Healthy Communities- June 5th, 2015

Place Matters Oregon: Video- The impact of where you grow up
CNN: May 9th, 2015


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Reports and Articles

Women’s health event encourages getting ‘back to basics’ with exercise, fresh food
The World
COOS BAY — Work, food, exercise and body image all create a perfect storm that makes it hard for women to lead healthy lives and reduce their risk of heart disease, according to the Coos County Women’s Health Coalition.

The local women’s health coalition, an offshoot of the Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area, held its seventh annual Walk and Talk event Saturday at Mingus Park.

The No. 1 killer of women in America is heart disease: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in February that 22.9 percent of women’s deaths in 2011 were caused by heart disease. Next in line was cancer, which caused 21.8 percent of women’s deaths

New Report Reveals States with Highest Incidence of Obesity
A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® shows that the obesity rate in the United States is the highest since Gallup and Healthways began tracking and measuring well-being in 2008. According to the “Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2014 Obesity Rankings,” the national incidence of obesity was 27.7 percent in 2014, up from 27.1 percent in 2013 and significantly above the 25.5 percent recorded in 2008.

Report Estimates States’ Potential Health Care Cost Savings From Reducing Sodium
A new analysis of potential state-by-state health care cost savings to be achieved by reducing sodium to 2,300 mg/day shows annual savings ranging from $36 million for Wyoming to $2.4 billion for California. Adjusting for inflation and population growth, the Center for Science in the Public Interest calculated costs savings achievable with the recommended sodium reduction, and found that four states stand to save more than $1 billion a year.

CDC: many adults failing to undergo recommended cancer screening
MNT: May 11, 2015
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that many adults in the US are failing to undergo the recommended screening tests for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers.
Published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the data shows that in 2013, screening rates for these cancers either dropped below past rates or did not improve, demonstrating slow progression toward the Healthy People 2020 targets.

Giving the Poor Easy Access to Healthy Food Doesn’t Mean They’ll Buy It
The New York Times: May 8th, 2015
In 2010, the Morrisania section of the Bronx was what is commonly called a food desert: The low-income neighborhood in New York’s least-healthy county had no nearby grocery store, and few places where its residents could easily buy fresh food.

That’s why it was the target of a city tax incentive program designed to bring healthy food into underserved neighborhoods. In 2011, a 17,000-square-foot supermarket opened, aided by city money that paid some 40 percent of the costs of its construction. The neighborhood welcomed the addition, and perceived access to healthy food improved. But the diets of the neighborhood’s residents did not.

USDA Announces 95 Percent Compliance with School Meal Nutrition Standards
According to the data, which is current as of December 2014, thirty states have been certified with at least 97 percent compliance, including 17 states at 100 percent compliance.

Study: Most Foods and Beverages Advertised to Children Fall Short of Federal Standards for a Healthy Diet
Major food and beverage companies are meeting their own pledges to advertise healthier products to children on TV, but three out of four of those products do not meet government guidelines for what constitutes a healthy diet for children, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Oregon Tackles Colorectal Cancer
Statesmen Journal: May 12, 2015
Oregon is working on improving the rates of colorectal screening for people who are 50 and older (45 for African Americans), and lawmakers are looking to remove barriers to being screened.

In 2010, colorectal cancer was the third-most-common cancer diagnosed in Oregon and 645 people died from it.

But colorectal cancer can be prevented with good screening compliance. Screening can allow for removal of pre-cancerous polyps or early detection. At Stage 1, colorectal cancer has a 93 percent survival rate. The problem is that almost one-third of adults who are age-eligible are not up to date on their recommended screenings.

Frankly, colonoscopies are not fun. Because of the low screening rate, more than half of all colorectal cancers in Oregon are found at late stages. At Stage IV the survival rate is only 8 percent.

Ask the Expert Session Recap: Engaging with Local Health Departments for Comprehensive Cancer Control
The GW Cancer Institute hosted an interactive discussion on May 12, led by Brandi Adams, Senior Program Analyst at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The session featured Kevin Hughes, Deputy Health Officer at District Health Department #10 and Polly Hager, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Director at Michigan Department of Community Health, who answered questions and shared their experiences with creating collaborations between state Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) coalitions and local health departments (LHDs). Read the session summary. #TAPaskexpert

Healthcare spending for privately insured children with diabetes rises sharply, 2011-2013
MNT: May 11, 2015
Spending for all privately insured people with diabetes rose 4 percent in 2013; was nearly $10,700 higher than for those without diabetes
Per capita health care spending for children with diabetes covered by employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) grew faster than for any other age group with diabetes, rising 7% from 2011 to 2012 and 9.6% from 2012 to 2013, according to a study released by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). Overall per capita spending for individuals younger than age 65, covered by ESI, and with diabetes rose 4.1% in 2013, nearly double the 2012 increase (2.2%).


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