Healthy Communities – April 5, 2013

Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health has recently launched a new Web site. Click here to view the site.


APHA teamed with Piktochart — an online application with easy-to-use templates — to co-host APHA’s first-ever “NPHW infographic contest,” which asked our audience to outline the importance of public health with facts and statistics — and beautiful visuals to emphasize them.

Four winners emerged – including a infographic on worksite wellness –

To see all the winners go here:

Two New USPSTF Videos Available
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF or Task Force) released two new short videos about the role the Task Force plays in preventive medicine and its process for developing evidence-based recommendations. Read more about each video below, and follow the links to hear directly from Dr. Virginia Moyer, chair of the Task Force, and Task Force members Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo and Dr. Mark Ebell.
Watch the USPSTF Overview video to find out more about the role of the Task Force and how it works to achieve its mission of improving preventive health care for all Americans. In this video, Dr. Moyer, Dr. Bibbins-Domingo, and Dr. Ebell discuss how Task Force recommendations can help clinicians and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for a patient’s needs.

Watch the USPSTF Recommendation Process video to see inside the Task Force’s process for developing a recommendation. In this video, the Task Force members discuss creating a research plan, compiling an evidence report, developing a recommendation, and disseminating the recommendation. This video also features the importance of public input in the development of Task Force recommendations.

Reports and Articles

FiberFoodsMore Dietary Fiber Might Help Thwart Stroke: Study
HealthDay News: March 28, 2013
Eating more fiber-rich foods appears to lower stroke risk, according to a new British study.
For every 7-gram bump in daily fiber consumption, an individual’s risk for experiencing an initial stroke appears to plummet 7 percent, the investigators concluded after analyzing 20-plus years of research.

Toddlers Meals Full of Salt
CDC researchers who reviewed 1,115 food products for babies and toddlers found that more than 75% of pre-packaged meals and snacks for toddlers were high in sodium. According to the study, which was presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions, parents need to be aware of the risks of too much sodium and to read package labels. – CNN

Wilsonville Named First “Healthy Eating, Active Living” City in Oregon
City of WilsonVille News: April 2, 2013
The City of Wilsonville is the first Oregon community to join the “Healthy Eating, Active Living” or HEAL Cities Campaign, a partnership of the Oregon Public Health Institute, League of Oregon Cities and Kaiser Permanente. The HEAL Cities designation is a recognition of Wilsonville’s planning policies and community programs that provide opportunities for residents and workers to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Illinois Public Health Institute: March 21, 2013
Key findings include:

  • Loss of profit was not the most frequently cited concern about changing nutrition standards
  • For the districts and schools in the study, “doing the right thing” was more important than profit
  • Most respondents had a positive outlook on the future profits for competitive foods
  • Strengthening nutrition standards for competitive foods are associated with increased participation in the USDA reimbursable meal program
  • Strong competitive food and beverage standards do not have a more adverse financial impact on low-income school districts compared to higher income districts
  • Schools experienced declines in competitive food profits.  However, schools report that over time, profits rebounded, and when measured across all food service accounts, profits remained the same or increased

LYFE Kitchen with Lower Sodium Options Ready to Grow
Reporters Notebook: March 22, 2013
This premium fast-casual “lyfestyle” brand, embodied by two LYFE Kitchen concept restaurants in California, was developed by former McDonald’s executives who have pledged to reinvent the notion of fast food. The menu at LYFE Kitchen restaurants features dishes under 600 calories, with lower sodium options. Two more restaurants are planned for the Los Angeles area this year, and company officials recently announced their first franchise agreement to bring the brand to Chicago. – Nation’s Restaurant News

McDonald’s Plans More U.S. Product Launches, March 14, 2013
McDonald’s Corp., which by its own admission suffered a “stall” in innovation within the United States last year, plans to avoid a similar fate in 2013 by introducing more products. In a presentation at the UBS Global Consumer Conference, McDonald’s president and CEO Don Thompson also noted that the company has taken steps to reduce sodium in some of its products in recent years. –

New Yeast Extracts Can Help Cut Sodium by 50%
A new range of yeast extracts can deliver up to a 50% sodium reduction without compromising the taste or functional integrity of the finished product, according to global manufacturer Sensient Bio-Ingredients. The manufacturer’s Sensasalt product line includes a range of savory products. – Food Navigator-USA

Upping vigorous exercise may improve fibromyalgia
Reuters Health:
March 28, 2013
For those who are able, exercising once or twice more weekly may alleviate some symptoms of a chronic pain condition without making joints feel worse, according to a new study. Previous studies have found short-term benefits of exercise for fibromyalgia, a poorly understood disorder that includes joint pain, tenderness, fatigue and depression and affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Cutting Out Mealtime Distractions May Help Manage Weight
HealthDay News: March 28, 2013
Taking the time to focus on your food — appreciating how it tastes and smells — may keep you from snacking or overstuffing hours later.
Researchers have discovered that watching television may not just be doing what experts have long assumed: turning you into an exercise-avoiding couch potato. The couch isn’t necessarily the problem — it’s that you’re not paying attention to what you’re eating. That tends to make you feel less full — some people can’t even remember what they ate and when — which in turn causes them to eat even more.

Trends in High LDL Cholesterol, Cholesterol-lowering Medication Use, and Dietary Saturated-fat Intake: United States, 1976–2010
PDF Version
Elena V. Kuklina, M.D., Ph.D.; Margaret D. Carroll, M.S.P.H.; Kate M. Shaw, M.S.; and Rosemarie Hirsch, M.D., M.P.H.
Key findings:
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1976–1980, 1988–1994, 2001–2004, and 2007–2010
For adults aged 40–74:

  • The prevalence of high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or LDL–C, decreased from 59% to 27% from the late 1970s through 2007–2010.
  • The percentage of adults using cholesterol-lowering medication increased from 5% to 23% from the late 1980s through 2007–2010.
  • The percentage of adults consuming a diet low in saturated fat increased from 25% to 41% from the late 1970s through 1988–1994.
  • No significant changes in the percentage of adults consuming a diet low in saturated fat were observed from 1988–1994 through 2007–2010.

New AHRQ Research Finds Some Interventions May Help Prevent Weight Gain
Limited evidence shows certain interventions and approaches may help prevent weight gain among adults, according to a new AHRQ research review. Potentially effective strategies include minor behavioral change, such as eating more meals prepared at home, or major changes, including endurance exercise training three times per week. Obesity is a risk factor for chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and certain types of cancer. Although evidence is limited to support certain strategies, the rationale for preventing weight gain is sound given the strong evidence that links obesity to poor health, high costs, and other negative consequences. Select to access the full research review, Strategies to Prevent Weight Gain Among Adults.

Eat Fish, Live Longer?
HealthDay News:  April 1, 2013
Regularly eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids might lengthen your life, new research suggests.
A study of more than 2,600 older adults found those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids — found in salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout and albacore tuna — lived more than two years longer on average than those with lower blood levels.
“This is not a study of fish oil supplements, it’s a study of blood omega-3 levels related to diet,” said researcher Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.


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