Healthy Communities — May 4, 2012

Video of the Week: Let’s start a conversation about health and not talk about health care at all.

The organization ADay.org is engaging in an effort to document in pictures one day in the life of the world.  That day is May 15th.  Organizations that protect and promote health have the opportunity to submit entries “that capture in photographs a day in the lives of people as they work to protect and promote their communities’ health.”

Resources

HBO is launching a 4-part documentary series, The Weight of the Nation, as part of a national public health campaign about the obesity epidemic.  Watch the trailer here.  You can host a screening of the series using the free DVD screening kits.

CDC’s Guide to Writing for Social Media provides information to help you write more effectively using multiple social media channels, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and mobile phone text messaging.  The guide is intended for beginner/intermediate audiences.

Regional Food Hub Resource Guide, USDA, April 2012
The Regional Food Hub Resource Guide is part of USDA’s commitment to expand market opportunities for local and regional food systems. The guide aims to connect and support small- to medium-sized producers nationwide and help strengthen their operations from the ground up.

National Women’s Health Week is May 13-19, 2012
National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance that empowers women to make their health a top priority. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health. The theme for 2012 is “It’s Your Time.

Reports and Articles

Asthma’s Impact on the Nation, CDC, May 2012
This new CDC report reveals a 14.8% increase in the proportion of persons with asthma in the United States from 2001-2010.  May is also Asthma Awareness Month.

Portland-Area Native Americans Burdened by Health Hurdles Generation after Generation, The Oregonian, 5/2/12
By most measures, Native Americans’ health problems exceed the average, and it’s even worse for urban Indians who can’t tap social and health services available on distant reservations.  The problem’s not new, but some of the solutions are.

Obesity-Linked Diabetes in Children Resists Treatment, New York Times, 4/30/12
As obesity rates in children have climbed, so has the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, and a new study adds another worry: the disease progresses more rapidly in children than in adults and is harder to treat.

How Washington Went Soft on Childhood Obesity, Reuters, 4/27/12
After aggressive lobbying, Congress declared pizza a vegetable to protect it from a nutritional overhaul of the school lunch program this year. The White House kept silent last year as Congress killed a plan by four federal agencies to reduce sugar, salt and fat in food marketed to children.  At every level of government, the food and beverage industries won fight after fight during the last decade.

Soft Drinks: Public Enemy No.1 in Obesity Fight? CNN News, 4/27/2012
About 1 in 4 Americans gets at least 200 calories a day from sugary drinks. These numbers… give ammunition to doctors and public health officials who say soda should be treated as public health enemy No. 1.

Sugary Cereal: Breakfast Candy or Obesity Cure? [Opinion] The Atlantic, 04/24/2012
Instead of lobbying to keep marketing breakfast candy to kids, cereal and other companies should work with the Obama administration on sensible food marketing guidelines for children. The companies should also do considerably more to improve the nutritional quality of the cereals and other foods they market to children.

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