December 29, 2016 1:41 PMCategory: Health Equity

Resources – What’s available on the Plan4Health website?

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As 2016 draws to a close, Plan4Health continues to share new resources, news, and information about the project on the website. The website contains dedicated pages for each coalition as well as information on the national partnership between APA and APHA and a library of resources. A key aspect of the project is making sure the Plan4Health […]

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October 27, 2016 1:42 PMCategory: Nutrition

Healthy Corner Stores in Kenton County, KY

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The Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition (KCP4H) is strengthening the local food system—and increasing access to healthy food—in northern Kentucky.  The coalition integrates planning and public health to support healthy, vibrant communities for the more than 163,000 residents living just south of Cincinnati. Building on the success of the Eat Healthy NKY campaign and food summit, the KCP4H coalition is […]

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October 4, 2016 1:28 PMCategory: Health Equity

September 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 September: 9/1/2016 – Tapping Apps and the Internat Really Does Rev Up Heart Health Let’s get digital. Many people who tap the internet and their mobile devices for help […]

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September 6, 2016 11:34 AMCategory: Nutrition

September is Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

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The importance of proper nutrition is well-known and fruits and vegetables are key parts to a healthy diet. To help recognize their importance, September has been designated as Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month. This observance is focused on helping Americans increase fruit and vegetable consumption for improved health. This initiative is lead by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, […]

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August 11, 2016 3:00 PMCategory: Nutrition

Jackson County Farmers’ Market Named 3rd Best in Midwest

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The Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition is proud to announce that the farmers’ market in Carbondale was named the third best farmers’ market in the midwest in a AAA summer travel guide. The Jackson County coalition created this resource that provides additional information about when and where to find the local markets: This week is […]

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August 9, 2016 2:27 PMCategory: Nutrition

National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13

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National Farmers Market Week is a time to recognize and celebrate our local farmers markets and the important role they play in the health and well-being of communities throughout the nation. During the past five years the U.S. has seen a significant increase – nearly 50 percent – in the number of operating farmers markets. […]

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August 2, 2016 1:45 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

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 5 – Modern Lifestyle Primary Culprit for Obesity Epidemic: Study It looks like the primary culprit behind the obesity epidemic may be the modern-day environment, and […]

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July 5, 2016 1:58 PMCategory: Nutrition

Square Foot Gardens in Thomas County, KS

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Have you ever wanted to create a community garden but thought: I just don’t have the time, resources, or space? Though community gardens are a great way to get people active while creating a new source for healthy food, they can take a lot of work to develop and maintain. Luckily, there are options. Square […]

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June 6, 2016 1:30 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

In Case You Missed It: Health News – May

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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 3: Social Service Shortfalls Hinder Health, Boost Medical Spending States that spend more money on social services and public health programs relative to medical care have […]

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May 10, 2016 1:26 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

May is American Stroke Month

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Stroke is a major health concern both in the U.S. and abroad, with someone experiencing a stroke about once every 40 seconds and someone dying from a stroke every four minutes (American Heart Association, 2016). Stroke is one of the leading causes of both death and long-term disability in the U.S. (AHA, 2016). Awareness is key […]

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April 26, 2016 5:45 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Every Kid Healthy Week Is April 25–29

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Health is impacted by where we live, learn, work, and play. For kids, that means their school environment has a large influence on their overall health. Healthy kids learn better, and all kids should be given that opportunity. Organized by Action for Healthy Kids, Every Kid Healthy™ Week helps to recognize the efforts of schools throughout […]

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March 8, 2016 6:24 PMCategory: Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month

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The chronic disease burden throughout the nation is staggering. In the U.S. nearly 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are classified as obese (CDC, 2015; CDC, 2015). Nearly 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and two-thirds of adults in the U.S. can be categorized as either […]

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February 24, 2016 6:53 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

February is American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association has been sponsoring this national reminder about the importance of heart health for over 50 years. Heart disease is a major issue for both men and women in the U.S. and abroad. Each year, 25 percent of deaths in the U.S. and 17.3 million deaths worldwide can […]

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February 9, 2016 3:23 PMCategory: Nutrition

Increasing Healthy Food Access Through Mobile Vending

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Increasing access to healthy food is major issue in the U.S. and a key focus for many of the Plan4Health coalitions. Plan4Health Tarrant County, from Fort Worth, Texas, is thinking of creative ways to increase access to healthy foods in an area where many residents live within identified food deserts with high numbers of unhealthy food […]

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January 26, 2016 10:32 PMCategory: Nutrition

Improving Food Access: Examples from across the U.S.

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Our current food system fails to promote public health and suppresses economic opportunity. Diet-related chronic diseases are numerous and include hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Low-income communities are especially vulnerable to these poor outcomes with low-income communities and communities of color being disproportionately affected. A new report issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists, titled […]

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January 5, 2016 5:20 PMCategory: Nutrition

Partnering4Health: SOPHE’s Nutrition Toolkit

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In September 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a multi-year initiative to prevent and control chronic disease at the community level. Named the National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention — or Partnering4Health — five organizations are working with selected chapters and affiliates to strengthen health in their communities. A member […]

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August 7, 2015 5:50 PMCategory: Nutrition

U.S. Not Getting Daily Intake of Fruit and Veggies

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Recently, the CDC released a report that calls attention to the average number of fruits and vegetable that are eaten by people in each state. We wanted to share this post from Mother Jones, which shows a very clear chart of which states have the highest percentage of daily intake consuming fresh produce. USDA’s “… guidelines suggest that […]

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July 20, 2015 7:25 PMCategory: Nutrition

Combating Food Deserts: Creating Healthier Communities through Planning

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It is estimated that 30-40 percent  of food grown, processed, and transported in the U.S. this year will be wasted.  Still, Feeding America estimates that 49 million Americans are considered food insecure and nearly 23.5 million live in food deserts. The USDA defines food deserts as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to […]

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