Healthy Communities- September 26, 2014

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Wednesday, November 19 – Friday, November 21, 2014
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Riding the Wave of Health System Transformation);

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CDC awards $211.6 million to states to support chronic disease prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced $211.6 million in funding to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases, the leading causes of death and disability in the United States

A total of 193 awards are being made  to states, large and small cities and counties, tribes and tribal organizations, and national and community organizations, with a special focus on populations hardest hit by chronic diseases.  The goals of the grant funding are to reduce rates of death and disability due to tobacco use, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke and to reduce obesity prevalence.  These new awards build on existing CDC funded efforts to implement broad strategies to address a wide range of chronic diseases.


fire and health
October 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week
– a great time to promote best burn tips to help keep homes warm and healthier. It’s also a great opportunity to share the health and safety benefits of replacing an old wood stove with cleaner, more efficient home heating.

Approximately 10 million wood stoves are currently in use in the United States, and 65 percent of them are older, inefficient, conventional stoves. Just 20 old, non-EPA certified wood stoves can emit more than 1 ton of fine particle pollution (PM2.5) into your area during the cold months of the year.

Smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces contain a mixture of harmful gases and small particles. Breathing these small particles can cause asthma attacks and severe bronchitis, aggravate heart and lung disease, and may increase the likelihood of respiratory illnesses.

EPA Burn Wise offers the following tools to encourage best burn tips and to help improve the air and health of your community. To help reduce wood smoke in your area, share these tools with local media, partners and others to promote on social media, websites and newsletters.
News Article:
Fire and Health Safety Fast Facts:
Four Easy Steps InfoGraphic:
Asthma Video PSA:
Split, Stack, Cover and Store Video PSA:–Zrh11s
Additional Health Resources and Tools:
More Video and Radio PSAs:

Living Beyond Breast Cancer, (LBBC)
Young Women’s Initiative is one of our partners funded under DP1111-11, “Developing Support and Evaluation Awareness for Young (<45) Breast Cancer Survivors.”

LBBC’s Young Women’s Initiative recently launched two videos as part of their “Let’s Talk About It” Video series.  The new videos, “Financial Impact of Breast Cancer” and “Body Image: Tips and Truths,” cover topics relevant to young women affected by breast cancer.

NACDD Offers State-Based Chronic Disease Academies
On the heels of completing a successful Chronic Disease Academy with the Wyoming Department of Health, NACDD has released a new promotional video explaining how your state can benefit from the development of a customized state-based academy.  Contact NACDD today to schedule a chronic disease academy.

New Resource: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Supplement – Clinical Preventive Services
The September 12, 2014, Supplement (Volume 63, No. 2, pg. 1-107) includes topics on the use of selected clinical preventive services to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States, 1999-2011. Increased use of clinical preventive services could improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents and promote healthy lifestyles that will enable them to achieve their full potential. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands insurance coverage, consumer protections, and access to care for the U.S. population and places a greater emphasis on prevention. Through implementation of ACA, new opportunities exist to promote and improve use of these valuable and vital services. This supplement provides a baseline assessment of the use of key services before ACA implementation. Click here to view the supplement.

Reports and Articles


Foxx: New U.S. DOT Bike/Ped Initiative “Critical to Future of the Country”
Streetblog USA: September 10, 2014
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx just announced to the Pro-Walk Pro-Bike Pro-Place conference in Pittsburgh that the department is “putting together the most comprehensive, forward-leaning initiative U.S. DOT has ever put forward on bike/ped issues.” He said the initiative “is critical to the future of the country.”
The top priority, he said, will be closing gaps in walking and biking networks where “even if people are following the rules, the risk of a crash is too high.” He said dangerous street conditions are especially severe in low-income communities, where pedestrians are killed at twice the rate as in high-income areas, often because they lack sidewalks, lighting, and safe places to cross the street. He noted that when he was mayor of Charlotte, a child was hit by a driver because the road he was walking on with his mother had no sidewalk, and overgrown bushes pushed them into the street.

Obesity, mental health, substance abuse plague county
Daily Astorian September 18, 2014
Clatsop County community health assessment focuses on obesity, mental health and substance abuse.
Obesity, mental health and substance abuse issues remain top priorities in Clatsop County, according to a health assessment released this month by the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization.

The yearlong assessment identified needs and action plans for a variety of health-related topics in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and the Reedsport area of Douglas County. All four counties had obesity, mental health and substance abuse as main focuses.

Mimi Haley, regional executive of the Columbia Pacific CCO, said the assessment is meant to act as a road map for each community, including Clatsop County, to put the suggested plans into action.

A Cancer Battle We Can Win
The New York Times
THE war against cancer can be confusing, with providers, insurers and policy makers debating the effectiveness of treatments, prevention programs and research. But there is one significant victory within our grasp. There is, increasingly, a consensus that CT screening for lung cancer can save thousands of lives each year.

Lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer, claims the lives of approximately 435 people in the United States every day. In fact, more women die of lung cancer each year than breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined. While lung cancer is curable with surgery in its early stages, most people are given diagnoses of lung cancer after symptoms develop, when the disease is often advanced and resistant to treatment.

Walkable neighborhoods reduce obesity, diabetes
People who live in neighborhoods that are conducive to walking experienced a substantially lower rate of obesity, overweight and diabetes than those who lived in more auto-dependent neighborhoods, according to a pair of studies presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions.

Researchers in Canada compared adults living in the most and least “walkable” metropolitan areas in southern Ontario and found a lower risk of developing diabetes over a 10-year period for those who lived in neighborhoods with less sprawl, more interconnectivity among streets, and more local stores and services within walking distance, among other measures used to determine a neighborhood’s “walkability.” The researchers controlled for variables, such as health at baseline, in order to rule out the probability that healthier people were choosing more walkable neighborhoods to begin with. A second study that compared neighborhoods, not individuals, found that the most walkable neighborhoods had the lowest incidence of obesity, overweight and diabetes.

U.S. sees decline in new diabetes cases, CDC finds
CDC officials found the number of new diabetes cases in the U.S. increased from 3.2 per 1,000 people in 1990 to 8.8 per 1,000 people in 2008, but declined to 7.1 per 1,000 people in 2012. However, researchers noted a persistent increase among Hispanics, blacks and those with lower education levels. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (9/23)


Soda Makers Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Join in Effort to Cut Americans’ Drink Calories
The New York Times: September 23, 2014
The three largest soda companies — Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group — have pledged to cut the number of sugary drink calories that Americans consume by one-fifth in about a decade, through a combination of marketing, distribution and packaging.
The commitment, made Tuesday at the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative, taking place this week in New York, was an acknowledgment by the companies of the role their products play in the country’s obesity crisis and the escalating rates of diabetes and heart disease that accompany it.
“This is huge,” former President Bill Clinton said in a telephone interview. “I’ve heard it could mean a couple of pounds of weight lost each year in some cases.”

New Healthy Vending Study
A new study of healthier vending in Chicago parks found nearly 90 percent of Chicago park-goers like the healthier options and healthier snacks boosted average monthly per-machine sales from $84 to $371.  This study demonstrates more good reasons to push for healthier food choices for state and local property and programs.  For more information on how to work to improve options in your state, county, or city visit

New CDC Resources: 2012 Physical Education Profiles Report & Fact Sheet
Schools can transform into active environments by providing students with quality physical education and opportunities to stay active each day. Two new resources from CDC, 2012 Physical Education Profiles Report (PE Profiles) and the 2012 Physical Education Profiles Fact Sheet, examine the policies and practices of select secondary schools and identify best practices and areas for improvement.

PE Profiles reports on categories aligned with guidelines for quality physical education and physical activity programs in the CDC’s School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (Guidelines):
Physical education requirements
Physical education curricula and standards
Physical education instruction
Student assessment in physical education
School-based intramural sports programs or physical activity clubs
Physical education teacher qualifications
Professional development for physical education


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