Healthy Communities — November 10, 2011


New resources have been added to the ACHIEVE website, including childcare wellness policies, complete streets guides, healthy vending/fundraising in schools, and CDC’s high-impact policy recommendations.

The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition has launched a new Farm to School online toolkit for programs wanting to incorporate more local foods into their school lunch menus.

Chef Charles Nutrition Education for Seniors is a popular nutrition education program in Iowa.  All of the program’s materials are free and available to the public.

The New York City Health Department has launched its latest education campaign describing how drinking just one 20oz soda a day translates to eating 50 lbs of sugar a year!

In support of National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day (Nov 14th), the National Diabetes Education Program is promoting the theme “Make a Plan to Prevent Diabetes and Its Complications.”  Campaign materials are available in English and Spanish, and include ready-to-use newsletter articles, press releases, radio and print public service announcements, posters, and talking points.

Articles and Reports

Potato Servings Limited in Washington County School Lunches, The Oregonian, November 4, 2011

Nutrition directors at school districts in Washington County say the federal government shouldn’t pick on the potato—or any vegetable, for that matter.  It’s the preparation method that should be addressed.  Schools across Washington County dumped their fryers years ago.

Banning All Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Middle Schools, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, November 7, 2011 State policies that ban all sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in middle schools appear to reduce in-school access and purchasing of SSBs, but do not reduce overall consumption.

Fast Food’s Biggest Customer: Not the Poor, But the Middle Class, TIME, November 7, 2011 A recent study from the University of California, Davis found that people’s visits to fast-food joints increased along with their incomes, and that poor people were spending fewer dollars on fast food than middle-income Americans.

Note: This study only looked at data from 1994-1996, before McDonalds launched their dollar menu and other fast food restaurants implemented similar approaches.

Obesity, Sleep Apnea and Cognitive Problems in Children Linked ABC News, November 4, 2011
Obesity, sleep apnea and behavior and learning difficulties can cause significant dysfunction in children, but a new study suggests these three problems interact with one another, exacerbating the effects of each individual problem.

Home Environment Affects Asthmatic Kids  USA Today, November 7, 2011
Children with asthma who live in single-parent homes are 50 percent more likely to return to the hospital for treatment within a year than those who live in two-parent homes, a new study finds.

Reversing Oregon’s Low Rate of Screening for Colon Cancer, The Oregonian, November 9, 2011 A public health campaign kicking off this week in Oregon uses the power of social networks to promote colon cancer screening. The Oregon Health Authority is asking women and men who’ve been through a colonoscopy or other screening tests to explain the process to family and friends.

Considering When it Might Be Best Not to Know About Cancer, New York Times, October 29, 2011 After decades in which cancer screening was promoted as an unmitigated good, as the best – perhaps only – way for people to protect themselves from a frightening diseases, a pronounced shift is under way.


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