Healthy Communities – June 22, 2012


New Fact Sheets: The National Prevention Strategy and The Community Guide: NACCHO’s chronic disease team has recently published two fact sheets that provide more information on the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) and The Community Guide. The NPS is a comprehensive plan designed to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life; view NACCHO’s fact sheet on NPS here. The Community Guide is a collection of all the evidence-based findings and recommendations of the Community Preventive Services Task Force; view NACCHO’s Community Guide fact sheet here.

The Bipartisan Policy Center recently released a report calling on the public and private sectors to collaborate in creating healthy communities, with a focus on evidence-based practice. The report, Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens Our Economic Future, includes strategies to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables in an effort to combat obesity and lower related healthcare costs.

Reports and Articles

Rip’n Chick’n, anyone? Or a Beefy Nacho Burrito? The 5 most ridiculous fast-food snacks  meant to be eaten in the car

Council lifts gag on 9-year-old food critic

Outrageous food: deep fried cereal

Why does the food you get at McDonald’s look different than it does in ads? The McDonald’s Canada video below claims the ingredients used in both burgers are the same; the bun just deflates because it steams a little in the box. Decide for yourself.

The ACA Prevention Fund at Work in State and Local Public Health, Governing, 6/20/12, The Prevention and Public Health Fund funding stream is slated to pump billions of dollars into federal, state and local prevention efforts.

Let’s Get Real: The Portion War Between Big Soda and NYC Is All About Profit, The Atlantic, 6/15/12, As everyone knows by now, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, in concert with the NYC health department, is proposing to address this through a regulation that would limit the size of sugar-sweetened beverages sold in restaurants, movie theaters, and street carts to no more than 16 ounces. Is this good policy?

Cities with more walkers, bike commuters are less obese,  Governing, 6/14/12, A Governing review of census and CDC data finds communities where more residents walk or bike to work boast significantly healthier weights. The analysis of 2010 statistics for 126 metropolitan areas finds these communities are strongly correlated with higher numbers of residents who are neither obese nor overweight.

Docs Aren’t Coaching Overweight Kids on How to Slim Down: Study, U.S. News & World Report,  06/08/2012, While U.S. doctors often urge obese teens to eat better and exercise more, overweight kids headed for obesity seldom get the same medical advice, a new study shows.

Equity in Transportation for People with Disabilities,” The American Association of People with Disabilities and The Leadership Conference Education Fund found several problems for people with disabilities living in both urban and rural areas when it comes to basic transportation. The report provides various recommendations around funding, programs, enforcement and more.

The new Public Library of Science Medicine series on Big Food aims to examine and stimulate debate about the activities and influence of the food industry in global health. The series adopts a multi-disciplinary approach and includes critical perspectives from around the world and is edited by Marion Nestle and David Stuckler.

An Issue Brief titled The Prevention and Public Health Fund: A critical investment in our nation’s physical and fiscal health from APHA, explains the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a new mandatory fund for prevention and public health programs created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


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