Healthy Communities – June 9, 2016

New resources from the CDC on getting more Americans physically active

The resources below offer ideas for how to meet fitness goals and promote physical activity in communities:

America’s health rankings: 2016 Senior Report Taking an in-depth look at the health of seniors in each state and the specific challenges they face as a population is key to understanding and addressing our health as a nation. Oregon’s rank for overall senior health is 12. Check out the fact sheet for Oregon and read the full report to know more about senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 35 measures of senior health.

Targeting the causes of health disparities: Social determinants transforming public health

The conditions in which we live, learn, work and age affect our health. Social determinants such as neighborhood, education and health care can influence your lifelong well-being. Find a new infographic on how social determinants can influence health.

Social determinants take center stage in Public Health 3.0

The key components of Public Health 3.0 are enhanced public health leadership in the community, broad engagement with partners across multiple sectors, an accreditation process that includes Public Health 3.0 elements, more timely and locally relevant data, new metrics of community health and more flexible public health funding. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health is leading the Public Health 3.0 initiative, which will build off ongoing Healthy People 2020 efforts that encourage collaboration across sectors and communities. Read about a new push by federal agencies toward factors that influence health.

The FDA’s new rules for food labeling

The changes are a step toward better health and less obesity, especially in children. The FDA’s announcement of final rules for its overhaul of labels on food packages is a signature accomplishment of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. The May announcement highlights nine specific changes, including a requirement for serving sizes that more closely reflect the amounts of food people currently eat, dual columns to indicate the “per serving” and “per package” nutrition information, and updated daily values consistent with current recommendations. Additionally, the FDA now requires manufacturers report “added sugars”— sugars and syrups that do not occur naturally in foods and beverages, but are added as the foods are processed. Read more about the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods.

GIS snapshots

Did you know that Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) publishes regular GIS Snapshots? These map and text articles feature Geographic Information Systems (GIS) used to display national, state, or county data for important health topics related to chronic disease. PCD publishes these Snapshots on a regular basis, so check out the GIS section of this website often for new articles. Interested in submitting your map and research for consideration as a GIS Snapshot? Visit the For Authors section on this website for more information.

Clustering of five health-related behaviors for chronic disease prevention among adults, United States, 2013

Five key health-related behaviors for chronic disease prevention are never smoking, getting regular physical activity, consuming no alcohol or only moderate amounts, maintaining a normal body weight, and obtaining daily sufficient sleep. Read this article about a CDC study that estimated the clustering of these 5 health-related behaviors among adults aged 21 years or older in each state and the District of Columbia and assessed geographic variation in clustering.

Make asthma manageable

More than 327,000 adults and 63,000 children in Oregon have asthma, which like most chronic diseases is manageable. But how well you’re able to manage it is affected by your place in Oregon. Read Karen Girard’s new post to her Health Within Reach blog about how to make asthma manageable during allergy season and all year-round.

New beginnings: A discussion guide for living well with diabetes

CDC developed a guide to help people with diabetes and their loved ones deal with the emotional side of living with diabetes. The guide helps identify family and social support needs and develop goal setting, positive coping, and problem-solving skills. Modules can be used together to develop diabetes discussion groups that meet over a few weeks or months. Each module can also stand alone or be integrated into an existing diabetes education or support group.

Living a balanced life with diabetes

This toolkit is designed by CDC for health care professionals who serve American Indians and Alaska Natives. The toolkit contains a variety of culturally appropriate materials, and many tribal nations are represented.Cheat sheet for women’s cancer screenings and good health

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control created a cheat sheet for cancer screenings and good health. Download this printable fact sheet and read more about screening for breast, cervical, colorectal (colon), and lung cancers as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Center for Science in the Public Interest releases infographic to address public confusion about salt

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, developed the infographic “Confused About Salt?” to help with public confusion about salt intake. This infographic gives basic information on the facts of salt consumption, visually depicts where sodium reduction initiatives are in place globally, and identifies key methodological issues in studies that report conflicting results.

School factors associated with the percentage of students who walk or bike to school

Active school transport, such as by walking or biking, increases physical activity levels, which has health and academic benefits for children. This article examines school demographic and other characteristics to determine their association with the percentage of students who walk or bike to school.

A qualitative study of adolescent views of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes, Michigan, 2014

Read about a qualitative study that was conducted in Michigan to gather information on adolescent views of how a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) would affect adolescents’ consumption of SSBs. The role of habit in consumption of SSBs was also explored.

State Alcohol Tax Increases: impacts on binge drinking

Despite strong evidence that increasing alcohol taxes reduces alcohol-related harm, state alcohol taxes have declined in real terms during the past 3 decades. Opponents of tax increases argue that they are unfair to “responsible” drinkers and those who are financially disadvantaged. A CDC study assessed the impact of hypothetical state alcohol tax increases on the cost of alcohol for adults in the United States on the basis of alcohol consumption and sociodemographic characteristics. Read about how policies, such as higher alcohol taxes and controls on alcohol outlet density, affect the price and availability of alcoholic beverages and binge drinking among US adults.

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