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Last Monday at the Sharing Place food pantry in Lawrence Township, Indiana, it was 11 degrees outside and a line was already forming for the pantry 30 minutes before it was scheduled to open.  For the people waiting, this would be their one opportunity to access food from the Sharing Place all month.  Until recently, the Sharing Place didn’t give a lot of thought to the nutrition of the food its shoppers were accessing – food is food for someone who is hungry.  But Jump IN for Healthy Kids’ Community Demonstration Project in Lawrence and the Far Eastside had changed that, and changed the pantry’s layout, signage, and offerings for the better. Jump IN’s ...
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Hi there, I'm delighted to report on our progress in Greater Lawrence.  The format for the blog comes from the survey questions for the Community Spotlight, but I also wanted to share photos of the work Jump IN for Healthy Kids is doing.  Enjoy!  *1. City/County:   City of Lawrence and the far eastside of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana *2. Name of Project: Greater Lawrence Healthy Families Healthy Children Initiative *3. What are some of the greatest health challenges that the members in your community face? Jump IN for Healthy Kids’ HCCC project focuses on a four-zip code area that straddles the far eastside of Indianapolis and Lawrence Township.  ...
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Counties in the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge are building healthier counties by using land use planning as a mechanism to increase physical activity, reduce obesity and improve mental health. Among the finalists of NACo’s Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, four counties are piloting programs to improve the health of their residents through managing and reexamining land use and outdoor activity space. According to Toni Carter, Healthy Counties Board Chair and Commissioner of Ramsey County MN, this innovative and holistic approach to health should be the standard. She explains, “I think …that health is the bottom line for counties, so all of ...
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Here’s what we see: Fires engulf bone dry forests. Hail, the size of golf balls, fall from the sky. Torrential rains form rivers on street corners or mudslides down mountains. Frozen crops wilt, unable to produce fruits or vegetables. Extreme weather events, exacerbated by climate change, have caused a total of $306 billion in damages in the United States, setting the record as the most expensive year. 2017 was among the hottest years ever recorded . Depending on the source, 2017 was the second hottest, according to NASA, or the third hottest, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There have been 16 natural disasters that have ...
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Hi HC50 Community, Is your community looking to increase physical activity for a New Year’s resolution? Join APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge . The HC50 Community has its own team! APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge makes it easy and fun to promote good health and physical activity in your community. To help successfully get moving, the Challenge has partnered with Stridekick to give participants free access to their fitness-tracking platform. Read the linked attached document to learn how you and your community members can join the HC50 Team or to create your own team and then go to the APHA challenge on the Stridekick page to login to your account or ...
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Life expectancy, a key indicator of general well-being of a nation, fell for a second straight year in 2016, prompting alarm for public health in the United States. Now, more than ever, are community public health initiatives, such as the HC50, critical for our country’s future. In 2016, life expectancy for the US population was 78.6 years, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2015 and 0.3 years from 2014. Life expectancy has not dropped for two consecutive years since the 1960s. These declines reflect a disturbing lack of public health resources to those most in need. According to the CDC’s NCHS Data Brief on Mortality , those most affected were black males where ...
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By Alicia McDaniel, Cabarrus REACH Project In October 2014, the City of Kannapolis released its 10 year Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The plan detailed the city’s needs and possible solutions for increasing the accessibility and availability of play and recreation facilities. The need for more convenient spaces for residents to be physically active is not only a Kannapolis City issue, but a statewide concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, only 41 percent of North Carolina youth live in neighborhoods with physical activity facilities such as parks, playgrounds, community ...
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By Alicia McDaniel, Cabarrus REACH Project Over the last two years, the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) has supported local community garden efforts through funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant. Community gardens by design foster relationships, present the opportunity for hands on learning and skill development as well as provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables. It is for these reasons that the REACH community garden program will continue into the 2018 year. Participants of the community garden program receive supplies, training and technical assistance at no ...
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Today, November 14, marks World Diabetes Day. A day dedicated to inspire activism and bring awareness about the harmful disease. So before we jump into Thanksgiving festivities just around the corner, first, gobble down some helpful facts and tips to reduce your chance at getting diabetes and to improve your overall health. The aerial view of the blue ring brings awareness to World Diabetes Day in a park.  Did you know that more than 30.3 million people in the United States, or 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes? But what exactly is it? Diabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar is high, due to the absence of insulin, which turns ...
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“If you’re not mad, then you’re not paying attention.” The sentiment expressed by de Beaumont Foundation Chief Program and Strategy Officer Brian Castrucci captured the passion from the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Institute presented by the Aetna Foundation. The Institute, an all-day conference hosted in Atlanta on Nov. 3, brought together city and county finalists from across the country including Perris, California, Wyandotte County, Kansas, Allentown, Pennyslvania, and more. United, finalists not only collaborated and shared their community’s progress, but also engaged with public health experts from various organizations. The event focused ...
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By Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Sandoval County, New Mexico  During the next ten weeks, first and second graders in Rio Rancho elementary schools will become “health ambassadors,” learning healthy behaviors that they can take home to share with their families and friends. 1st and 2nd grade kids learning about Health Message # 6, Keep It Clean. The 10x10 My Health Booklet is a colorful, interactive, easy-to-use guide to basic health behaviors for elementary school children. The booklet and its accompanying lessons teach students in an age-appropriate way, “10 Things Every Child Should by the Age of 10.” Activities and resources for ...
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The frequently used idiom, “A walk in the park,” once referred to the ease of a common task. Today, however, a walk either to a park, to a store or to a school, is no longer as simple nor recurrent as it once was. Because of physical challenges like inadequate sidewalks, urban sprawl and car-centric suburban planning, many communities have become unsafe and discouraging for pedestrians to walk. To add, these barriers have begun to change American walking culture.  The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance released its first national assessment of walking and walkability in the United States  a few weeks ago, and found troubling results. The assessment ...
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