Healthy Communities — October 21, 2011

The National Institutes of Health Go4Life Campaign encourages sedentary older adults to make physical activity part of their daily lives.

Go4Life provides information and motivation for exercise for individuals, families and friends, organizations, and health care professionals, including specific exercises, success stories, and free materials to motivate growing numbers of older people to start exercising and keep going.

Articles and Reports

High Poverty Areas Increase Obesity, CNN, October 20, 2011

When federal housing officials offered a program in the 1990s to move families out of poor neighborhoods, it created a unique opportunity not only to improve people’s day-to-day lives, but also to study how a change in environment might impact their health.

Low income housing options in California

Now, researchers have found that families who moved to lower-poverty neighborhoods had lower levels of obesity and diabetes than those who stayed behind.

Read more about this story at TIME Healthland and from the Associated Press.

 

Food and Nutrition Service Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (pdf), USDA Food and Nutrition Service, September 2011 This report finds that the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program has increased average fruit and vegetable consumption among students in participating schools by 15 percent.

Thomas Frieden and Moving Public Health Into the Future NewPublicHealth.org, October 20, 2011 Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke at the Opening Session of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Annual Meeting yesterday, with a focus on a vision for the public health of the future.

Nutrition ‘Rating’ System Urged by U.S. Panel for Food Labels, Bloomberg News, October 20, 2011 Foods sold in U.S. stores should carry standardized labels to let consumers gauge nutritional value.  Front-of-the pack nutrition labels should rate sodium, sugar and fat content on a scale of zero to three.

Fitting In Exercise, Between Math and English,  New York Times, October 19, 2011 Principals and other education officials say the combination of budget cuts and testing pressures have relegated physical education to the dispensable category, despite city and federal efforts to combat obesity and improve health by promoting nutritious foods and frequent exercise.

Senate Saves the Potato on School Lunch Menus  New York Times, October 18, 2011

The administration has proposed limiting the amount of potatoes and other starchy vegetables that can be served in school lunches to one cup per student per week, and banning them from school breakfasts.

The Senate on Tuesday moved to block the proposal by adopting an amendment to the 2012 spending bill for the Agriculture Department. The amendment, approved by unanimous consent, prohibits the department from setting “any maximum limits on the serving of vegetables in school meal programs.”  Check out the Keep Potatoes in Schools campaign here

86% of Workers Obese or Have Other Health Issue Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2011 Just 1 in 7 U.S. workers is of normal weight without a chronic health problem, according to Gallup polling data, and it could be costing the economy more than $153 billion a year in lost productivity from increased sick days.

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