Healthy Communities- July 31, 2013

Resources

High Blood Pressure Medications and You: Infographic

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
This handbook was developed by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health Resources and Services Administration to help CACFP child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care. It includes a series of tip sheets addressing wellness recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education, 3rd Edition. Each tip sheet focuses on a specific topic and includes a practical application section to help providers apply the tips to their child care program. By using the tip sheets when planning meals and activities for children ages 2 through 5 years old, providers can incorporate key recommendations and best practices into their menus and daily schedules.
The success stories shared in the handbook highlight examples of new and exciting ways CACFP child care programs have improved the food they serve children and the activities they plan. Links to additional resources are also included in the publication, which features a new CACFP Wellness Resources Web page. As part of the USDA National Agricultural Library, the Web page is designed to help CACFP participants find the resources they need to meet wellness recommendations.
The target audience: CACFP Child Care Providers caring for children 2 through 5 years old. Click here to learn more and access the handbook.

Archived Webcast: Marketing Community-based Interventions
In June 2013, the Alabama Department of Public Health, in partnership with the CDC, presented: Talk About It! Marketing Community-based Interventions Through Health Care Provider and Community Ambassador Outreach. Participants learned about the 1.2.3 Approach to Provider Outreach and the Spread the Word marketing strategy using Community Ambassadors, how these strategies were used for marketing self-management education and physical activity programs, and the guidance and resources available for each approach. Click here to access archived webcast:

United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Nutrition and Consumer Services’ (FNCS) Recipe Box|
Check out the FNCS Recipe Box, our new webpage full of quick, delicious, cost-effective recipes for every type of cook.
You’ll find a wealth of nutrition information at the Recipe Box. It consolidates the nutritious (and tasty) know-how of USDA’s Food Nutrition and Consumer Services agencies, Food and Nutrition Service, and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. From one central location, our new webpage greatly improves access to healthy nutrition information already available from USDA, by offering it in one central location. Hundreds of low-cost recipes are available on the site, plus state-of-the-art nutrition guidance – including a host of kid-friendly recipe ideas developed during the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge. Encouraging Americans of all ages to make healthy nutrition choices is a key focus of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

USDA to Kick-Off National Farmers Market Week
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will announce Saturday, August 3 the number of markets registered in the 2013 National Farmers Market Directory, kicking off National Farmer’s Market Week (August 4-10, 2013). The opening ceremony at the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace (Marketplace) will celebrate farmers markets as a place for communities—rural and urban, farmer and consumer—to gather.
WHO:  Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo
WHAT:  2013 National Farmers Market Week Kick-off, Marketplace Tour, and Directory Announcement
WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. (Tour), 10:00 a.m. (Announcement)
WHERE: 14th Street and Park Road, NW (Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, one block from the Columbia Heights Metro Station)
Located in the northwest region of Washington, D.C., the Marketplace enjoys a culturally and economically diverse population of visitors. All of the fresh fruit and vegetable vendors accept USDA’s Women, Infants and Children’s food program coupons, and all the food vendors accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (electronic benefits transfer certified).
The Farmers Market Directory, a voluntary online database at farmersmarkets.usda.gov, identifies new farmers markets, the states with the highest number of markets in operation, and the total number of farmers markets that have registered throughout the United States.

PARTNERSHIP TO FIGHT CHRONIC DISEASE RELEASES UPDATED VERSION OF THE ALMANAC OF CHRONIC DISEASE
The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) has released an updated version of the Almanac of Chronic Disease, a new interactive version available on the web and a downloadable version for use on smart phones and other devices. The tool can be found at: http://almanac.fightchronicdisease.org/Interactive.

Reports and Articles

Community Preventive Services Task Force 2013 Annual Report to Congress and to Agencies Related to the Work of the Task Force
The 2013 Annual Report to Congress focuses on cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of men and women in the United States. The report outlines Task Force recommendations about proven means to prevent and control cardiovascular disease, gaps in the evidence about how to prevent cardiovascular disease, and suggestions for how those gaps might be filled. It also summarizes the full list of prevention opportunities reviewed by the Task Force, lists key accomplishments since the 2012 report to Congress, and lays out priorities and plans for coming years.

NYC Doctors Are Now Prescribing Fruits And Veggies
NPR, 7/24/13
Doctors typically give patients prescriptions for medications. But a new program in New York City has doctors prescribing fruits and vegetables to obese or overweight patients.

Steps to Program Sustainability: Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
The long-term sustainability of evidence-based programs such as the CDSMP is a growing concern for state and local public health agencies, healthy aging agencies, and community-based organizations that deliver these programs. A new article from Nonprofit Impact, The Path to Program Sustainability, outlines three steps that can lead to program sustainability. The article includes a new holistic model for sustainability, guidance for defining a sustainability model that works for your program, and steps for developing a sustainability (or business) plan to guide your program toward a more sustainable future.

Left behind: widening disparities for males and females in US county life expectancy, 1985–2010
Population Health Metrics: July 10, 2013
Researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation recently examined county-level disparities in life expectancy among males and females in the United States. A decrease was found in the number of counties with declining female life expectancy, but widening disparities between counties were observed.

The Health Impact Project
Released a white paper that summarizes findings from an ongoing health impact assessment, or HIA, of the potential health impacts and health-related costs of proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, contained in legislation now under consideration by Congress.
Read the white paper
The House and Senate have proposed several changes to how the program’s eligibility and benefit levels are determined. The Health Impact Project conducted a comprehensive, nonpartisan, analysis to introduce a rigorous assessment of the potential health effects of those proposed changes. The methods used in the analysis included a systematic literature review; analysis by Mathematica Policy Research using a model it developed for the United States Department of Agriculture to aid in SNAP administration; and interviews with SNAP administrators at the state and local level.
Key findings 
SNAP has large and long-term influences on health, especially through its impact on food insecurity, or difficulty getting enough to eat:

  • SNAP reduces household food insecurity by 18 to 30 percent. Under the proposed changes, as many as 160,000 to 305,000 more people could become food insecure.
  • Adults who do not have enough to eat are more likely to have heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • Children who do not have enough to eat are more likely to be hospitalized and have a greater risk for a range of health problems, including asthma and depression.
  • Research shows that low-income children with access to SNAP are less likely to have problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes as adults.

STEPS TO PROGRAM SUSTAINABILITY: STANFORD CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CDSMP)
The long-term sustainability of evidence-based programs such as the CDSMP is a growing concern for state and local public health agencies, healthy aging agencies, and community-based organizations that deliver these programs. A new article from Nonprofit Impact, The Path to Program Sustainability, outlines three steps that can lead to program sustainability. The article includes a new holistic model for sustainability, guidance for defining a sustainability model that works for your program, and steps for developing a sustainability (or business) plan to guide your program toward a more sustainable future. Click here to read more.

ARCHIVED WEBCAST: MARKETING COMMUNITY-BASED INTERVENTIONS
In June 2013, the Alabama Department of Public Health, in partnership with the CDC, presented: Talk About It! Marketing Community-based Interventions Through Health Care Provider and Community Ambassador Outreach. Participants learned about the 1.2.3 Approach to Provider Outreach and the Spread the Word marketing strategy using Community Ambassadors, how these strategies were used for marketing self-management education and physical activity programs, and the guidance and resources available for each approach. Click here to access archived webcast:

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