September 22, 2017 2:37 PMCategory: Health Equity

Cross-sector partnerships will shape the future of public health

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What is public health? When I was an undergraduate student majoring in public health, I struggled to answer this question. Public health is many things. Public health is smoking cessation marketing, needle exchange programs, free condoms at health clinics. It is the crosswalks on the streets and regulations for businesses that keep us safe in […]

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September 18, 2017 3:36 PMCategory: Health Equity

How Racism Impacts People, Families and Communities of Color

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The statistics are troubling. People of color are far more likely to suffer from inequity. Inequity that can be traced directly to racism, a side effect and the enduring legacy, of slavery. The legacy of slavery has insinuated itself into the very fabric of our society via the criminal justice system, housing, and education. Ta-Nehisi […]

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September 7, 2017 3:37 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

August Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from August: August 1 – Study sheds light on chronic fatigue syndrome August 2 – Turns out, activity trackers discourage teenagers from exercise August 8 – House Republican Cuts […]

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August 31, 2017 4:11 PMCategory: Nutrition

September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month

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Join Plan4Health to celebrate Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month and promote the benefits of eating plenty of fruits and veggies. Fruits & Veggies — More Matters® Month highlights the importance of healthy eating – a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet doesn’t have […]

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August 25, 2017 1:04 PMCategory: Health Equity

Los Angeles’ Mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn (Part Two)

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A few weeks ago, a blog post introduced the third part of an article series about the sustainable city pLAn of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti. The fourth part of the series was published on August 7th and focused on the third and final section of the pLAn, Equity. The section on equity specifically […]

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August 18, 2017 11:51 AMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Planning for the Future of Transportation Infrastructure

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How can cities prepare for the future of transportation and technology? According to Harriet Tregoning, managing change and designing for adaptation are the best ways to prepare. Tregoning is the former principal deputy secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Transportation in cities is […]

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August 10, 2017 5:30 PMCategory: Health Equity

Los Angeles’ Mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn

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Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti has an ambitious plan to make LA a sustainable city. A four-part series article has featured the plan, which is split into 3 larger categories: environment economy equity The first series article focuses on a general overview of the pLAn being proposed by Mayor Garcetti. The second series article […]

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August 4, 2017 4:29 PMCategory: Health Equity

July Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from July: July 7 – Healthy Community Coalition Raises Awareness About Minimum Drinking Age Law July 10 – Global study finds gender gap in physical activity and obesity rates July […]

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July 27, 2017 10:54 AMCategory: Health Equity

Sustainable Neighborhoods – Off the Grid?

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Living off the grid has some positives (fresh air, solitude, unspoiled nature!) and some negatives (no people, no Amazon delivery, no indoor plumbing). But, what if living off the grid meant we could build sustainable communities that provided everything we needed? Sound like science fiction? We’re closer than you think. According to a report by […]

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July 20, 2017 7:36 PMCategory: Health Equity

The Impact of Big Data on Planning

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What is Big Data?  Big Data is all of the data that we produce doing every day things like: pay with our credit/debit cards send emails/text messages use our GPS tweet Every day, we produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. This data comes from many places and is collected from things as mundane as our […]

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July 13, 2017 2:26 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Park and Recreation Month – #PlayOnJuly

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July is Park and Recreation Month–and Plan4Health is celebrating this national health observance with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Partnering4Health coalition.  The observance is an annual spotlight on getting people out into their local parks for play and exercise. Play provides tangible mental and physical benefits for those who partake. NRPA […]

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July 6, 2017 5:36 PMCategory: Health Equity

June Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from June: June 2 – Health Care Reform and Women June 6 – US nutrition policies may cut heart disease and save lives June 8 – Owning a dog […]

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June 30, 2017 2:40 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition

Regional Food System Tours in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

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Last year, the Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition (KCP4H) held a food policy summit to kick off the start of the local food policy council. The Summit brought together over 20 exhibitors, with each exhibitor showcasing healthy and nutritious eating habits as well as local food production and consumption. There were several featured panel discussions about […]

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June 22, 2017 8:41 PMCategory: Health Equity

Preventing Gun Violence Through Planning

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How does planning and community design contribute to a reduction in gun violence? Glad you asked. We know that we can design communities to make people healthier. It also works to reduce violence and crime. The National Crime Prevention Council has a program called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) which is based on the […]

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June 16, 2017 12:00 PMCategory: Health Equity

ACA Repeal Bill – Who Loses?

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Please find an action alert from the American Public Health Association below. Last month, the House voted on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), named the American Healthcare Act (AHCA). Straying from the normal vetting process for a bill of the magnitude of the AHCA, the House leadership did not […]

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June 8, 2017 2:34 PMCategory: Health Equity

Healthy Homes, Healthy Communities

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June is the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Healthy Homes Month. To learn more about the Healthy Homes Program, check the HUD website. In January of 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) published an evidence brief regarding the recommendations of the Commission to Build a Healthier America. The commission discussed the creation […]

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June 1, 2017 8:33 PMCategory: Health Equity

May Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from May: May 1 – Widespread vitamin D deficiency likely due to sunscreen use, increase of chronic diseases, review finds May 2  – USDA shifts Obama-era school lunch guidelines May 10 […]

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May 25, 2017 8:18 PMCategory: Health Equity

APHA Plan4Health Webinar Series: Summary

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As part of the Plan4Health project, the American Public Health Association hosted three webinars in January, March, and May to focus on the areas where Plan4Health projects had success during the three-year grant period. January: Coalition Building During the coalition-building webinar, we heard from Tim Gibb and David Edgell from the Delaware Healthy Eating and […]

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May 18, 2017 3:11 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

School Lunches Are Too Short – How Schools and Parents are Pushing Back

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Education is an area that has seen rapid changes over a short time period. The public school system has it’s origins as far back as 1635, long before the United States of America, was as we know it today. However, our education system as we know it today, is relatively young. Our education system has […]

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May 11, 2017 4:57 PMCategory: Nutrition

APHA Plan4Health Webinar Series: Nutrition

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Tuesday was the third and final Plan4Health webinar on nutrition. The webinar featured two Plan4Health grantees and their work on nutrition planning. The two feature grantees were: Idaho Plan4Health – Aaron Mondada, MA Plan4Health Tarrant County (Texas) – Melissa Oden, DHEd, LMSW-IPR, MPH, CHES   Idaho Plan4Health The Idaho Plan4Health Coalition was focused in the […]

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May 4, 2017 9:23 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

April Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from April: April 2 – Legumes may lower risk of type 2 diabetes April 6 – Amount of Regular Exercise, Not BMI, Could Predict Stroke Recovery April 11 – […]

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April 27, 2017 9:35 AMCategory: Health Equity

Partnering4Health Final Meeting with APA, AHA, and NWA

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Last week, Plan4Health coalitions joined grantees from the American Heart Association and the National WIC Association, along with representatives from the CDC, to discuss success, challenges, and next steps for the 97 communities funded through the Partnering4Health program. The meeting was held in Denver, Colorado, providing many opportunities for learning about the local healthy communities […]

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April 13, 2017 9:50 AMCategory: Health Equity

Highlights from National Public Health Week 2017

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Thanks to your participation, National Public Health Week 2017 was a big hit! Millions of people across the nation helped raise awareness of the importance of public health, celebrate successes, and share ideas for making the U.S. the healthiest nation by 2030. In case you missed anything, here are some of the major activities that […]

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April 7, 2017 3:17 PMCategory: Health Equity

March Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from March: March 1 – Benefits of physical activity may outweigh impact of obesity on cardiovascular disease March 6 – Unscrambling the Nutrition Science on Eggs March 7 – […]

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April 3, 2017 2:12 PMCategory: Health Equity

National Public Health Week 2017

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Today is the first day of National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2017 and we hope you’re excited!  This year’s NPHW will take place from April 3-9.  We are celebrating NPHW and bringing together communities across the U.S. to recognize the contributions of public health and educate the community on important issues for improving the health of […]

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March 30, 2017 10:36 AMCategory: Physical Activity

PAHO and APHA fight depression by promoting talking and physical activity

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350 million people worldwide are affected by depression, yet only a fraction of these people receive the treatment they need.  The stigma commonly associated with depression is one of the main reasons people do not seek support for their condition.  Talking with others can help. So can physical activity. This is why the Pan American […]

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March 24, 2017 11:41 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Climate Change – The Impact on Life As We Know It

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Think climate change is just about the changes in the weather? Think again. Climate change is already changing the world we live in, though we can’t always see it. Climate is defined as the weather in a particular area measured over a period of time. But it isn’t just about weather. Climate change impacts the […]

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March 22, 2017 4:03 PMCategory: Health Equity

Today is World Water Day – Why Wastewater?

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March 22 is World Water Day. First designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, World Water Day is managed by UN-Water in partnership with governments and organizations. This year’s World Water Day theme is Why Wastewater. The theme focuses on how we can improve the collection and treatment of wastewater in order to reuse it. […]

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March 17, 2017 9:00 AMCategory: Nutrition

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

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March is National Nutrition Month and, similar to the work of Plan4Health projects in Kenton County, KY and Tarrant County, TX, many communities are seeing the value in supporting policy and environmental changes to increase access to nutritious foods. Massachusetts General Hospital piloted a program in Chelsea, Massachusetts to help small grocery stores stock fruits […]

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March 2, 2017 9:19 AMCategory: Health Equity

February Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from February: February 1 – Increased food assistance benefits could result in fewer ER visits February 6 – Diet quality improves fitness among the fittest February 8 – Older adults who […]

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February 24, 2017 11:17 AMCategory: Physical Activity

APHA celebrates National Public Health Week

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Join APHA in celebrating National Public Health Week, April 3-9, 2017. Here are three easy ways to get involved: Join APHA in their 1 Billion Steps Challenge by walking 1 billion steps by April 9. Start a team or join the APHA team! Get started. Participate in NPHW activities. The first event will be the NPHW Forum. […]

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