Food prepared away from home (FAFH)—whether from table-service restaurants, fast-food establishments and other locations, or from a take-out or delivery meal eaten at home—is now a routine part of the diets of most Americans. Previous Economic Research Service (ERS) research found that FAFH tends to be lower in nutritional quality than food prepared at home (FAH), increases caloric intake, and reduces diet quality among adults and children. This study updates previous research by examining dietary guidance and the nutritional quality of FAH versus FAFH in 2005-08, compared with 1977-78. Poor diets contribute to obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other health conditions that impose a substantial economic burden on individuals and society. The increased popularity of FAFH is prompting new health promotion strategies, such as menu labeling, to address this challenge. The full report, “Nutritional Quality of Food Prepared at Home and Away From Home, 1977-2008,” is available at http://1.usa.gov/TNtL3G
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The FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) launched the Pink Ribbon Sunday program to educate African American and Hispanic women about early detection of breast cancer through mammography. The program strives to reduce breast cancer health disparities by empowering community leaders to develop mammography awareness programs tailored to the needs of their region. Pink Ribbon Sunday originally targeted churches, but the program has since expanded to all types of organizations serving women from diverse ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds. Pink Ribbon Sunday activities have been conducted in urban and rural communities from Oklahoma to Puerto Rico, reaching over 100,000 women. Activities have ranged from mobile mammography events and health fairs to “Pink” luncheons and concerts.
Free copies of the how-to-guide, mammography fact sheets, and cards can be ordered at http://1.usa.gov/YecOSk
As Hurricane Sandy approaches, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane on their Facebook page at: http://on.fb.me/Q2j3I6.
Also, search for open shelters via text, using your zip code: http://1.usa.gov/XMN5jK. Follow the directions of local officials and stay safe!
Mobile technology has become especially critical for low-income minorities who otherwise can’t afford desktop and laptop computers with web service. According to Pew Internet, African Americans and Hispanics are more likes than whites to own a smartphone. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has made a call to developers to create a mobile application to educate minority womena about cancer screening.
According to a study of 40 primary care clinicians and 269 patients from urban community-based practices, unconscious bias can have a negative impact on patient care. Researchers found that bias and stereotyping were associated with markers of poor communication during patient visits and resulted in low ratings of care by patients in a post-visit survey. The findings were particularly evident among black patients, who appeared most affected by these attitudes and behaviors.
From large urban areas to rural communities, Americans often report similarly high levels of interest in news. Still, a national survey shows that community differences emerge in the number and variety of local news sources people use in different types of communities, as well as their degree of “local news participation” through social media and their mobile news consumption.
A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that many of the differences in local news consumption emerging from these data reflect the varying demographic compositions of different community types (urban, suburban, small town, and rural communities) in the U.S. Some differences in the platforms people use might also be tied to the lower overall use of the internet and mobile platforms in small towns and rural areas. Some of the key findings include:
- Across the four community types, residents report similarly high levels of general interest in news, attention to local news, and interest in most specific local topics
- Across the four community types, residents also report similarly high levels of interest in most of the 16 specific local topics asked about
- Residents of different community types differ in the sources they rely on for their local news
- Urban and suburban residents on average use more sources of local news than their small town and rural counterparts and are more likely to consume local news on mobile devices
- The most active “local news participators” also tend to reside in suburban and urban communities
- Rural residents are the least likely to say it is “easier” to keep up with local news and information today than it was five years ago
The entire article is available at http://bit.ly/SC5OwH
Funding is available from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) for small, non-profit organizations to attend this conference, which is primarily for members of community-based efforts (coalitions, grassroots organizations, etc.) and nonprofit organizations that use data to advance their health equity or health disparities work and are willing to learn and share their experience with others: http://bit.ly/UKUu0K
Conducting a thorough assessment of a community’s needs, resources and demographics serves as one of the first and most important steps for anti-drug coalition development. Coalitions can then use this qualitative and quantitative demographic data to guide evidence-based initiatives to address their unique local conditions and target audiences challenged by substance abuse. Community-based organizations can learn to better use this data and other sources of knowledge to promote health equity and address health disparities by attending the National Health Equity Data Conference, entitled “Knowledge for Equity: Using Data to Address Health Disparities,” from Nov. 13-14 in Silver Spring, Md.
“Knowledge for Equity: Using Data to Address Health Disparities” will be designed to support community based efforts to access, analyze, and use existing national, state, or local data. In addition to CADCA, conference partners include Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, The Prevention Institute, PolicyLink, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, and the Community Indicators Consortium. The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) in College Park, Maryland, on Nov. 15-16.
Nourishing USA is a United States-based nationwide anti-hunger advocacy program that strives to achieve “nutrition for all” in America. Nourishing USA has released two downloadable guides to assist organizations providing food and nutrition programs to their community.
The Junior Chef Teaching Guide (http://bit.ly/P8fNsr) is a step-by-step guide on how to successfully teach a Junior Chef Class in your neighborhood. This guide includes recipes, child-friendly handouts, and full instructions on running a class and teaching low-income children about eating healthy.
The Soup Kitchen Culinary & Nutritional Guide (http://bit.ly/TwpamD) is intended to be used as a culinary and nutritional resource to help create nutritionally balanced menus at your community food program. This guide includes tools for you such as 52 weekly recipes, nutrition label, and a “why is this meal healthy for me” handout for each recipe. These recipes are portioned for fifty and include ingredients most used in soup kitchens across America.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Forward Promise is a $9.5 million initiative that focuses on innovative, community-based projects working to strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color. With this call for proposals RWJF will award up to 10 grants of up to $500,0oo each to support projects with preliminary evidence of impact in the following areas:
- Alternative approaches to harsh school discipline that do not push students out of school
- Solutions that focus on dropout prevention and increasing middle school retention and high school graduation rates
- Mental health interventions that tailor approaches to boys and young men who have experienced and/or been exposed to violence and trauma
- Career training programs that blend workforce and education emphases to ensure that students are college- and career-ready
Forward Promise reflects RWJF’s belief that it is essential to focus on what makes people healthy – or unhealthy – from a perspective that includes factors outside of the medical care system. Social influences rooted in neighborhoods, housing, schools, jobs, and economic security have a powerful effect on our health. Across most of these areas, however, boys and young men of color often have limited positive options. Have a program with the potential to achieve fundamental breakthroughs in improving outcomes for young men of color? Learn more about Forward Promise and submit a proposal today by visiting this site: http://bit.ly/O03M5g
Application Deadline: October 10, 2012
Call for Abstracts: partnerships between academic health professions institutions and public health practice organizationsWednesday, August 22nd, 2012
Submit an Abstract to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice About Your Experiences with Academic Health Departments
“In partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), PHF is calling for abstracts for an upcoming Academic Health Department (AHD)-themed issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Scheduled to appear in November/December 2013, this issue will highlight partnerships between academic health professions institutions and public health practice organizations, such as state or local health departments, which are designed to enhance public health education and training, research, and service.” bit.ly/NHrtyU [Public Health Foundation]