Healthy Communities – August 3, 2012

Grocery Store Wars – a comedic, Star Wars themed short film on organic foods

The Preventing Chronic Disease Journal (PCD) is seeking article submissions from state, tribal, local and territorial health department practitioners who are working to improve the health of the public. Submissions should showcase practice-based evidence from the field of public health and can include original research, community case studies, systematic reviews, special topics, or briefs.  Articles should present research results to a broad audience of public health professionals and others who are dedicated to helping practitioners and policy makers inform research and researchers help practitioners and policy makers more effectively improve the health of the population. Submissions are due by September 25, 2012.


The Oregon Quality Connection was just released, highlighting the latest accreditation and quality news for the Oregon public health system. Read success stories and best practices in quality improvement, performance management, and accreditation initiatives.

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

CDC’s new guide Under Pressure: Strategies for Sodium Reduction in Institutionalized Environments has been released.  The Guide provides practical strategies for improving the food environment in institutionalized settings, including long term care and correctional facilities. Strategies include adopting nutrition standards for food purchased and served, promoting healthful foods, and providing education through various formats. Under Pressure: Strategies for Sodium Reduction in Institutionalized Environments is the fourth and final publication in a series of venue-based guides offering strategies for sodium reduction in various settings. All four guides related to sodium reduction in schools, hospitals, worksites, and institutionalized environments may be found on the CDC Salt Publications webpage

The Learning Institute at Morrison will hold its inaugural conference – Contemporary Families 2012: Building Blocks to a Better Practice – August 6-8, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown. This conference will provide hundreds of mental health professionals from across the country, along with many local social service agencies, the building blocks they need to improve their clinical work.

A new publication on Licensing and Zoning from ChangeLab Solutions provides an overview of policy tools that can be used to shape local environments in healthier ways. It shows how policies can be applied toward common public health goals, like increasing the availability of healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity and how can you decide what to pursue to meet your community’s needs.

Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers from ChangeLab Solutions provides comprehensive language your community can adapt for its healthy retail needs.

STAR Communities has announced a Call for Expressions of Interest in the STAR Pilot Community Program. STAR Pilot Communities will be the first cities and counties rated in the STAR Community Index™ and will have access to the STAR Online Reporting Tool.

The STAR Community Index™ is the nation’s first framework for evaluating, quantifying, and improving the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. STAR uniquely combines: A framework for sustainability encompassing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of community; a rating system that drives continuous improvement and fosters competition; and an online system that gathers, organizes, analyzes, and presents information required to meet sustainability goals.

Alzheimer’s Town Hall Meetings– Aug 4-30 in Bend, Coos Bay, Eugene, Medford, Pendleton, Portland, Salem
The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter is holding town hall meetings in communities around the state to share information on the National Alzheimer’s Plan and State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease in Oregon.  Townhall meetings will provide participants with an overview of what’s in both the state and national plans, and a chance to provide feedback and find out how to be involved in next steps. For information on the seven town hall meetings.

Reports and Articles

McDonald’s Food has a Healthy Glow in China, NPR, 7/27/12
Here in the U.S., McDonald’s food is not usually considered all that healthy. But in China, it is. That’s because Chinese consumers trust American brands more than their own, says Shaun Rein, founder of China Market Research, who studies Chinese consumer behavior. Rein says that in China, McDonald’s is seen as providing safe and wholesome food.

Can “Pop-Up” Grocery Stores Solve the Problem of Food Deserts? Time, 7/24/12
Every morning, Madison, Wis., grocer Jeff Maurer fills a 40-foot air-conditioned trailer with fresh food – the Freshmobile” – and drives to low-income neighborhoods to sell his wares.

Obese Kids May Be at Higher Risk for Heart Disease HealthDay, 7/24/12
Researchers who found that two out of three severely obese children already have at least one risk factor for heart disease say their findings are cause for concern in light of increasing rates of childhood obesity.

Staying Well: Real Stories from the Prevention and Public Healthy Fund, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network – July 2012
The report highlights 17 stories from across the country: from Pinellas County, Florida working to reduce obesity rates by improving competitive food offerings and recreation areas, to the Southern Nevada Health District promoting physical activity by incorporating active design elements in transportation planning and expanding its local Safe Routes to School program.


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