In This Issue
Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Minnesota: Addressing Root Causes of Obesity
new report released by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue
Cross) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reveals new insights
about Minnesota’s obesity problem among adults and obesity’s two
preventable causes: physical inactivity and unhealthy eating. The report,
“Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Minnesota: Addressing Root Causes
of Obesity,” concludes that Minnesotans know they need to lose weight and
many are trying, but individual attitudes and their surroundings are
barriers to their success. The report offers hope, that by intervening in
a variety of ways and in multiple settings – where people live, work and
play – it will be easier for people to make the healthy choice and lose
News Release "Report: Majority of Minnesotans overweight or obese Face Barriers to Eating Better, Moving More" attached | Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Minnesota: Addressing Root Causes of Obesity
How Physically Active are Minnesotans?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released State
Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2010, which provides information on
physical activity behavior and policy and environmental supports within
each state. Physical activity, essential to overall health, can help
control weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers,
strengthen bones and muscles, and improve mental health.
Community-Wide Physical Activity Campaigns WebinarCommunity-wide campaigns are recommended as a physical activity promotion strategy of the CDC Guide to Community Preventive Services for promoting physical activity. Learn more about successfull community-wide physical activity campaigns on Tuesday, June 15 at 2:00-3:00 PM CT from the following speakers:
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in collaboration with
the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports sponsor quarterly
Physical Activity Guidelines Supporter Network events. The Supporter
Network is designed to provide a forum for Supporters to share ideas and
best practices for encouraging Americans be physically active based on the
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. | Guide
to Community Preventive Services | Register for
Community-Wide Physical Activity Campaigns Webinar
2010 Minnesota Bicycling Guide AvailableThe Minnesota Bicycle Alliance and Minnesota Department of Transportation, along with HaveFunBiking.com, have created the 2010 Minnesota Biking Event & Resource Guide. The guide includes information on upcoming events and additional bicycle information and resources; including a list of Minnesota League Certified Instructors that can can assist with bicycle education efforts in your community. Interested in copies of the guide? Email firstname.lastname@example.org | Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota | HaveFunBiking.com
"Share the Road" Youth Writing/Video ContestTo further the sport of bicycling and gain a larger audience of bicyclists the 'Share the Road' Campaign of Minnesota and HaveFunBiking.com will help budding writers and videographers via its annual Youth Writing/Video Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in grades 6 -12 for any bike related, poetry and prose categories. In 2010 two $50 cash prizes will be awarded each month, one for the best written and the other for the best video submission. If you know of a student who would like to enter the contest, rules are found below. Eligible entries must be published during the calendar year 2010. Submissions for this year's monthly contest will be accepted through December 27, 2010. | 2010 BikeMN Youth Writing/Video Contest Rules | HaveFunBiking.com | Share the Road MN
Rural Active Living: Minnesota Active Living Network Members Share Challenges, Successes, ThoughtsThe Minnesota Active Living Network, a part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota's Center for Prevention, recently shared a special issue on Rural Active Living. Find examples across Minnesota - from Pipestone to Bemidji - of communities working on promoting active living in rural communities. Read the articles and join the converstation. | Active Living: Making it happen in Minnesota
Supporting Active Transportation: Federal Funds for Bicycle and Pedestrian ProjectsSupporting Active Transportation: Federal Funds for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects
Neighborhoods and transportation systems that promote regular physical activity—through public transit, sidewalks, bike paths, trails, greenways and traffic-calming devices—are associated with more walking and bicycling, greater physical activity and lower rates of obesity. As Congress considers reauthorization of the surface transportation bill, advocates, planners, researchers and policy-makers have an opportunity to discuss the impact of transportation projects on health and explore changes to the law that could better support healthy communities.
State-specific reports released by the Harvard Prevention Research Center in March 2010 describe how state and local governments spent the more than $3 billion in federal transportation funds awarded for bicycle and pedestrian projects between 1992 and 2004. According to the reports, 62 percent of all U.S. counties implemented at least one such project during that period, such as improving sidewalks or creating a bike lane or multi-use trail. Counties with lower levels of education, higher poverty rates or higher proportions of households with multiple vehicles were significantly less likely to have implemented such projects.
The state reports also include recommendations for improving health outcomes. Policy-makers should:
2009 BRFSS Data and Documentation and Online Tables are Now AvailableThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Behavioral Surveillance (DBS) is pleased to announce the release of the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data and documentation and Prevalence and Trends tables. This represents the 25th year of BRFSS data.
The BRFSS is a unique, state-based surveillance system active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Information on health risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access (primarily related to chronic disease and injury) is obtained from a representative sample of noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 years and older in each state. The BRFSS provides flexible, timely, and ongoing data collection that allows for state-to-state and state-to-nation comparisons. State-specific data including racial-and-ethnic-specific data from the BRFSS provide a sound basis for developing and evaluating public health programs, including programs targeted to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health risks. The BRFSS is the largest telephone-based surveillance system in the world, with more than 400,000 interviews conducted in 2009. | 2009 BRFSS Data and Documentation Files | 2008 BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data
Public Transportation on Indian Reservations - Tribal Transit ProgramThe U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration is inviting applications for the Public Transportation on Indian Reservation program. These funds will be competitively allocated to support planning, capital, and operating assistance for Tribal public transit services.
Grants can be awarded to recipients located in rural and small urban areas with populations under 50,000 not identified as an urbanized area by the Bureau of the Census and may be used for public transportation capital projects, operating costs of equipment and facilities for use in public transportation, planning, and the acquisition of public transportation services, including service agreements with private providers of public transportation services. Applications are due Jun 28, 2010. | Public Transportation on Indian Reservations - Tribal Transit Program Information
National Park Service offers Rivers, Trails, and
Conservation Assistance Are you trying to protect your local
rivers, save an unspoiled landscape, or build trails to help everyone in
your community enjoy nature? The National Park Service is accepting
applications for the next round of technical assistance that can be
submitted until August 1.
Through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program, the National Park Service provides staff who can guide communities in conserving waterways, preserving open space, and developing trails and greenways. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their project ideas with our staff near you before submitting an application. | RTCA Information | RTCA Application | NPS Staff Contacts
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