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NACCHO 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. Please contact Kenneth D. Smith for more information.  
Healthy Communities Achievement Awards Announced

The Healthy Communities Institute has selected three innovative programs  for their use of localized data to drive relevant and meaningful health improvement programs. This year's winners effectively offered community tools for prioritizing and funding programs, identified at-risk populations to focus limited resources, and provided a go-to platform for a statewide collaborative. The three winners are:


CDC Relaunches Tips From Former Smokers 2013 Campaign

CDC's Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has launched the second round of the Tips From Former Smokers campaign. Beginning April 1, ads featuring new participants with a wide range of tobacco-related health conditions will run for at least 12 weeks through various media outlets nationwide. Visit the Tips website for information on how your local health department can leverage the campaign using FREE resources available for download, including new ads, sample press releases, Spanish-language materials, website badges and buttons, and more.


New Healthy Vending Standards from the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity 

The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity recently completed model beverage and food standards for vending machines and a corresponding model policy. The vending standards could be used:

  • In a city or county policy to implement vending standards on government property;
  • As a resource on your website;
  • To encourage a hospital, university, or organization to move to healthy vending; or
  • As standards for any other location with a vending machine.

The vending standards, model policy, and additional resources are available here. NANA also is working to develop a list of products that meet the vending standards, a factsheet about the impact of healthy vending standards on revenue, and to identify success stories. To share success stories about vending or food procurement policies or for more information about healthier food choices on public property, please contact Katie Bishop.     

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. 


Thank You Chronic Disease Chronicler Subscribers

Thanks for making the Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit one of the highest downloaded at NACCHO. The Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit is a part of NACCHO's toolbox - a free, online collection of local public health tools produced by members of the public health community.


The top 5 Chronic Disease Tools are:

  • Program and Funding Guidelines for Comprehensive Local Tobacco Control Programs (2010)
  • CDC Sodium Reduction Awareness Tool
  • Action Planning Template for Local Tobacco Control Coalitions
  • The Community Guide: Uses and Benefits for Local Health Departments
  • Able To Be Healthy Guide

Upcoming Webinars   


NACCHO Webinar - Wellness for Every Body: Training for Staff Who Support Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Obesity is a public health epidemic, and the crisis is worse for people with disabilities, who are 58% more likely to be obese than people without disabilities. To address this problem Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department developed Wellness for Every Body (WFEB), an online training program for direct service providers. WFEB uses an environmental approach that targets adult care homes for intervention and creates conditions that establish healthy living as the norm. In 2013, Wellness for Every Body was recognized as a Promising Practice by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model and Promising Practices Program. Join NACCHO and Hennepin County Public Health to learn about this program and how you can use it in your jurisdiction. The webinar is on Tuesday, June 25 from 2-3 pm ET. Click here to register.    


NACCHO Webinar - Tracking Webinar Series - Part II: Incorporating Environmental Public Health Tracking into Health Impact Assessments  
NACCHO, along with co-sponsors, the American Public Health Association and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, would like to present this webinar on the Minnesota Department of Health's Environmental Public Health Tracking and Climate & Health Programs. During this webinar, speakers will describe their successful use of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease data in Health Impact Assessments. In addition, speakers will discuss opportunities for intersection between HIA and Tracking data and will also provide participants with a national perspective on the uses of Health Impact Assessments and the Tracking Network. The webinar will be on Thursday, June 27  from 1-2:15 pm ET. Click here to register. 

NACCHO Webinar - Menthol in Tobacco Products: What Local Health Departments Can Do

Tobacco companies add flavors to their products to mask the harsh taste of tobacco, making it easier for young people to start smoking. That's why Congress banned the sale of flavored cigarettes in 2009. But Congress made one exception to the flavor ban, deferring action on the most popular of all flavors - menthol - and directing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to decide whether continued sale of menthol cigarettes is "appropriate for public health." Unfortunately, in the nearly four years since the law was enacted, the FDA has studied the issue but failed to take action to prohibit menthol in tobacco products. During this NACCHO webinar, experts from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium will discuss what local health departments can do to press the FDA to take bold action while also considering local policy options to address the devastating public health impact of menthol in tobacco products. The webinar will be Tuesday, July 9 from 1-2 pm ET. Click here to register. 



CDC Releases MMWR report on Prediabetes

In 2010, approximately one in three U.S. adults aged ≥20 years (an estimated 79 million persons) had prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose or hemoglobin A1c (A1c) levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Persons with prediabetes are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90%-95% of all cases of diabetes. To read more about prediabetes, click here to access the CDC's MMWR report.


Workplace Wellness Programs for Small Businesses

With about two-thirds of American adults pre-obese or obese, and about 86 percent of full-time workers above normal weight, annual medical costs for obesity and related diseases amount to around $150 billion. Absenteeism costs an additional $153 billion. Employees' better health brings higher morale, greater productivity, and smaller expenses for health care. But how can we make sure that workplace wellness programs are effective? To read more about workplace wellness programs, click here to access the Prevention Institute's report.    

Guide for Improving Cardiovascular Health at the Community Level, 2013 Update
The American Heart Association recently released its Guide for Improving Cardiovascular Health at the Community Level, 2013 Update. Two key features of this publication are that it includes evidence-based goals, strategies and recommendations for community-based public health interventions, and identifies dimensions around which community-wide approaches might be organized. Click here to access the guide. 

New NACCHO Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Resources

With funding from the CDC, NACCHO has developed a Framework for Building Successful and Sustainable Cancer Coalitions to help LHDs collaborate with state partners to implement CCC activities.  The resources below grow out of the framework, and are designed to help LHDs develop and lead collaborative efforts to prevent cancer in their jurisdiction.  


Action Guide for Building Local Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions: Lessons Learned from Local Health Departments

This new action guide to helps local health departments build capacity for implementing local Comprehensive Cancer Control coalitions. Based on the results of NACCHO's 2011-2012 Cancer Control in Local Health Departments Assessment, the action guide contains lessons learned from local health officials who have successfully implemented local coalitions to reduce the cancer burden in their communities.  Download the action guide here.    


Comprehensive Cancer Control Tip Sheet

This tip sheet describes ways LHDs can partner with states to implement Comprehensive Cancer Control activities at the community level.  Download the tip sheet here.