June 2011 Blog Posts (18)

Games With No Screens and Food That’s Not Fast :: The New York Times

The New York Times

June 24, 2011

Games With No Screens and Food That’s Not Fast

On Monday, more than 100 children in Redwood City sweated on the AstroTurf behind Hoover Community School.



Added by Dialogue4Health on June 28, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Chicago serves up a rolling feast of healthy food to poor neighborhoods

I never cease to be amazed by Americans.  The former Obama administration operative & current head man in your Windy City, Rahm Emanuel, is championing buses that sell healthy food in what are called food desserts.  If I am not mistaken, a similar effort was tried in New York with a much smaller mode of transport-food carts- selling food in front of those dreadful corner "grocery" stores.  The healthy food cart owners were beset upon by unhappy store owners and dared not return.   Read…


Added by Estelle Menz on June 27, 2011 at 4:39pm — 1 Comment

Walkonomics: Website tabulates neighborhood walkability metrics

I recall reading a post on this network about Walkonomics.  The post said that real estate companies were starting to use a neighborhood's walking attributes as part of the sales pitch.  From the website it seems, the idea is catching on. It seems the original group secured funding for a fairly sophisticated website.  Does anyone recall reading that post about a year plus ago?

 From website "About' page

Walkonomics aims to rate the pedestrian-friendliness…


Added by Fiona Hyde on June 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Healthier Kids Make a Healthier World :: We Take Sides

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Healthier Kids Make a Healthier World

by Julianna Lagno on February 2, 2011



Added by Star Tiffany on June 27, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

COMPENDIUM: Review of evidence linking social determinants of health to chronic disease epidemic

There is agreement among public health and medical practitioners that the chronic disease epidemic will affect many facets of American life.  Local health departments (LHDs) need to re-invent themselves in order to become organizations capable of influencing policies and practices in sectors ranging from transportation to food marketing.  In addition,  LHDs need new strategies and tactics to move the social determinants of health agenda forward in several arenas.  A challenging fiscal…


Added by Marisel Brown on June 20, 2011 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

UN Civil Society Listening Session on NCDs: Anything But Interactive

Approximately 350 representatives of civil society participated in a one-day session in New York on June 13, to provide verbal input into the UN High Level Meeting on non communicable diseases (NCDs). Convened by the President of the General Assembly and staffed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the session was supposed to be an opportunity for United Nations agencies and member states to hear…


Added by Jeff Meer on June 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

ALERT: SNAP-ED $130 million in Funding - Comments due to USDA June 17

YOUR VOICE CAN CHANGE SNAP-ED FUNDING - USDA  to Set Funding Rules for $130 million funding - COMMENTS DUE this Friday, June 17

  • Communities have this unprecedented opportunity to influence how $130 million federal funds to be spent
  • With community support, $130 million in SNAP-Ed funds could be used for broader community education and for effective environmental and policy changes
  • Need comments to the USDA to support…

Added by Merry Selk on June 16, 2011 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

Chronic Illnesses Cost at Least $6 Trillion Annually

One missing piece in the policy debates around non communicable diseases (NCDs) is an accurate account of their economic impact.  In order for policy makers to begin to grapple with the epidemic sweeping the globe, they need to have a fairly good idea what illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease and cancer are having on economies from Bujumbura to Beijing. 

Thanks to some research sponsored by the World…


Added by Jeff Meer on June 15, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

RESOURCE: Healthy Aging Community Planning Toolkit

The Center for Civic Partnerships in California has a great planning tool kit for aging well and in place.  The country's economic problems and self-interested state and federal elected officials are barriers to the preparing for an aging population. 

What is very helpful are the case studies.  Most of the communities, with the exception of Rochester, NY, are fairly small so I am…


Added by Tamar Knox on June 12, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

VIDEO: The Road to Better Planning: Regional Transportation & Land Use--Robert Freilich, JD, PhD

Public health practitioners are becoming increasingly aware the need to become very familiar with land use and transportation practices.  While indepth knowledge is not essential,working with built environment professionals means learning new concepts and practices in order to establish and maintain productive working relationships.  …

Added by Marisel Brown on June 11, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

CAUTIONARY TALE: After 15 years of planning & studies, transit project dumped for mega-mall

The tough-talking governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, stopped a major transit project that increased the number of commuter trains from the Meadowlands to NYC from 23 to 40 plus.  The stated reason was cost overruns that are all too familiar to those familiar with Boston's Big Dig.  The Garden State's governor decided to replace the transit project with a megamall, Xanadu, which would benefit developers.  But the megamall also has a history of cost overruns.

What is the cautionary…


Added by Fiona Hyde on June 11, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

New Study Highlights Need to Protect Human Health from Impacts of Climate Change


New Study Highlights Need to Protect Human Health from

Impacts of Climate Change


OAKLAND, CA (June 8, 2011) -- The recent discovery of a potentially harmful chemical component, isocyanic acid, in tobacco smoke, urban pollution and smoke from wildfires underscores the need…


Added by Dialogue4Health on June 9, 2011 at 11:39am — No Comments

What About Children: Don't They Get Chronic Illnesses, Too?

It is hard to find a life that has not been touched in some way by a non communicable disease (NCD).  Whether it's a mother who has breast cancer, a father with diabetes, or a cousin with asthma, virtually all of us have personal knowledge of what it is like to live with -- and sometimes die with -- a chronic illness.  That basic fact makes the upcoming UN High Level Meeting on NCDs this September of…


Added by Jeff Meer on June 8, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Active Design Guidlines-New York City Department of Design & Construction

New York was the first city to develop design guidelines.  Although the designs are option, Housing Development Corporation projects must opt-in to using the guidelines in designs. …


Added by Fiona Hyde on June 7, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Architecture that keeps the pounds off

Tenants in a new co-op in New York will be one of the first in the nation to live in a new type of healthy building.  According to  the Gothamist, "the eight-story, 63-unit, co-op called The Melody was built with keeping active in mind. So not only does it include a gym inside and exercise equipment outside, it also boasts a well-lit, decorated stairwell with light jazz coming over the speakers. And outside of that staircase is a sign that reads: “A person’s health can be judged by which…


Added by Fiona Hyde on June 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

World Health Organization Sets June 10 Deadline for Input on NCDs

In the run up to the UN High Level Session on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) planned for September 19-20, 2011, the United Nations is convening a civil society interactive hearing session on June 16, 2011 in New York.  The June session is to allow for input from all kinds of…


Added by Jeff Meer on June 1, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

KAISER HEALTH NEWS-Guest opinion argues for prevention in difficult budgetary times

Controversy continues regarding the impact of prevention on health care costs.  I understand that prevention was not properly quantified by the budget analysts assigned to score the health reform measure.  Thankfully, in Canada we do not have to condend with as much  skepticism.  So I was rather taken aback by an article from the Kaiser group.  Two (non-physicians of course) were making the case for prevention as a means of addressing health care costs.  It is a good try, but the authors do…


Added by Leona Ow Woodbridge on June 1, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

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