Healthy Communities- July 26, 2013

Reports and Articles

Oregon elderly live healthier, longer lives than in other states
The Oregonian, 7/18/13
Because they stay physically active and eat smart, Oregon’s seniors have more healthy years ahead of them than folks in most other states.

Poor Diet, Tobacco Use and Lack of Physical Activity Taking Toll on Nation’s Health
July 16, 2013
While we’re living longer, poor diet, tobacco use and inadequate physical activity are negatively impacting our health. These are some of the findings of research released this week by the U.S. Burden of Disease Collaborators, prompting much discussion and debate. To those of us on the front lines of promoting workplace health this comes as no surprise. This study should only add to the sense of urgency that we as a nation must have in solving this crisis. There is a direct link between the health of the U.S. workforce and the overall wellbeing of the U.S. economy.

The AMA Says Obesity Is a Disease. Now Can We Talk About Prevention?
July 19, 2013
Larry Cohen from The Prevention Institute talking about Obesity and “health in all policies.”
The American Medical Association sparked headlines last month when it voted to officially classify obesity as a disease. The AMA’s action highlights the different directions we can take in trying to improve health and prevent chronic illness. We can approach the health problems that stem from unhealthy eating and physical activity simply as individual concerns requiring individual treatment. Or we also can recognize that there are social influences that affect what we eat, how we live and how healthy we end up — long before we enter the doctor’s office.

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