Healthy Communities – 2/1/13


View new resources from the Convergence Partnership

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to hold a “facilitated dialog” between health researchers and the tobacco companies on the issue of industry-funded research.  Ruth Malone, editor of the journal Tobacco Control, has written an eloquent letter to the FDA explaining why she is declining this invitation and calling on others to do the same.
February is American Heart Month and Friday, February 1st is National Wear Red Day.  “On Feb 1, 2013, check your heart health, educate your friends and family, and plan on wearing red to show your commitment and passion for fighting this cause. It’s time to stand stronger, speak louder and join us in the fight this National Wear Red Day.”   To learn more

Clinical and Community Preventive Services Resources Sodium Reduction Tools
To support Americans’ New Year’s health and nutrition goals and in advance of American Heart Month, the Public Health Law Program (PHLP) has released a series of legal resources on dietary sodium reduction. According to CDC, excess dietary sodium raises the risk for high blood pressure and its cardiovascular health consequences, including heart disease and stroke, the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. As part of a longstanding collaboration with the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, PHLP highlights six legal resources and six policy toolkits for practitioners seeking to reduce dietary sodium in distinct populations such as government institutions, schools, worksites, and hospitals. Click here to access these resources and toolkits.

Reports and Articles

Quality Connection Newsletter
Highlighting the latest accreditation and quality news for the Oregon public health system. Read success stories and best practices in quality improvement, performance management, and accreditation initiatives.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) announced his support last week for a bill that would add a tax of one cent per each ounce of soda. According to the state department of health, the proposal would bring in an estimated $37 million per year in revenue that would be used to fund obesity and diabetes prevention programs. The No Hawaii Beverage Tax Coalition – a group of more than 340 businesses opposed to the legislation – called it “a tactic that takes our eye off the real problem and hits consumers directly.”

A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years
Trust For America’s Health, January 2013
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years, which provides high-impact recommendations to prioritize prevention and improve the health of Americans.

Ask the Expert: Does being overweight really decrease mortality? No!
Harvard School of Public Health, January 2013
” Stated politely, the [Flegal] paper is a pile of rubbish.”

Research Shows that by Investing in Prevention and by Strengthening Prevention Policies, Americans Can Live Longer, Healthier Lives
A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years, a new report from Trust for America’s Health, provides high-impact recommendations to prioritize prevention and improve Americans’ health.

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) released its 2012 Annual Report to Congress and Agencies Related to the Work of the Task Force.  The report describes Task Force activities since its 2011 report, key evidence gaps found in its reviews, upcoming systematic reviews, the topic selection process, systematic review methods, and how states, communities, and worksites have used Task Force recommendations.

Study Shows Weight-Loss Myths Abound
MedLine Plus, 1/30/13
The bottom line for weight loss, said Allison, is indeed a fact: “Eating less energy than one expends for a prolonged period of time, and then maintaining that over a period of time.”

Survey: Many adults track their health issues
USA Today, 1/30/13
Nearly seven in 10 U.S. adults say they are tracking weight, diet, exercise routines or some medical symptom for themselves or a loved one, but most are doing it without the aid of modern technology and many are just keeping track in their heads, a new survey finds.

The U.S. Health Disadvantage: A Crisis That We Must Address Together Today
The Huffington Post, Claire Pomeroy, 01/22/2013
A new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine provides a bleak outlook for the country’s health. The report shocked many Americans and confirmed the worst fears of others. The U.S. has a three-decade long protracted and pervasive “health disadvantage” that causes Americans to die and suffer from injury and illness at “rates that are demonstrably unnecessary.” The report is more than a call for public- and private-sector action; it is a call for awareness among all Americans that the nation’s health and economic wellbeing are dangerously at risk. It is time to come together to end the downward trajectory of the country’s health status!

Update on Emergency Department Visits Involving Energy Drinks: A Continuing Public Health Concern
SAMSHA, 1/10/13
The number of emergency department (ED) visits involving energy drinks doubled from 10,068 visits in 2007 to 20,783 visits in 2011

National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) has released Prevention and Public Health Fund and Affordable Care Act — Implications for Local Health Departments.

Anticipated 2013 Cancer Figures
Cancer death rates in the U.S. have dropped significantly since 1991, most likely due to the reduction in the number of smokers and improved screening. However more than 1.66 million new cases will be diagnosed in 2013, with more than 580,000 Americans expected to die from the disease.

Is Social Networking the New Handy Weight Loss Tool?
If shedding a few pounds is on your New Year’s resolution list, a new study suggests you should turn to Twitter as a support tool.


You Don’t Have to Be Superhuman to Commute by Bicycle
This weekend’s New York Times story on long-distance cyclists might scare off potential everyday riders.
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