Healthy Communities – June 23, 2016

Worksite Health ScoreCard

Want to assess the success of your worksite health promotion program? Use CDC’s Worksite Health ScoreCard to measure the health of your workforce and evaluate workplace efforts to help employees improve their health. CDC developed this free online tool to help employers measure how proven, science-based health promotion strategies can be used in their worksites. These strategies include the following:

  • Lifestyle counseling.
  • Physical and social environmental facility changes like stairwell enhancements or an on-site fitness center.
  • Policies like tobacco-free campuses.
  • Health plan benefits.
  • Other worksite programs, such as walking clubs, which have been shown to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic diseases.

Healthy Aging Data Portal

senio coupleThe Healthy Aging Data Portal provides easy access to CDC data on a range of key indicators of health and well-being, screenings and vaccinations, and mental health among older adults at the national and state levels. The indicators on this Healthy Aging Portal that provide a snapshot of currently available surveillance information and can be useful for prioritization and evaluation of public health interventions.

Updated Health Equity Resource: Community Approaches to Advance Health Equity Module

The Division of Community Health, Office of Health Equity in collaboration with the Training, Translation and Communications Branch is pleased to announce the release of the improved Community Approaches to Advance Health Equity online training module! The module now includes six lessons with more interactive exercises and it allows the user to produce a health equity workbook. The primary source of information in the module was obtained from A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity

2015 National, State, and Local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Results Released

Youth Online — a web-based data system that allows users to view and analyze national, state, and local YRBS data—has been updated. Youth Online provides quick access to comprehensive results on youth health risk behaviors from 1991 through 2015.

Diabetes Care in the Heat, Extreme Weather, and Emergencies

 Summer is here and, as temperatures start to rise, it is important to revisit emergency procedures to address heat-related illnesses. People with diabetes, who work outdoors or in hot indoor environments, may need to take additional caution to maintain their health. CDC’s Be Prepared! offers guidance and resources to help people manage diabetes in extreme weather, emergencies, and natural disasters.

Recommendations for CRC screening released

The final USPSTF recommendations for CRC screening were released today.  You may also find of interest a related JAMA news release and a statement from the American Cancer Society on the new recommendations.  One of the primary differences from the 2008 recommendation is the addition of computed tomography (CT) colonography and multitargeted stool DNA (FIT-DNA) to the list of screening strategies.

New York City Can Enforce Salt Warnings on Menus, Court Says
The New York State Supreme Court recently cleared the way for the New York City to enforce a rule requiring many eateries to alert consumers about food items with high salt content. Some popular restaurant chains voluntarily started including the menu icon—a saltshaker in a triangle—with an explanation that items that bear the symbol contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, the daily limit recommended by many nutritionists.

Is Sugar Really Bad for You? It Depends

The federal government’s decision to update food labels last month marked a sea change for consumers: For the first time, beginning in 2018, nutrition labels will be required to list a breakdown of both the total sugars and the added sugars in packaged foods. But is sugar really that bad for you? And is the sugar added to foods really more harmful than the sugars found naturally in foods? Read more about this.



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