August 2009 Blog Posts (27)

SURVEY: Employers get positive ROI in health/wellness programs & perks targeting employees

From executive summary:

"The vast majority of large employers offer health and wellness programs to employees, nearing saturation levels for companies with more than 1,000 employees. Small and mid-sized employers are still learning from these early adopters and marking new paths. But the use of incentives in today’s health and wellness programs is almost uniformly believed among employers of all sizes, with and without programs in place, to boost program success and return… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 31, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

THUMBS UP: Non-partisan New America Foundation applaudes prevention components of healthcare reform bill

James Pinkerton of the New America Foundation suggests that the Congress should abandon ideology and focus on the facts that support evidence-based prevention strategies.

"The proposals in the current health reform bills, in the House, and in the Senate, aren’t talking about screening every American for obscure diseases featured only on episodes of "House." They’re focused on fighting health problems that are rampant in America–such as obesity and smoking –with proven, evidence-based… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 31, 2009 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Population Reference Bureau’s upcoming Discussion Online: “World Population: 7 Billion on the Horizon"

For those who may be interested:

Take part in the Population Reference Bureau’s upcoming Discuss Online: “World Population: 7 Billion on the Horizon”

When: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, 10:30–11:30 a.m. (EDT)

Who: Carl Haub, PRB senior demographer and co-author of the new 2009 World Population Data Sheet; Mary Mederios Kent, senior demographic editor and co-author of the 2009 World Population Data Sheet; Linda Jacobsen, PRB's vice president of Domestic Programs; and James… Continue

Added by James Williams on August 31, 2009 at 3:09pm — No Comments

UK medical journal-THE LANCET-website dedicated to swine flu: H1N1 Flu Resource Centre

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The Lancet's H1N1 Resource Centre is the result of a collaborative effort by the editors of over 40 Elsevier-published journals and 11 learned societies who have agreed to make freely available on this site any relevant content. All papers have been selected by a Lancet editor, grouped by topic and fulltext pdfs made available to download free of charge. Please check back regularly to this site for new content. Better still, register now for site… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 31, 2009 at 1:18pm — No Comments


Coverage of health and healthcare issues was reshaped by the AIDS/HIV epidemic in the 1980's. What emerged is coverage that attempts to take a multi-dimensional look at health issues. Granted, the media have not always gotten it right; however, print, broadcast, and web not only inform, but shape public opinion. The Association of Health Care Journalists' website (" target="_blank)may be an outlet for… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 31, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

4th FIT CITY CONFERENCE: NYC architects & public health practitioners team up to create active living design manual

From Architectural Record website blog post written by Jenna McKnight

"It was a packed house today at NYC’s Center for Architecture, where AIA New York teamed up with the city health department to present the fourth annual Fit City conference. The goal of the event was to bring together architects, health professionals, and government officials to discuss how buildings and urban design can improve public health.

A focus this year was on a new set of design… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 28, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Who “Owns” Social Media in an Organization? by Rachel Rusnak

Rachel Rusnak

Who “Owns” Social Media in an Organization?

"The Driving Force:

I love learning through other people – reading blogs, hearing about experiences and collaborating on projects. Since social media is an arena that individuals and businesses are “figuring out” daily, I thought it would be interesting, not to mention extremely informative, to hear from some of the people that consistently provide beguiling insight in the social media realm.

These… Continue

Added by Star Tiffany on August 26, 2009 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Gearing up for our Web Forum on H1N1

Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza


Washington Post

Swine Flu Could Infect Half of U.S., Panel Estimates -…


Added by Carmen Rita Nevarez on August 26, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Market research firm takes issue with IOM childhood obesity report recommendations

What is the nexus between consumer eating behavior and obesity prevention policy. Can one inform the other....should one inform the other. If public health practitioners must engage and collaborate with the business sector, how are differences in perspective negotiated/reconciled for productive collaboration. The Hartman Group, a market research firm, challenges the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) childhood obesity prevention recommendations. When the IOM speaks doesn't everyone listen and get on… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 25, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Business sector marketing mavericks set their sites on contextual factors leading to obesity

Copied from Prevention Matters Blogspot dated August 24, 2009

Link to Hartman Group study:" target="_blank

The Hartman Group, a market research firm that specializes in studying how consumer attitudes and behaviors lead to purchase, says the ideal solutions to the obesity dilemma "may have little… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 25, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Beating Back Urban Sprawl: Tysons Corner's conversion from overgrown office park to walkable community

Virginia's Tysons Corner is the 12th largest employment center in the nation. While 120,000 people work in its "fortress of unfriendly buildings", only 17,000 have a Tysons Corner residential address. A mere 14 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., the retrofit of this commercial district is expected to be completed by 2013. The project has major implications for redevelopment and will serve as a laboratory for the "new" urbanism.

Read the article from the June 22, 2009 issue of… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 19, 2009 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Prevention is far from a deus ex machina-a plot devise from out of the blue to rescue health care reform

In his Washington Post article "The Great Prevention Myth", conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer got it all wrong. He claims that the Obama administration has taken to advancing the "prevention myth" as the panacea for a far too costly healthcare reform agenda. Krauthammer slammed Obamacare because prevention increases medical costs.… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 18, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

ONLY ONE GUESS ALLOWED: Is sugar consumption linked to race/ethnicity & family income? ADA says YES!

The retail food index (RFI) is used to determine the availability of nutrious food in a community/neighborhood/study area. If you are read PolicyLink's report, Designed for Disease: The Link Between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes, you know that obesity and diabetes rates increase, regardless of income level below or above poverty, in the absence of nutritious food options as measured by the RFI. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) released a study that examined the… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 18, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Congratulations to The Convergence Partnership, PolicyLink, Prevention Institute on making Partnership for Prevention‘s Best Idea!

Congratulations to The Convergence Partnership, @PolicyLink, Prevention Institute on making @p4prevention‘s Best Idea!

A “transportation prescription” for health was named Partnership for Prevention's "Best Prevention Idea of the Week," while the firing of a Florida public health doctor for criticizing doughnuts on his office sign was named… Continue

Added by Star Tiffany on August 17, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

THAT OTHER BILL: Transportation Bill reauthorization objectives from Transportation for America

I don't know about you, but I am swamped with attending townhalls, web forums, and of course responding to action alerts from the pro-health reform camp. I am all for innovative, multi-sector, ecological, community-based, evidence-based, carbon-neutral, collaborative get the point. Now comes the reauthorization of the Transportation Bill. Citizen advocacy fatigue is setting in so I was very relieved to get an email alert from Transportation for America (T4A). Yes it was yet… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 14, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

ARTICLE: Safe Routes to School programs yield public health benefits for larger community

Many of the nation's children walk to school during the school year. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) blends injury & obesity prevention strategies. This turns out to be a winning combination beyond the schoolyard.
Read the article from Preventing Chronic Disease-a CDC publication.

Added by Marisel Brown on August 14, 2009 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Education Policy Change: First Public School K-12 Health Education Standards in California

I was stunned to read on the California Convergence's Ning social network that California never had K-12 health education content standards. As a result of legislation championed by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) in 2005, the state will implement an activity/skill-based health education program for public school students. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell assembled an advisory panel to develop the standards.

Given the activity-based focus of the new… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 14, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

YMCA & National Parks & Rec Association tackle chronic disease

Getting up and out is a challenge for all of us, but the YMCA and city/county park and recreation directors are going to make it easier. There is a "Y" or a park in many neighborhoods so this is a natural partnership for active living initiatives where they are most effective--at the community level.

The collaborative ,Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE), also includes NACCHO, and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and is… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 14, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

OBESITY PREVENTION POLICY: Home economics mandatory in British schools by 2011

If you are old enough to remember junior high Home Ec (remember that tuna casserole topped with potato chips....YUMMM) , you will wonder if our cousins across "The Pond" have lost it.

Great Britain will require all children between the ages of 11 and 14 to study home economics. The objective: teach basic nutrition and cooking skills to prevent obesity. While you may hear prominent public health practioners in the United States say "we don't work in schools", our British cousins get an A+… Continue

Added by Marisel Brown on August 14, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Human Impact Partners is hiring - Research Associate position open

Friends and Colleagues,

Human Impact Partners is seeking candidates for an open Research Associate position. We are asking for your help in finding qualified and diverse applicants.

The job description is available at

In brief, we are looking for someone with a strong quantitative background, for example with training in epidemiology or statistics. The Research Associate will conduct Health Impact Assessments,… Continue

Added by Kim Gilhuly on August 13, 2009 at 2:51pm — No Comments

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