy Communities — October 17, 2011

World Arthritis Day is October 12, and the theme of this year’s observance is “Move to Improve.” An exercise program developed by the University of Washington Prevention Research Center is one of several evidence-based programs recommended by the CDC Arthritis Program to help people with arthritis. Watch this 3-minute video about “EnhanceFitness.”

Resources

Think food and beverage industries care about our kids’ health? Watch “We’re Not Buying it.” In just two minutes, Prevention Institute’s new  video highlights the deceptive ways that food and beverage companies  target our kids with unhealthy foods.

 

This Nutrition Wellness Policy Resource Guide was developed by Multnomah Aging & Disability Services as a resource to help senior/district centers in developing nutrition policies.  The guide contains a sample policy, support materials around nutrition and healthy food environemnts, and offers resources specific to Multnomah County, but may be a helpful model for other parts of the state.

Articles and Reports

Oregon’s Obesity Crisis: Seeking solutions in the design of cities and suburbs, The Oregonian, October 12, 2011 The way we’ve built cities and neighborhoods appears to be making us fatter and less healthy. Subdivisions designed for cars discourage walking. Fast food outlets and convenience stores offer a bounty of cheap, high-calorie, nutrient-poor food. Some city dwellers live miles from the nearest park.

A new set of studies from the University of Oregon have found that when toy giveaways are part of a collectible set and paired with healthy, nutritious food like vegetables, milk, and soup, children find the food likeable and good tasting.  More on the studies at the Register-Guard.

Government Pulls Back on Junk Food Marketing Proposal  Associated Press, October 12, 2011
Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam can rest easy. Government officials fine-tuning guidelines for marketing food to children say they won’t push the food industry to get rid of colorful cartoon characters on cereal boxes anytime soon.

Allowing the brand icons from popular cereals to remain untouched is one of the concessions officials say they are likely to make as they work to convince food companies to curb junk food marketing to children.

 

Report: Companies With ‘Better-for-You’ Foods Do Better Financially The Wall Street Journal Health blog, October 13, 2011 Food and beverage companies with a greater percentage of sales from so-called “better-for-you” products do better, financially, than their peers with less healthful fare, a new report from the Hudson Institute finds.  Read the full report here and get more on this story from NPR.

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