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Aug 28th


Legacy applauds hearing on smokeless tobacco in major league baseball

NNPA Special Commentary

(NNPA) - The  United States House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), recently  brought to light smokeless tobacco use among major league baseball players and how this may influence the health of young fans who idolize these athletes. The first pitch of the 2010 season was thrown last month, making this an ideal time for Congress and Major League Baseball (MLB) to renew its commitment to ending the use of smokeless tobacco products – both on and off the field.

The effects of tobacco have a very significant impact on the African-American community. Twenty-one percent of all adult African-Americans smoke, with the effects of tobacco consumption leading to 45,000 deaths per year.  Further, tobacco use leads to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer. Cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of death in the United States among African-Americans, with an estimated 30 percent of these mortalities resulting from tobacco use.

Eating quality worsens as alcohol intake increases

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

(NNPA) - People who drink more are also likely to eat less fruit and consume more calories from a combination of alcoholic beverages and foods high in unhealthy fats and added sugars, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Cancer Institute, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

An article about the study of more than 15,000 adults in the United States is in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. It’s the first study to pinpoint specific dietary components that worsened when imbibing increased.

"Heavy drinking and dietary factors have independently been associated with cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and other chronic health problems," said NIAAA Acting Director Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D. "This finding raises questions about whether the combination of alcohol misuse and poor diet might interact to further increase health risks."

In addition, researchers found that increased alcoholic beverage consumption was associated with a decreased intake of whole grains and milk among men.

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.
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