Healthy Communities – April 14, 2016

Bring Water Back: Providing Safe Drinking Fountains in Schools

Schools want to offer children water as a healthy alternative to sugary drinks and bottled beverages, but drinking water infrastructure in schools continues to lag behind. Change Lab Solutions developed a new fact sheet to help child health advocates use state plumbing codes to modernize school drinking water infrastructure. It provides an overview of how to use data about school facilities to inform the policy change process, and includes examples of key provisions that can optimize water access in schools. To learn more, see related fact sheet on increasing water access in schools and our model wellness policy language on water access.

drinking water fountain

Undiagnosed Hypertension 

Million Hearts® Releases “Hiding in Plain Sight” Resources to Help Find Patients with Undiagnosed Hypertension. Visit the Million Hearts® “Hiding in Plain Sight” webpage to view a set of tools and resources to help find patients with undiagnosed hypertension. On this page, you’ll find:

  • Million Hearts® Hypertension Prevalence Estimator Tool: Health systems or practices can use this tool to: 1) estimate an expected hypertension prevalence among their ambulatory patient population; and 2) initiate or build on their existing hypertension management quality improvement process by comparing the expected hypertension prevalence generated from the tool with their actual calculated prevalence.
  • Partner Toolkit: Refer to this resource for social media messages, social cards, and newsletter content that you can easily share with your partners to help spread the word.

Chronic Disease and Alcohol

NACDD is working with partners at CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities to explore the intersection of the health systems transformation work happening in state level chronic disease prevention and deployment of an evidence-based primary care intervention for risky alcohol use.  Download Infographic here

Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke

The Atlas is an online mapping tool that documents geographic disparities in heart disease and stroke and their risk factors at the local level. Users can create county-level maps of heart disease and stroke and include overlays of congressional boundaries and health care facility locations. Poverty rates, education levels, the food environment, access to health care, and other social factors can be mapped at the county level. Users can now also create census tract-level maps of social, demographic, and economic factors.

Lifespan Weighed Down by Diet  JAMA

The health and economic effects of obesity-related disease are substantial and predicted to worsen. Available evidence points to the impacts of the obesity epidemic on life expectancy. Today’s generation will lead shorter, less healthful lives than their parents. Read what can be done to more effectively address obesity and other chronic diet-related disease.

Global Obesity

The research led by scientists from Imperial College in London, UK, compared body mass index (BMI) among almost 20 million adult men and women from 1975 to 2014. The study found that obesity has tripled in men and more than doubled in women, and more obese men and women now live in China and the USA than in any other country. Read more about why the researchers conclude that global obesity has reached its crisis point and who can play a role in addressing factors that drive up obesity levels.

How food industry uses branded characters to market to kids

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a new Issue Brief on food companies’ use of branded characters to market to kids. Several scientific studies have shown that food and beverage marketing practices strongly influence children’s food preferences and purchase requests. Companies that market high-calorie and nutrient-poor food and beverage products to children often use brand mascots and media characters. Younger children are especially vulnerable to these types of marketing. See examples of popular media characters used by food companies:branded charaters


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