Physical activity isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.
—Let’s Move Active Schools
Children who are physically active are healthier and do better in school, yet only 1 in 3 kids are active daily. To reverse this trend, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Let’s Move Active Schools, during the Chicago stop of her Let’s Move! Anniversary Tour. Read more
ChangeLab Solutions has developed a series of tools to help California cities and counties better understand, plan, and implement policies to establish smokefree housing.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a petition urging the FDA to determine safe limits on high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars in soft drinks. See their infographic
World Harvest Church in Kansas City opens a grocery store to offer healthy choices in a known “food dessert” see the video
The Department of Health and Human Services has launched BeTobaccoFree as one-stop access to U.S. Government information on tobacco topics. visit the site
The HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH) launched its new heart attack awareness campaign targeting Spanish-speaking women age 50 and over. The “Haga La Llamada, ¡No Pierda Tiempo!” campaign builds on OWH’s successful “Make the Call, Don’t Miss a Beat” campaign. The new Spanish-language campaign aims to educate and empower Spanish-speaking women to call 9-1-1 when they experience any of the seven symptoms of a heart attack and to do the same for their mothers, sisters and friends. read more
The Department of Health and Human Services relaunched their HealthCare.gov website to create the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace is designed to help individuals, families and small businesses find health insurance that fits their budget, with less hassle. read more
CSPI’s latest study, Xtreme Eating 2013, reaffirms the need for restaurants and similar retail food establishments to tell customers how many calories are in their menu items. For example, who would guess that The Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta has 3,120 calories (about a day and half’s worth) or that Smoothie King’s 40 oz. Peanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie has 1,460 calories? read more
Workplace wellness programs can reduce medical costs by more than 18 percent for the average worker, according to a report published by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The January edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, published by the Elk Grove Village, Illinois-based ACOEM, includes a study titled “Medical Care Savings From Workplace Wellness Programs: What Is a Realistic Savings Potential?” read more
Hoping to bridge the gap between low-income residents and health-care services, a $100 million fund will be unveiled this week to build community centers near affordable housing as demand for primary-care services is expected to rise. Supporters say it is a new kind of public-private partnership boosted by the philanthropic sector that was inspired by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. read more
The national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program was funded by Congress in 2005 in an effort to create safe environments for American children to walk or bike to school. Has the program been effective? In New York City, most definitely, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health that evaluated the program here. Researchers found that the annual rate of injury to school-age pedestrians ages 5-19 fell 44% during the peak times for walking to school, in neighborhoods where the program was implemented. Significantly, the injury rate did not drop in parts of the city where the SRTS safety program was not in place. read more
Formed in the spring of 2010, Advancing the Movement (ATM) is a network of leaders – serving across fields, political perspectives and focus areas – collaborating on policy, systems and environmental changes for a healthier, more equitable and prosperous United States of America.
From inspiring the creation of cutting-edge data, learning and performance platforms, to cultivating balanced dialogue for collective impact, ATM is transforming the way resources and best practices are shared and leveraged among communities across the country. Read more
Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. read more and see videos
Part of a series in which Rob Waters, chief communications officer for the Prevention Institute, talks about the impact prevention funds are having in communities across the country.
Wood County, Wisconsin, may be the largest producer of cranberries in the world but in many parts of this rural county it can be hard to find fresh fruit or vegetables at the store—or the school lunchroom. So three years ago, Wood County health officials and advocates began a program to bring schoolchildren out for visits to working farms and, just as important, bring produce from the farms to school cafeteria. read more
Part of a series in which Rob Waters, chief communications officer for the Prevention Institute, talks about the impact prevention funds are having in communities across the country. Read more