Healthy Communities – 7/6/12

McDonald’s in Germany is amping up the size of their Big Macs by 45% calling them “Bigger Big Macs.”

Resources

Breastfeeding Action Guides for Health Care Settings
Three new action guides are available from the CDC: Doctors in Action, Nurses in Action and Health Care Leaders in Action.

Under Pressure: Strategies for Sodium Reduction in Worksites is a new CDC resources providing practical strategies for improving the food environment in worksites such as creating a worksite wellness team, establishing a comprehensive food policy, and incentivizing employee participation.  This is the third in a series of venue-based guides offering strategies for sodium reduction in various settings.

The new National Healthy Worksite Program (NHWP) Web site from the CDC is designed to assist employers in implementing science- and practice-based prevention and health promotion strategies that can reduce chronic disease rates. The Web site is organized to provide an overview of the NHWP; resources to become a healthy worksite; information and profiles of the NHWP communities, and links and opportunities to network with others.

The Food Marketing Working Group, a network of more than 125 organizations and academic experts dedicated to eliminating harmful food marketing practices, has a new website that provides fact sheets, videos, model policies, and other resources.

Reports and Articles

Nutrition Experts Sound Off on Why It’s So Hard for People to Curb Sugary Drinks, Huffington Post, 7/5/12
Nutritionists, marketing experts and others who study people’s drinking habits say cutting back on sugary drinks is not so easy. Understanding drink labels and calculating serving size and calories is increasingly tricky, they say.

Cancer Group asks U.S. to Study Sugary Drinks, Obesity, Reuters, 7/4/12
The American Cancer Society is urging the Surgeon General to conduct a sweeping study of the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages on consumer health, saying such drinks play major role in the nation’s obesity crisis and require a U.S. action plan.

Obesity Researchers Study Thin People for Clues about Hunger and Metabolism, Washington Post, 7/2/12
By looking at people who are near their ideal body weight, researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s Metabolic Clinical Research Unit in Bethesda hope to figure out what causes so many others to be overweight or uncontrollably fat.

Cities’ Efforts to Make Exercise Easier Pays Off, Reuters, 6/25/12
Fitness is often a combination of personal choice and environmental support, experts say, and a ranking of the 50 healthiest U.S. cities seems to reinforce the theory.

Supersized Servings a Big Concern, Boston Globe, 6/25/12
We now eat nearly 300 more calories per day today than 30 years ago — about half of those calories come from sugary drinks and another quarter from portion size increases, said Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina.

The third part of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food is now available.  This series 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. It represents one of first times such issues have been examined in the general medical literature.

On June 16, 2011 the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, announced the release of the National Prevention Strategy, a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.   The National Prevention Strategy recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care, but also from clean air and water, safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, safe worksites, healthy foods, violence-free environments and healthy homes.

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