Healthy Communities- June 21, 2013

Resources

Nutritious, Affordable Food Options for Park Visitors to be Offered Nationwide
The Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, joined National Park Service (NPS) Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, Let’s Move! Executive Director and White House Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Sam Kass, and executives and chefs of major concessioners to announce that visitors will have additional choices for purchasing healthy, nutritious food at national parks across the country.
“Our national parks are renowned around the world for their breathtaking landscapes and important cultural and historical sites,” Jewell said. “Today, as part of the administration’s efforts to promote healthier choices, we are adding yet another reason to visit our national parks and increasing the number of healthy food options available to visitors at parks from coast to coast.”
As part of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, Director Jarvis issued healthy food standards and sustainable food guidelines that will increase the number of menu items available at more than 250 food and beverage operations in national parks.
The new Standards and Guidelines and other healthy and sustainable food resources are available on the NPS web site.
Click here to link directly to the new standards.

Reports and Articles

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.A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease
The New York Times: June 18, 2013 The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments. In making the decision, delegates at the association’s annual meeting in Chicago overrode a recommendation against doing so by a committee that had studied the matter.
“Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans,” Dr. Patrice Harris, a member of the association’s board, said in a statement

American Lung Association Reports Women at Greater Risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
June 10, 2013   Women are 37 percent more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than men and now account for more than half of all deaths attributed to COPD in our nation.

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) May 2013 Releases
Visit the Preventing Chronic Disease website, where you will find downloadable articles and information on PCD, including links to all manuscripts published in May 2013.

CDC Partners with 104 Employers for National Healthy Worksite Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through its partner Viridian Health Management, has identified 104 employers in eight counties across the nation that has voluntarily chosen to participate in the National Healthy Worksite Program, a new initiative aimed at reducing chronic disease and building a healthier, more productive U.S. workforce. The initiative primarily focuses on small and mid-sized employers.
Please click here to view PDF of press release. Click here to view program website.
To see the list of employers for each community, please click here.

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