Healthy Communities- May 10, 2013

Healthy Communities


May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis affects an estimated 50 million U.S. adults (1) and continues to be the most common cause of disability in the United States (2). This year’s theme, “Faces of Arthritis,” ( is designed to challenge arthritis stereotypes and educate the public about the impacts of arthritis, along with promoting clinical and public health interventions to control it.


2013-2014 RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize
Applications due Thursday, May 23 at 3:00pm Eastern Time
The Call for Applications for the second annual RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize is available. The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize honors outstanding community partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. The prize is rooted in the idea that every community is on a unique journey toward health and that communities’ stories of success are as diverse as their populations. All communities in the U.S. are encouraged to apply, regardless of county ranking. Up to six winners will each receive a $25,000 cash award and their success stories will be celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. Learn more about the application and selection processes by viewing our informational webinar recording and slides.
More information about the prize is also available on the website. Find the Call for Applications, Prize FAQs, and Key Dates. You can also view a multimedia winners gallery with videos, stories, posters, and photos of the six first round winning communities.

HBO Documentary Series, The Weight of the Nation for Kids, to Air in May, 2013
We are pleased to announce the release of HBO’s new documentary film, The Weight of the Nation for Kids. This three-part series of 30-minute films sheds light on solutions to the obesity problem at home and in school. The Weight of the Nation for Kids is a fun, family-friendly companion to the 2012 four-part documentary, The Weight of the Nation™. The series was developed by HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. The Weight of the Nation spotlighted the facts and myths of the obesity crisis and its effect on our nation and health care system. Now The Weight of the Nation for Kids focuses on what some kids are doing at home and in communities to make healthy changes to their diets, school menus, and every day activities.The Weight of the Nation for Kids Debut: Tuesday, May 7th at 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes of “Kebreeya’s Salad Days” and “Quiz Ed!” Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, an encore play of The Weight of the Nation™  2012’s Emmy®-nominated “The Great Cafeteria Takeover”

Reports and Articles


Chad: Chad

ItalyWhat A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World
It seems as photographers we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry’s series of riders to looking on instagram we can’t help but documenting what we consume. Peter does a great job of exploiting this on a bigger scale. Photographer Peter Menzel started this intriguing series of one weeks of groceries from around the world.
It is interesting to see that how much food does not seem to vary too much(except Chad) but the variety of food is vastly different in each country. It is a great way to see the different culture’s influence on the products and food the consumers buy.

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005–2010
Key findings

  • The mean percentage of total calories from added sugars decreased with increasing age and increasing income.
  • Non-Hispanic black men and women consumed a larger percentage of their total calories from added sugars than non-Hispanic white and Mexican-American men and women.
  • More of the calories from added sugars came from foods rather than beverages.
  • More of the calories from added sugars were consumed at home rather than away from home.

NIH awards $40 million in grants to reduce stroke disparities in the U.S.
National Institute of Health: May 1, 2013
Four research centers will develop high-impact culturally tailored interventions aimed at lowering stroke risk among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Together the centers are expected to receive $40 million in funding over five years, contingent on the availability of funds from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Oregon’s Medicaid Experiment: Coverage Is the First Step
Health Affairs (Blog), John Lumpkin, 05/02/2013
As a longtime physician, I know that having access to stable, affordable health coverage is a critical step in achieving better health outcomes.

Twinkie Insanity Hits the House
Politico, Marion Nestle, Larry Cohen and Rob Waters (Opinion), 05/03/2013
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) argued in POLITICO April 17 that it should be illegal for the U.S. government’s public health guardian — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — to point out to children and their parents that Twinkies and sugar-laced sodas are bad for health.

Employers Push Back on Health Law’s Insurance Trigger
Wall Street Journal, Louise Radnofsky, 05/03/2013
Employers are putting increasing pressure on lawmakers to peel back a piece of the federal health-care law that requires firms provide insurance to employees working 30 hours a week or more.
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Unhealthy Ads Dominate Spanish Children’s Television Shows

NBC Latino, Jacquellena Carrero, 05/06/2013
Latinos have some of the highest rates of obesity in the nation, and the results of a new study show that advertisers may be contributing to the problem.

Government’s Role in Protecting Health and Safety
New England Journal of Medicine. Authored by CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., this perspective piece discussed the appropriate role of governmental public health action.

The Changing World of Food Traceability
Food Safety News, 05/06/2013
You, the consumer, are at the end of a long line of stops food makes before reaching your plate. Being able to trace this food back to its origins can be crucial to government and industry during a food-related recall or outbreak. But you may also want to know whether what you are about to consume is organic, whether it’s vegetarian, or maybe because of your beliefs you are looking for food that’s kosher or halal.

Coke to Curb Ads to Kids, Push Diet Drinks
Wall Street Journal, Mike Esterl and Paul Ziobro, 05/08/2013
Coca Cola is broadening distribution of its low-calorie drinks and said it would put calorie counts on the front of its packaging around the world as it ramps up global efforts to counter criticism its sugary drinks are fueling obesity.
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Fast Food Nutrition Has Barely Improved in 14 Years, Study Finds
Huffington Post, Rachel Tepper, 05/08/2013
Despite fast food companies’ pledges to up the nutritional quality of their offerings, a new study suggests that little has changed health-wise in the past 14 years.

Wisconsin’s Food-Stamp Bill Would Limit Junk Food
Wall Street Journal, Ian Berry, 05/08/2013
Wisconsin food-stamp recipients would face sharp limits on how much junk food they could buy under a bill moving through the state legislature.
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Community Preventive Services Task Force
(Task Force) released their findings on Reducing Out-of-Pocket Costs for Cardiovascular Disease Preventive Services for Patients with High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol. This release comes before publication of the scientific articles to allow use of the information to help make related decisions. The Task Force recommends reducing patient out-of-pocket costs for medications to control high blood pressure and high cholesterol when combined with additional interventions aimed at improving patient–provider interaction and patient knowledge, such as team-based care with medication counseling and patient education. This recommendation is based on strong evidence of effectiveness in improving (1) medication adherence and (2) blood pressure and cholesterol outcomes (Task Force Finding and Rationale Statement).

An Interview with New Orleans’s Newest Grocer: Actor Wendell Pierce
May 9, 2013
Last month, Wendell Pierce opened the first of four Sterling Farms grocery stores planned for the New Orleans region, bringing jobs, fresh produce, and a sense of renewal to Marrero, a nearby suburb. Pierce, a New Orleans native, is best known for his starring roles in the TV series Treme and The Wire. According to Pierce, “economic development is the social justice issue of the 21st century.”


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