Healthy Communities – December 28, 2012

This week in strange foods: dextrin-laced Pepsi in Japan

Resources

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Toolkit for Rural Communities
This comprehensive toolkit from the National Council on Aging serves as a resource for rural communities, with the intent of equipping community partners with resources to make it easier for them to implement CDSMP and maintain fidelity. Though this resource was developed in 2008, it is still relevant and applicable today.

A number of Oregon-specific CDSMP (Living Well/Tomando Control) publications are also available on the Oregon Living Well webpage.

Reports and Articles

A Review of Food Marketing to Children and Adolescents
Federal Trade Commission, December 2012
The Federal Trade Commission announced the results of a comprehensive study of food and beverage industry marketing expenditures and activities directed to children and teens. The study gauges the progress industry has made since first launching self-regulatory efforts to promote healthier food choices to kids.  It serves as a follow-up to the Commission’s 2008 report on food marketing requested by Congress.

Smart Growth and Economic Success: Benefits for Real Estate Developers, Investors, Businesses, and Local Governments
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, December 2012
This report is the first in a series from EPA’s Smart Growth Program designed to inform developers, businesses, local government, and other groups about the benefits of smart growth development.  Smart growth development is compact and walkable and provides a diverse range of choices in land uses, building types, transportation, homes, workplace locations, and stores

Edward Barrera: Sugary drinks are a health hazard
San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 12/15/12
The beverage pushers can talk about small businesses, nanny states and freedom of choice. But in the end, sugary drinks are a health hazard, fueling diabetes and obesity.

Food Pricing Strategies, Population Diets, and Non-Communicable Disease: A Systematic Review of Simulation Studies
PLOS Medicine, 12/11/12
Based on modelling studies, taxes on carbonated drinks and saturated fat and subsidies on fruits and vegetables would be associated with beneficial dietary change, with the potential for improved health.

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