This note is to introduce the latest issue of The Forum for Family and
Consumer Issues found at http://ncsu.edu/ffci. You may have already
read this issue as I should have sent this announcement out quite a
while back. I am including the Welcome and the paper abstracts below:
Promoting the health and wellbeing of our country’s youth is an effort I
believe all citizens and professionals support. Our youth and their
families play pivotal roles in our society. Yet there is much that we
need to learn about our youth and how they as a population have
increased in size and have changed in needs and behavior over the years.
For instance, children and adolescents from birth to age 17 now
constitute one-fourth of our country’s population. The U.S. adolescent
population increased by 16.6 percent from 1990 to 2000 and the
population is projected to increase to an estimated 41.6 million by the
year 2010. While the youth are healthier than adults in general, from 13
to 23 percent experience special health care needs or chronic illnesses
and disabilities. In 2005 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance survey showed that 14.5% of students in
grades 9 to 12 had lifetime asthma and 13.1% were overweight. To add to
the health issues large differences exist between the stresses,
pressures and lifestyles lived by today’s youth than that previously
experienced by earlier generations. Seventy one percent of all deaths
among persons aged 10 to 24 years result from four causes: motor vehicle
crashes, other unintentional injuries, homicide and suicide.
Professionals who serve our population of youth need more knowledge,
skills, tools, and training to promote positive outcomes. In this issue
we offer a diversity of papers that focus on a variety of approaches to
and issues that surround our youth and their eventual growth, health and
wellbeing. They cover the gamut from older youth reaching younger youth
to supporting pediatricians with parenting information, and from direct
delivery of educational curriculum to students to looking at the role of
parental communication quality on youth behavior. These papers will
benefit many areas of your efforts with youth. Enjoy!
Recruiting college students to be youth mentors
Kathy Dimick,Utah State University Extension System; Brian J.
Higginbotham, Stacey MacArthur, Utah State University; Monti Poulson,
Utah State University Extension System
Mentoring programs are becoming an increasingly popular intervention to
promote positive youth development. However, in the United States there
are more at-risk youth than there are mentors. One concentrated source
of mentors is students on college and university campuses. This article
discusses the recruiting strategies employed by one Extension-sponsored
mentoring program. The three strategies outlined have been instrumental
in securing committed and caring college-aged mentors.
Rites of passage during adolescence
Scott D. Scheer, Stephen M. Gavazzi, The Ohio State University; David G.
Blumenkrantz, Center for the Advancement of Youth, Family, and
Community Services, Inc.
The literature on rites of passage in adolescence is reviewed, with
particular attention given to the essential components for positive
developmental outcomes. Three human development orientations – life
course, life span, and life cycle – are presented to examine rites of
passage as they relate to life transitions. Within these orientations,
positive rites of passage are framed as requiring both events and
cognitive processes of the event. In other words, rites of passage
events must be significant for adolescents not only as experiences, but
having special meaning, emotion, and understanding. A model is
introduced that highlights the potentially positive and negative roles
that rites of passage can play in the transition to adulthood. In
addition, investigations are discussed to help understand the complex
rites of passage mechanisms. Finally, the benefits of employing rites of
passage strategies are illustrated through youth development programs.
Family life educators supporting pediatricians with parenting information
Karen DeBord, Rebecca Stelter, North Carolina State University
Pediatricians report seeing 40 to 60 patients per day. Many parents of
these patients have specific questions about behavioral and
developmental issues such as discipline, sleep, nutrition, and
toileting, all of which are topics that family life educators are
prepared to address routinely. Collaboration between Extension educators
and pediatricians can benefit patients, parents, and pediatric
practices, as well as family life education programs.
Adolescent nutrition and exercise behavior: A preliminary investigation
into the role of parental communication quality
Kay M. Palan, Mary Lynn Damhorst, Iowa State University, Jennifer Paff
Ogle, Colorado State University; Cheryl O. Hausafus, Cheryll A.
Reitmeier ,Iowa State University ; Grace Marquis, McGill University
This paper addresses an issue that has received little attention within
the literature: the role that parents play in shaping children’s
nutrition and exercise beliefs and behaviors. Of particular interest was
the influence of parental style and the quality of parent-child
communication upon children’s nutrition and exercise beliefs and
behaviors. Twenty family units with a child in middle school were
studied during home visits. Data were collected with a survey
instrument, including measures related to parent-adolescent
communication quality, warm and restrictive parenting styles, adolescent
nutrition concern, adolescent weight loss behaviors, and adolescent
exercise commitment and satisfaction. Results suggest that adolescents’
nutrition concerns were positively related to good communication quality
and restrictive parenting behaviors, and they support the significance
of parental communication on adolescents’ nutrition and exercise
attitudes and behaviors. Implications for education and intervention are
Morality and money: Relating character and values to financial education
in grades K-4
Thomas A. Lucey, Illinois State University; Duane M. Giannangelo, The
University of Memphis; Jeffrey M. Hawkins, Oklahoma State University
(Tulsa Campus); Julia A. Heath, Michael M. Grant, The University of Memphis
This study examines the inclusion of a moral component to teaching
financial education to children in grades K-4. Comparisons were made
between current financial education areas and suggested moral items.
Morality was defined and measured by modifying items from the courtesy,
generosity, and sportsmanship subscales of Bulach and Butler’s (2002)
survey. The study found that levels of agreement with financial morality
items were similar to the levels of agreement with the generally
accepted areas. Findings must be extended to a larger sample for
confirmation or refutation, using a more extensive measure of financial
morality. The authors invite further examination into the prospect of
developing moral tenets within financial education.
Got Calcium? - A youth curriculum that promotes dairy and non-dairy
sources of calcium
Martha Raidl, Rhea Lanting, Katie Miner, Joey Peutz, University of Idaho
Most children are not meeting dietary calcium requirements. To address
this issue, a four-lesson youth curriculum called Got Calcium?, which
promotes dairy and non-dairy calcium-rich foods, was developed. Two
hundred and thirty-two students and 196 family members participated in
the study. After four lessons, students significantly increased
(p<0.001) their knowledge of calcium and calcium-rich foods. A parent
take-home food frequency form revealed that students’ current intake of
calcium came from dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) products. By the end of
the four lessons, approximately 40 percent to 70 percent of students
selected non-dairy calcium-rich foods (kale, greens, tofu, and salmon)
when planning calcium-rich meals.
Strengthening Families Through Military 4-H Partnerships
Debra A. Jones, Joanne Roueche, Utah State University Extension
Extension, 4-H, and the military have been partners since World War I.
Through the recent decade, the U.S. Army, Air Force, and 4-H have
partnered to provide positive youth development on military
installations involving over 7,000 youth in 4-H clubs in the U.S. and
abroad. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, a new initiative
extends this same support to military youth and families who are not
affiliated with military installations, but who are dispersed in rural,
urban, and suburban communities across the nation through the National
Guard and Reserve. All youth involved through military outreach are
enrolled as 4-H members through their respective counties. As the
program becomes more widely known, counties integrate these youth in
local, state, regional, and national 4-H activities and events. Authors
share their experience developing relationships, implementing positive
youth development programs, and explain how these successful actions
resulted in funding sources for increased outreach.
Youth Teaching Youth: Evaluation of the Alcohol/Tobacco Decisions
cross-age teaching program
Carly Emil, Jodi Dworkin, Carol Skelly, University of Minnesota Extension
The Alcohol/Tobacco Decisions (ATD) program was developed by the
Extension Service in a midwestern state. The program’s unique format of
cross-age teaching uses local high school students to instruct
fourth-grade students, rather than the typical teacher-to-student
format. The ATD program operates under the 4-H model of promoting
positive youth development and older youth teaching younger youth. To
begin to evaluate the effectiveness of the ATD program in changing
students’ knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, and advertising, students
completed a pre- and post-test. This pilot evaluation yielded
statistically significant improvements in knowledge in all content
areas. Future directions for evaluation of cross-age teaching programs
Jacquelyn W. McClelland, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Extension Leader,and Nutrition Specialist
Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, CALS, NC State University Campus
Box 7605, 112 Ricks Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7605
Phone: 919-515-9148 FAX: 919-515-2786 Email: jackie_mcclelland(a)ncsu.edu
Department Home Page: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/dept/fcs/faculty/jmcclell.html
Editor-In-Chief, The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues (FFCI)
Author: Give Your Heart a Healthy Beat!
Attached and below is a description of the two tenure-track positions
available here at Texas Tech. I would greatly appreciate it if you
could disseminate this to doctoral students and others who may be
Debra B. Reed, PhD, LD, RD
Dept. of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing
College of Human Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1162
Texas Tech University
Department of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing
Application Due: Open until filled (review of
applicants will begin 11/1/ 2007)
Type: nine months, Tenure-track
Position Availability: 1/1/2008 or 9/1/2008 (negotiable)
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications
Minimum Qualifications and Responsibilities:
Assistant/Associate Professor: Doctorate in Nutrition or related field,
Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian in the State of Texas (within
three months of hire). Candidates should have commitment to and
experience with university teaching and be able to teach a variety of
undergraduate and graduate courses in food and nutrition to support the
Didactic Program in Dietetics and other major/minors in Nutritional
Sciences. A demonstrated ability to establish a focused research
program, secure external funding, and publish in peer-reviewed journals
is required. Preferred areas of interest include obesity, diabetes, and
chronic disease prevention and interventions, wellness or other areas
that complement existing strengths in the department. Experience in
multidisciplinary collaborations for academics and research is desired.
The new faculty member will be expected to participate in graduate
student research committees and other departmental, college, and
Application: Apply at www.depts.ttu.edu/personnel. Click on
Applicants, then the employment website. Create an application for
position number 74466 or 74459. The position is also available through
the search postings feature. Include with the completed application a
letter of application, vita, copy of transcripts (official transcripts
will be required upon appointment), and the contact information (name,
address, telephone number, and email address) of three references.
For additional information, contact Dr. Debra B. Reed (806-742-3068 or
> Members of WIN Wyoming and of SNEEZE + FNSPEC listservs: **Sorry for duplicate messages**
> We have just released "Consumerism: How it fosters unhealthy lifestyles and what we can do to live differently," accessible at http://www.uwyo.edu/winwyoming/projects.html; then click on the title. This is the the 6th publication in the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service's "Focus on Health, Not Weight" series. It ties in with the consumer pressures many people feel during the end-of-the-year holiday season as well as other times in their lives.
> A few points about this new 8-page publication:
> 1. It opens with questions about the role of society in fostering unhealthy lifestyles related to health and weight:
> - "Many people of all ages have developed unhealthy lifestyle habits and are not achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Given these serious concerns,
> it> '> s important to ask,
> Is it possible our culture is part of the problem?"
> - "Said another way,
> Does our society encourage us > -> maybe even push us > -> to have unhealthy lifestyles?"
> 2. It explores the concept of consumerism = "an approach to life in which buying goods and services and cultivating the image associated with those goods and services are primary sources of our identity or way of experiencing the world...."
> 3. It offers straight-forward steps to think and live differently and promotes the idea of health being an "instrumental value" -- not something that is an end in itself but, rather, that provides greater opportunities to pursue goals in life each of us sees as meaningful and significant.
> Co-author Fred Vanden Heede and I hope this publication proves helpful to many of you in your work and/or personal lives. Best regards,
> Suzanne Pelican, MS, RD
> Food & Nutrition Specialist and WIN Wyoming Coordinator
> University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
> Dept. 3354, 1000 E. University Ave.
> Laramie, WY 82071
> (307) 766-5177; fax: (307) 766-5686
Need a short break? Check out a 2-minute video addition to our Website of
"Tiny Tastes Total BIG Calories on this Web page:
Best wishes for the holidays!
Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County
444 Cherrycreek Rd., Ste. A, Lincoln, NE 68528 USA
ahennema(a)unlnotes.unl.edu 402/441-7180 Fax: 402/441-7148
FOOD Web site: http://lancaster.unl.edu/food
PowerPoints & handouts: http://lancaster.unl.edu/food/resources.shtml
Please find attached the fall issue of Health Connections: Linking
Research to Practice, titled "Sustainability-Maintaining a healthy
planet, people, products and profits" It outlines the background and
definitions of sustainability, factors driving this movement, and the
various elements comprising a sustainable food system. Marianne
SmithEdge, M.S., R.D., L.D., F.A.D.A., shares her expertise re. how
health professionals can help their clients consider sustainability as a
factor in making their food choices. A perspective on the future of
this movement is also provided. Practice points are outlined for the
health professional to help clients take a balanced approach to dietary
planning, considering both a food's carbon footprint and its nutrient
contribution to their diets.
If you are on our mailing list for Health Connections you should be
receiving a hard copy of this issue soon. If you would like to be
included on our list, please email me with your name, affiliation and
Previous issues of Health Connections can be accessed at:
Yours for better health,
Mary Anne Burkman, M.P.H, R.D.
Director, Program Services
Dairy Council of California
7901 Oakport St., Suite 3200
Oakland, CA 94621
Healthy Eating Made Easier(r)
Job Description: Community Kitchen Program Coordinator/Nutritionist
Application Deadline: December 12, 2008
Part Time/Temporary Position: December 2008 – September 2009
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
The job posting is attached.
Send resumes and cover letter to:
Jessica E. Hill
DeKalb County Cooperative Extension
4380 Memorial Drive
Decatur, Georgia 30032
Or Email: jehill(a)co.dekalb.ga.us
Brandi Jessemy Whitney, CHES
Health Promotion Coordinator, Chronic Disease
DeKalb County Board of Health
"The groundwork of all happiness is health."
This message and any included attachments are from the County Board of
Health and are intended only for the addressee(s). The information
contained herein may include privileged or otherwise confidential
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distributing, or using such information is strictly prohibited. If you
receive this message in error or have reason to believe you are not
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the sender by email. Thank you.
The Capital Area Food Bank (Washington, DC) is hiring an Operation Frontline
Coordinator. Operation Frontline, created by Share Our Strength (
www.strength.org), is a program that aims to alleviate childhood hunger
through hands-on cooking and nutrition classes.
The job posting is attached.
Angela Leone, M.S.
Operation Frontline Assistant Coordinator
Capital Area Foodbank
645 Taylor Street, NE
Washington DC 20017
(202) 526-5344 ext. 309
Nominations for the Higher Education Division are in progress. We are seeking nominations for co-chair and secretary. The co-chair and secretary both attend bi-monthly officer meetings. Additionally, the co-chair develops, with the help of other division members, the Higher Education's program proposal for 2010.
Please consider nominating your self or another Higher Division member by contacting Julie Schneider at jmschneider(a)csuchico.edu.
Julie Schneider, PhD
Nominating Committee Chair for Higher Education Division
> A bit delayed but wanted to be sure you received.
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Margo Wootan <mwootan(a)cspinet.org>
>> Date: October 31, 2008 4:56:45 PM EDT
>> To: nanacoalition(a)cspinet.org
>> Subject: 2010 DIETARY GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
>> USDA AND HHS ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF THE 2010 DIETARY
>> GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
>> WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2008 -- Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer and
>> Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced
>> the appointment of 13 nationally recognized experts to serve on the
>> 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The Committee members
>> are made up of prominent medical and scientific researchers from
>> universities and scientific institutions across America that are
>> leaders in their field.
>> Selected for their expertise in dietary intake, human metabolism,
>> behavioral change, and health, the new Committee will advise the
>> Secretaries on any nutritional and dietary revisions necessary to
>> the existing Dietary Guidelines. Following their review of the
>> scientific literature; listening to and receiving public comment;
>> and deliberating in open forums, the Committee will prepare an
>> advisory Report that will be submitted to the Secretaries of
>> Agriculture and Health and Human Services and used in setting the
>> 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
>> The Dietary Guidelines are based on the preponderance of
>> scientific, medical, and related knowledge and inform both the
>> general public and government policy makers on ways to improve the
>> overall health of the American public through proper nutrition. As
>> mandated by Congress, the Dietary Guidelines are reviewed for
>> revision every five years. The administrative responsibility for
>> supporting the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee alternates
>> between Departments. The Department of Agriculture has the
>> administrative lead for the 2010 revision; the Center for Nutrition
>> Policy and Promotion is the agency within the Department that is
>> leading the effort. The first Committee meeting will be October
>> 30-31, 2008, in Washington, DC.
>> “Since 1894 the Department of Agriculture has developed and issued
>> food guidance for the America public. In this long evolution of
>> providing the most up-to-date dietary guidance, the Dietary
>> Guidelines for Americans have become recognized as the Nation’s
>> cornerstone of Federal food policy. The Dietary Guidelines are of
>> particular importance to nutrition education of the general public
>> and in strengthening the Nation’s food assistance programs which
>> include SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly
>> known as the Food Stamp Program), and the School Lunch and WIC
>> Programs,” said Secretary Schafer. “Additionally, I want to
>> emphasize that this will be an open and transparent process. All
>> meetings are open to the public, and all meeting minutes and
>> transcripts will be posted on-line at www.dietaryguidelines.gov.”
>> “While the Dietary Guidelines are designed for a healthy
>> population, they become increasingly important as we aim to reduce
>> the burden of disease and death related to public health problems
>> such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and
>> other chronic illnesses. This Committee will consider the most
>> current and sound scientific literature as the members develop
>> their Report. From this Report, the Departments of Agriculture and
>> Health and Human Services will jointly develop the 2010 Dietary
>> Guidelines for Americans as well as a consumer publication,” said
>> Secretary Leavitt. “Updating the Dietary Guidelines supports the
>> President’s HealthierUS Initiative which promotes eating a
>> nutritious diet, physical activity, preventive screenings and
>> making healthy choices. We are committed to ensuring that the
>> public receives the best nutrition guidance available that will
>> help them live longer, healthier lives.”
>> The following individuals have been appointed to the 2010 Dietary
>> Guidelines Advisory Committee:
>> Linda V. Van Horn, PhD, RD, LD, (Chair) Professor and Interim
>> Chair, Department of Preventative Medicine, Feinberg School of
>> Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Dr. Van Horn has
>> expertise extending across many areas of nutrition research and
>> public health as a nutrition epidemiologist who has conducted
>> population level research in the prevention and treatment of
>> cardiovascular disease, obesity, and breast cancer. She is
>> currently the principal investigator in the Women's Health
>> Initiative Extension Study and the Dietary Intervention Study in
>> Naomi K. Fukagawa, MD, PhD, (Vice Chair) Professor of Medicine and
>> Associate Program Director of the Clinical Research Center,
>> University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington,
>> VT. Dr. Fukagawa is a board-certified pediatrician and an expert in
>> nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, including protein and
>> energy metabolism; oxidants and antioxidants; and the role of diet
>> in aging and chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus. She has
>> chaired the National Institutes of Health Clinical Research
>> Centers' Committee and is currently a member of the National
>> Institutes of Health Integrative Physiology of Diabetes and Obesity
>> Study Section.
>> Cheryl Achterberg, PhD, Dean and Professor, College of Education
>> and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Dr.
>> Achterberg's research has evaluated the impact of behavior on the
>> dietary patterns of populations, including low-income and elderly
>> Americans. She has served on panels for numerous groups, including
>> the World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine, and the
>> United Nations as an expert in nutrition education and community
>> Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology,
>> and International Health (Human Nutrition), Division of General
>> Internal Medicine, and Director, ProHealth Clinical Research Unit,
>> Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Appel is a
>> physician whose research pertains to the prevention of
>> hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease, typically
>> through lifestyle modification, such as dietary intake of sodium
>> and potassium. Dr. Appel served on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines
>> Advisory Committee as a member of the science review subcommittee
>> and Chair of the electrolytes subcommittee. He has also served on
>> several committees for the Institute of Medicine, including the
>> Dietary Reference Intake Panel for electrolytes and water, which he
>> Roger A. Clemens, DrPH, Associate Director, Regulatory Science, and
>> Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Science, The
>> University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Clemens has
>> extensive experience in functional foods and technology with a
>> special emphasis on probiotics and prebiotics. He has expertise in
>> toxicology and food safety, as well as knowledge of food processing
>> and the food industry. He is a spokesperson for the American
>> Society for Nutrition and the Institute of Food Technologists.
>> Miriam E. Nelson, PhD, Director, John Hancock Center for Physical
>> Activity and Nutrition, Tufts University, Boston, MA. Dr. Nelson is
>> a leading authority on physical activity and energy balance, with
>> extensive research experience integrating the science of energy
>> balance into behavior change programs. She recently served as Vice
>> Chair of the first Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
>> Advisory Committee chartered by the Department of Health and Human
>> Services. Sharon M. Nickols-Richardson, PhD, RD, Associate
>> Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania
>> State University, University Park, PA. Dr. Nickols-Richardson’s
>> expertise focuses on dietary and physical activity determinants of
>> muscle strength and bone density, as well as dietary interventions
>> for obesity and nutrition over the lifecycle from child nutrition
>> to older adults. She served the Institute of Medicine as a
>> consultant on the Dietary Reference Intakes book “The Essential
>> Guide to Nutrient Requirements.”
>> Thomas A. Pearson, MD, PhD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean, Clinical
>> Research and Albert D. Kaiser Professor, Department of Community
>> and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine
>> and Dentistry, Rochester, NY. Dr. Pearson is an epidemiologist
>> specializing in lipid metabolism and the prevention of
>> cardiovascular disease. He contributed significantly to the
>> American Heart Association's guidelines for prevention of heart
>> disease and stroke, and is as a founding member of the World Heart
>> Forum for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.
>> Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD, Professor, Nutritional Sciences and
>> Public Health, University of Connecticut, and Director, Connecticut
>> Center of Excellence for Eliminating Health Disparities among
>> Latinos, Storrs, CT. Dr. Pérez-Escamilla is an internationally
>> recognized scholar in the area of community nutrition for his work
>> in food safety, obesity, diabetes, and food security, with a
>> specialty in Latinos and low-income American populations. He is
>> currently serving the Institute of Medicine in re-examining the
>> pregnancy weight gain guidelines.
>> Xavier Pi-Sunyer, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Columbia
>> University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Chief, Division
>> of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition, St. Luke's-Roosevelt
>> Hospital Center, New York, NY. Dr. Pi-Sunyer has expertise in
>> obesity, type 2 diabetes, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and
>> general medicine with over 250 research papers on these topics. He
>> chaired a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute obesity committee
>> and has served on the Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference
>> Intake Panel on macronutrients. He has also served on the Food and
>> Drug Administration’s Science Board Advisory Committee to the
>> Commissioner. He was also a member of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines
>> Advisory Committee.
>> Eric B. Rimm, ScD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical
>> School, and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition,
>> Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA. Dr. Rimm is an
>> epidemiologist whose research evaluates the impact of lifestyle
>> factors, particularly diet, that relate to the risk for obesity,
>> diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. He is internationally known
>> for his work on moderate alcohol consumption and health and has
>> served on the Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes Panel
>> for macronutrients.
>> Joanne L. Slavin, PhD, RD, Professor, Department of Food Science
>> and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Slavin
>> is an expert in carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Her research
>> expertise focuses on the impact of whole grain consumption in
>> chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and
>> diabetes, as well as the role of dietary fiber in satiety.
>> Christine L. Williams, MD, MPH, Vice President and Medical Director
>> Healthy Directions, Inc., and former Professor, Clinical
>> Pediatrics, and Director, Children's Cardiovascular Health Center,
>> Columbia University, New York, NY. Dr. Williams is an expert in
>> nutrition in cancer prevention and preventive cardiology,
>> especially hypercholesterolemia, in children. She received the
>> prestigious Preventive Cardiology Academic Award from the National
>> Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health
>> for her work in preventive cardiology for children.
>> Note: All USDA press releases, fact sheets, backgrounders, and
>> other press materials are available at www.dietaryguidelines.gov.
>> Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc.
>> Director, Nutrition Policy
>> Center for Science in the Public Interest
>> 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300
>> Washington, DC 20009
>> 202-265-4954 (fax)
>> Make your voice heard on important health and nutrition issues!
>> Join CSPI's online action network at www.takeaction.cspinet.org.
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> From: Margo Wootan <mwootan(a)cspinet.org>
> Date: November 15, 2008 1:59:57 PM EST
> To: nanacoalition(a)cspinet.org
> Subject: Fw from CDC: Final Community PA Press Release
> PRESS RELEASE
> For Immediate Release, Contact: CDC Media Relations, 404-639-3286
> New CDC Study Finds Community Physical Activity
> Programs Are Money Well Spent
> Community-based physical activity interventions designed to promote
> more active lifestyles among adults are cost-effective in reducing
> heart disease, stroke, colorectal and breast cancers, and type 2
> diabetes, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control
> and Prevention, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
> Using a rigorous economic model developed to assess the cost-
> effectiveness of community-based physical activity interventions,
> the study found these interventions to be cost-effective; reducing
> new cases of many chronic diseases and improving quality of life.
> Researchers found that community-based physical activity programs
> appeared to reduce new cases of disease by: 5-15 cases per 100,000
> people for colon cancer; 15-58 cases per 100,000 for breast cancer;
> 59-207 cases per 100,000 for type 2 diabetes, and 140-476 cases per
> 100,000 for heart disease.
> Community-based physical activity interventions broadly fall under
> the following strategies:
> Community campaigns such as mass communication efforts (TV/radio,
> newspapers, billboards, advertisements).
> Social support networks such as exercise groups to encourage
> behavior change.
> Tailored behavior change to encourage people to set physical
> activity goals and monitor their individual progress.
> Enhanced access to services that support active lifestyles such as
> fitness centers, bike paths and walking trails.
> “Our study found that public health strategies that promote physical
> activity are cost effective, and compared with other well-accepted
> prevention strategies, such as treatment for high cholesterol or
> motor vehicle air bags, offer good value for the money spent,” said
> Larissa Roux, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study.
> The study, “Cost Effectiveness of Community-Based Physical Activity
> Intervention,” is being published in the online version of the
> American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
> “This study supports the value and effectiveness of the physical
> activity interventions that were studied,” said William Dietz, M.D.,
> Ph.D., director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity
> and Obesity. “This study also shows the importance of the new
> physical activity guidelines put forth last month by the U.S.
> Department of Health and Human Services.’’
> The HHS guidelines recommend:
> Two and a half hours each week of moderate-intensity aerobic
> activity, such as brisk walking or,
> An hour and 15 minutes each week of vigorous-intensity aerobic
> activity such as jogging or running.
> In addition, all adults should include muscle strengthening
> activities that work all the major muscle groups on two or more days
> per week.
> CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity funds
> programs in 23 states designed to prevent obesity and promote
> healthy lifestyle habits such as physical activity.
> The full study is available by sending a request to eAJPM(a)ucsd.edu.
> For more information about physical activity visit www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/index.html
> For more information about the U.S. Department of Health and Human
> Services Physical Activity Guidelines visit www.health.gov/paguidelines/
> U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES