Healthy Communities- September 27, 2013


pe in school
Many tools and resources exist to help improve physical activity in schools:
School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
CDC Physical Activity
Youth Physical Activity
The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance CDC Podcast on Adolescents and Physical Activity
CDC Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit
CDC Childhood Obesity
The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
Let’s Move!
The National Physical Activity Plan
CDC Physical Activity Social Media Tools
Making Health Easier

Alumni community connects self-management grads
Graduates of Stanford chronic disease self-management programs are invited to join a new online alumni community sponsored by the National Council On Aging and the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services. Graduates of programs such as Living Well, online Choices, Better Health®; and the Positive Self-Management Program can find tools, participate in forums, get support, and share resources to better manage their conditions.
See how to sign up  Learn more about self-management programs

Updated Health Reform Calculator Now Provides ZIP Code-Specific Premium and Tax Subsidy Results As Open Enrollment Approaches
Other Organizations Encouraged To Make the Calculator Available to the Public on their Websites
The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its health reform subsidy calculator to provide ZIP code-specific estimates of the insurance premiums and tax subsidies available for people who buy coverage for 2014 through the new state health insurance marketplaces.

Oregon’s Healthy Future:  A Plan for Empowering Communities
This is a state health improvement plan developed as one of Oregon Public Health Division’s prerequisites for PHAB Accreditation, has been posted for a second period of public comment.  It is a plan for ensuring the lifelong health of all people in Oregon, regardless of where they live, no matter their income, race or ethnicity.

Earlier in 2013, the document was posted for public comment. At that time, two of the priority areas, improve health equity and reduce substance abuse and other untreated mental health issues, needed further development. Since that comment period, two advisory groups have convened to provide additional input in those priority areas.

We are inviting public comment once again on Oregon’s Healthy Future, with a particular focus on the health equity and substance abuse/mental health priority areas. You are invited to complete a short online survey to provide any additional feedback about these priority areas. You will also have an opportunity to make additional comments on the entire plan.  If you commented on the document earlier in the year we want to thank you for your feedback.  If you have additional feedback, this is an opportunity to share it with us.
The public comment period will close as of close of business on Thursday, October 10.  After comment period closes, the responses will be reviewed and any needed revisions will be made.
To access Oregon’s Healthy Future and link to the public comment survey, please click here.

Reports and Articles national obesity rates

Adult Obesity Rates Hold Steady But Remain High
Rates Top 30 Percent in 13 States; Highest in South, Midwest and Among Baby Boomers
After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year. Thirteen states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, 41 states have rates of at least 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent, according to the report. For the first time in eight years, Mississippi no longer has the highest rate — Louisiana at 34.7 percent is the highest, followed closely by Mississippi at 34.6 percent. Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.5 percent.

New graduate certification program for childhood obesity
Newswise — One-third of all children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese. In South Dakota, 32.5 percent of children ages 5 to 19 are overweight or obese. Among Native American children in the state, that number is 48.1 percent.
Combating this childhood obesity epidemic will require the skills of a wide range of experts, says South Dakota State University associate professor of health and nutritional sciences Jessica Meendering.
To accomplish this, Meendering and her team are collaborating with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to offer a Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention graduate certificate program, referred to as TOP

Sodium Reduction Is a Public Health Priority
A new commentary, titled “Sodium Reduction Is a Public Health Priority: Reflections on the Institute of Medicine’s Report, Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence,” reinforces CDC’s position that sodium intake is a critical, achievable and effective public health action to reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health. The commentary is in response to findings from a recent Institute of Medicine report, “Sodium Intake of Populations: Assessment of Evidence.” The CDC commentary is one of several commentaries published in the October edition of the American Journal of Hypertension (AJH). The commentary may be found here:.

Highlights from Community-Based Organizations Supporting Healthy Aging Through Partnerships
With support from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the National Council on Aging and consultants from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill explored how strong, local multi-sector collaborations have emerged around healthy aging and evidence-based programming. This report highlights eight community organizations from across the country that have leveraged collaborative networks to grow and sustain healthy aging programs. 

September 23, 2013
The American Heart Association and Nemours partner to support healthy eating and physical activity in child care settings
With inaugural funding provided by The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, the American Heart Association and Nemours, a non-profit children’s health system, are launching Healthy Way to Grow, a technical assistance program for child care centers across the country aimed at decreasing obesity among children ages birth to five years old. The program provides direct, hands-on assistance, customized training, resources and tools to support healthy lifestyles in child care environments. Healthy Way to Grow will launch in fall of 2013.

Phil and Penny Knight to OHSU: $500 million is yours for cancer research if you can match it
The Oregonian: September 23, 201 3
It was just another biennial gala for Oregon Health & Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute when Phil Knight took the stage Friday night and threw the evening on its head.
The Nike co-founder got the full attention of the 400 guests on the sixth floor ballroom in downtown Portland’s The Nines Hotel in short order: Here’s $500 million for cancer research, he said, if OHSU can match it in the next two years.

Maternal obesity raises diabetes, hypertension risk, study shows
Women with maternal obesity were more likely than their healthier peers to develop essential and pregnancy-induced hypertension and gestational diabetes, a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology indicated. Researchers also found women who were underweight, overweight or obese had higher maternity expenses compared with those of normal weight. News

ConnectOregon funding available in October for bicycle and pedestrian projects
ConnectOregon is a lottery bond based initiative to invest in air, rail, marine, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure to ensure Oregon’s transportation system is strong, diverse, and efficient. With the passage of SB 5533 in the last legislative session, for the first time ever bicycle and pedestrian projects are eligible for funding. This makes ConnectOregon a funding resource with great potential to help promote active transportation in Oregon, and contribute to positive health outcomes. Examples of uses of funds for pedestrian and bike-related uses include way finding and lighting assistance, bike parking facilities, ped/bike bridges and tunnels, and bike racks on transit buses.
In the current funding round, up to $42 million total is available, and there are minimum funds set aside for each of five regions. Up to 80% of funds are available as grants, and up to 100% as loans. Applications are slated to be out in October, and likely due by November.

Why Our Kids Need Play, Now More Than Ever
The Atlantic Cities
Play–the old-fashioned kind where kids engage with each other in the physical world and make up the rules as they go along–is harder and harder to come by these days. U.S. schools, under pressure to improve test performance, are increasingly oriented toward a homogenized curriculum that is learned by rote. Read more on ways that communities around the U.S. are advancing our collective efforts to ensure that all children get the play that they need to become healthy and successful adults.

A Ridiculous Number of Us Have No Clue How Much We Walk Every Day
The Atlantic Cities
The World Heart Federation recently surveyed some 7,367 people across six countries with two simple questions: On a typical day, how much time would you guess you spend casually walking at a slow or normal pace, and how much time would you say you spend briskly walking a bit faster than normal? The most telling result wasn’t the average time people devote to this basic activity (which, you know, is good for your heart), but the fact that a whole lot of the respondents had no clue what to answer at all. Read more for details.

Two new additions to “Public Health Practice Stories from the Field” have been posted on the State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Professionals Gateway: Michigan Increases Opportunities for Low-Income Preschoolers to Eat Smart and Move More and Coordinated Efforts Reversing the Trend of Childhood Obesity in New York State.
Read more Public Health Practice Stories from the Field.  Questions? Contact the Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support


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