CDC Healthy Schools: Healthy Students, Ready to LearnCDC’s School Health Branch is excited to announce the launch of the new CDC Healthy Schools website. The website offers a number of resources and guidance tools to help teachers, parents and students create a healthier school environment.

Food and beverage choices in public service venues
Findings from a 2014 survey with Missouri local civic leaders on food/beverage options and policies in public service venues.

Healthy Bargains: Fruits and Vegetables are Nutritious and Economical
A new CSPI report shows yet again that healthy food does not necessarily cost more than unhealthy options. The report compared the cost of fruits and vegetables with other commonly consumed, but less healthful, snacks and side dishes. Overall, the average price per serving of healthy fruits and vegetables was less than unhealthy options for both snacks and side dishes.

The science of obesity: what do we really know about what makes us fat? An essay by Gary Taubes
The history of obesity research is a history of two competing hypotheses. Gary Taubes argues that the wrong hypothesis won out and that it is this hypothesis, along with substandard science, that has exacerbated the obesity crisis and the related chronic diseases. If we are to make any progress, he says, we have to look again at what really makes us fat.

Nutritional Quality of Food Prepared at Home and Away From Home, 1977-2008
Americans are consuming more of their daily caloric intake away from home, primarily from table-service and fast-food restaurants. This prompts new health promotion strategies. Report from USDA Economic Research Service.

Advancing Environmental and Policy Change to Promote Physical Activity through Multisectoral Collaborative Groups
Documents findings from the Coalitions and Networks for Active Living (CANAL) study. To learn more about the ongoing CANAL study, visit the Colorado School of Public Health website.

On Common Ground for Health
Developed by the multi-stakeholder Chronic Disease State Plan Workgroup, On Common Ground for Health describes recommended strategies to coordinate the prevention and management of common chronic conditions in Missouri.

USDA SuperTracker
The SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. You can look up individual foods to see or compare their nutritional value, find recommendations for what and how much you should eat, compare your food choices to these recommendations and to your nutrient needs, and assess personal physical activities and identify ways to improve. Find recommendations for what and how much you should eat.

SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity.New Enhancement: The newest SuperTracker feature allows you to set a personal calorie goal! Customize your SuperTracker plan with a calorie goal on the My Top 5 Goals page.


CDC Vital Signs
This program offers recent data and calls to action for important public health issues. Vital Signs will feature a new health topic on the first Tuesday of every month. Learn about the latest public health data by clicking on this button:

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Cost-Effectiveness of Health Risk Reduction After Lifestyle Education in the Small Workplace
Investigations suggest that worksite health promotions in large companies decrease employer health costs and the risk for chronic disease. However, evidence of the success of such programs in small organizations is lacking. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a worksite health promotion program improves health risk and is cost-effective for a small employer.

Policies and Standards for Promoting Physical Activity in After-School Programs
A new research brief from Active Living Research summarizes research on physical activity in after-school programs and examines how policies can help after-school programs more effectively promote physical activity and prevent obesity among children.

A Systems Approach to Preventing Obesity in Early Life
Currently more than 10% of preschoolers in the U.S. are obese and effective strategies that target pregnancy, infancy, and toddlers are urgently needed to stop the progression of the childhood obesity epidemic, as proposed in this article in Childhood Obesity, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

What is urban agriculture and how does it pertain to local food systems? Find out what it is, how to use it and more from the Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens Toolkit.

Missouri Call To Action: SHOW ME LESS SODIUM! (pdf)
Information from Missouri Sodium Task Force about sodium intake of average Americans, risks/impact of too much sodium and what can be done to reduce sodium consumption.

Plan to disseminate sodium issue brief - worksheet (docx)

Do All Children Have Places to Be Active? Disparities in Access to Physical Activity Environments in Racial and Ethnic Minority and Lower-Income Communities (pdf)
A new research synthesis by Active Living Research examines studies indicating that racial and ethnic minorities and lower-income people live in communities that are not as supportive of physical activity. It also summarizes research on racial, ethnic and economic disparities in obesity and physical activity rates among children.

front cover of Child/Adolescent Tool Kit for Healthcare ProvidersActivity and Nutrition Tool Kits For Health Providers
The Healthcare Work Group from the Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MoCAN) has developed Tool Kits to help health care providers effectively screen, assess and treat youth and adults with weight issues. The Tool Kits’ resources summarize recommendations from the scientific literature and expert work groups related to obesity.

Child & Adolescent Tool Kit for Health Care Providers

Adult Tool Kit for Health Care Providers

Healthier Americans for a Healthier Economy
The Healthier Americans for a Healthier Economy report features six case studies focused on the relationship between health and economic development. The report examines how health affects the ability of states, cities and towns to attract and retain employers, and how workplace and community wellness programs help improve productivity and reduce health spending.

front cover of Transportation and Health reportPartnership for Prevention released a report in July 2011 on transportation policy options and their health effects. The report examines nearly 40 transportation policies in three critical areas: the environment and environmental health, community design and active transportation, and motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities. Policymakers at all levels of government can use the report to inform decision-making regarding transportation. Partnership collaborated with the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTrec) at UC Berkeley, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce the report:
transportationandhealthpolicycomplete.pdf released the tool featured below to show the impact of different obesity rates on health outcomes such as the cost of health care, heart attack rates or life expectancy.

Website submission form (docx)