Healthy Communities – July 13, 2012

Are you or someone you know working on an effective project that addresses childhood obesity? The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) wants to hear about it.
AJPM announces the opening of the “Childhood Obesity Challenge,” an online competition designed to provide new and creative solutions to this public health crisis. The Challenge is open to individuals or teams from any sector, and presents an outlet for innovative solutions to childhood obesity that are outside the standard framework of scientific research publications. Winners will receive a cash prize and will be featured in the print and online editions of AJPM. The deadline for submitting entries is 5 pm EDT Aug. 15, 2012.

The American Cancer Society is seeking participants for their Cancer Prevention Study – 3 (CPS-3) — Portland. You can fight back against cancer by enrolling in the American Cancer Society’s new research study called Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).  By joining CPS-3, you can help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save more lives.

Resources

Johns Hopkins Releases Briefs on Public Health Provision of Farm Bill
The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has prepared new briefs outlining the importance and impact of Farm Bill programs on public health

CDC has announced its Million Hearts Caregiver Video Challenge, funded in part by the Prevention Fund.  People who play a role in “helping to prevent or control high blood pressure or maintain the heart health of a loved one are asked to share their stories of caregiving by creating original, compelling videos that are less than 2 minutes long. The videos should include a description of how the caregiver contributes to another person’s heart health and provide helpful tips related to high blood pressure prevention or control.” Videos can be submitted between July 16th and August 31st.

Reports and Articles

The Division of Diabetes Translation of the CDC has released a new publication, Diabetes Report Card 2012. Diabetes Report Card 2012 uses 2010 data to present a profile of diabetes and its complications at the national and state level. It includes information about prediabetes awareness, diabetes outcomes, and risk factors.

Bipartisan Policy Center’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative report, Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future, and executive summary The report calls on individuals and the public and private sectors to collaborate on specific, actionable strategies to improve outcomes in four priority areas: healthy families, schools, workplaces and communities. Driven by the alarming rates of obesity and chronic disease, and their associated costs, the report calls needed attention to our mounting health care spending, which is expected to reach $4.6 trillion dollars annually by 2020 and consume 19.8% of GDP.

American Beverage Association Opposes Mayor Bloomberg’s Soda Proposal
New Yorkers for Beverage Choices, an offshoot of the American Beverage Association, has begun organizing public relations efforts against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed restrictions on the sale of large sugar-sweetened beverages. The campaign includes radio ads, petition drives, and meetings with city council members and likely mayoral candidates. More than 20,000 signatures have already been collected on its petition opposing the proposal, which comes as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene prepares to hold a July 24th public hearing.

At least 500 protesters were expected to take part at the “Million Big Gulp March” at City Park Hall in New York City this week.

The National Center for Healthy Housing has released Housing and Health:  New Opportunities for Dialogue and Action.  It provides a look at the ways in which housing affects health, along with next steps for fostering greater collaboration between the public health and housing policy communities.

Despite Obesity Concerns, Gym Classes Are Cut, New York Times, 7/10/12
In its biennial survey of high school students across the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in June that nearly half said they had no physical education classes in an average week.

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2008
Featuring Cancers Associated With Excess Weight and Lack of Sufficient Physical Activity. This report provides an annual update of cancer incidence, mortality, and trends in the United States. The report includes a special feature section that highlights the effects of excess weight and lack of physical activity on cancer risk.

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