Healthy Communities – September 8, 2016

september-20c1vkoSeptember is …

….Healthy Aging Month: Check out the website of the National Council on Aging to find resources to promote healthy aging.

National Cholesterol Education Month: Visit this CDC website to learn about the role of screening for cholesterol and how can you prevent or treat high cholesterol

Senior Center Month: Use the National Institute on Senior Centers’ 2016 Program Guide to plan community activities that celebrate the theme, Find Balance at Your Center!

World Alzheimer’s Month: Find resources to raise awareness and challenge stigma about Alzheimer’s disease in your community.

…Rheumatic disease awareness month: Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, launched by the American College of Rheumatology, raises awareness about rheumatic diseases like arthritis, lupus, gout, and the lesser known rheumatic diseases. Learn more about strategies to manage these diseases and how rheumatic diseases can impact and complicate the management of other chronic conditions.

September 22 is the National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Sept. 22 — the first day of fall. Use these tools and resources to raise awareness about how to prevent falls-related injuries and deaths among older adults. Plan activities and share resources on falls prevention strategies.

Importance of system thinking and health

systems_thinkingSystems change includes collaborating across sectors to improve systems at the federal, state and local levels to influence a variety of key levers.

Watch a short video here that illustrates systems change in action and discusses the importance of system thinking and health.

New CDC state maps show many Americans still struggle with obesity

CDC released its 2015 state- and territory-specific maps on adult obesity prevalence using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

The 2015 state data maps show that the proportion of adults with obesity in the United States continues to remain high. Check out the new state data maps to see how Oregon compares to other states.

Obesity is a serious societal problem

obesityMillions of American adults have obesity, putting them at risk for many serious chronic diseases and health conditions. There is not one simple solution to address the high levels of obesity in the US. It will take a societal effort. Community leaders, employers, government agencies, and many others can create places that make it easier for adults and families to move more and eat better. Find out how.

Cancer replaces heart disease as the leading cause of death in 22 states, including Oregon

The gap between heart disease and the second-leading cause of death, cancer, has been narrowing since 1968, according to an August data brief published by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Cancer surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death for 22 states in 2014. Cancer is now the leading cause of death for some minority groups. See key findings and the map showing the leading causes of death for each state.

Implementing healthier food service guidelines in hospital and federal worksite cafeterias

CDC supported a project by the North Carolina Institute of Public Health (NCIPH) to examine five hospitals and four federal worksite food service operators across the country. The findings are published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

school-healthy-eatingSchool Nutrition Environment and Services 

As students return to school, it’s important that they eat healthy and stay physically active. Healthy students are better learners and are better on all levels of academic achievement—academic performance, education behavior, and cognitive skills and attitudes. This new Comprehensive Framework for Addressing the School Nutrition Environment and Services is a framework and tool for school nutrition professionals, school health professionals, administrators, teachers, and parents working on a healthy school nutrition environment.

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