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Free Consulting to Help Build Healthy Communities - Limited Time Only 

NACCHO is pleased to offer free, one-on-one consulting on four focus areas for building healthy communities: (1) healthy comprehensive planning, (2) health impact assessment, (3) health in all policies and (4) community/street-scale urban design. Your local health department (LHD) may qualify for free consulting time through September 2013. Preference will be provided to LHDs that have made a focus area a strategic priority and are actively working toward or initiating successful implementation this year.


The consulting time includes technical assistance (TA) to help build capacity, train staff, identify successful implementation strategies, improve cross-sector collaboration and sustain successful coalitions. TA will be delivered through email, conference calls, video conferencing and other online platforms. Onsite TA may be available depending on funding. Our aim is to provide whatever assistance we can to ensure your success! 


Because of time limitations, consulting hours are not unlimited, and interested LHDs should apply now. For more information, call or email Kenneth D. Smith.   


Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth 
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) reviewed evidence-based strategies in five settings for increasing physical activity among young people aged 3 to 17 years. Providing opportunities for physical activity can help children and adolescents meet the recommended levels. The following five settings or places reviewed in the report include schools, preschool and child care centers, communities, home, and health care. Visit the Physical Activity Guidelines (PAG) Midcourse Report website to access the report, infographic, press releases and more.

Upcoming Webinar: Impacting School Health Policy - An Effective, Data-informed Partnership

Learn how an urban school district and a pediatric hospital's mobile health unit partnered to assess school district obesity rates, informed the development of school health and wellness policies, and inspire a community-building agency to provide healthy lifestyle programs. Presenters from St. Louis Children's Hospital and the Normandy School District will share how the mobile health unit's assessment of students' body mass index, coupled with guidance from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and policy recommendations made to the school district's health and wellness committee, resulted in the implementation of new health and wellness goals. The webinar will be on Thursday, April 18. Click here to register.  


Upcoming Webinar: Maximizing the Value of Community Benefit through Collective Impact and Technology

The epidemic of chronic disease is making unreimbursed costs a serious burden for many hospitals. At the same time, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other forces are requiring hospitals to put more emphasis on population health. By shifting from reactive charity care to proactive investments in collaborative health improvement, hospitals can multiply their community benefit in ways that better meet the health needs of the community, enhance the work of community partners and decrease the cost of uncompensated or undercompensated care for the hospitals. Everyone wins. The webinar will be on Thursday, May 9 from 3-4 pm ET. Click here to register.



New CDC Fact Sheet Now Available

CDC recently released a fact sheet about sodium intake and high blood pressure in children and adolescents. Sodium intake in children and adolescents is comparable to that in adults. Higher sodium intake in children and adolescents is associated with higher blood pressure, which is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke among adults. The fact sheet also includes:

  • Information on average sodium intake (mg/day) for children and adolescents,
  • Top 10 sodium sources for children and adolescents, and
  • Tips on how families can consume less sodium.

The High Sodium Intake in Children and Adolescents: Cause for Concern fact sheet may be found here.   


Diabetes Self-Management Training Resources

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) Web site features a variety of resources specific to Medicare's Diabetes Self-Management Training benefit, including a comprehensive toolkit, FAQs, Webinars, and tip sheets. Several of these resources focus on use of the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program as part of an expanded (ADA-recognized or AADE-accredited) diabetes self-management education program that meets the requirements for Medicare reimbursement. Click here to visit the NCOA website where you can find a webinar recording on diabetes self-management accreditation and medicare reimbursement, a tip sheet on how to work with a federally qualified health center, and more.


Grants Available to Support School Breakfast and Physical Activity

Does your school need a boost to increase participation in breakfast? Do you need funding to support adding more minutes of physical activity for your students? Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to partner with CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, and the Walmart Foundation to offer grants for the 2013-2014 school year to support such initiatives. Awards will be given to over 400 schools ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Applications are due April 19, 2013. Click here to find out if your school is eligible for these opportunities.  


CDC Chronic Disease GIS Snapshots

Public health professionals are increasingly recognizing the importance of using maps to enhance programs and policies geared toward chronic disease prevention and treatment. To showcase how state and local health departments are using maps to decrease the burden of chronic diseases, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching a new series of fact sheets. Click here to access the CDC Chronic Disease GIS Snapshots.

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

Health on the Shelf: A Guide to Healthy Small Food Retailer Certification Programs was recently published by ChangeLabs Solutions and describes how to create a strong healthy small food retailer certification program with step-by-step instructions, ideas, and examples from existing programs. This information can be used to support and give incentives to food retailers selling healthy foods. The guide provides information on increasing the variety of healthy foods sold, reducing unhealthy foods, and using proactive marketing in conjunction with sponsoring organizations. 

Connect with the Chronic Disease Team

NACCHO welcomes requests for chronic disease prevention planning and technical assistance from any local public health department, please send your requests here


Find resources, policy statements, news, and more on NACCHO's Chronic Disease webpage.  


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