Healthy Communities

Video of the Week: “Food Rules” — a Michael Pollan’s talk about the food industry has been turned into a stop-motion video by Marija Jacimovic and Benoit Detalle for a Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts competition.


Older Americans Month 2012 Materials encourage older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and communities.  The 2012 theme is “Never too old to Play.”  Materials are available in English and Spanish.

The new website for the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative provides strategies and tools to help improve the health of local communities.

New health economic assessment tools (HEAT) for walking and cycling transport infrastructure and policies from the World Health Organization provide guidance on applying health economic assessment tools to walking and cycling, and looks at both health and environmental effects.

Articles and Reports

Man Suffers Heart Attack at Heart Attack Grill, Fox 5, 2/14/12
The Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas lived up to its name Saturday night, when a customer dining on a “triple bypass burger” suffered an apparent heart attack.

Does Offering Smaller Portions Help People Eat Less? NPR “The Salt”, 2/8/12
A server offers you the option to downsize the fried rice side in your Chinese takeout order by half. She tells you that if you accept her offer, you’ll save 200 calories. Do you take it?

As Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Push Turns 2, It’s Time for a Check-Up PBS, 2/9/12
By many markers, Mrs. Obama’s simple goal “to shine a spotlight on this issue in a way that I couldn’t do as a regular mom on the South Side of Chicago” has far exceeded expectations.

More on the second anniversary of Let’s Move!:

Government Can Regulate Food Advertising to Children because Cognitive Research Shows that it is Inherently Misleading, Health Affairs, February 2012
Cognitive research indicates that young children cannot effectively recognize the persuasive intent of advertising or apply the critical evaluation required to comprehend commercial messages.

Addressing Child Hunger and Obesity in Indian Country: Report to Congress, 1/12/12
This new USDA report finds that American Indian and Alaska Native children have roughly twice the levels of food insecurity, obesity, and Type II diabetes compared to U.S. averages for children of similar ages.


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