Healthy Communities- June 7, 2013


Share Promising Practices to Reduce Health Disparities from the Health and Human Services (HHS)/Office of Minority Health (OMH)
The HHS Office of Minority Health, National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities encourages partners to submit stories from the field that can be shared with others via the National Partnership for Action “Communities in Action” spotlight, the NPA Blog, the Healthy Minorities, Healthier America Newsletter, and other social media platforms. Share a story or a promising practice to reduce health disparities in your community. Click here for online submission.

New Video Demonstrates How to Cook Traditional Asian American and Pacific Islander Dishes in a Healthy Way
To promote healthy eating among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and Chef Ming Tsai have teamed up to film a cooking demonstration in the White House kitchen featuring healthy and traditional Asian recipes that follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPlate food icon.
The cooking demonstration video is a collaborative effort between the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative and the USDA to ensure that Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are aware of, can culturally relate to, and can easily adapt the dietary guidelines emulated by MyPlate. The video can be viewed here. For more information and the full press release, please click here.

Latinos and Snacks at Schools
Latino students are widely exposed to high-fat, high-sugar snacks and drinks sold in schools, but implementing stronger nutritional standards can yield healthier school snacks for this growing population at high risk of obesity, according to a new package of research materials released today by Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children.
The “Healthier School Snacks & Latino Kids” package highlights the fact that young people consume a high proportion of their daily calories at school. Click here to learn more.

Walking for the Every Body Walk Campaign
The US Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, issued a proposed call to action: See

Reports and Articles

North Plains Senior Center begins Arthritis Foundation’s ‘Walk with Ease’ program
The Oregonian, 5/18/13
In the basement of the senior center, a dedicated group of regulars meets for strength and flexibility exercises three times a week. Standing in front of metal folding chairs, they begin by swaying back and forth on their feet.

Colonoscopies Explain Why U.S. Leads the World in Health Expenditures
The New York Times: June 1, 2013
MERRICK, N.Y. — Deirdre Yapalater’s recent colonoscopy at a surgical center near her home here on Long Island went smoothly: she was whisked from pre-op to an operating room where a gastroenterologist, assisted by an anesthesiologist and a nurse, performed the routine cancer screening procedure in less than an hour. The test, which found nothing worrisome, racked up what is likely her most expensive medical bill of the year: $6,385.

WASHINGTON — Recent studies that examine links between sodium consumption and health outcomes support recommendations to lower sodium intake from the very high levels some Americans consume now, but evidence from these studies does not support reduction in sodium intake to below 2,300 mg per day, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.
Despite efforts over the past several decades to reduce dietary intake of sodium, a main component of table salt, the average American adult still consumes 3,400 mg or more of sodium a day – equivalent to about 1 ½ teaspoons of salt. The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans urge most people ages 14 to 50 to limit their sodium intake to 2,300 mg daily. People ages 51 or older, African Americans, and people with hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease – groups that together make up more than 50 percent of the U.S. population – are advised to follow an even stricter limit of 1,500 mg per day. These recommendations are based largely on a body of research that links higher sodium intakes to certain “surrogate markers” such as high blood pressure, an established risk factor for heart disease.

The 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables provides national and state-level data on how many fruits and vegetables (F&V) adults and adolescents are eating, and highlights steps states and communities are taking to make it easier for everyone to access F&V.

Sodium Reduction Campaign Spurs Menu Makeover at Topeka Zoo
The new menu at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas is inviting visitors to “eat like the animals,” thanks to Shawnee County’s Sodium Reduction in Communities Program grant from CDC. Zoo director Brendan Wiley said that the zoo has undergone a menu makeover, including a two-thirds reduction of sodium, while keeping the changes low-key and maintaining visitor satisfaction. Shawnee also has worked with the county’s jail to reduce sodium in inmates’ meals; more than a dozen Topeka convenience stores are offering healthier options; and “Spot the Salt” TV and radio ads and billboards are making the rounds. – WIBW

Ireland Bans Advertising for Foods High in Salt, Fat, and Sugar During Evening Airtime
New guidelines published by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will prohibit the advertising of foods considered to be high in salt, fat, and sugar during programs aimed at children. The policy states that no more than 25% of advertising time sold after 6 p.m. may feature foods considered to be high in these substances. Advertisements for such products may no longer feature celebrities or sports personalities, characters or personalities from movies, health or nutrition claims, or promotional offers. – Irish Times


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