Healthy Communities- May 23, 2014

Oregon’s The Cancer You Can Prevent campaign was picked up and used by the Alaska Colorectal Cancer Partnership and look! It’s an award winning campaign!

AK-CRCThe Prevent Cancer Foundation is excited to announce the winners of the 2014 Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives National Challenge!  The first-place winner is the Alaska Colorectal Cancer Partnership in Anchorage, Alaska. They will receive a $7,500 grant for their state-wide The Cancer I Can Prevent media campaign to increase colorectal cancer screening.


heart stroke May is National Stroke Awareness Month
May is National Stroke Awareness Month and we are growing awareness in Oregon communities through the release of a combined chronic disease report with a specific volume related to stroke, “The Burden of Stroke in Oregon 2013.”

During the past 20 years, stroke prevalence, hospitalizations and mortality have consistently declined in both Oregon and nationally. However, stroke is still the fourth leading cause of death in Oregon and the third leading cause of death in the United States overall. In 2011, an estimated 86,000 Oregon adults reported having a stroke, and there were 7,762 hospitalizations due to stroke with a total cost of nearly $254 million.

The report confirms that stroke affects some Oregonian communities more than others. A higher percentage of African American (4.8%) and American Indian/Alaska Native (4.2%) persons reported having a history of stroke compared to white (2.5%) and Asian/Pacific Islander (3.5%) persons.  In addition, Oregon adults with an annual household income of less than $20,000 (4.6%) were nearly four times more likely to report ever having a stroke than Oregon adults in households with an annual income of $50,000 or more (1.2%).

Oregon is committed to preventing stroke through a wide range of evidence-based practices. The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section of the Oregon Public Health Division is working with local and state partners to:

  • Increase availability of healthy foods and beverages in child care facilities, schools, worksites and neighborhoods;
  • Increase places where people can move more safely;
  • Increase the number of environments that are tobacco-free;
  • Increase referrals to self-management programs so that people with chronic disease can live well and take care of themselves;
  • Improve delivery and use of quality health care services through the physician promotion of the ABCS — appropriate Aspirin therapy, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol control, Smoking cessation and reduced Sodium consumption.

 Reports and Articles

Healthy Vegetables Undermined by the Company They Keep (Amber Waves feature)
When ERS researchers examined the types of vegetables and vegetable-containing foods eaten by Americans, they found that instead of eating vegetables in their simple, unadorned state, Americans often eat vegetables prepared in ways that add calories and sodium and remove dietary fiber.

Study: Kids’ Cereals Average 40 Percent More Added Sugar than Adult Cereals
RWJF: 5.15.14
One bowl of kids’ cereal every morning would total as much as 10 pounds of sugar in a year, according to a new study from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The organization assessed the sugar content of 1,500 cereals. While almost all had added sugar, the levels were higher in the 181 cereals specifically marketed to children—an average of 40 percent higher.  “When you exclude obviously sugar-heavy foods like candy, cookies, ice cream, soft and fruit drinks, breakfast cereals are the single greatest source of added sugars in the diets of children under the age of eight,” said nutritionist and EWG consultant Dawn Undurraga, co-author of the organization’s new report, Children’s Cereals: Sugar by the Pound, in a release.  “Cereals that pack in as much sugar as junk food should not be considered part of a healthy breakfast or diet. Kids already eat two to three times the amount of sugar experts recommend.” Read more on nutrition.

Vital Signs: Disability and Physical Activity – United States, 2009-2012
CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):May 6, 2014
Adults with disabilities are less active and have higher rates of chronic disease than the general population. Given the health benefits of physical activity, understanding physical activity, its relationship with chronic disease, and health professional recommendations for physical activity among young to middle-age adults with disabilities could help increase the effectiveness of health promotion efforts. Almost half of adults with disabilities are physically inactive and are more likely to have a chronic disease. Among adults with disabilities who visited a health professional in the past 12 months, the majority (56%) did not receive a recommendation for physical activity.

Census: Bicycle Commuting Up 60 Percent in Past Decade
: 5.20.14
U.S. cities across the country are seeing increases in bicycle commuters, according to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report found that the total number of people who use a bike to get to work jumped by approximately 60 percent in the past decade, to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period, making the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. Portland, Ore. had the highest bicycle-commuting rate at 6.1 percent; the overall national rate was 0.6 percent. “In recent years, many communities have taken steps to support more transportation options, such as bicycling and walking,” said Brian McKenzie, a Census Bureau sociologist and the report’s author, in a release. “For example, many cities have invested in bike share programs, bike lanes and more pedestrian-friendly streets.” Read more on physical activity.

Increased exercise may prevent diabetes progression in women
Women with a history of gestational diabetes who increased their physical activity by 150 minutes per week had a 47% reduction in type 2 diabetes risk, compared with women who maintained their level of activity, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers also found women who spent 20 or more hours watching television per week had a 77% increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared with those who watched fewer than five hours per week.

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance is Pleased to Announce the Release of the First U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) in collaboration with its organizational partner, the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), released the first U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth during a briefing held in collaboration with the Congressional Fitness Caucus in Washington, D.C.

Hypertension ‘Kills More People Around the World than Anything Else’
RWJF: 5.21.14
“Hypertension affects nearly one in three adults and kills more people around the world than anything else. It is both too common and too often poorly controlled.”


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