Healthy Communities – April 28, 2016

Leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors, and access to health services among Hispanics or Latinos in U.S

This MMWR issue includes CDC’s first national study of leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors, and access to health services among Hispanics or Latinos living in the U.S. The report showed that similar in non-Hispanic whites, the two leading causes of death in Hispanics are heart disease and cancer. “Four out of 10 Hispanics die of heart disease or cancer. By not smoking and staying physically active, such as walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, Hispanics can reduce their risk for these chronic diseases and others such as diabetes,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Health professionals can help Hispanics protect their health by learning about their specific risk factors and addressing barriers to care.”

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ASTHO Releases Health in All Policies Framework Document

ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) has released the document “Health in All Policies: A Framework For State Health Leadership,” which outlines the domestic and international history of Health in All Policies (HiAP), showcases state and local HiAP successes, and provides implementation strategies. It also includes key elements of HiAP practice and potential short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes of HiAP initiatives.

What does it cost to make a school safe for walking and bicycling

There are many questions about the cost for Safe Routes to School improvements, and it’s difficult to answer them. Conducting a school assessment or developing an action plan can be a helpful start.


Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the YMCA Making Strides report cards

 Making Strides is a set of report cards assessing each state on 24 indicators specific to walking, biking and active kids. The report cards primarily look at state policy focusing on four key areas: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support. Check out how Oregon is doing in support of walking, bicycling, and active kids and communities.

New Prevalence Projections for Arthritis

According to a new CDC study, the number of U.S. adults with arthritis is projected to reach more than 78 million in 2040, an increase of almost 49%. Of those with arthritis, about 34 million adults will have arthritis-attributable activity limitations (AAAL) in 2040, an increase of 52%.  Currently, about 53 million U.S. adults have arthritis, of whom 22.7 million have AAAL.

State Fundraiser Exemptions and new Food Service Key Informant Briefs from Institute for Health Research and Policy

While many states are applying the Smart Snacks standards to all on-campus fundraisers, a number of states allow exemptions, with some states allowing many junk food fundraisers.  The Institute for Health Research and Policy releases quarterly updates of state fundraiser exemptions. To see the latest, please click here.

MyPlate for Older Adults

my plate_The Tufts Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) partnered with AARP Foundation in conjunction with the updated 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to revamp MyPlate for Older Adults. The new plate gives special attention, with the expertise of AARP Foundation, to fully target various demographics and food access issues relevant to the 50+ population.  Here is the link to the website that allows you to download the MyPlate icon and features tips, recipes and more:

New Report: 2016 Shape of the Nation

Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, released the 2016 update to the Shape of the Nation on the state of physical education and physical activity in the American education system.  While effective physical education and physical activity programs are essential in the formative growth of children and adolescents, there is a large disparity in state requirements and implementation.  Research shows that active kids learn better, yet few states have policies in place requiring schools to offer effective physical education programs to all students.  Read the report here.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps – Building a Culture of Health, County by County

The What Works for Health resource now has evidence ratings for more than 360 policies and programs! For each entry, you can see what the evidence says, examples of implementation, likely impact on disparities, and more information.


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