May 2011 Blog Posts (12)

Industry unhappy with U.S. government agencies' recommendations to cut back fat, sodium, and sugar

Although I am a specialty foods importer in Scotland, I read the web newsletter written by Food Navigator USA.  They have a similar publication for the UK, but it is a good snap-shot of what is on the minds of mass market food producers and distributors.  A recent … Continue

Added by Estelle Menz on May 31, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Human Development Index applied to "inequitable mess" California has become

A new report, A Portrait of California, uses a modified version of the United Nations Human Development Index(HDI) to rank communities.  The HDI incorporates five indices related to life expectancy, education, and income.  The online California Planning and Development…


Added by Marisel Brown on May 27, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

REACH 2009 confirms persistent racial and ethnic health disparities

The CDC conducts the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Risk Factor Survey each year in 28 communities across the nation.  The 2009 data analysis gives us reasons to be concerned about the effectiveness of public health departments in developing interventions that can begin to narrow the gap between racial/ethnic groups and the White population.  The conclusion recommends developing more culturally appropriate community-level interventions that address social…


Added by Beatrice Yearwood on May 26, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

STUDY: Five decades with loss of occupation-related physical activity contributed to obesity

A study from the University of South Carolina traces the increase in overweight and obesity to a reduction in occupation-related physical activity.  Simply stated the study concludes:

Over the last 50 years in the U.S. we estimate that daily occupation-related energy expenditure has decreased by more than 100 calories, and this reduction in energy expenditure accounts for a significant portion of the increase in mean U.S. body weights for women and…


Added by Cecil Verley on May 25, 2011 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Sustainable Communities: United Nations's Assualt on Constitutional Rights of Every American?



This evening I attended a public meeting for the One Bay Area sustainable communities planning process.  The meeting is one of several public input meetings being held in communities across San Francisco Bay  Area counties and cities that are members of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). 

     Public health policy advocates are not…


Added by Marisel Brown on May 25, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

UN Changes Course, Establishes 2-step Registration for NCD High Level Meeting

Hundreds or perhaps thousands of individuals last week began receiving notices from the UN, letting them know that their registration had been approved to attend the June 16 Civil Society Listening Session on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York.  This is welcome news for those advocates and practitioners who had been patiently waiting since the registration process for the meeting closed in April. The Civil Society Listening Session is meant to be a precursor to the upcoming…


Added by Jeff Meer on May 24, 2011 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Action Through Innovation: International Reproductive Health and PHI

Millennium Development Goal 5 aims to improve maternal health through two targets: (1) Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio, and (2) Achieve, by 2015 universal access to reproductive health. While maternal deaths worldwide have dropped 34% since 1990, maternal mortality remains remarkably high (more than 358,000 women die annually from complications during pregnancy or childbirth) and large disparities remain in providing women with family planning…


Added by Amanda Keifer on May 22, 2011 at 4:39pm — 1 Comment

Three major disease organizations publish NCD manifesto

Today the Presidents of the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association published an unprecedented joint statement concerning support for the UN High Level Meeting on Non Communicable…


Added by Jeff Meer on May 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

CARTOON: Mitt Romney Redux by Mike Luckovitch

From Kaiser Family Foundation

Added by Tamar Knox on May 14, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

NCDs at the CORE Group: HIV Treatment and Cardiovascular Disease

Charlotte Block of Project Hope organized a session on May 12 at the CORE Group in Baltimore on "Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) -- The Unheralded Global Epidemic."  In addition to Ms. Block, who spoke on the global reach of diabetes, the session also featured presentations by Dr. Vivien Tsu of PATH on cancers…


Added by Jeff Meer on May 13, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

AGALI in Malawi


Continuing our advocacy efforts on behalf of adolescent girls, AGALI will be working intensively in Malawi for the…


Added by lorena gomez-barris on May 12, 2011 at 10:28am — No Comments

Notes from the NCD Front

For those following the trail leading to the UN High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (UN HLMNCD) in New York this September, a couple of important things have happened recently.


The UN has announced the identities of the seven members of the civil society task force for the UN HLMNCD.  They are:…


Added by Jeff Meer on May 11, 2011 at 1:58pm — No Comments

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