Healthy Communities – September 20, 2013


Tools to Help Planning Boost Health for All
This month, APA has released a new set of tools to support planners, public health professionals, and the public for including health in the planning process. The Healthy Community Design Toolkit was developed in partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative and APA’s Planning and Community Health Research Center. The toolkit is composed of four elements that work together to achieve the goal of planning with health in mind.

Reports and Articles


Sugar is ‘addictive and the most dangerous drug of the times’
The Telegraph: 9.17.13
Soft drinks should carry tobacco-style warnings that sugar is highly addictive and dangerous, a senior Dutch health official has warned.

Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help
NPR: September 16, 2013
Under the Affordable Care Act, more insurance plans are expected to start covering the cost of obesity treatments, including counseling on diet and exercise as well as medications and surgery. These are treatments that most insurance companies don’t cover now.

The move is a response to the increasing number of health advocates and medical groups that say obesity should be classified as a disease.

First Lady Wants People to Drink More Plain Water
Associated Press, Darlene Superville, 09/12/2013
Michelle Obama has pushed Americans to eat healthier and to exercise more. Now she says we should “drink up” too. As in plain water. And as in more of it.

More Open Space Leads to Less Diabetes
Medpage Today: Sep 12, 2013
People living in areas with more green and open space have lower rates of type 2 diabetes, Australian researchers found.
In a cross-sectional study, people who lived in neighborhoods that were 41% to 60% green space had significantly lower rates of type 2 diabetes than those with less open space (OR 0.87, 95% CI 0.83-0.92), Thomas Astell-Burt, PhD, of the University of Western Sydney in Australia, and colleagues reported online in Diabetes Care. Source: Diabetes Care

Heart Attacks in Young Women — Not All Have Chest Pain
ScienceDaily: Sept 16, 2013
Chest pain is recognized as a symptom of heart troubles, but one out of five women aged 55 years or less having a heart attack do not experience this symptom, according to a study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). The research findings, gathered from partner institutions across Canada including the University of British Columbia (UBC), are the first to describe this phenomenon in young women. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, has implications for emergency room healthcare professionals and for at-risk individuals, as seconds matter when it comes to the accurate diagnosis and treatment of heart attack.

Automated Telephone Calls Improve Blood Pressure Control
ScienceDaily: Sept 16, 2013
Patients who received automated telephone calls inviting them to get their blood pressure checked at a walk-in clinic were more likely to have controlled hypertension than patients who did not receive calls, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

30 Percent Lower Risk of Dying for Diabetics With Bypass Surgery
ScienceDaily: Sept 12, 2013
People with diabetes have a 30 per cent less chance of dying if they undergo coronary artery bypass surgery rather than opening the artery through angioplasty and inserting a stent, a new study has found.

Yin-Yang Effect of Sodium and Chloride Presents Salt Conundrum
ScienceDaily: Sept 8, 2013
Eat less salt’ is a mantra of our health-conscious times and is seen as an important step in reducing heart disease and hypertension

Childhood Obesity Quadruples Chances of Adult Hypertension: Study
HealthDay, Dennis Thompson, 09/12/2013
Obese children have a four times greater risk of having high blood pressure when they reach adulthood compared to normal weight kids, new research shows. The study authors also found that overweight children had double the risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, later in life.

How the ACA teams public health with health care
The Affordable Care Act takes two U.S. health systems — public health and health care — and brings them into each other’s world like never before. As the ACA envisions, more collaboration between the overall health workforce will save lives and money.


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