Friday, February 17, 2012

"What The Health?" - A new podcast from Prevention Services Division

Welcome to the Prevention Services Division's inaugural podcast of our new series "What The Health?"  This is a trial run that features an interview with Cathy Bledsoe, Project Coordinator with the Colorado Central Cancer Registry.  The podcast explores the Colorado Central Cancer Registry's new Cancer Survivorship Care Plan Project.  Let us know what you think!  Contact Brandon Williams, Public Information Officer with the Prevention Services Division at

On a mobile device and can't see the embedded player above?  No worries - you can also get the audio on the mobile CDPHE PSD What the Health podcast site.  If you are into podcasting and would like to subscribe to PSD's podcast feed, you can do so here using a variety of methods.

Lets Move! Child Care State Challenge

Dear Colleagues,

At the Office of Child Care (OCC), we’re continuing to work toward high-quality care for all children. As Deputy Assistant Secretary Linda Smith reminds us, the core of our mission is ensuring children in all child care settings are “safe, healthy, and learning.” Your partnership is essential to achieving our shared goals, which is why I’m hoping you’ll help us spread the word about the Let’s Move! Child Care State Challenge.

The Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) initiative was launched by the First Lady with the aim of creating a healthier future for children in early care and education programs. LMCC provides tips, Webinars, and other online resources highlighting goals oriented towards child care providers- including increasingphysical activity, reducing screen time, improving food and beverage choices, and supporting infant feeding.

Let’s Move! Child Care participants can complete an online interactive checklist quiz to assess what quality improvements can be made related to these goals. Providers can create action plans to incorporate into their own programs, and earn a certificate of recognition after completion of the action plan. Several states have created additional incentives connected to LMCC, including linking it to QRIS and professional development. We’ve also received many success stories through the Web site and encourage you to share descriptions of success in your communities with us through the success story page.

We believe in LMCC’s ability to improve the health of children, and OCC and the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) are working together to reach more children and providers through the Lets Move! Child Care State Challenge, a nationwide challenge recognizing states with the highest participation rates in LMCC. All across the country, child care providers are signing up, and the states with the highest percentage of providers participating and the highest percentage of providers completing the program will be recognized at the Weight of the Nation Conference in Washington, DC, this May.

We’re proud to have more than 2,000 providers involved in LMCC, but we believe we can get more providers–and more children–involved in this exciting initiative. I’m asking for your help in spreading the word about the LMCC State Challenge. Please consider passing on the information and links in this message or the flyers available from NACCRRA to providers and early childhood stakeholders you know. Together, we can get one step closer to ensuring the health of all children in child care.

Shannon L. Rudisill
Shared by Heather Dubiel, Early Childhood

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NCSL Report Outlines State-by-State Healthy Food Efforts

Colorado has not escaped the obesity epidemic threatening America. Obesity rates have doubled during the past 15 years until today, one of four Colorado adults and one of eight Colorado children are obese. Rising obesity rates threaten health and drive public and private health care costs ever higher, eating up an average 30 percent of state budgets.

During the past decade, state legislatures and agencies have taken steps to fight the obesity epidemic and improve health by promoting healthy eating and physical activity. State lawmakers across the country have passed hundreds of laws and state agencies have revised policies to increase access to healthy food and healthy eating options at state-run facilities. State legislatures are establishing healthy food standards and purchasing preferences for healthy, locally-grown food. And state public health professionals are partnering with local nonprofits to put together marketing campaigns aimed at encouraging citizens to eat healthy and stay active.

The National Conference of State Legislatures has researched state-by-state healthy food efforts and published the results in this report: Starting in the State: The Drive for Healthy Food Options in State Government. Please review the report, download it as a resource for your organization and share it with your colleagues. Contact Susan Motika at for more information.

Denver Is Urged to Hit the Sidewalks - NY Times

Monday, February 13, 2012

One Colorado Looking for LGBT Health Care Organizer

The One Colorado Education Fund is committed to advancing policy, funding and access to safe, inclusive health care for LGBT Coloradans. To manage the organization's LGBT Health Initiative, One Colorado seeks proposals from qualified, highly effective persons or firms with a background and competency in LGBT and/or health care organizing and policy.

Click HERE for the RFP for an LGBT Health Consultant/Organizer. Proposals are due Feb. 17. Contact Brad Clark at or 720-413-5229 with questions or concerns.

A Valentine's Day Gift Worth Giving

This Valentine’s Day, give yourself the gift of a healthier heart and future with the ones you love. CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is tapping into the heartfelt holiday and February’s status as American Heart Month to drive home the importance of smoking cessation to cardiovascular health. OSH has assembled a small suite of products aimed at encouraging smokers to quit during the month of February. The following items are available to reach smokers in your community.

Love Your Heart
This article encourages smokers to quit and provides friends and family members of smokers with information and resources to encourage the smokers in their lives to quit for good.

Valentine’s Day e-card #1
Valentine’s Day e-card #2 (animated)
OSH offers Valentine’s Day e-cards that encourage smokers to “love your heart” by quitting smoking.

Be a Smoke-free Valentine and Love Your Heart
OSH offers Valentine’s Day buttons that states and partners can upload to their Web sites to help promote the February cessation message and link users to related content on CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site. Each button is provided in both a vertical and horizontal format.

Local MCH/HCP Future Funding Webinar Part II

Join us for a Webinar on February 24 or March 2

NOTE: This webinar is a follow-up presentation and builds on the information shared in the webinar presented in October on Future MCH/HCP Local Funding.

In this upcoming webinar, the MCH Unit Manager and the HCP Program Coordinator from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will present information and decisions regarding future local public health agency (LPHA) MCH/HCP funding including contract expectations and LPHA support beginning in FY13 (October 2012). As participants will learn, the final decisions were greatly informed and influenced by feedback collected from local public health agency staff during the six regional stakeholder meetings that occurred in November as well as the multiple LPHA work groups that have been occurring during the past three months. This webinar will also provide important background information for the 2012 MCH Conference taking place on March 7 and 8th in Westminster. We hope you can join us!

Title: Local MCH/HCP Future Funding Webinar: Part II (1)
Date: Friday, February 24, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM MST

Title: Local MCH/HCP Future Funding Webinar: Part II (2)
Date: Friday, March 2, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM MST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Space is limited.Reserve your Webinar seat now at: (Feb 24)
Or at: (Mar 2)