Healthy Communities – March 22, 2013


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Reports and Articles

girl with apple Short-Term Exercise Might Boost Young People’s Self-Control
HealthDay News 3.6.13
Short bouts of moderately intense exercise appear to improve the self-control of youngsters and young adults, a broad review of existing research suggests.

Salty Diet Might Help Trigger MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis
HealthDay News 3.6.13
Eating lots of foods loaded with salt may do more than raise your blood pressure: Researchers report that it could also contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, where the body’s immune system mistakenly mounts an attack upon some part of the body.

Despite obesity rise, U.S. calories trending downward
Reuters Health 3.6.13
U.S. adults have been eating steadily fewer calories for almost a decade, despite the continued increase in obesity rates, according to survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Cost of Diabetes Care in U.S. Keeps Climbing
HealthDay News 3.6.13
The total cost of diabetes in the United States jumped from $174 billion in 2007 to $245 billion in 2012, a new report shows.

Food Choice Consequences
Source: MedLine Podcast, 3/7/13
The study included nearly a half-million men and women from all over Europe, and focused on the potential link between processed meats, heart disease and cancer. None of the participants reported any major illness at the beginning of the study, and all volunteered personal information on their diet, lifestyle habits and physical activit

Miss. Law Bans Restrictions on Food Portions
Associated Press, Emily Wagster Pettus, 03/19/2013
A new law in the most obese state in the nation says Mississippi cities and counties can’t ban the Big Gulp or put other local regulations on food and drink.

In a New Aisle, Energy Drinks Sidestep Some Rules
New York Times, Barry Meier, 03/19/2013
Fans of Monster Energy, the popular high-caffeine energy drink, may not notice the change: its ingredients will be the same and its familiar label bearing a green, clawlike monogram will change only slightly.

Oregon Counting On Numbers To Help Track Healthcare Reform
OPB 3.21.13
The reform of Oregon’s health care system has three main goals:  To deliver higher-quality care, to have better outcomes  and, to save money. Governor John Kitzhaber calls it: “the triple aim.” But a year from now, how will the state know if it’s succeeding? The answer? By tracking a host of measures, and watching to see if they improve.

Living Well/CDSMP Newspaper Article from Humboldt County
This article features Humboldt County, our neighbors to the south, and their “Pathways to Health” or Living Well/CDSMP program.

Is There a Link Between Walkability and Local School Performance?

Some early attempts to map the question in D.C. suggest that there might be. But what does the correlation tell us?Full article »

Active Living Collaboratives in the United States: Understanding Characteristics, Activities, and Achievement of Environmental and Policy Change, Litt JS, Reed HL, Tabak RG, Zieff SG, Eyler AA, Lyn R, et al.

The Chronic Care Model and Diabetes Management in US Primary Care Settings: A Systematic Review, Stellefson M, Dipnarine K, Stopka C.

Substitution Patterns Can Limit the Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes on Obesity, Fletcher J, Frisvold D, Tefft N.

The Effect of Price Reduction on Salad Bar Purchases at a Corporate Cafeteria, Kottke TE, Pronk NP, Katz AS, Tillema JO, Flottemesch TJ.

Preventable Hospitalizations for Hypertension: Establishing a Baseline for Monitoring Racial Differences in Rates, Will JC, Yoon PW.

A Meta-Analysis of Health Status, Health Behaviors, and Health Care Utilization Outcomes of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a community-based self-management education program designed to help participants gain confidence and skills to better manage their chronic conditions. The objective of this meta-analysis was to quantitatively synthesize the results of CDSMP studies determine the program’s effects on health behaviors, physical and psychological health status, and health care utilization. Authors conclude that small to moderate improvements in psychological health and selected health behaviors that remain after 12 months suggest that CDSMP delivered in small English-speaking groups produces health benefits for participants and would be a valuable part of comprehensive chronic disease management strategy.

Study Finds High Support for Public Health Interventions, Few Worries about Encroaching ‘Nanny State’
The Pump Handle, Kim Krisberg, 03/18/2013
In a new study published this month in Health Affairs, researchers found that the public does, indeed, support legal interventions aimed at curbing noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. However, they’re more likely to support interventions that create the conditions that help people make the healthy choice on their own. They’re less likely to back laws and regulations perceived as infringing on individual liberties. It’s a delicate balance, but encouraging news for public health workers.

Tread Lightly: Labels That Translate Calories into Walking Distance Could Induce People to Eat Less
Scientific American
Including the amount of physical activity needed to burn off the calories from a meal caused people to order on average 200 calories less in an online survey

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to limit sugary drinks is losing juice, but an idea the city has used to convey caloric information about these beverages might actually have legs.

What Is The Effect Of Asking Americans To Think About The Greater Good?
NPR 3.19.13
Often times politicians pitch “the common good” when proposing changes to social policy. Psychologists now think this kind of appeal may backfire and actually unmotivate Americans. What is the effectiveness of different kinds of public appeals?

Creating Healthier Communities: Who’s Doing It, and How?
U.S. News & World Report, Rachel Pomerance, 03/14/2013
Here’s a riddle for you.

60-Plus Minutes of Physical Activity a Day Where Kids Live, Learn and Play (Blog), Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, 03/14/2013
You’ve probably heard this sobering statistic: Nearly one in three children and adolescents in the U.S. is overweight or obese.

In Obesity Epidemic, Poverty Is an Ignored Contagion
New York Times, Gina Bellafante, 03/17/2013
Under the category “Summer Rentals That Have Gone Terribly Wrong,” there are perhaps few parallels to the experience of Charles Henry Warren, a Manhattan banker who, in 1906, took a house in Oyster Bay on Long Island’s North Shore.

HHS Touts Obama Health Law’s Free Preventive Care
The Hill, Elise Viebeck, 03/18/2013
President Obama’s healthcare law provided more than 100 million people with coverage for free health services in 2011 and 2012, according to federal health officials.


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