Healthy Communities – September 13, 2013


Have Your Successes Featured on NACCHO’s Website

Has your local health department (LHD) successfully implemented recommendations from The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide)? If so, NACCHO encourages you to fill out a short from and share your experience with other LHDs. Email Brandie Adams for more information.

Get Ready Day is September 17th.  Held each year on the third Tuesday in September, the American Public Health Association’s Get Ready Day “is timed to coincide with National Preparedness Month and give the public health community the opportunity to highlight emergency preparedness in your community, campus or workplace.”  If you have any questions.

The FDA has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a 60-day extension of the comment period for the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking additional information to help the agency make informed decisions about menthol in cigarettes. Specifically, the FDA is requesting information to inform its thinking about potential regulatory options, such as establishing tobacco product standards, sale and distribution restrictions, and other regulatory actions and considerations. For more information, visit the FDA’s menthol cigarettes page and read the FDA’s recent press release related to menthol in cigarettes.


2012 Adult Obesity Data and State Map

CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, posted online the 2012 state-specific data table and map on adult obesity prevalence using information from the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

In 2011 several updates were made to BRFSS methodology that impact estimates of state-level adult obesity prevalence. Because of these changes, data collected in 2011 and forward cannot be compared to estimates from previous years. Click here to view map.

Achieving Policy Change in Rural Communities

In the last three years, Putnam County, Missouri has instituted policy changes that have increased the health of its 5,000 citizens. Using 6 Steps to Community Change, they rose from 74 to 25 in the County Health Rankings with the help of a new livable streets policy and effective joint use agreements.

Reports and Articles



Vital Signs: Avoidable Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke, and Hypertensive Disease — United States, 2001–2010

CDC MMWR, 9/3/13

Deaths attributed to lack of preventive health care or timely and effective medical care can be considered avoidable. In this report, avoidable causes of death are either preventable, as in preventing cardiovascular events by addressing risk factors, or treatable, as in treating conditions once they have occurred.

The CDC Vital Signs series addresses a single, important public health topic each month. This month’s edition of CDC Vital Signs focuses on preventable heart disease and stroke deaths—identified as those that occurred in people younger than 75 that could have been avoided by more effective public health measures, lifestyle changes or medical care.  More than 200,000 preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke occurred in the United States in 2010, and more than half of these deaths happened to people less than 65 years of age.

Key points in the Vital Signs report include:  

  • Age: While the number of preventable deaths has declined in people ages 65-74, it has remained virtually unchanged in people under 65.
  • Race/ethnicity: Blacks are twice as likely—and Hispanics are slightly less likely—as whites to die from preventable heart disease and stroke.
  • Sex: Men are at highest risk of death across all races and ethnic groups. Black men are most at risk. Hispanic men are twice as likely as Hispanic women to die from preventable heart disease and stroke.
  • Location: Risk varies by county, even within the same state. Counties in southern states have the greatest risk overall.

Please share the CDC Vital Signs information broadly with your colleagues and partners. Visit the Heart Disease and Stroke Vital Signs webpage to find the Vital Signs MMWR, fact sheet, and other materials and the Vital Signs digital press kit for Vital Signs graphics and multimedia tools. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the Vital Signs buttons and email updates. You can have Vital Signs sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service. We also invite you to join us for the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on September 10 at 2pm (EDT).

Please also help us spread the word about what it takes to get high blood pressure under control by encouraging high-performing, small and large practices to enter the 2013 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge at

Can Whole Foods Remake Itself in the Middle of a Food Desert?
The Atlantic Cities
The high-end grocer will move into one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhood. Popular perceptions of food deserts run both directions between communities that go unserved and the stores that don’t serve them. One stereotype may say that healthy food can’t be affordable. But another says that neighborhoods like these can’t be profitable to major grocery chains. 

The Coming Battle Over Electric Bicycle
The Atlantic Cities 
The electric bicycle has so far remained a novelty item in the United States, but manufacturers, retailers, and analysts say that will soon change. Fueled by soaring numbers of bike commuters and rapidly evolving battery technology, the electric bicycle is poised for a breakthrough, if it can only roll over legal obstacles and cultural prejudices.


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