Below you will find the weekly update for the week ending March 23, 2012.
Here is what you will find in this update:
General Updates & Resources:
Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity Resources:
GENERAL UPDATES AND RESOURCES
CPPW Training Events Calendar
The CPPW Training & Dissemination Team has developed an online training calendar to provide you with convenient, centralized access to detailed information about training and networking opportunities hosted by CPPW, CPPW partner organizations, and other reputable organizations. Here is the CPPW Training Events Calendar link (https://sites.google.com/site/cppwtrainingcalendar/home). Click on the link and add/save the page to your “Favorites.” If you would like to add an event to the calendar, please contact Nashawn Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT: This link is for CPPW grantees only. It cannot be found using an internet search and will not be posted on any webpage. Do not post the calendar link online.
Upcoming CPPW Webinars
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing
Thursday, March 29th, at 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
New Funding Opportunity: Tobacco Regulation Awareness, Communication, and Education Program
The goal of the Tobacco Regulation Awareness, Communication, and Education Program is to educate Americans about the risks of tobacco products. It seeks to increase capacity at the community level in the areas of health communication and education that address federal tobacco regulations and the public health goals of the Tobacco Control Act. The Program will help increase knowledge and encourage long term behavior change which will contribute to reductions in the morbidity and mortality associated with tobacco use in the U.S.
To learn more about the program,
NUTRITION, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, AND OBESITY RESOURCES
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Report: Growing Healthy Food and Farm Policy
Growing Healthy Food and Farm Policy is a report on selected 2008 Farm Bill policies relevant to public health. The report takes a look at 18 illustrative policies and programs that affect public health through provision of healthy foods, food systems, production practices, research and education. A sampling of the programs examined includes the Farmers’ Market EBT Program, the Local Preference for School Food Purchases program, and EQIP. For each, the report describes the advocacy leading up to its inclusion in the 2008 Farm Bill, implementation since that time, and lessons learned. The analysis includes insights into coalition building, advocacy, and policy implementation. The report is available here: http://www.jhsph.edu/clf/PDF_Files/farm_bill/farmbill_report2012.pdf
Appalachian District, NC: Alleghany County Increases Access to Healthy Produce
Alleghany County, North Carolina (part of the Appalachian region) has added three new community garden sites to improve access to healthy produce for residents. This small, rural community has a 21% food insecurity rate (according to Map the Meal Gap), so access to nutritionally adequate food is difficult. New community gardens are located in the county’s wellness center, a senior citizen center, and a low-income housing development (managed by a high school agriculture class). Community members will have access to the food produced from the gardens and have the opportunity to learn to grow and prepare fruits and vegetables. Excess produce will be donated to the local food pantry. Between the three gardens and produce provided to the local food pantry, approximately 1,800 residents will benefit.
Los Angeles County, CA: City of Pasadena Provides Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing for Residents
Pasadena is the largest city and fourth jurisdiction in California to provide smoke-free multi-unit housing in 100% of public or private multi-unit housing. By January 2013 every Pasadena, CA multi-unit housing resident in apartments, townhouses and condos will be protected from drifting secondhand smoke. This includes current smoking units, as existing units will not be exempted or “grandfathered in”. In addition to units, all common areas and patios/balconies are included. Nearly 40% of housing units in Pasadena are MUH structures (according to the American Community Survey) with an estimated 50,000 residents.
Pitt County, NC: Improvements in Greenville City Worksites
City employees in Greenville, NC, part of Pitt County, are benefiting from healthier worksites. Approximately 800 employees will now have city meetings that provide healthy choices, healthier options in vending machines, and subsidized water (making it the healthier and more affordable choice). Employees are also able to take advantage of flexible breaks, allowing them to use the physical activity center during work hours; health coaches; discounts at area fitness centers; and health screenings. Yearly incentives are being provided to employees for participating in the screenings and programs. All of these changes are part of the “Take Step Two” initiative for Pitt County worksites.
San Antonio, TX: Embraces Complete Streets Concepts
San Antonio, Texas has incorporated Complete Streets principles into their city’s Comprehensive Master Plan. All city roadway projects will now accommodate the full range of users, during planning, design, construction and operation of roadways. This should lead to an increase in the miles of “Complete Streets”, increases in public transportation ridership, and increases in the number of pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods. These changes should help to increase the number of adults that get enough physical activity by 2020 and support a transportation network that supports all users, regardless of age or ability, to safely use streets, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities. Over one million residents will benefit from the improved environments in San Antonio-Bexar County.