Healthy Communities – August 17, 2012

This week in strange foods: The Pizzabon, Cinnabon’s Improbable Foray Into Pizza

Please note that State of Oregon offices are closed for mandatory furlough due to budget cuts on Friday, August 17.


A new resource from the CDC: A Program Guide for Public Health: Partnering with Pharmacists in the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases, examining that the role of the pharmacist has expanded beyond just dispensing medications and is evolving into active participation in chronic disease management as a part of team-based care. Programs addressing chronic diseases in state health departments and communities can build team relationships through public and private partnerships

Creating Healthier Suburbs: Tools for Transforming Sprawl Into Livable Communities A new factsheet from ChangeLab Solutions provides an overview of how sprawl affects health and ways to start transforming sprawl into more livable communities.

Reports and Articles

Strong State Laws on School Snacks, Drinks May Help to Prevent Weight Gain, New Study Finds, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 8/14/12
With nearly one in three U.S. children overweight or obese, schools across the country have been making changes to the foods and beverages they offer in order to better support student health. Bridging the Gap, an RWJF research program, has been tracking those and other changes to nutrition and physical activity practices in our nation’s schools.

Nudging Patients to Ward Off Diabetes, The Wall Street Journal, 8/14/12
With as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults having pre-diabetes, health-care providers are ramping up education and management programs to help people make the lifestyle changes — such as weight loss and exercise — needed to ward off full-blown Type 2 diabetes.

FDA Approves Flu Vaccine for Coming Season, Health Day, 8/13/12: Two of the three strains picked weren’t in last year’s shot, experts note.

Engaging a Community in Developing an Entertainment–Education Spanish-Language Radio Novella Aimed at Reducing Chronic Disease Risk Factors, Alabama, 2010–2011, Preventing Chronic Disease, 8/2/12
With US Hispanics having disproportionate rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases, Alabama used the entertainment–education approach to develop a Spanish-language radio novella aimed at reducing risk factors for diabetes, obesity, and tobacco use. The approach is based on social cognitive theory and proposes modeling as a source of vicarious learning of outcome and efficacy expectations.

How Nurses Are Solving Some of Primary Care’s Most Pressing Challenges, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 2012
As pressure mounts on primary care providers to improve patient health and lower health care costs, delivery systems are looking to nurses to solve many of primary care’s most pressing challenges.

Adult Obesity Facts A 2011 CDC map detailing adult obesity prevalence for all U.S. states based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data shows that adult obesity remains high, with state estimates ranging from 20.7 percent in Colorado to 34.9 percent in Mississippi.

What is Killing Oregonians: The Public Health Perspective(s), CD Summary, 7/17/12
The answer to the question “What is Killing Oregonians?” depends on what you are truly asking. The leading underlying causes of death are cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease, stroke, and unintentional injuries.

Physical Inactivity as Damaging to Health as Smoking, ABC News, 7/17/12
Physical inactivity has a negative global impact so severe that its adverse effects on health are comparable to that of smoking or obesity, according to a new study.


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