Healthy Communities — May 24, 2012

You may not have received last week’s Healthy Communities email, due to some technical glitches we were having with WordPress.  We apologize for the inconvenience and you can read the full Healthy Communities — May 18, 2012 post online here.

Ever wonder which brands are related?  Are you curious who currently owns JELL-O? This diagram can help!

Food Advocate of the Week: 9-year old Martha Payne.
This Scottish blogger started documenting her unsatisfying school lunches, rating taste, healthiness, and pieces of hair (usually zero, but not always).  After international media attention, the local council has decided students can have unlimited salad, fruit and bread.

Video of the Week: HBO’s The Weight of the Nation series debuted on May 14th.  If you missed it, all four feature films plus bonus shorts can be viewed online at or


Strategic Alliance for Healthy Communities has developed Implementation Guides to mentor other communities in chronic disease prevention.  These “how to” guides provide evidence- and practice-based strategies to reduce the burden of chronic diseases.

Reports and Articles

Diabetes on the Rise among Teenagers, New York Times, 5/21/12
A new study has found that the percentage of teenagers testing positive for diabetes and pre-diabetes had nearly tripled to 23 percent in 2007-8 from 9 percent in 1999-2000.

Tracking the Junk Food the World Eats After Dark, NPR’s The Salt, 5/18/12
People around the world show remarkable similarity in their daily eating habits: meals start off healthy in the morning, but get progressively worse throughout the day – until by nightfall we’re deep into junk food territory.

The Cultural Importance of Salt,, 5/17/12
For many of us, it’s a mundane compound that we casually use to brighten up the flavors in our cooking, but salt has a rich and tumultuous history and considerable cultural importance the world over.

Chain Restaurants Don’t Meet U.S. Nutrition Guidelines, Los Angeles Times, 5/16/12
Researchers found that 96% of over 30,000 menu items failed to meet recommendations for the combination of calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

First Lady Has Plan to Get Kids Involved in Sports Associated Press, 5/14/12
The first lady is partnering with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Partnership for a Healthier America, U.S. Paralympics and numerous national governing bodies that have pledged their time and resources toward introducing young people to their sports over the course of the summer.

America’s Hatred of Fat Hurts Obesity Fight, Reuters, 5/11/12
“As long as we have this belief that obese people are lazy and lacking in discipline, it will be hard to get support for policies that change the environment, which are likely to have a much larger impact than trying to change individuals,” said psychologist Rebecca Puhl of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. 

Yet an online poll found that 61 percent of American adults believe the high incidence of obesity results from “personal choices.”


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