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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, September 28, 2012

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Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A Look Inside Food Deserts – “A review of five high income countries published in the July 2009 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) suggests that food deserts do exist in the United States. Estimates of how much of the US population is affected can vary greatly because there is no standard definition of a food desert. According to a report by the US Department of Agriculture, a small percentage of American consumers are limited in their ability to access affordable nutritious food because they live far from a supermarket or large grocery store and do not have easy access to transportation.” >> Read More

NPR: How Food And Clothing Size Labels Affect What We Eat And What We Wear – “When you go into a restaurant, you probably give some thought to whether you’re ordering a small, regular or large sandwich. That makes sense. With widening waistlines across the land, many of us want to make a health-conscious choice. But are we really getting a small portion when we order a small sandwich?” >> Read More

Kaiser Family Foundation: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: September 2012 – “The September poll finds with the November election fast-approaching, Medicare trails only the economy and the federal budget deficit as key priorities for voters, and interest in the federal health program is even higher among seniors. More than a third (36%) of Americans say Medicare is “extremely” important to their vote in the election, compared to 49 percent who describe the economy in such terms and 41 percent who say so about the federal budget deficit. For seniors, Medicare pulls nearly even with the economy as an issue, with 46 percent branding Medicare extremely important to their vote and 51 percent saying the economy is extremely important.  Democrats are much more likely to say Medicare is an extremely important factor in their presidential pick, while for Republicans the federal budget deficit is about equal to the economy as their top concern.” >> Read More

MPR: Stress-Weight Link in Black and White Teen Girls Studied – “(HealthDay News) – Increased stress is tied to weight gain in teenage girls, particularly black girls, according to a study published online Sept 20 in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. A. Janet Tomiyama, PhD, from University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues analyzed the dynamic between acute (one month) and chronic (10 years) stress and body mass index (BMI) in 2,379 black and white girls participating in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study. The girls, from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, were evaluated from ages 10–19 years.” >> Read More

SaludToday Blog: Study: Reducing Adult Obesity Rates Could Save States Billions by 2030 – “States could dramatically cut health care costs and prevent obesity-related diseases if they reduce the average body mass index (BMI) of their residents by just 5% by 2030, according to a new analysis in the F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012 report. The report, released this week by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), also shows that if adult obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030 all 50 states could have rates above 44% and a quarter could have rates above 60%. With that, the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension and arthritis could increase 10-fold by 2020—and double again by 2030.” >> Read More

The New York Times Well: BPA Levels Tied to Obesity in Youths – “Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical widely used to prevent metal corrosion in food packaging, and more than 90 percent of Americans have detectable BPA in their urine. Now a new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association has found that high levels of urinary BPA are associated with an increased risk of childhood obesity. Scientists randomly selected 2,838 children ages 6 to 19 from participants enrolled in a larger health study, and measured their urinary BPA levels. About 34 percent were overweight; nearly 18 percent were obese.” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: Farmers Markets Can Bring Food To Where It’s Needed – “Autumn is upon us and with it the closing of many farmers markets until next year. These homespun markets have become increasingly popular both in Connecticut and across the country. In 1986, Connecticut had just 22 farmers markets; this summer 129 were scattered across the state, with around 500 farmers participating. It’s a win-win proposition. Consumers love fresh food and the idea of supporting local agriculture; farmers appreciate the chance to sell their products.” >> Read More

The Atlantic Cities: Where Are the Most Uninsured Americans? – “Despite President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care reform bill, 15.1 percent of Americans did not have health insurance in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data released last week.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Innovative Strategies Needed to Implement Affordable Care Act – “The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) has always taken its commitment to the disadvantaged, the disenfranchised, and the poorest among us very seriously. We remain acutely aware of the health disparities and the lack of equal access to health care in this country. Therefore, as state legislators, we look upon the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as our greatest opportunity, and our biggest challenge, to addressing the health needs of our constituents and ensuring health equity.” >> Read More

The Atlantic Wire: Facebook Now Knows What You’re Buying at Drug Stores – “In an attempt to give advertisers more information about the effectiveness of ads, Facebook has partnered with Datalogix, a company that “can track whether people who see ads on the social networking site end up buying those products in stores,” as The Financial Times‘s Emily Steel and April Dembosky explainAdvertisers have complained that Facebook doesn’t give them any way to see if ads lead to buying.” >> Read More

About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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