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Selling Food

By | January 16th, 2013|Prevention|

Food marketing to children and teens is a major public health concern. Earlier this year, the Walt Disney Company announced it will no longer accept advertisements for junk food on its child-directed television, radio, and online sites.  Disney also updated its nutrition standards for foods that can be advertised to children. The food and beverage [...]

Healthier Eating is a SNAP

By | November 6th, 2012|General, Prevention|

Many of you have heard how I’d like to see the USDA’s food stamp program (now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) hard-wire better nutrition into the program by beginning to include nutritious food inventory criteria for SNAP vendors. To help make the case, we contracted with the ASU School of Nutrition & [...]

Even Healthier AZ Preschools on the Way

By | October 23rd, 2012|General, Prevention|

AZ was selected to be one of only six states to participate in a new national initiative to help preschools to adopt evidence-based practices in nutrition, breastfeeding support, physical activity, and "screen time" policies and practices. The project begins this month when a company called Nemours (that’s who's been hired by the CDC) begins establishing and training state teams to lead preschool quality improvement learning collaboratives.  Nemours [...]

Improving Physical Activity & Nutrition for Folks with Special Needs

By | October 10th, 2012|General|

Special Olympics Arizona’s (SOAz) has been a core partner for improving the health of folks with disabilities in Arizona for a long time.  They'll have an opportunity to take their mission even further as a result of our new partnership between Special Olympics and our Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs to better integrate kids with [...]

Menu Labeling & the ACA

By | October 4th, 2012|Affordable Care Act, Prevention|

You might have noticed that more and more restaurants and fast food places are starting to put calorie and other nutrition information on their menus.  That’s not a coincidence or accident- they’re getting ready for the upcoming menu nutrition labeling requirements in the Affordable Care Act.  Section 4205 of the new law requires restaurants with [...]

Guide to Community Prevention Services

By | October 3rd, 2012|Prevention|

Every so often- you run into a resource guide that stands above the rest.  I discovered one of those a couple of weeks ago when I was at a conference with the people in my job from around the country.  It’s called the Guide to Community Preventive Services – and it’s a free resource to [...]

Cottage Industry Foods Anniversary

By | August 1st, 2012|General|

We’re celebrating the 1st birthday of the our Home Baked and Confectionary Goods program this week.  So far, we’ve signed up more than 1,400 participants.  Over the past year, we’ve finalized our rules for the program and produced an educational video.  The participants are making a variety of home baked goods ranging from gluten-free baked [...]

Food Day

By | July 26th, 2012|General|

On October 24, 2012—and on the days and weeks before and after—thousands of Americans will gather in schools, college campuses, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals to talk about what's right and wrong with our diets and whole food system and how to fix them. Food Day unites people from all walks of life—parents, teachers, [...]

Outstanding Dietitians

By | July 10th, 2012|Prevention|

Registered Dietitians are on the front lines of our battle against obesity.  They work everyday to help people understand the importance of balancing diet and exercise - not necessarily an easy task in this junk-food, drive-thru world.  Some of them are really good at it - including our own Adrienne Udarbe and Maricopa County's Trudes Rodriquez.  The Arizona Academy of [...]

SNAP Paper Goes National

By | June 12th, 2012|Prevention|

Many of you have heard how I’d like to see the food stamp program (now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) hard-wire better nutrition into the program by beginning to include nutritious food inventory criteria for SNAP vendors. To help make the case, we contracted with the ASU School of Nutrition & Health [...]