Healthy Communities- August 8, 2014

Woman Breast Feeding Her Child
World Breastfeeding Week Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective steps a mother can take to protect the health of her baby. In observance of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, learn more about the promotion and support of breastfeeding in the United States
More Information
CDC Breastfeeding
U.S. National Immunization Survey-Breastfeeding Data
The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies
Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity


Effects of the Affordable Care Act Among Cancer Survivors: Expanded Insurance Options and Other Potential Impacts
In this webinar, Dr. Amy J. Davidoff presented an overview of key components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it provides expanded insurance options for cancer survivors, as well as other potential impacts on out-of-pocket burdens, access to specialty providers and therapies and enrollment in clinical trials. Access the archived webinar. Join the discussion on the ACA on the Research to Reality website.

Reports and Articles


Disparities in Diabetes
The New York Times: August 6, 2014
Diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are about 10 times as likely to have an amputation as those who live in affluent areas, a study reports.

Researchers used California hospital discharge data in 2009 to identify 7,793 lower-extremity amputations in 6,828 diabetic adults older than 45. They classified amputations by patients’ ZIP codes and used Census Bureau data on income levels to produce maps of poverty rates.

Vital Signs: Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Children — United States, 2003–2010
CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity released “Vital Signs: Progress on Children Eating More Fruit, Not Vegetables.”  The report focuses on trends in children’s fruit and vegetable consumption and analyzes National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data from 2003-2010.
A Fact Sheet is available at
The Vital Signs MMWR can also be accessed here

Salty Snacks May Increase Metabolic Syndrome Risk by 56%: Study
Higher consumption of salty, energy-dense snacks may be a factor in the development of metabolic syndrome, according to new research published in the journal Nutrition. Energy-dense, nutrient-poor snacks may pose a significant risk even in the relatively short period of 3 years, the research found. Consumption of cookies and cakes, chocolate and candy, and soft drinks also increased the risk for metabolic syndrome but far less significantly than foods high in sodium. –

Market Research Suggests Americans’ Interest in Sodium Has Declined Slightly
Americans’ interest in low sodium foods has declined slightly in recent years and may continue to drop in the future, according market research company NPD Group. In 2010, an estimated 68% of Americans said they were trying to cut back on sodium in their diet, but the figure dropped to an estimated 64% in 2013. In addition, the percentage of Americans who said they read nutrition labels to find foods’ sodium content dropped slightly from 41% to 39% during the same 3-year period. Some experts were skeptical about NDP’s interpretation of its findings: “I think they make a big deal” out of small changes, said Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit consumer watchdog group. Interest in low sodium foods has grown dramatically over the last decade, Jacobson said, pointing to a 2004 survey from the Food Market Research Institute that found that, at that time, only 7% of shoppers looked at the sodium content of their foods. – Huffington Post

Eat It to Beat It: Chain Restaurant Burger Options with Fewer Calories and Less Sodium
David Zinczenko, ABC News’ nutrition and wellness editor, appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about smart swaps that diners can make if they are craving a burger, whether at a fast food chain or a casual dining restaurant. Instead of ordering Burger King’s Triple Whopper (1,050 milligrams [mg] of sodium and 1,160 calories), Zinczenko suggests people could choose Burger King’s bacon double cheeseburger (790 mg of sodium and 390 calories). He also recommended replacing the Cheesecake Factory’s Ranch House Burger (2,830 mg of sodium and 1,890 calories) with the restaurant’s Factory Burger (1,020 mg of sodium and 740 calories). – ABC News

Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease or Stroke Among Workers Aged <55 Years — United States, 2008–2012
Cardiovascular disease accounts for one in three deaths in the United States each year, and coronary heart disease and stroke account for most of those deaths (1). To try to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative, promoting proven and effective interventions in communities and clinical settings. In workplace settings, cardiovascular disease can be addressed through a Total Worker Health program, which integrates occupational safety and health protection with health promotion. Read article.

Adults who make healthier choices can turn tide on their heart disease risk
It’s never too late to change unhealthy habits and take the steps to reduce your risk for heart disease. Read full story >>

American Heart Association and Million Hearts Launch Healthy Eating Campaigns
The American Heart Association aims to increase awareness of the impact of excess sodium on heart health through its new campaign with the tagline, “I love you salt, but you’re breaking my heart.” The campaign’s website offers a blog, quiz, infographics, and links to lower-sodium recipes, and educational articles. The Million Hearts initiative also recently announced a new Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Resource Center, developed in partnership with the CDC and Eating-Well magazine.

Healthy You: How a colonoscopy exam can spot cancer early
Get the full scope on how this lifesaving screening can spot two of the leading cancers among men and women. Colonoscopies have a scary rap, but you can learn why they’re important, and how to make them easier, in this month’s Healthy You


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