Healthy Communities — May 18, 2012

This week, in ridiculous food: 7-Eleven launches low calorie slurpees.


New polling shows that 83% of Americans support maintaining or increasing federal funding for biking and walking.

Check out more infographics from America Bikes.

Reports and Articles

Oregon Overweight, Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition Facts Report (pdf), May 2012
The obesity rate in Oregon has jumped 121 percent in the last 20 years.
Read the press release here (pdf) or check out some local coverage of this report:

The Medical Cost of Obesity in Oregon, The Oregonian
State report puts dollar figure on Oregon’s obesity epidemic
, Portland Tribune
Oregon Obesity Jumps by 120 Percent Since 1990
Obesity epidemic worsening in state
, Gazette Times
Oregon’s obesity rates skyrocket
, KVAL (Eugene)

Healthy Hospital Choices (pdf), CDC, May 2012
In August 2010, the CDC convened an expert panel on policy and environmental approaches to improve food, physical activity, breastfeeding and tobacco-free environments in hospitals. The resulting recommendations made for the Food and Beverage Environments in hospitals are presented in this report.

CDC: Higher Income and Education Levels Linked to Better Health Time, 5/16/12
More educated people who make more money have lower rates of several chronic diseases, including obesity, compared to people with lower education and income levels.

Healthy Eating Can Cost Less, NPR, 5/16/12
An Agriculture Department study released Wednesday found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt.  That counters a common perception among some consumers that it’s cheaper to eat junk food than a nutritionally balanced meal.

A new systematic review describes the relationships between physical activity and cancer mortality and/or cancer biomarkers.  Read the press release and an editorial on this review.

A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity, New York Times, 5/15/12
“People think that the epidemic has to be caused by genetics or that physical activity has gone down. Yet levels of physical activity have not really changed in the past 30 years. As for the genetic argument, yes, there are people who are genetically disposed to obesity, but if they live in societies where there isn’t a lot of food, they don’t get obese. For them, and for us, it’s supply that’s the issue.”

Pepsi and Competitors Scramble as Soda Sales Drop, New York Times, 5/16/12
Public health advocates are worried about what may be taking the place of carbonated soft drinks in the American diet. They note the increasing appetite for energy drinks, loaded with sugar as well as caffeine, and non-carbonated sports drinks, which may have as much sugar as sodas.

Coca-Cola Tests Sweeteners in Battle of Lower Calories, New York Times, 5/12/12
Coke is testing a new blend of sweeteners aimed at lowering the calorie counts in soda, following on the heels of its rival, PepsiCo, which introduced the 60-calorie Pepsi Next at the end of March.

State of the Healthy Equity Movement, 2011 Update
This set of reports from the Disparity Reducing Advances Project brings attention to the often unnoticed but growing trend of policy decisions, administrative actions, and community efforts seeking health equity – fair access to health resources and a fair distribution of health outcomes.

Watching TV Steers Children Toward Eating Junk Time, 5/11/12

Scientists at the Eunice Kennedy Shrive National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, report that for every hour of television children watch, they are 8% less likely to eat fruit every day, 18% more likely to eat candy, and 16% more likely to eat fast food.

A Need for New Thinking in Attacking our Weight Problem [Editorial] The Washington Post, 5/11/12
In the Journal of Preventive Medicine on Monday, health-policy experts estimated that 42 percent of American adults will be obese in 2030. Forgive us if we don’t cheer at the prospect of adding 32 million to the total number of Americans who are dozens of pounds too heavy, a count that stood in 2010 at 78 million.

Workplace Wellness Programs: Health Policy Brief (pdf), Health Affairs, 5/10/12
Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will expand employers’ ability to reward employees that participate in wellness programs and who meet health status goals, while also requiring employees who don’t meet these goals to pay more for their employer-sponsored health coverage. This policy brief explains trends in wellness programs and details changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act.

War on Smoking Offers Some Lessons for Obesity Fight Kaiser Health News,  05/05/12
Instead of approaching obesity as a personal issue, it needs to be redefined as a community challenge that calls for collective action and wide-ranging policy changes such as more informative food labels, limits on marketing to children, and taxes on unhealthy products, they argue.


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