As a member of the CDC Million Hearts Collaborative, NACCHO invites local health departments (LHDs) to be a part of Million Hearts - a national initiative with the ambitious goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. NACCHO will provide LHDs with the information and resources to educate the public on the importance of preventing heart attack and stroke in the United States.
Please check back for information on upcoming webinars.
In the Spotlight
New Resource: New Community Health Worker (CHW) article in Preventing Chronic Disease
A new community health worker article is featured in Preventing Chronic Disease. It discusses the results of an evaluation conducted from 2007-2010 describing behavioral effects of using the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)'s heart health curriculum in 25 sites.
Local health departments: access the article today to find out how you can use the curriculum in your community today!
USDA Proposes Improvements to School Wellness Policies
At the end of February, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies that will further improve the school nutrition environment for children. In addition to strengthening nutrition and physical activity in schools, the rule includes a new provision to limit unhealthy food and beverage marketing in schools.
New Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Resources
Local health departments, take a look at these new resources on to help prevent and control cardiovascular disease in your communities:
Sodium Reduction Efforts in the Food Industry
Recently, the food industry has made a conscious effort to reduce the amount of sodium in their food, particularly, Boston Market. The company announced that it has significantly reduced sodium in several key menu items and is on its way to reducing total sodium across its menu by 15% by the end of 2014. Read more about Boston Market's sodium reduction initiatives here.
Local Health Departments: Be a Part of the Million Hearts Initiative
Are you a local health department that's doing work in one or all of the following areas:
If so, then sign up here with NACCHO to be a part of the Million Hearts Initiative.
Preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 will require the work and commitment to change from local health departments, primary health care providers and the business community. Click here to find out more about Million Hearts and more ways you can get involved.