Healthy Communities – September 7, 2012

This week in weird foods:
bacon coffee 

Reports and Articles

Redesigning the U.S. health care system around wellness and prevention, Examiner, 9/6/12
This week in the New England Journal of Medicine, there are several articles which discuss major changes that are coming to the health care system in the United States over the next few years.  Health care services will transition from treating illnesses and injuries after they occur to maintaining good health as far into old age as possible.

Soda tax war taking shape in two California cities, Reuters, 9/6/12
Two small California cities are the latest battlegrounds in the $111 billion U.S. soda industry’s fight to defend a near-perfect record of defeating proposed taxes on sugary drinks.



Millions don’t have their blood pressure under control, USA Today, 9/5/12
Despite the well-known perils of high blood pressure, more than half of the 67 million American adults who have the condition don’t have it under control, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a new report out today.

Increased advertising has measureable impact on fruit and vegetable consumption,, 9/5/12
A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that people in states with agricultural marketing programs eat more fruits and vegetables than in states without advertising, packaging and in-store displays promoting locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The intriguing metabolically health but obese phenotype, European Heart Journal, 9/4/12
Usually being obese means a higher chance of developing health problems. But, a new study shows that it is possible to be fat and fit – and also to be at no greater risk for some chronic diseases than people of normal weight. Read more at CBS News.

What’s for Breakfast? Mountain Dew Drinks, Associated Press, 8/31/12
Taco Bell is adding Mtn Dew A.M. –
a mix of Mountain Dew soda and Tropicana orange juice to it’s breakfast menu.  PepsiCo Inc also plans to introduce a drink made with juice next year – Mountain Dew Kickstart.


The Rebirth of Recess Slate, 8/29/12
While administrators were trying to get rid of recess, academics were studying it—that is, they were studying the time when children weren’t studying. The new science of recess says that recess isn’t a waste of time at all.

Walking Safely, A Report to the Nation,, August 2012
This new report examines 15-year trends in child pedestrian injuries and deaths in the U.S.  The death rate among older teens is now twice that of younger children, a shift since 1995.


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