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USDA’s SNAP-Ed Toolkit will feature the Empower Program

By | November 6th, 2015|General, Prevention|

Arizona’s Empower Program has been selected for inclusion in the third revision of SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States (Toolkit) that will be released in November 2015. The Toolkit review process was conducted in partnership with USDA and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR). For the third revision of the Toolkit, more applications [...]

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Nutrition Programs Approved by USDA

By | October 9th, 2015|Prevention|

We received notice from the United States Department of Agriculture that the state plans for both the Arizona WIC Program and the Arizona Nutrition Network were approved for federal fiscal Year 2016. While USDA has not yet finalized the budget for the coming year, the Arizona WIC Program was funded for more than $130 million [...]

Mealtime is Family Time

By | August 11th, 2015|Prevention|

You may have seen our Arizona Nutrition Network's new messages about how important it is for families to eat together. The Network provides nutrition education statewide for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and their message about the importance of family meals can be seen on television, billboards, social media, community classes, and [...]

Sugar, Sugar

By | February 19th, 2014|Prevention|

Sugar has been in the news with a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine that took a look at sugar intake and deaths from heart disease. The study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and included surveys from 1988 through 2010.  Some of the findings were things we already know, like most [...]

Sitting is the new smoking

By | October 23rd, 2013|Prevention|

Public health embarked on a smoking revolution over the last few decades, kicking it into high gear to provide programs and policies to help Arizonans change their smoking habits. While by no means has the tobacco battle been won, America is currently undergoing another revolution—a walking revolution. Physical activity is not new territory in public [...]

Obesity Declared a Disease

By | June 21st, 2013|Prevention|

The American Medical Association voted to recognize obesity as a disease this week.  This is an important change… because the term “disease” in the managed care world means that that prevention and treatment is more medically necessary, justifying reimbursement for necessary interventions.  If obesity isn't a disease then I don't know what is.  Obesity has [...]

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Data Shows Progress… but Obesity is Still Rising

By | March 19th, 2013|Prevention|

Here’s some good news about the battle against the obesity epidemic: national data shows the average intake of calories has decreased for boys and girls over the last 12 years.  While the news is encouraging, our work to promote nutrition and physical activity to reduce obesity remains important. Reducing obesity is a Winnable Battle both nationally and [...]

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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 [...]

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Milk Research & Policy Change Cuts 7B Calories a Year in AZ

By | February 24th, 2012|General|

Congrats to our Women Infant & Children’s program who did some research and implemented some simple policy changes that reduced the consumption of 7 Billion calories annually in AZ.  How?  After we did a little research, we came up with a way to change our WIC policy... convincing people to replace whole milk with 1% or fat free milk (for [...]

Whole Grains Campaign

By | February 23rd, 2011|Prevention|

The Arizona Nutrition Network just launched a new campaign targeting Whole Grains.  The goal is to educate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants on the importance and benefits of eating plenty of whole grains.  Whole grains are great because they give you fiber, B vitamins including folate and they are low in fat, reducing your risk [...]