Healthy Communities- May 31, 2013

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The Vulnerable Population Footprint map is a data visualization tool that overlays poverty rates and educational attainment, two key drivers of poor health outcomes. Users can use the tool to identify where health disparities may exist in their state or communities of interest. The data is housed in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Web site, a free web-based platform designed to assist hospitals, non-profit organizations, state and local health departments, financial institutions, and other organizations better understand the needs and assets of their communities. Click here for instructions on how to use the tool.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is exploring ways to support locally-driven Healthy Homes Initiative coalitions in non-metro areas of the state.
OHA has partnered with the Oregon Opportunity Network (Oregon ON) and the University of Oregon’s Community Service Center (CSC), to expand our understanding of the relationship between community housing and health providers in support of household health. We are gathering basic information regarding services that may impact the health of households that you serve in your area.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by following the link below. Be sure to pass it on to others in your service area who may be pertinent to this effort. The greater the number of housing and health-related professionals this survey reaches, the better our understanding will be.
Follow this link to the Survey: Healthy Homes Initiative Survey  Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
Questions? Reply to Maddie Phillips, the Community Service Center project coordinator:

Reports and Articles

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Seasoning May Cut Salt Needs in Hypertension
According to a small experimental study reported at the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) meeting, a greater taste for salt among older hypertensive adults might be satisfied with seasoning instead. In a taste test of breads that were identical except for sodium content, 68% of hypertensive individuals picked the saltier bread, compared with 31% of participants with normal blood pressure. On a retest two weeks later, adding oregano to the bread drastically lowered the proportion of testers who preferred the saltier option: only 14% of hypertensive participants, and none of the participants with normal blood pressure. Although the results of the 44-patient study were not statistically significant, the findings are an early step in an emerging area of research. – MedPage Today

Low Sodium Diet Helps Cardiovascular Health
A small 4-week study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has found that restricting dietary intake of sodium can help improve vascular endothelial dysfunction, which is an imbalance of substances in the inner lining of blood vessels, in middle-aged and older adults with moderately elevated systolic blood pressure. An individual’s risk for vascular endothelial dysfunction increases with age, particularly for people with hypertension. – Food Consumer

Google Search Will Tell You How Many Calories Are in That Burger Now
This is great if you’re watching your waistline and even if you’re not—Google has added very specific nutritional information to search. Whether you want to know how many carbs are in an apple to how much sodium is in a bowl of miso soup, it will give you an exact answer.

Why Recess Might Be the Most Important Part of School
The Atlantic Cities, Sarah Goodyear, 05/16/2013
There is nothing fancy about the schoolyard at P.S. 309 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. It’s just a few hundred square feet of bare asphalt bounded by a chain link fence, with a couple of basketball hoops and some lines painted on the ground. A young woman named Tashawnee Guarriello is busy getting the yard ready for recess, which is going to start any moment. Guarriello, who is known to the kids of P.S. 309 as Coach G, is one of hundreds of coaches working in schools around the country as part of Playworks.

Stopping Urban Violence By Treating It Like An Infectious Disease
Your Olive Branch, Ariel Schwartz, 05/16/2013
Violence breeds violence. There’s a reason why it seems to thrive in certain areas and shrivel up in others: it’s contagious, worming its way into human brains like tuberculosis and HIV take control of the body. Epidemiologist Gary Slutkin never thought about any of this–until he started seeing the patterns. Now Slutkin’s 13-year-old organization, Cure Violence, is in cities around the world, where it’s dramatically reducing shooting, homicides, and other violent crimes.

From 2003–2006 to 2007–2010 the percentage of daily calories consumed from fast foods among adults aged ≥20 years declined from 12.8% to 11.3%. A decrease from 12.7% to 10.5% also was observed for those aged 40–59 years, but no statistically significant change was noted for persons aged 20–39 years or ≥60 years. During both periods, the percentage of daily calories from consumption of fast foods was highest among those aged 20–39 years.

Changing the Face of Silicon Valley Startups
Americas Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model – Newsletter
In Silicon Valley dreams come true on Demo Days, when startups get to pitch technology investors for financing. On a Demo Day last month, Frederick Hutson, a 29-year-old African American and former prisoner from Florida, created a buzz with his young company, a web service that keeps inmates connected with the outside world.

Gym Should Be Treated as Core Subject, Panel Says
Reuters, Susan Heavey, 05/24/2013
U.S. schools need to boost efforts to get students moving, and make gym class as critical as other core subjects if they want to increase test scores as well as students’ general well-being, a leading group of health advisers said yesterday.

On the Front Lines of Food Safety
New York Times, Stephanie Strom and Steven Greenhouse, 05/24/2013
With piles of fresh strawberries beckoning consumers at markets and stores this season, an alliance of a major retailer, fruit growers and farm workers has begun a program to promote healthy produce and improve working conditions.

New Rules for Labeling Meat Go Into Effect in U.S.
Associated Press, M.L. Johnson, 05/24/2013
Shoppers in the U.S. will soon have more information about where their meat comes from after new federal labeling rules went into effect Thursday.

What Do We Eat? UNC Food Map Will Tell Us
Raleigh News and Observer, Mary Clare Jalonick, 05/28/2013
Do your kids love chocolate milk? It may have more calories on average than you thought.

Most adults with arthritis do no or low amounts of walking, which is an effective and safe way to achieve the proven arthritis benefits of physical activity.  Almost two-thirds of adults with arthritis report no or low (<90 minutes) walking per week.


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