Monday, September 16, 2019

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood obesity is a serious health condition that affects nearly 1 in 5 school-age children in the United States. While genetics and other factors contribute to childhood obesity, changes in the environments where children live, learn, and play can help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Most U.S. children spend an average of 6 to 7 hours a day at school, which is a large part of their waking hours. Thus, schools are a priority setting for preventing childhood obesity.

Learn more in this CDC feature on National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Find out what can be done at school to address childhood obesity.

Check out CDC’s Youth Obesity Map for a closer look at adolescent obesity prevalence in your state. Get more information about body mass index (BMI) measurement in schools and what safeguards should be in place to implement these programs.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Obesity Rates at Historic Highs

State of Obesity: U.S. Obesity Rates at Historic Highs
9 States Reach Adult Obesity Rates of 35 Percent or More
The 16th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, released today by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) reports on obesity rates for every state and the District of Columbia and by racial and ethnic groups, age and gender.

Newly released data show that obesity rates are at 35 percent or higher in 9 states – up from 7 last year – and that racial, ethnic, gender and geographic disparities in obesity rates continue to persist.

The report includes 31 recommendations for policy action by federal, state and local government, across several sectors, designed to improve people’s access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. The recommendations are grounded in two key principles: the complexity of the obesity crisis requires multi-sector interventions and a systems approach, and, interventions should focus on communities with the highest levels of obesity first as a matter of health equity and because such interventions offer the best opportunity to impact the problem.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center Opportunities

View these free training opportunities and register today

Leading Improvement Projects Online Micro-course (Sept. 30 - Oct. 28, 2019) Additional Offering! Registration Now Open!
Demand was high, so we're offering this one more time this Fall. In this online training, we'll review from start to finish what to expect in a quality improvement (QI) project. This training was developed for people that will be helping to facilitate QI projects within their agency and are looking for tools, templates and experience with doing so. More Info & Registration.

Bridges Out of Poverty In-Person Training (Sept. 16, 2019)The Cheyenne (WY) Regional Medical Center is hosting an abbreviated version of this training. Please contact Angela Vaughn at with any questions. Registration.

Emotional and Social Aspects of Disease Online Course (Sept. 17 - Oct. 29, 2019)
Chronic diseases affect our physical bodies, but also have an emotional, social and psychological impact. In this 7-week online course, you will learn how to help patients and their caregivers deal with complex emotional issues related to chronic disease. More Info & Registration.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

NACDD Webinar - From What and Why to How: Lessons from the Socially Determined Podcast Series

Gabriel Kaplan is a man on a mission. For the last year as NACDD Board President, Dr. Kaplan has been immersed in the practical applications for how Chronic Disease Units can intervene in the “upstream factors” that are so closely tied to health outcomes.

NACDD Members attending our Chronic Disease Academy this past spring heard Dr. Kaplan speak about his President’s Challenge (listen to the podcast from the Academy; review Dr. Kaplan's presentation). As the capstone of his year-long work, Dr. Kaplan has distilled what he learned into six “lessons” from which he created the "Socially Determined" podcast series, currently still in production with new episodes being added regularly.

In our September General Member Webinar, Dr. Kaplan will summarize six lessons that all of us can use to help move the needle in this vital work. You’ll also hear from a few state leaders who helped contribute toward these lessons, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions of both Dr. Kaplan and your peers.

Please plan to join us for this webinar on Thurs., Sept. 26, 2019. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

General Member Webinar
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
3-4:00 p.m. ET

Register here now!

Monday, September 9, 2019

New Funding Opportunity: Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Local Foods, Local Places Application Request

Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. In 2018, the program was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Northern Border Regional Commission.

Local Foods, Local Places aims to support projects that do all of the following:
  • Create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods.
  • Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses.
  • Improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations.
The Local Foods, Local Places program will provide selected communities planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that promotes local food and neighborhood revitalization. This assistance is not a grant, and the program does not provide money directly to communities.

Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Larger cities are encouraged to focus on a particular neighborhood rather than a city-wide project. We expect that many of the communities we select will be economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization.

Communities with projects located in federally designated Opportunity Zones will receive special consideration this round. Highest consideration will be given to those communities who can identify how Local Foods, Local Places assistance will leverage the Opportunity Zone designation to support implementation of the resulting action plan.

Request for Applications

Closing Date: Monday, September 30, 2019. Click here for more information

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

CLLARO Capitol Fellowship Application Open until September 15

Applications are open for the 2020 cohort of the CLLARO Capitol Fellowship Program! Fellowships for 2020 are open to all college sophomores, juniors, seniors, grad students, recent grads, and non-traditional students. This is a one-of-a kind PAID fellowship (the only paid fellowship in the Colorado State Capitol) in the office of a Colorado legislator or lobbyist. The fellowship begins December 2019, and wraps up at the end of the Legislative Session, early May 2020. Be sure to apply, and/or share with potential fellows! Applications due September 15, 2019. Questions or more information? Feel free to contact Apply at today. Be sure to spread the word! CLLARO Facebook

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

CDC Advisory: Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Using E-Cigarette Products

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing: 1) background information on the forms of e-cigarette products, 2) information on the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges), and 3) clinical features of patients with severe pulmonary disease. This health advisory also provides recommendations for clinicians, public health officials, and the public based on currently available information.

Read the full Advisory