Healthy Communities — January 20, 2012

CDC’s Healthy Communities Program is pleased to announce the release of the Strategic Alliance for Health Implementation Guides. These guides can assist communities in replicating specific evidence- and practice-based interventions that reduce the burden of chronic disease and create policy, systems, or environmental changes, such as increasing access to healthy foods and beverages in schools.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and their Healthy Schools Program were recently featured on NBC’s Nightly News and the Today Show.  The segments highlighted efforts of Public School 2 in West New York, NJ to revamp their cafeteria and integrate activity breaks throughout the day.

Articles and Reports

Obesity Epidemic May Have Peaked in the US, NPR, January 17, 2012

The proportion of adult Americans who are obese held steady at about 35 percent, marking the second time that had happened between installments of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

And when the researchers examined the surveys over the long-term, they found clear evidence that that overall obesity had leveled off.  Read the CDC data brief here.

More on this story:

Chick-fil-A Kids Menu Getting Healthier Options, Atlanta Business News, January 9, 2012

Chick-fil-A is revamping its children’s menu to include healthier options, such as grilled chicken nuggets and applesauce and is eliminating Hi-C from the children’s beverage line.

Sugary Drinks Tied to Breastfed Kids’ Weight, Reuters, January 5, 2012 Babies who were breastfed longest and drank few or no sugary beverages were about half as likely to be obese as kids who weren’t breastfed or who consumed the most sugary drinks, in a new study of Hispanic children in southern California.

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