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Oct 07th


Americans want pizza, burgers & nuggets pulled from school menus, poll finds

Nearly two-thirds of parents of school-age children describe local school food as “poor” or “only fair”

A majority of Americans believe nutrition in local school meals falls far short of what children need, a new survey finds. And the foods people most associate with school meals – pizza, chicken nuggets and hamburgers – are the same foods they believe should be cut drastically from school menus.

The survey reports near-universal agreement that childhood obesity is a problem or crisis, and  improving the health of American children requires communities to prioritize access in schools to fresh produce and exercise.

The survey was commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and released last week at the Foundation’s 10th annual Food & Community Networking Meeting, held this year in Chandler, AZ.

Food & Community is the premier gathering of the good food movement, drawing 650 activists, reformers, researchers and public health officials to explore topics such as farm-to-school projects and eradicating “food deserts.” The survey was conducted in April among 801 adults from all regions of the country.

African American men: Health, family and self 

Press Associate, Men’s Health Network

The Office of Minority Health (OMH), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, has put men at the heart of National Minority Health Month.  At their Fatherhood and Men’s Health Forum on Sunday, April 18 – held at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC – the panelists used four words to articulate the role of men: provide, nurture, guide and protect.

But what happens when young boys are raised in a community where there are few responsible men who present a positive way of life for the boys to follow?

Several key issues were discussed, from the man’s perception of health to the grandmother’s role as the matriarch of the family.

The events moderator was Attorney Tonya Lee Lewis, the spokesperson for “A Healthy Baby Begins with You” campaign.  She stated that the goal of Sunday’s forum was not to criticize men for what they don’t do.  It was a chance for those who attended to share information.

Club HipFit: Outside fitness program launched in Minneapolis

Club HipFit: Outside fitness program launched in MinneapolisKirk Johnson, owner of Club HipFit in Eden Prairie, is bringing his signature fitness program, “Playground Workout,” to Wirth Park in North Minneapolis, 1325 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, every other Sunday at 4 pm. The cost is $10 per session. Bring 5-10 pound dumbbells, mat, towel, and a bottle of water.

Playground Workout (or P.G.W.) puts the fun back into fitness using an old school format to deliver state-of-the-industry training techniques. Johnson’s conditioning program incorporates body weight, dumbbells, medicine balls, resistance tubes, jump ropes, kettle bells, climbing ropes, jungle gyms, playgrounds, parking lots, running tracks, stairs, benches and walls.

Access to health care is key to living well

African Americans comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population. As a group, their health status continues to lag behind that of whites, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  For example, the report goes on to say that the African American infant mortality rate is more than double that of whiles and African Americans die from diabetes at more than three times the rate of whites.

Although many factors account for health status differences, access to health insurance coverage and appropriate health services could reduce many of these disparities.

As part of its mission to improve the health of the community, Hennepin County Medical Center has developed different options to improve a person’s access to health care. These options are designed to be convenient and affordable and to help the community get the best possible medical care for their families.

Nokomis healthy seniors annual Clean-A-Thon

The Nokomis Healthy Seniors’ 8th Annual Clean-A-Thon will be held April 24, 2010. This event is an important fundraiser for the Nokomis Healthy Seniors program and a key outreach into the Nokomis community. The annual Clean-A-Thon sends teams of volunteers to clean areas of their homes requested by seniors (e.g., kitchen, bath, yard).  This spring cleaning helps seniors stay in the homes they love.

Nokomis Healthy Seniors Executive Director Kristen Whittenbaugh says “the Clean-A-thon is the largest, most important fundraiser of the year for Nokomis Healthy Seniors.  With the funds raised, Nokomis Healthy Seniors is able to provide many free or reduced-cost nursing services, programs, transportation and many other services for seniors of the Nokomis community.”

The mission of Nokomis Healthy Seniors can be directly supported by participation in this important event.  There is a goal to clean at least 18 homes.

Clean-A-Thon teams meet at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 17 Avenue South, Minneapolis on Saturday, April 24, 2010, 8 am to 12:00 Noon.

Five tips for workplace injury prevention

Five tips for workplace injury preventionAccidents and emergency situations can happen in any environment, in any industry, at any time.  In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 3.7 million recordable injuries and 5,071 fatal workplace injuries. And, although the employer may be the responsible for creating a safe work environment, it is the responsibility of each individual employee to take an active role in maintaining safety at their worksite every day.

1. On the Road Again – According to The Occupational Safety & Health Administration workplace driving accidents cost employers an average of $60 billion annually. To help stay safe, there are a number of tasks both employers and employees can do:

Each month, perform an inspection on all company vehicles and make any necessary repairs. Before driving a company vehicle, visually make sure break lights and turn signals are working, tires have adequate pressure and that there is gas in the vehicle. Follow all formal safe-driving plans and policies for the workplace, and make sure to abide by all traffic laws.

Minnesota STD cases decline in 2009 according to health department

Chlamydia cases remain stable, syphilis and gonorrhea cases drop.
The total number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota dropped slightly to 16,702 in 2009, a 5 percent drop from the previous year, state health officials reported today.

According to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), there were 17,649 cases reported in 2008 and 17,057 cases in 2007. Reportable STDs in Minnesota include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chancroid. 

"Chlamydia was Minnesota’s number one reported STD this past year with 14,186 cases," said Peter Carr, manager of the STD and HIV Section at MDH. "This is almost identical to last year’s totals where we saw 14,350 chlamydia cases reported." 

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