August 2011 Blog Posts (16)

The Lancet highlights obesity in time for United Nations high-level NCD meeting

The August 26, 2011 issue of The Lancet is dedicated to the global obesity epidemic. The issue was timed to coincide with the upcoming United Nations high-level  meeting concerning non-communicable diseases. The first high profile global meeting dedicated to obesity was sponsored by the…


Added by Marisel Brown on August 27, 2011 at 10:15pm — 2 Comments

CGD Podcast with Bill Savedoff on Why Global Tobacco Control Matters

For those tracking the preparations for the UN High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) September 19 -20, very few issues loom larger than tobacco control and implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (UNFCTC).  THE UNFCTC is one of the first efforts by the world body to change the course of the NCD epidemic, in… Continue

Added by Jeff Meer on August 24, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Addressing disparities in Worcester

Here in Worcester, the school dept has also focused on 3rd grade literacy, as well as 7th grade numeracy, as prime targets for change. The consortium of local colleges has taken this challenge to heart, and is working to get service-learning and community-engaged students to work toward these goals.  My work includes teaching at the state medical school to make sure our students have an understanding of the social determinants of health, primarily through community placements and immersion…


Added by Heather-Lyn Haley on August 19, 2011 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

We are here! We are here! We are here! HEAR US!


In recent times Dr. Seuss books had a bit of a "comeback" in our lives. Our son performed in a junior version of Seussical, a musical based on Dr. Seuss material, largely inspired by the story behind Horton Hears a Who!

As it happens, the story's climax has a bunch of minuscule…


Added by Manny Hernandez on August 18, 2011 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Invitations to the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs

At long last, the United Nations has released a list of 248 organizations from 48 nations that are accredited to attend the UN High Level Meeting (HLM) on non communicable diseases (NCDs) during September 19-20, 2011.  Nonprofits, academic institutions, corporations, and religious organizations submitted their requests by April 15, and four months later, the lucky ones selected each now have the chance to nominate two…


Added by Jeff Meer on August 18, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Bonus Day! Help CAMI support women!

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Added by Liz Cretti on August 16, 2011 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Summer 2011 TIPH (This is Public Health) newsletter


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Added by Dialogue4Health on August 16, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Obese and Healthy-Study claims disease risk varies in obese population

A University of Alberta study utilized the Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS)  and BMI studied 8,143 people who participate in two nutrition surveys conducted in the United States. Reseachers found that individuals classified as Stage 1 or 2 had a substantially lower risk of dying 20 years post survey than those classified as Stage 3 or greater. EOSS describes risk factors (blood pressure, lipid levels, blood glucose) in five stages for obese individuals.  Stage 0 indicates the patient…


Added by Leona Ow Woodbridge on August 15, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

United Nations NCD Negotiations Stall

As has been widely reported, including here and here, negotiations at the United Nations have stalled over an "outcomes document" that is to be approved by a High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York on September 20.  Negotiations that were to have been concluded by now…


Added by Jeff Meer on August 15, 2011 at 1:34pm — No Comments

F as in Fat: New report is part of the problem

I am on board with preventing obesity. But I think the latest report from Trust for America's Health illustrates and reinforces the negative attitudes we have about overweight/obese people.  The Rudd Center has done a good job of bringing attention to the stigmatizing nature of obesity. I don't deny that the updated…


Added by Cecil Verley on August 15, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Infographic: The Deadliest Disease Outbreaks in History :: A collaboration between GOOD and Column Five Media


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Added by Star Tiffany on August 12, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

HANG UP AND DRIVE: New study shows more media spots & cops reduce mobile phone use on the road

The list of the ten most dangerous things for your health includes driving while talking on a mobile phone.  A demonstration project in New York & Connecticut reduced texting and talking on mobile phones using high visibility enforcement (HVE).  Mobile phones are almost an extension of our bodies, making their use almost unconscious.  This only explains part of the increase in crashes and traffic fatalities traced to mobile phone use. An experienced driver increases…


Added by Cecil Verley on August 12, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

GlobalGiving BONUS DAY - August 16

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Added by Liz Cretti on August 11, 2011 at 12:15pm — No Comments

If low level of education is associated with poor health, then is reading at grade level important to good health?

"We teach reading for the first three grades and then after that children are not so much learning to read but using their reading skills to learn other topics. In that sense if you haven't succeeded by 3rd grade it's more difficult to [remediate] than it would have been if you started before then."

Quote from Huffington Post article …


Added by Percival Scott Fife on August 10, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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Added by Liz Cretti on August 8, 2011 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Have you heard of Health at Every Size?

Have you heard of Health at Every Size? It's an important take on the obesity war. Linda Bacon, PhD is the founder of HAES Community Resources (www.HAESCommunity.Org) as well as a researcher, professor, and advocate for Health at Every Size and Sustainable Agriculture. She is the author…


Added by Star Tiffany on August 5, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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