Healthy Communities- September 5, 2014

Healthy Communities
Place Matters OregonCheck out the Place Matters Oregon Facebook Page and click “Like” to be in the know about Oregon’s upcoming Place Matter Conference in November, 2014! This will be a great way for you to stay in “the know” about healthy options and policy change statewide that will help make Oregon a better place to live, work, learn and play!


Free Technical Assistance for Helping Underserved Communities Move More!
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is offering “free technical assistance to successful applicants working in underserved communities on campaigns to obtain shared use agreements, Complete Streets policies, or other policies in support of walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School.” SRTS is serving as the content expert for the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative on Active Places. Voices for Healthy Kids is a joint initiative between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association to engage, organize and mobilize communities to improve their health and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.
Technical assistance can range from providing resources, to assisting with the creation of campaign plans and platforms, to developing communications strategies and coaching to ensure a successful campaign. Your plans can either be in the early stages or nearing policy adoption. Successful applicants will receive technical assistance over the next eight months.
Simply describe your community need in detail on the application form provided and SRTS’s staff of experts will assess and work with each successful applicant to help you achieve your goals. Applications are due September 26th, 2014, by 5pm ET.

Exercise is a proven pain reliever
In May and June this year, the Oregon Arthritis Program conducted the Arthritis Pain Reliever Campaign in four counties, Coos, Crook, Union and Morrow, where the prevalence of arthritis is high and availability of physical activity programs is low.  The campaign included distribution of promotional  materials about effectiveness of physical activity programs, such as Walk With Ease (WWE), newspaper articles, radio and TV spots featuring the program, and information about classes that are available or will be offered in the near future.

During the campaign, a number of media outlets carried stories devoted to prevalence of arthritis, positive effects of physical activity and available programs.  A story in Portland Tribune talks about WWE program in Crook County where prevalence of arthritis is higher than the average for Oregon. The story includes an  interview with Crook County Health Department Health Educator and WWE group leader Kris Williams.  Speaking about her experience of leading a WWE class and effectiveness of the program, she said: “I was totally blown away. Everybody increased their stamina by at least a half a lap (around the park) and some by five or six laps. One of the participants no longer needed to use his walking stick. He had better balance, he was able to walk farther, and he was sleeping better.” You can read the full story here:

Release of the 1999-2011 United States Cancer Statistics (USCS)
Web-based Report
United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; 2014.


  • The Web site provides state-specific and regional data for cancer cases diagnosed and cancer deaths that occurred from 1999 to 2011 and for 2007–2011 combined. The data from 2011 are the most recent year for which incidence data are available.

The USCS contains the official federal statistics on cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases) from each registry that met data quality criteria. The web-based report contains combined data from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program. Mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System of CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics are also included.

CDC publishes updated state obesity maps
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated maps detailing the prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults for all states and the District of Columbia are now live on the CDC website.  The maps, based on 2013 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), show obesity remains high.  Three new maps demonstrate obesity prevalence by race and ethnicity for each state.

For additional information on CDC’s work to address overweight and obesity, please visit or contact Jennifer Greaser at

NEW Resource! 2014 School Health Index
Start the school year with ways to help students succeed in the classroom and beyond. Stay tuned to CDC’s Healthy Schools site for new resources, including the updated 2014 School Health Index assessment tool, to help focus on student health as part of making school a good place to learn.

Reports and Articles
Food labels aren’t easy to understand, which makes it hard to pick the best items
The Washington Post: September 1, 2014
You read labels at the supermarket so that you can make the healthiest choices for you and your family. But sometimes you get stumped: How do you decide between a container of pasta sauce with “reduced sodium” and another that’s labeled “low sodium”?

Here’s a guide to help you tell the difference between some similar-sounding label claims and ingredients that can trip you up.

Childhood trauma could lead to adult obesity
MNT: September 3, 2014
Being subjected to abuse during childhood entails a markedly increased risk of developing obesity as an adult. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis carried out on previous studies, which included a total of 112,000 participants. The analysis was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and has been published in the journal Obesity Reviews.

“The study clearly shows that difficult life events leave traces which can manifest as disease much later in life. The mechanisms behind this process include stress, negative patterns of thought and emotions, poor mental health, increased inflammation, as well as lowered immune function and metabolism,” says Erik Hemmingsson, researcher at the Huddinge Department of Medicine at Karolinska Institutet, who is also linked to the Karolinska University Hospital’s Obesity Centre in Huddinge, Stockholm County.

Obesity Is A Big Contributor To Diabetes Boom
TIME: September 1, 2014
Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the U.S., and there’s a single biggest culprit to blame, found a new study released today in Annals of Internal Medicine: our ever-increasing body mass index, or BMI.
The team analyzed data from five National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys of a nationally representative U.S. sample of 23,932 people. They found that the prevalence of diabetes almost doubled from 1976 to 1980 as well as from 1999 to 2004.

Consumption of energy drinks can increase risk for heart problems
MNT: September 3, 2014
Energy drinks can cause heart problems according to research presented at ESC Congress 2014 by Professor Milou-Daniel Drici from France.Professor Drici said: “So-called ‘energy drinks’ are popular in dance clubs and during physical exercise, with people sometimes consuming a number of drinks one after the other. This situation can lead to a number of adverse conditions including angina, cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and even sudden death.”
He added: “Around 96% of these drinks contain caffeine, with a typical 0.25 litre can holding 2 espressos worth of caffeine. Caffeine is one of the most potent agonists of the ryanodine receptors and leads to a massive release of calcium within cardiac cells. This can cause arrhythmias, but also has effects on the heart’s abilities to contract and to use oxygen. In addition, 52% of drinks contain taurine, 33% have glucuronolactone and two-thirds contain vitamins.”
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Skin cancer hospital admissions leap by 40% in five years
theguardian: September 1, 2014
The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer has increased by 41% in just five years, new figures show.
There has been a significant rise in admissions for skin cancers, which are largely preventable, the British Association of Dermatologists said.
The data, which will be presented at the world congress on cancers of the skin in Edinburgh later this week, show that admissions to English hospitals for both non-melanoma skin cancer and malignant melanoma rose from 87,685 in 2007 to 123,808 in 2011.
The figures, collated by researchers at Public Health England, do not include skin cancer sufferers treated as day patients.

‘Drink responsibly’ messages in alcohol ads promote products, not public health
Medical Press: September 3, 2014
Alcohol industry magazine ads reminding consumers to “drink responsibly” or “enjoy in moderation” fail to convey basic public health information, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
A report on the research, published in the September issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, analyzed all alcohol ads that appeared in U.S. magazines from 2008 to 2010 to determine whether messages about responsibility define responsible drinkingor provide clear warnings about the risks associated with alcohol consumption.

You are in control of some of the best tools for preventing colon cancer: what you eat and how much you exercise
Statesman Journal

Focus on eating habits – Higher scores (on healthy eating index) mean greater intake of heart-healthy foods including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats, and a high score means a low risk of obesity and chronic illnesses including heart disease, stroke and diabetes: Associated Press (appears in the Oregonian):

Reducing carbs may be better for your heart than reducing fat. Nearly 27 million Americans have heart disease, and about 600,000 die from it every year – more than from any other cause: The Washington Post:


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