Healthy Communities — January 10, 2012

Video of the Day: 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? Current research showing the impact of exercise on health for people of all ages.

NYC Health Department launches a new campaign about portion sizes.





Spectrum of Prevention: Prevention Institute’s signature tool is designed to help conceptualize multifaceted strategies for supporting health, in the first place. Use this unique framework to framework to explore and identify opportunities to create comprehensive change within organizations, institutions, and in the political sphere.

Developing Effective Coalitions: An 8-Step Guide: Create lasting coalitions with our detailed guide, designed to help partnerships launch and stabilize successfully, while supporting advocates and practitioners in every aspect of the process.

Fact Sheet: Prevention and Public Health Fund summarizes a wide array of data to make the case for why prevention is so important.  There is something for everyone across the political spectrum.  Get the facts on how prevention saves money and lives through improvements to our economy, our international competitiveness, our military preparedness, and our educational success.

Articles and Reports

State Initatives Supporting Healthier Food Retail: An Overview of the National Landscape.  This new CDC report provides readers with useful information about the rationale for and characteristics of healthier food retail legislation enacted in the last decade. The report also provides public health practitioners and their partners with potential action steps that can be used to inform and educate others about the benefits of improved access to fruit and vegetables and other healthier foods through Healthier Food Retail initiatives in their state

Study Aims to Create Diabetes Food Box Model for Food Banks, Newswise, December 20, 2011 Investigators at The Ohio State University’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (OSU CCTS) are working with Mid-Ohio Foodbank and other community stakeholders to learn how a regular, monthly supply of diabetes-friendly foods impacts the health of food pantry clients with Type 2 diabetes.

Looking Ahead to Food Politics in 2012 San Francisco Chronicle, January 1, 2012
Marion Nestle takes a look at what’s on the food politics agenda for 2012.

Preschoolers Spend Too Much Time on Sedentary Activities, USA Today, January 3, 2012 Most children at child care centers, preschools and nursery schools spend hours doing sedentary activities and aren’t spending much time playing outside.

Some In Congress Ready to Act Against Schools’ PE Cutbacks Seattle Times, January 4, 2012  When Congress considers overhauling its federal education law early this year, a bipartisan group of 85 House members want to include language that would pressure schools to offer more PE:  Their idea is to force school officials to issue yearly reports on how much time students engage in physical activity, making it easier for the public to compare schools.

Nationwide Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages would Prevent Thousands of Heart Attackes, Strokes and Cases of Diabetes, Health Affairs, January 9, 2012

Estimated additional cost with a 2-cent-per-oz tax

Researchers calculated that a penny-per-ounce tax would reduce overall consumption of sugary drinks by 15 percent among adults ages 25 to 64.

Their calculations indicate the change would help the nation avoid more than $17 billion in medical costs during those 10 years.


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