Healthy Communities- October 11, 2013

Healthy Communities

Congrats to the University of Michigan Healthy System and Medical School!
No Sugary Drinks to Be Sold at U-M Health System
University of Michigan Health System and the University of Michigan Medical School will no longer peddle sugary drinks in their cafeterias and vending machines, banning the sale of everything from sodas to sweetened coffees. The policy, set to take effect in mid-November, also targets sports drinks, fruit-flavored drinks, energy drinks and sweetened tea at dozens of its facilities.


National School Lunch Week Resources
Model Facebook Posts
One-third of kids in the U.S. are at risk for preventable diseases due to being overweight or obese.  That’s why healthy school meal standards are so important! Learn how you can help students make the healthy choice the easy choice by visiting <Insert Link>
Possible links:

Happy National School Lunch Week! School foodservice professionals are working hard to serve healthy, delicious school meals.  Learn how you can support them at, and don’t forget to thank them for all their great work!

Getting buy-in from teachers, students, and parents is key to success in implementing healthy school nutrition guidelines. Learn how Daviess County Public Schools in Owensboro, KY, were successful in making changes. Is your school serving healthy meals? Let us know below!

Teachers and other school staff can play an important role in supporting healthy school meals.  Please share these tips with your school, and let us know how they are doing in serving healthier school meals.

It’s possible to get even the pickiest eaters to eat their fruits and veggies!  What are some of your tips for getting kids to eat their vegetables??  Check out ours at:

Kids are snacking more than ever.  Instead of chips, cookies, or other unhealthy foods, snacks should be mostly fruits & veggies. How do you work fruits & vegetables into snack time?  More ideas at:

Model Tweets
Success stories/congratulatory tweets:

  • Congrats, FL, MT, OK, NC, SC & CO! Nearly ALL your schools R meeting the new healthy meal stnds #SchoolFoodsRule
  • Nearly 80% of school districts across the country report that they are meeting healthy school meal standards. Hurrah! #SchoolFoodsRule
  • Happy National School Lunch Week! Please THANK school foodservice for their hard work serving healthy meals!

Reports and Articles
Trick or Treat: The Best and Worst of Halloween Candy (Slideshow)
Every year Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween. So what does this mean for our health? We spotlight the best and worst of Halloween treats.

California Governor Brown Signs Bill Requiring Hospitals to Adopt Baby Friendly Practices
Bill SB-402 passed on October 9, 2013 when it was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown.  The new law requires all general acute care hospitals and special hospitals that have a perinatal unit to adopt the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” per Baby Friendly USA’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, or an alternate process that includes evidenced-based policies and practices and targeted outcomes. The BFHI improves breastfeeding rates and breastfeeding initiation.   Visit Baby Friendly USA for more information and a list of the “Ten Steps.”

Air Pollution Increases Heart Attacks
Science Daily: Oct. 7, 2013
Air pollution increases heart attacks, according to research presented at the Acute Cardiac Care Congress 2013 by Dr Savina Nodari from Brescia, Italy. The Acute Cardiac Care Congress 2013 is the annual meeting of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). It takes place 12-14 October in Madrid, Spain.

Unhealthy lifestyles should be targeted by healthcare providers
Medical News Today: October 9, 2013
Healthcare providers should treat unhealthy behaviors as aggressively as they treat high blood pressurecholesterol and other heart disease risk factors, according to an American Heart Association science advisory published in Circulation.
“We’re talking about a paradigm shift from only treating biomarkers – physical indicators of a person’s risk for heart disease – to helping people change unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, unhealthy body weight, poor diet quality and lack of physical activity,” said Bonnie Spring, Ph.D., lead author of the statement and a professor of preventive medicine and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Finding comfort in coffee cups: social breaks help workers cope with workplace stress
Medical News Today
Coffee breaks are an important part of workplace culture as they provide a crucial coping mechanism for stressful work, according to new research from Symbolic Interaction. A group of public workers in Denmark were studied after a large-scale merger. The study found that the stressfrom their jobs and the merger was relieved by forming “communities of coping” during coffee breaks with coworkers

Cupcake Bans’ Rare, but Policies May Reduce Overexposure to Sugary Treats
Source: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Related Resource: Eat Right Weekly – October 2
-Implementation of School Meal Standards

Oregon State Health Profile
In September 2012 the Public Health Division published the “the Oregon State Health Profite” which is one of the prerequisites for accreditation Oregon’s state health profile offers a snapshot of the health of people in our state. The state health profile is comprised of 70+ health status indicators, across a variety of domains. We have just finished updating the indicators with current data.

Restaurant Calories Unchanged Year after Labeling Law
One year after chain restaurants became required to post nutrition information, there was little to no change in healthier entrée options for adults and kids, finds a study.

40 Percent of Americans Say Their Neighborhoods Are Unwalkable
Atlantic Cities
Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe they should walk more, but forty percent say they do not do so because their neighborhoods do not have nearby services, shops, schools and work, according to a national survey released this week. The lack of nearby walkable destinations ranks as the second most often cited reason for not walking. The survey found that the biggest neighborhood barriers to walking include a lack of sidewalks, drivers who speed, and drivers who talk on their phones or text. Crime ranks eighth overall out of 15 items as a neighborhood barrier to walking, but it ranks 5th among both African Americans and Hispanic respondents compared to 12th among white respondents. The survey of 1,224 Americans nationwide was commissioned by Kaiser Permanente and conducted by GfK Custom Research.


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