Healthy Communities- October 23rd, 2015

Key Components of Food Procurement & Vending Policies The Public Health Law Center supports policy, systems, and environmental change towards healthier food and beverage policies. They recently released, Key Components of Food Procurement & Vending Policies, a general publication designed for a variety of audiences – any department, organization, or worksite that is interested in developing and implementing a healthy vending and/or food procurement policy.

Reports and Articles walking

Some of the Biggest Problems Sometimes Have the Simplest Solutions
CDC Your Health- Your Environment Blog
In environmental public health, we often get caught up in looking for complex answers to complex problems. Sometimes we get lucky, though, and a simple solution will serve. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities proves this point.
The simplicity of this response to the growing public health threats of obesity, chronic disease, etc. was so surprising that Jimmy Fallon remarked on it in his Tonight Show monologue. But simple doesn’t necessarily equate to easy. Throughout the speeches made during the launch itself, the importance of the built environment and community engagement to support walkability was highlighted. Exercise and stop smoking to improve depression after heart attack MNT Depression is almost three times more common in people who have had a heart attack than in those who haven’t,” said Dr Manuela Abreu, a psychiatrist at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. “Cardiac rehabilitation with aerobic exercise can reduce depressive symptoms and improve cardiovascular fitness.”1

“Patients who are depressed after a heart attack have a two-fold risk of having another heart attack or dying compared to those who are not depressed,” added Dr David Nanchen, head of the Prevention Centre, Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Type 2 diabetes screening needs ‘reviewing’ The process for screening for Type 2 diabetes or those at high risk of the condition needs “careful re-evaluation”, according to the first study on the effectiveness of testing methods.

Diabetes screening has been advocated, yet information on the response and diagnostic rates of different screening strategies is not available.

Colorectal Cancer
10/14/15    TAK-733 shows challenge of using a promising drug in the human body 10/12/15    Scientists uncover four different types of bowel cancer

Lack of referrals for suspected cancer leads to more deaths Science Daily Deaths are higher in cancer patients whose GPs do not regularly send patients through the two-week urgent referral route for suspected cancer, according to a Cancer Research UK and National Institute for Health Research-funded study.


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