Healthy Communities – December 21, 2012


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Reports and Articles

CDC Grand Rounds: The Million Hearts Initiative
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,12/21/12
Million Hearts is a large-scale, public-private initiative that aims to change the cardiovascular health of the nation by preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Success can be achieved by the implementation of proven, effective interventions, health technology and systems improvements, modifications in health-care coverage and reimbursement, and innovative strategies to improve performance on the ABCS by patients, health-care professionals, and health-care systems.

New Census Projections Underscore Urgency of Equity and Inclusion
Policy Link, 12/19/12
US Census data forecasts give fresh urgency to the case for equitable and inclusive policies that allow all racial and ethnic groups to thrive now and in the future.


Europe Proposes New Tobacco Rules
The New York Times, 12/19/12
Health warnings should cover 75 percent of cigarette packs but governments should also have leeway to require plain packaging, the European Commission said Wednesday.

Dietary Seat Belts
The New York Times, 12/18/12
Soda kills more people than guns — more people than car wrecks — only less dramatically. What we need is the equivalent of a dietary seat belt.


The not-so-sweet side of Beyoncé’s Pepsi deal
The Globe and Mail, 12/18/12
Why is Beyoncé promoting a beverage that has been linked to childhood obesity and other health problems? That’s what the Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to know. The organization has launched a campaign urging the pop singer to ditch a $50-million endorsement deal with PepsiCo.

Inherited colon cancer risk tied to certain foods
Chicago Tribune 12/17/12
Among people who have a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer, those whose diets are heavy in junk food have an even higher risk, according to a new study.

Study Finds Years Living With Disease, Injury Increasing Globally
Harvard School of Public Health, 12/13/12
Researchers find that the majority of the world is living longer, but spending more years in poor health compared to 20 years ago.

Dr. Naa Oyo A. Kwate Aims to Makes Connection Between Racism and Health
New York Amsterdam News, 12/13/12
In her research studies, Dr. Naa Oyo A. Kwate has worked to understand how messages of racism affect the physical and emotional health of people of color.

‘A lot of momentum’ on fitness, obesity
The Charleston Gazette, 12/12/12
Increase the tax on tobacco, the West Virginia Healthy Lifestyle Coalition urged the LegislatureWednesday. Ban sales of soda pop in high schools. Let community groups use school gyms after school.

Maryland: Ulman Orders Standards for Healthier Beverage Options in Howard County
All County vending machines, events, programs and departments will migrate to lower sugar and lower calorie options according to new Healthy Options Beverage Standards.

New Poll Shows U.S. Public Supports Continued Investment in Federal Nutrition Assistance Program
Harvard School of Public Health, 12/5/12
A new poll from researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) shows that the U.S. public broadly supports increasing or maintaining spending on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Planning for Food Access and Community-Based Food Systems: A National Scan and Evaluation of  Local Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans
American Planning Association, November 2012
Access to safe and nutritious food is considered a basic individual right by the World Health Organization and the United Nations. However, many residents in low-income neighborhoods—both rural and urban—have limited access to fresh produce and other healthful foods.

Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults with Arthritis
The Journal on Active Aging, November/December 2012
This article will explain what arthritis is (and is not), its burden, and how physical activity plays an important role in its treatment. In addition, it will describe recent efforts to help professionals make physical activity an easier choice for adults with arthritis.


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