Healthy Communities — October 28, 2011

Photo: Mike Matkin, Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar

In this edition of epic food products, a Detroit restaurant offers a 338 pound burger called the “Absolutely Ridiculous Burger”

This 540,000 calorie sandwich takes 22 hours to prepare and includes 30lbs of bacon, 30lbs of tomatoes, and 36lbs of cheese!  Don’t worry – it also comes with fries and a drink.

The Daily Beast presents the 20 unhealthiest cereals, from Capt’n Crunch to Honey Smacks. And a Burger King billboard in Seattle gets some new graffiti.


The CDC has updated their Healthy Communities Program policy guidance document, which recommends that public health programs work on policies that have the highest impact.

The American Heart Association has released a new fact sheet on reducing sodium in kids’ diets.

And the Pew Research Center provides a new breakdown on how people learn about their local communities, including information on what the most popular local topics are, the impact of social media, and differences among groups when it comes to where they find their information.

Articles and Reports

This TED Talk on the effects of income inequality by Richard Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan and even such basic values as trust.

Luchando por el Aire: The Burden of Asthma on Hispanics is a new report from the American Lung Association that takes an in-depth look at asthma in this community.  Compared to non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics with asthma are less likely to be in the care of a regular doctor or clinic; less likely to be prescribed appropriate medicines; and more likely to end up being treated in the emergency department or hospitalized in a crisis.

Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America is a new report from Common Sense Media about the media habits of very young children.  Two-thirds of kids younger than the age of eight watched TV for an average of 1 hour and 45 minutes per day.  Learn more about this or get involved with the STAR (Screen Time Awareness and Reduction) Coalition in Oregon.

Debunking the Cul-de-Sac, The Atlantic, September 19, 2011  “A lot of people feel that they want to live in a cul-de-sac, they feel like it’s a safer place to be,” Marshall says. “The reality is yes, you’re safer – if you never leave your cul-de-sac. But if you actually move around town like a normal person, your town as a whole is much more dangerous.”

Study Shows Link between HPV and Heart Disease USA Today, October 24, 2011 Cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) may increase a woman’s odds for heart disease, even if she doesn’t have any of the recognized cardiovascular risk factors, a new study suggests.

Healthy People 2010 Misses Targets on Obesity and Health Disparities American Medical News, October 24, 2011 The nation’s health improved during the past decade as adult cholesterol levels decreased and fewer people smoked cigarettes, according to the final review of Healthy People 2010. But the country fell short of meeting Healthy People 2010 goals in some of the most critical areas, including reducing obesity and health disparities.


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