Healthy Communities — June 1, 2012

CDC has released a new infographic, The New (Ab)Normal, which addresses the increase in portion sizes for popular food items.

Who Eats What? This infographic shows favorite foods around the world.

And Carl’s Jr. is testing the Ice Cream Brrrger: chocolate ice cream and icing between two sugar cookies that’s made to look like a hamburger with oozing ketchup and mustard coloring.

Resources

Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities’ movement. The Access to Healthy Food and Predominant Race/Ethnicity map now includes block group-level data showing the dominant race/ethnicity from the 2010 Census annd locations of Farmers’ Markets and SNAP-Authorized Retailer Locations from the USDA.

Reports and Articles

Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities, EPA.gov, May 2012
The goal of the Action Plan is to reduce the burden caused by asthma, especially among children — in particular, minority children and children with family incomes below the poverty level. The plan will promote synergy and alignment across numerous federal programs.

Bloomberg Plans a Ban on Large Sugared Drinks, New York Times, 5/31/12
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to combat rising obesity.

Visits to Fast Food Drive-Thru Windows Up, LA Times, 5/30/12
At quick service hamburger restaurants, the drive-thru is responsible for 57% of all visits, beating out dine-in and carry-out options. The window draws 40% of visitors at Mexican fast-food joints and 38% of chicken-based chains.

Work-Related Asthma — 38 States and District of Columbia, 2006–2009, CDC MMWR, 5/25/12
An estimated 16 million adults in the 38 states included in this study were ever-employed and had current asthma.  Distributions of work-related asthma were highest among persons aged 45-64 years old, blacks, and persons of other races.

Anti-Obesity Proposal Fails Again at McDonald’s, Reuters, 5/24/12
McDonald’s Corp investors soundly rejected a shareholder proposal that would have required the world’s biggest fast-food chain to assess its impact on childhood obesity.

C-Section May Boost Child Obesity Risk, The Washington Post, 5/23/12
The BMJ journal Archives of Disease in Childhood reports that babies born by C-section may be more likely to become obese children.

Americans Eat More Fresh Foods Than They Did Five Years Ago , Washington Post,  5/22/12
Three-quarters of Americans say they support a national program that would double Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or food stamp) benefits at farmers market and 70 percent of respondents said they have purchased fresh produce from a farmers market or stand in the past year.

Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Among US Adolescents, Pediatrics, 5/21/12
A recent study found that while rates of obesity and other heart risk factors have remained steady, the percentage of U.S. teenagers with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes more than doubled between 1999 and 2008.

More Than Half of Overweight And Obese Adolescents Have Heart Disease Risk, Associated Press, 5/20/12
Half the nation’s overweight teens have unhealthy blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar levels that put them at risk for future heart attacks and other cardiac problems, new federal research says. And an even larger proportion of obese adolescents have such a risk, according to the alarming new numbers.

U.S. Obesity Plateau Shows What Works in Weight Battle [Editorial], Bloomberg, 5/20/12
Obesity has become a danger far greater than hunger. Yet amid the alarming stories about its harm to America’s health and economy, one bit of information has been drowned out: The percentage of U.S. adults who are obese appears to have plateaued.

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