Thank you, Pittsburgh, for giving residents and visitors safer streets for walking, biking, and increased physical activity!
It’s been nearly four years since the launch of the Healthy People 2020 initiative, the ambitious 10-year agenda for improving the nation’s health.
A free webinar on May 9 will provide a progress review of Healthy People 2020, studying achievements in nutrition and weight status and physical activity topic areas. Click here for more information and to register.
Healthy People 2020 aims to help people “attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury and premature death” while also achieving health equity and eliminating disparities. In addition, Healthy People 2020 works to “create social and physical environments that promote good health for all” and “promote quality of life, healthy development and healthy behaviors across all life stages.”
Don Wright, deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will moderate the webinar. Scheduled speakers include Howard Koh, the assistant secretary of health for HHS; Irma Arispe, director of the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); David Murray, associate director for prevention at the Office of Disease Prevention at the National Institutes of Health; Michael Landa, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the Food and Drug Administration; and Janet Collins, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion at the CDC.
Two new complete streets and equity reports have been released and are the result of a project to study equity elements in complete streets policies, the characteristics of communities with equity elements in their policies, and to qualitatively understand how equity elements in complete streets policies are being implemented in practice. Learn more about the reports here.
Eight applicants have been awarded funds that will help young students walk, bike and roll safely to and from school.
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
Do you meet the criteria below? If so, register as a Leader here. There is no cost to be a Leader.
At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
They are working on other obesity-related issues, such as:
Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
Their project is commercial, but contributes positively to changing policies and environments, such as:
2. Applicant is organizing others or contributing to organizing efforts
They are organizing others by:
Providing volunteer opportunities
Building contact lists of supporters to engage in advocacy
They provide support to organizations or leaders doing work changing policies and environments, such as:
They are a leader in a governmental body that may be the target of organizing efforts to change policies and environments, such as a:
Federal or state agency
Mayor or other local executive office
Federal, state, county or local public health department
Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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