Healthy Communities – July 14, 2016

An Environmental Scan of Recent Initiatives Incorporating Social Determinants in Public Health

Read this CDC article about social, environmental, and economic determinants of health and various efforts, such as “Health in All Policies” and other concepts and initiatives to positively influence these factors to foster health at the community level

Legal Preemption and the Prevention of Chronic Conditions

Want to know more about what preemption means for chronic disease prevention? Read this CDC article that discusses the legal concept of preemption, explains its use as a tool to both thwart or further public health interventions, and offers practical guidance for how to navigate around it to legally address factors underlying chronic conditions.

Environment May Affect Obesity Risk More Than Genetics

mcdonaldsA study of Americans born from 1900 to 1958 found those born later in the 20th century were more likely to gain weight, regardless of whether they were genetically predisposed to obesity, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers said the study suggests cultural and environmental developments, such as easy access to unhealthy foods, may have a bigger role in the obesity epidemic than genetics. Read more about the results of this study published by Health Day News.

US Consumer Attitudes Toward Sodium in Baby and Toddler Foods

The CDC supported a cross-sectional study to examine US adults’ attitudes toward sodium in baby and toddler foods and its association with parent characteristics. A sample of 6378 adults completed a national probability-based online consumer panel survey measuring responses on a 5-point Likert scale to the statement: “It is important for baby and toddler foods to be low in sodium”. The majority agreed (68%) that it is important. The highest proportions of agreement (>80%) were among parents with at least one child aged <2 years, and those persons who believed too much sodium was harmful to their own health.  Read the full article.

An Intervention to Increase Availability of Healthy Foods and Beverages: The Healthy Hospital Food Initiative, 2010–2014

Hospitals are ideal settings for modeling healthy eating, but few programs have sought to improve nutrition in all venues where food is served. Learn about this Healthy Hospital Food Initiative and the experience from New York City hospitals.

Helpless to Prevent Cancer? Actually, Quite a Bit Is in Your Control

This article from The New York Times explores the growing understanding that prevention is a key strategy in fighting cancer.  The Author cites several research studies to support this including  a study on the impacts of: smoking, drinking, obesity and exercise.

From AARP: Livable Lingo: Our Livability Glossary

Planners, policy makers, politicians and assorted livability pros often use these terms. Form-based Code? Complete Streets? Age-Friendly Community? What do these mean? Read AARP’s very helpful article to learn what each means so you can talk the talk.

How to Fight Lead Exposure with Nutrition

A good reminder that a healthy diet is an important defense against exposure to lead. A diet rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin C can help decrease lead absorption. Learn more from this article published on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ blog update.

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