Healthy Communities- August 16, 2013

Healthy Communities walk and bike

Register your school today for International Walk+Bike to School Day, October 9th!
Top 5 reasons to sign up your kid’s school to participate in Walk+Bike to School Day:
5) When I ask kids what they love about biking, they say “the wind.” (kids are awesome)
4) Walking and biking is way more fun than prancercise (that depends on who you ask!)
3) You get free goodies mailed to your school in a big goodie box including posters, stickers, shoelaces, flying disks, and a Nutcase Helmet. (yeehaw! Goodies for the first 250 schools!)
2) 60% of kids don’t get any exercise outside of school. (What?!?!?)
1) More kids walking and biking means a better future for ALL of us.

Sign up today and walk and bike your way to elementary school glory!  Join the growing group of adults that respond to “Hey!  It’s the Bike Lady (or Guy)!” Do it, and do it now.  You will never regret the time you spent encouraging kids to walk and bike, we promise.


The Prevention Institute just released this new resource.
The Role of Community Culture in Efforts to Create Healthier, Safer, and More Equitable Places: A Community Health Practitioner Workbook
This workbook draws on the experiences and lessons of numerous communities working to advance place-based prevention efforts . It is designed to guide community health practitioners who want to learn more about the role of community culture in environmental change efforts. The workbook includes: Best Practices. Delineates a series of best practices emerging from community prevention initiatives and related literature.

Community Profiles. Provides examples of organizations and initiatives that have placed community culture at the core of their work.

 Guided Questions. Lists key questions and considerations to help practitioners design effective policy, systems, and environmental improvement initiatives that acknowledge and reflect the community’s culture.

Key Resources. Shares resources, toolkits, websites, and a glossary that provides further information regarding the role of community culture.
The workbook can be downloaded at:

Nominate the Public Health Campaign of the Month: Creative for Good
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) NewPublicHealth project is kicking off a new series to highlight some of the best public health education and outreach campaigns every month. Submit ideas for Public Health Campaign of the Month to Click here to view Website.

Clinical and Community Preventive Services Resources
Call for Nominations: Million Hearts® Blood Pressure Control Champions
Deadline is Monday, September 9, 2013
The number of Americans who have high blood pressure has increased dramatically in the past decade, and nearly 1,000 people die each day in the United States as a result of high blood pressure-related illnesses. The latest data show that nearly 1 in 3 American adults—67 million—have high blood pressure. More than half of those with high blood pressure—36 million—don’t have it under control, even though many have insurance, are being treated with medicine, and have seen a doctor at least twice in the past year.
Many health care practices and systems have succeeded in working with their patients to get blood pressure under control. In 2012, Million Hearts® recognized Kaiser Permanente Colorado and Ellsworth Medical Clinic in Wisconsin as Hypertension Control Champions for their success in achieving greater than 80 percent control among their patient populations with high blood pressure.
This year, they want to recognize even more Hypertension Control Champions. Clinicians, practices, and health systems that provide primary care and have achieved hypertension control rates greater than 70 percent are eligible to enter.

Please help them spread the word about what it takes to get high blood pressure under control:

  • Submit your nomination or encourage high-performing, small and large practices to enter the 2013 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge: The Challenge is open August 9 through September 9, 2013.
  • Place the Challenge competition badge on your website homepage between August 9 and September 9.

With your help, a nationwide blood pressure control rate of 70 percent or better—leading to 10 million more people in the United States living with a healthy blood pressure level can be achieved.

The Website for the Tri-Regional Faith and Community Health Summit Has Launched
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a Tri-Regional Faith and Community Health Summit in October 2013. This event will gather thousands of faith and community leaders from 17 states to summit locations in Atlanta, GA, (Oct 3-5) and Kansas City, MO (Oct 24-26) for one purpose, “Building Healthier Communities through Education, Empowerment, and Engagement.” This Summit will educate, empower, and engage leaders from faith- and community-based organizations as they work to improve their personal health, advance the health and wellness of their organizations and communities, and protect the health of future generations. The 17 states include Region IV (AL, GA, FL, KY, NC, MS, SC, TN), Region VI (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX), and Region VII (IA, KS, MO, NE). Participants will have the opportunity to develop one-year action plans to improve their personal health, the health of their organizations and communities, and the well-being of future generations. They will also join a network of organizations who will share best practices, successes, and lessons learned. Space is limited, please click here to register.

The Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) Health Equity Resource Web Guide
This Website is an instructional tool developed to complement the CDC Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities, released in August, 2012. The Toolkit’s goal is to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to work with and through communities to implement effective responses to obesity in populations that are facing health disparities. The primary focus is on how to create systems and environmental  improvements that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity.
In support of the dissemination and utilization of the stand-alone Toolkit, this Web Guide is intended to:

  • Provide access to the Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities.
  • Provide an overview of the Toolkit content.  
  • Provide supplementary information, examples, and exercises to reinforce or expand upon Toolkit content.
  • Guide users in the most effective use of the Toolkit sections.

Within the pages of this Website you will find instructions for the most efficacious use of the Toolkit, additional resources and links, as well as interactive components such as quizzes and models. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) for their participation in the development of a series of videos which are embedded throughout the “Address the Issue” section of the Web Guide. Click here to view the Website.

National and State Action Guides for the State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013
The National Action Guide that accompanies the State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013, which was distributed in May is now posted. The National Action Guide provides potential actions that government and business leaders, coalitions, community-based organizations, and professionals can take to support Americans’ eating more fruits and vegetables, along with resources for taking action.

Additionally, we have developed state-specific Action Guides, which contain state-specific data along with the same potential action items as the National Action Guide.

 The National Action Guide is available with the report at The State Action Guides are posted on the Association of State and Territorial Nutrition Directors (ASTPHND) Website, under the “Resources” section.Please direct any questions regarding this report to

Reports and Articles

Obese Kids More Likely to Have Asthma, With Worse SymptomsStudy analyzed medical records of more than 600,000 children
Source: American Journal of Epidemiology
Related Resource: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Case for Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) in the Aging Public Housing Population
The National Center for Health and the Aging, 2013
CDSMP (Living Well with Chronic Conditions and Tomando Control) offers many benefits to residents of public housing. The program requires no special facilities or equipment, so the workshops can be offered in available space at the public housing site. This helps to address barriers to access such as transportation and physical inability to travel to another location.

NIH-funded study suggests that moving more may lower stroke risk
NIH: July 18, 2013
New research finds link between frequency of exercise and stroke risk.  The study’s findings revealed that regular, moderately vigorous exercise, enough to break a sweat, was linked to reduced risk of stroke. Part of the protective effect was due to lower rates of known stroke risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and smoking

Clearing the air after a confusing report about reducing sodium intake
August 6, 2013
“Institute of Medicine: Lowering daily sodium intake below 2,300 milligrams may do more harm than good,” reported CBS News in May 2013. “No benefit in sharply restricting salt, panel finds,” said The New York Times. “Is eating too little salt risky?” asked National Public Radio. “New report raises questions.”

New Study Finds Population Sodium Reduction is Promising
A new study, published in the journal Current Atherosclerosis Reports, reviewed economic analyses of interventions to reduce sodium intake and found that both lowering the salt content in processed foods and conducting national mass media campaigns are estimated to be cost-effective in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD). Estimates provided in the study of resultant blood pressure decreases and decreases in the incidence of CVD events support population-wide sodium reduction interventions. Study authors note that, “although better data on the cost of interventions are needed for rigorous economic evaluations, population-wide sodium intake reduction can be a promising approach for containing the growing health and economic burden associated with hypertension and its sequelae.”

1-in-9 U.S. adults with arthritis report restrictions in social life
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2013
Restrictions in social life are strongly related to physical limitations, so evidence-based public health interventions which improve function and delay disability may help address them.



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