Healthy Communities – October 12, 2012

View a new info graphic on how bad a meal can be at a chain restaurant.


The Oregon State Health Profile and the Public Health Division’s Strategic Plan are now available through the Oregon Public Health Division.  Both documents are available at The State Health Profile paints a picture of where Oregon stands on important health indicators and The Strategic Plan identifies 11 focal areas for the Division’s work.

October 12, 2012, is World Arthritis Day. This year’s theme is “Move to Improve.” For persons with arthritis, aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises can reduce pain; improve mobility, function, and mood; and delay disability, helping them to stay independent, keep working, and participate in valued social activities. See Oregon specific data and self-management programs and contact April Rautio, Oregon Arthritis Program Coordinator for more information, at or 971-673-2283.

The Real Bears, an animated short film tells the story of a family suffering from the adverse health impacts of soda consumption, including weight gain, obesity, and tooth decay, as well as diabetes and its associated complications, including amputation and erectile dysfunction.  In the film’s stirring conclusion, the family of Bears decides to reclaim their health—and their happiness.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have announced the release of What Works for Health. Part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, this new tool is a searchable menu of public health policies and programs and allows local leaders to choose a health factor of interest (i.e. tobacco use, employment, access to health care, environmental quality, etc.) and browse through the evidence ratings for particular programs, policies, or system changes that address the specific health factor.

Reports and Articles

The American Public Health Association and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership co-authored “Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health”, which explains how public health practitioners can understand how transportation is built in communities, regions and states; learn how transportation programs are organized and funded; and engage stakeholders to find effective calls for action.

Candy at the Cash Register — A Risk Factor for Obesity and Chronic Disease
The New England Journal of Medicine, 10/11/12
“We need to test new approaches to risk reduction that do not place additional cognitive demands on the population, such as limiting the types of foods that can be displayed in prominent end-of-aisle locations and restricting foods associated with chronic diseases to locations that require a deliberate search to find. Harnessing marketing research to control obesity could help millions of people who desperately want to reduce their risks of chronic diseases.”


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