Healthy Communities – 10/5/12


Oregon’s application for a funding under the US Administration on Aging’s Empowering Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities through Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Programs opportunity has been approved. This funding, through HPCDP’s continued partnership with the State Unit on Aging, will increase reach of Living Well and Tomando Control programs with an emphasis on older adults and adults with disabilities, and will also enable the implementation of the Living Well Business Plan. For more information, contact

The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease Program now has videos and other resources available online

A union of service workers recently started offering CDSMP (aka Living Well and Tomando Control) to their members and has had great success.   They have made two You Tube videos for recruitment: (Spanish) and (English).

Reports and Articles

The Oregon Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Oregon Tracking) is pleased to announce the release of their latest report, DMV records are valuable for obesity surveillance in Oregon. This report presents findings from the largest validation study conducted on DMV records and demonstrates applications for the data.

The Past 200 Years in Diabetes
The New England Journal of Medicine, 10/4/12
In the past 200 years, we have made dramatic advances in our understanding of the regulation of normal glucose metabolism.

Percentage of Severely Obese Adults Skyrockets
USA Today, 10/1/12
The percentage of American adults who are 100 or more pounds over a healthy weight has skyrocketed since 2000, a study released Monday show.

Montana governor sees big savings with new state health clinic
Reuters, 9/29/12
Montana, looking to cut down on state healthcare costs, has opened the nation’s first government-run clinic for state employees in a program the Rocky Mountain state’s governor says could ultimately cover a much broader range of people.

What Works For Health: A New Resource for Community Leaders, 9/26/12
What Works for Health, the latest release from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, is an online, searchable menu of policies and programs—each with a rating based on strength of evidence for factors that can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.

Child Obesity Risks May Be Greater Than Thought
WebMD, 9/25/12
Children who are obese may have an even higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other weight-related diseases later in life than has been thought. Findings from a new review of studies suggest that these studies may have underestimated the effect of obesity during childhood and adolescence on later health.

Portion Sizes and Beyond — Government’s Legal Authority to Regulate Food-Industry Practices
The New England Journal of Medicine, 9/21/12
The importance of obesity as a public health problem has led to a number of proposed policy solutions, some of which — such as taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages — are highly controversial and have been opposed strongly by the food industry.

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011
The US Census Bureau, September 2012
Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the poverty rate in Oregon grew from 12.9% to 17.5% from 2007 to 2011. The child poverty rate rose to 23.6%, nearly one in four children in Oregon. Poverty is worse for communities of color, in many cases much higher than the baseline 14.8% in non-Hispanic white Oregonians.


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