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Steps to Program Sustainability: Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

The long-term sustainability of evidence-based programs such as the CDSMP is a growing concern for state and local public health agencies, healthy aging agencies, and community-based organizations that deliver these programs. A new article from Nonprofit Impact, The Path to Program Sustainability, outlines three steps that can lead to program sustainability. The article includes a new holistic model for sustainability, guidance for defining a sustainability model that works for your program, and steps for developing a sustainability (or business) plan to guide your program toward a more sustainable future. Click here to read more.

Upcoming Webinar: The Small Communities Toolbox: Best Practices and Messages for Healthy Eating and Active Living in Rural and Small Jurisdictions

Across the country, key stakeholders are working to make their communities healthier places to live, work, learn, and play. In rural and small communities, elected officials are examining and implementing solutions to improve access to healthy food and make it easier for people to be physically active.


This webinar, designed for local elected officials and their staff, will provide examples of best practices that smaller cities and towns are implementing. It will also provide tips on how best to communicate the evidence and successes to fellow elected public officials and the public. The webinar will be on Tuesday, September 24 from 2-3:15 pm EST. Click here to register.


Community Wellness: a Surprisingly Important Business Investment  

In a recent article by John Miller, Executive Director of the MidAtlantic Business Group on Health, he talks baout why businesses should invest in community health. According to Miller, "Community wellness is one of the most important investments a business of any size can make." To read more, click here.


Southern Obesity Summit - Nashville, TN - November 17-19, 2013
The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from the 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Together, these states are joining forces to fight obesity.


The 7th Annual Southern Obesity Summit has two over-arching goals: to effectively engage youth in our strategies to prevent obesity and to help stakeholders strategize policy and program initiatives across all 16 states. Click here to register.

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

The MMWR report, Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States, identifies 24 recommended strategies for obesity prevention and a suggested measurement for each strategy that communities can use to assess performance and track progress over time.        


To access more tools and resources, visit the Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit.  



Morbidity and Mortality Report - Obesity in K-7 Students - Anchorage, Alaska
Childhood obesity is a major public health concern in the United States. In the recently released Mortality and Morbidity Report (MMWR), a study on K-7 students enrolled in schools in the metropolitan Anchorage area found around 16.8% of these students were obese - a number that is fairly close to the national average of 17.0% for students of similar age. To access the full article, click here.

New Factsheet: Fruitful Funding for Healthy Food  
The federal Specialty Crop Block Grant program is a potential source of funding for healthy food retailer programs. It also provides an opportunity to collaborate with the specialty crop industry to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in underserved neighborhoods. To learn more about this funding stream, take a look at ChangeLab's factsheet.    

New Factsheet: Putting a Stop to Misleading Marketing 
Recent years have seen an increase in the amount and type of marketing of unhealthful foods and beverages to children and teens. Researchers and advocates can help limit the marketing of unhealthy foods to youth by referring examples of deceptive or unfair marketing to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). For more information about how to report unfair and deceptive marketing, check out ChangeLab's new factsheet.

CDC Vital Signs: Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke 

This month's edition of CDC Vital Signs focuses on preventable heart disease and stroke deaths-identified as those that occurred in people younger than 75 that could have been avoided by more effective public health measures, lifestyle changes or medical care.  More than 200,000 preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke occurred in the United States in 2010, and more than half of these deaths happened to people less than 65 years of age. To learn more, take a look at the report  and the factsheet to learn more.