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Tips and Links
5 Things to Know About Feeding Your Children
By Melissa Halas-Liang at Super Kids Nutrition
In order to raise healthy eaters, it is important to not only model healthy habits, but also teach healthy eating skills. Everyone needs a refresher course now and then. See which tip could benefit your family and get started this week! Be sure to write your goal down and put it up on the fridge, so it doesn’t become a disappearing thought or intention.
Educational Organization
The Aspen Institute
An educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.
Progress Report
CDC Winnable Battles
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published CDC Winnable Battles 2010-2015, Progress Report 2014 (PDF). "The new report uses recent data from CDC surveillance systems to track progress in seven public health areas: Tobacco, Nutrition/Physical Activity/Obesity, Food Safety, Healthcare-Associated Infections, Motor Vehicle Injuries, Teen Pregnancy, and HIV in the U.S.
Key Findings
How Healthy is Your Community
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps measure the health of nearly every county in the nation—high school graduation rates, obesity rates, smoking rates, unemployment, air quality, and access to healthy foods. The Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play—a starting point for change in communities.
Healthy Diet
Dietary Guidelines
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages individuals to eat a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent chronic disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years.
Promoting Health
Evidence for Policy and Environmental Approaches to Promoting Health
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) announced the publication of a Health Education and Behavior (HE&B) supplement devoted to the latest research and practice on policy and environmental approaches to foster healthy communities.  The April 2015 supplement, "The Evidence for Policy and Environmental Approaches to Promoting Health," comprises a dozen peer-reviewed articles and two perspectives examining the state-of-the-evidence on what's working and what's needed at the community, institutional and societal levels to promote good health across diverse sectors.
Fruits and Vegetables Marketing Collaboration
Prepare to be Marketed to
Fruits and Vegetables are a brand now.  Introducing, FNV.  A collaboration of companies, celebrities, athletes and foundations launched Team FNV—a brand focused on increasing consumption and sales of fruits and vegetables among teens and moms. 
Physical Activity Free Basic Membership
GeoMotion TV
GeoMotion TV is a revolutionary learning and fitness tool. It is a streaming video website that delivers a variety of activities for children ages 4-14. GeoMotion TV videos are designed to get children up and moving while learning.
Nutrition Curriculum for Preschoolers
"Grow It, Try It, Like It!" Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate
A garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash. The kit includes seven booklets featuring fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm!
Healthy Eating Research Database
A constantly updated Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program database.
Healthy School Teams Creatively Change Culture
Healthy Kids Today Magazine
Looking for ways to inspire students to eat a few more fruits and vegetables and move more, Healthy School Team leaders in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville public schools made use of a creative arsenal of health-boosting activities and materials during the 2013-14 school year.
Healthy Recipes
Keep the Beat™ Heart Healthy Recipes
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Delicious heart healthy recipes are as good for your heart as they are for your taste buds! Staying healthy can be a challenge, but lifestyle changes like eating healthfully and being physically active can help lower your risk for heart disease and other conditions. The Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Eating Web site features more than 100 recipes created for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.
National Survey
Kids' Healthy Habits Decline During Summer
Although most parents consider their children’s habits related to exercise and healthy eating to be high priorities, most may need additional information to help their kids reach these goals, according to a new national survey.
Afterschool Effectiveness Research
Kids on the Move:  Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
America After 3PM • Afterschool Alliance
A decade ago, 6.5 million children were in an afterschool program. Today, that number has reached more than 10 million. Concurrently, afterschool programs have continued to grow in sophistication, increase their offerings and improve quality. As the role of afterschool programs has evolved from primarily providing a safe and supervised environment to a resource that provides a host of supports for their students, programs have become valuable partners in helping students reach their full potential in school, career and life.
Living Healthy in Florida
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
You will find facts about Florida-grown produce, shopping tips, recipes, videos and more here in our Living Healthy in Florida toolkit.
Adolescent and School Health
Local School Wellness Policies
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and researchers with the National Wellness Policy Study have developed school wellness policy resources with updated data from the 2012-2013 school year.
Technical Report
Making the Case for Designing Active Cities
Active Living Research
Creating city environments that promote physical activity has a number of co-benefits. Active Living Research has released a review of the literature to explore and understand the co-benefits of activity-friendly environments on physical and mental health, social benefits, safety/injury prevention, environmental sustainability, and economics. 
Data Map
Mapping School Breakfast:  Participation, Funding, and Growth
Each day, the School Breakfast Program provides millions of low-income children a healthy morning meal. In the 2013-2014 school year, however, just over half of low-income children who participated in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) also participated in the School Breakfast Program (SBP). This map utilizes state and federal participation, funding, and legislative data collected for our annual School Breakfast Scorecard to demonstrate the status of breakfast participation and the opportunity for growth in each state.
Advocacy Organization
National Public Health Week - Healthiest Nation 2030
American Public Health Association
During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
Physical Activity Program
Nature Play "Prescription" Program Expands to Reach More Floridians
The Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Get Outdoors Florida! announced the 2015 renewal and expansion of the Nature Play “Prescription” Program. The Program offers opportunities for children and families to increase physical activity and represents the most recent effort of Healthiest Weight Florida.
Summary Report
Obesity In America
PublicHealth, an independent source of public health information and resources, recently released a summary report and short animated video overviewing the state of America's obesity epidemic and how some populations are disproportionately affected.
Utilizing Research
Papers Focus on Getting Research Used
Current edition of Preventing Chronic Disease includes two peer-reviewed articles exploring ways to increase the impact of nutrition and obesity research, particularly among policymakers.
Poll Results
A Poll About Children and Weight
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
"Crunch time" is a major contributor to unhealthy habits for millions of American children. This poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NPR, and the Harvard School of Public Health provides new insights into the epidemic of childhood obesity and the challenges that families face during crunch time.
Kids Exercise
Poses of the Day
Yoga teacher and founder of AZIAM, Alanna Zabel, is helping kids find their pose while getting them excited about moving more with a new children’s book, donating 10% of its sales to support our work to create healthier environments for kids.
Healthy School Events
RWJF Launches Healthy Schools Environments Website
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a new ‘Healthy Schools Environments’ feature highlighting RWJF-funded research showing that healthier school meals and snacks can help improve kids’ diets and may help reduce obesity, as well as that increased physical activity for students improves health and academic achievement. The site includes the latest studies and analyses from leading research institutions, school success stories, and infographics which are easily shareable on Facebook and Twitter. 
Safer Streets, Stronger Economies
Smart Growth America
Has your city or county worked on a Complete Streets Policy? Smart Growth America recently released an evaluation of 37 Complete Streets projects nationwide. They found that most projects tended to improve safety, increase biking and walking, and were more affordable than conventional transportation projects. The report also includes ideas for policy changes, project evaluation guidelines, and ways to measure project performance. 
Six Keys to Success for Addressing Obesity at the Community Level
Reversing the U.S. childhood obesity rate cannot be solely a clinical effort. It takes primary care providers, public health professionals, community organizations, schools and more working across traditional professional borders to address obesity at the community level.
Sports and Society Program
Sport for All | Play for Life:  A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game
The Aspen Institute: Project Play
Over the past two years, Project Play has convened more than 250 thought leaders in a series of roundtables, identifying strategies that can address barriers limiting access to early sport activity that fosters the development of healthy children and communities. This 50-page report aggregates the eight most promising strategies. Authored by the Sports & Society Program with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game is a unifying document, collecting in one place the best opportunities for stakeholders—from sport leaders to mayors, parents to policymakers—to work together to grow access to an early, positive sport experience.
State Surgeon General Healthy Weight Community Recognition Program
Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. Local governments can implement a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. These “best practice” policies are reflected in the Healthy Weight Community Champion submission criteria. By implementing best practices within their jurisdictions, local governments can create environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice.
Teen Health by State
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health just updated its fact sheets on teens' healthy relationships, mental health, physical health, reproductive health, and substance abuse. Based on new federal data, these enable visitors to see the health status of adolescents across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. Find out how teens in your state fare.
Tips and Tools for Making Healthy Easy Recipes
Oregon State University
You can save money in the store, time in the kitchen or get your family involved in healthier cooking and eating.
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Census Results
Nutrition Standards
USDA - Healthier School Day
All foods sold during the school day, including those sold in the school store and vending machines, are required to meet federal nutrition standards.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has compiled resources to help schools meet nutrition standards.



Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Action Strategies Toolkit:  A Guide for Local and State Leaders Working to Create Healthy Communities and Prevent Childhood Obesity
Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was created to support local and state leaders nationwide in their efforts to promote healthy, active communities and access to affordable healthy foods. The strategies in this toolkit include promising and evidence-based practices that advance these goals and build upon the work in which policy-makers are already engaged. 
National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity
Healthy Meeting Toolkit
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Nearly half of our waking hours are spent at work, and many of those hours are spent in meetings and conferences. By adopting healthy meeting guidelines, your organization can help to create an environment that supports employees’ and members’ efforts to eat well and be physically active.
Leadership for Healthy Communities
Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit
Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released its "Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit" last week, which provides comprehensive policy options for healthy eating and active living that are specific to rural communities. Each policy area includes an objective and three elements for achieving that objective; a menu of policy strategies, a list of potential stakeholders; and a compilation of available resources for effective implementation.
Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a parks and trails toolkit that will help communities create parks with expanded health benefits. The Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit includes resources that provide data about health issues, recommendations from existing HIAs, and citations that support the recommendations.
Unlock the Doors
Voices for Healthy Kids®, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Heart Association team has release a toolkit on expanded shares use: incentives and monitoring entitled “Unlock the Doors.”  This toolkit is a compilation of facts, sample materials, and guidance on how to build, engage, and mobilize a social change movement in your state or community on this critical issue.  The toolkit is wrapped together by a unique theme designed to maximize interest and action to increase shared use. 

Maps and Tables

Map of Parks
Here's a quick glance at parks in the Central Florida area. Want a closer look or want to find other active fun?
Click here and enter what you're looking what you're looking for in the search bar. You're just steps away from finding your nearest pool, playground, or other fun!
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity:  Data, Trends and Maps
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity’s new Data, Trends, and Maps database makes state-specific data easily accessible. You can view maps, tables, and trend data in the areas of:
  • Weight Status
  • Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
  • Physical Activity
  • Sugar Drink Consumption
  • Television Viewing 
  • Breastfeeding
The database includes state-level behavior, policy, and environmental indicators from multiple data sources.  Users can display all indicators for one state or all states for one indicator.
How can users access the database? The database can be accessed from DNPAO’s website Data, Trends and Maps. You can also post the Data, Trends and Maps Web button on your website for your users to link directly to the database.  Please share the Data, Trends, and Maps fact sheet with interested colleagues and partners.
Obese Youth Over Time: Selected U.S. States

Farmers Market

Unlock Orlando
The national farmers market craze has not been lost on Orlando area residents. In the last few years the Orlando area has gone from having just a few farmers markets to over a dozen farmers markets in the area. While some are more popular than others, farmers markets offer Orlando residents a great opportunity to purchase goods from local business owners and support the local Orlando economy.
The Fresh Stop
In Central Florida more than 90,000 of our neighbors live in food deserts, areas without easy access to fresh, nutritional foods. Limited food choices often result in poor nutrition as families rely on fast food or processed foods sold by neighborhood convenience stores.
The Fresh Stop mobile market is a re-purposed Lynx bus outfitted with special refrigerated racks for fresh vegetables and fruits. Every two weeks, the Fresh Stop will visit 16 different food desert neighborhoods in Central Florida.
Market to Park
Mobile Farmers Market Opens In Winter Park
Fresh fruit and vegetables are available for purchase twice a month just outside the Winter Park Community Center thanks to the “Market to Park” mobile farmers’ market program.


Active kids learn better
Active Living Research has released an updated Active Education brief and infographic analyzing a series of studies showing the connection between physical activity and academic achievement.

Bring Food Education Back
As students and teachers dust off their books and pencils and dive into their work, let’s remind them about the importance of food education in the classroom.

The Learning Connection
The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn demonstrates that physical activity supports academic achievement, well-nourished kids learn better and that healthier practices in schools can increase school revenue. The easy-to-read special report, released in 2013, is a roadmap for parents, educators, school administrators and school volunteers to create healthier school environments so the kids in their lives are better positioned to learn.





Youth Sedentary Time
National guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day for children and teens, but the majority of young people do not meet that goal. Spending excessive time engaging in sedentary behaviors, such as watching TV, playing video games, and other screen time activities, contributes to the problem. This infographic features evidence on trends in sedentary behaviors among youth and their impact on obesity. Findings presented in this infographic come from a related ALR research review.
This infographic can be downloaded for free in JPG format (289 KB) by clicking on the image. A high resolution PDF version (610 KB) of this infographic is also available upon request. When requesting, please let us know how you intend to use the infographic.