Friday, September 23, 2016

Falls are leading cause of injury and death in older Americans

Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans.

In 2014 alone, older Americans experienced 29 million falls causing seven million injuries and costing an estimated $31 billion in annual Medicare costs, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

The new numbers are being released in conjunction with the 9th Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The observance addresses the growing public health issue and promotes evidence-based prevention programs and strategies to reduce the more than 27,000 fall deaths in older adults each year.

“Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “Healthcare providers can make fall prevention a routine part of care in their practice, and older adults can take steps to protect themselves.”

With more than 10,000 older Americans turning 65 each day, the number of fall-related injuries and deaths is expected to surge, resulting in cost increases unless preventive measures are taken.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Denver cultural attractions promote healthy food and drink options

Beginning this fall, members of the Denver Healthy Cultural Attraction Coalition (Coalition) will unveil unified messaging and signage that highlights healthy food and drink choices at four of Denver’s top cultural attractions. Convened by Denver Public Health, the Coalition’s founding members include the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, Denver Zoo, History Colorado Center and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. This is the first time these venues have worked together to promote health throughout public venues in Denver.

While each venue offers unique food and drink to their guests, members agreed they could collectively promote health by making it easy for all visitors to identify the healthiest food and drink options on their menus. When launched, these “GO Foods” will be highlighted with a green apple icon at all four sites. To qualify as a GO Food, the menu item must have healthy ingredients and be low in sugar, saturated fat and salt.

Combined, founding member venues serve more than five million visitors annually, including children. Making healthy menu options easy to identify is just one way these iconic Denver destinations can help promote wellness to their visitors. 

To get a sneak peak of the Coalition’s new GO Food labels, visit

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

State health department and CBS recruiting for round table discussion on how to talk to young people about marijuana

In August, CDPHE launched a retail marijuana youth prevention campaign for Trusted Adults. The campaign leverages research that shows parents, educators, coaches, mentors or anyone who works with youth can have a signifiant influence on youth choices about marijuana. Through multiple touch points and awareness raising tactics, the campaign provides trusted adults with the tips, tools and resources they need to have honest, positive and effective conversations with youth about not using retail marijuana before age 21.

For the next stage of the campaign, CDPHE is partnering with CBS Denver to host and promote a round table event featuring a panel of experts to answer questions trusted adults may have about retail marijuana and underage use.

As part of creating a round table, the program will include a live audience, helping to create the atmosphere of a community discussion. Selected audience members will also have the opportunity to ask (pre-selected) questions during the program, if they would like.

We are looking for volunteers to be part of our live audience, and have included some key details below:
  • The event will be filmed Oct. 5 at CBS Denver’s studios, located at  1044 Lincoln Street, Denver.
  • Audience members will need to arrive at 1:30 p,m., with the program beginning at 2 p.m. and running until 3 p.m.
  • The program will air Oct.12 at 7 p.m.  on Comcast Channel 240 and     
We are working with our agency partners at Cactus to facilitate the event. If you are interested in participating in this community round table event, please email by Friday, Sept. 23, and she will be in touch for next steps. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Creating Healthy Schools funding opportunities

The Colorado Health Foundation Board approved a ten-year commitment to healthy schools efforts. View the Creating Healthy Schools Informational Webinar. The Foundation will support the following three funding opportunities:
  • Local planning and assessment - Aims to support local planning, capacity-building and community collaboration efforts.
  • Local implementation - Assists strategy execution in specific areas related to building or increasing healthy schools work.
  • Statewide systems building – Support systems-level organizations to implement systems of support and healthy schools infrastructure.

Baby's first 1,000 days

The First 1,000 Days: Nourishing America’s Future, is a first-of-its kind report that examines the nutritional health of America’s mothers, infants and toddlers and highlights a set of “wins” to ensure that every child in the U.S. can have a healthy first 1,000 days.

In an effort to catalyze a national conversation about the nutritional well-being of our country’s youngest children and their families, we launched the report at an event on Capitol Hill yesterday—which was also live-streamed on social media—to an audience of partners, supporters, Members of Congress and their staff. If you were unable to attend the launch event, you can watch a recording of the event here.

Please feel free to share the report and the other related materials—including the 10 Building Blocks for Nutrition, A Snapshot of the First 1,000 Days in the U.S., and 10 Wins for the Next 1,000 Days—widely with your networks. We have also developed a set of social graphics for use on Facebook and Twitter.

September is Cholesterol Awareness Month

Too much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke—two leading causes of death in the United States. One way to prevent these diseases is to detect high cholesterol and treat it when it is found. 

Seventy-one million American adults have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control. September is National Cholesterol Education Month—a good time to resolve to get your cholesterol screened.

Check out CDC's resources on cholesterol screening and guidelines here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

LGBT cultural competency training

This six-week learning experience is designed for public health practitioners with the goal of promoting better health outcomes with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) populations. The course is being facilitated by Jennifer Woodard, via bi-directional video. Each of the learning experience's six sessions explores the multiple facets of cultural competence when interacting with LGBTQ individuals, their families and the community.

Live Learning Sessions held every Tuesday 12-1pm MT from Oct 4 - Nov 8, 2016.
Registration is limited, so register now!