Food as Medicine: Promoting Native Foods to Fight Diabetes Among American Indians

Potawot is a clinic in California and one of 17 American Indian organizations nationwide that received a $100,000 grant from the CDC’s Native Diabetes Wellness Program. The clinic is using the money to develop a comprehensive Food as Medicine program trying to re-establish the traditional ways American Indians think about food.

The Health Care Costs of Obesity

According to a report by Trust for America’s Health, obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and health care costs in the country. Reducing obesity rates by 5 percent could lead to more than $29 billion in health care savings over five years, $158.1 billion in 10 years, and $611.7 billion in 20 years.

Red Meat Consumption and Mortality

A long-term study completed by the Harvard School of Public Health and published by Archives of Internal Medicine finds that eating any amount and any type of red meat significantly increases the risk of premature death.  The study examined the eating habits and health of more than 110,000 adults for 20+ years.  Substitution of other healthy protein sources, such as nuts, is associated with a lower mortality risk.

Hunger in America, New Sundance 2012 Documentary

‘Finding North' examines hunger in the US and the serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation.  The film argues that 49 million Americas are hungry and profiles three Americans that shed light on food insecurity, diet related diseases, and government spending on food stamps and childhood nutrition programs.

United Fresh: Produce Affects All 50 States

United Fresh launches new state-by-state profiles that show the impact of fruit and vegetable production nationwide, demonstrating that the fruit and vegetable industry has a tangible impact on the health and economy of every state. Also included in the profiles are employment rates, impacts of adult and childhood obesity and diabetes, and state participation in federal fruit and vegetable programs. Profiles can be viewed here:

FoodCorps - a new national service organization

FoodCorps, a partner to the AmeriCorps service program, aims to fight obesity and diet-related disease through promoting school gardens and farm-to-school programs. FoodCorps’ 50 members begin their year of service this month in food desserts in 10 states across America, including Native American reservations. Reservations often lack access to fresh, wholesome food and have lost connection to healthier traditional diets.,8599,2089995,00.html

Fair Food Network

Fair Food Network is a non-profit, based in Ann Arbor Michigan, that is focused on building a more sustianable and just food system. Their resource page includes food access related links to reports, case studies, and policy and advocacy tools.

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)

NCCOR is a collaboration among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the United States Department of Agriculture. This catalog of Surveillance Systems provides access to more than 75 surveys and data sets, data at the national, state, and local levels regarding school policies and health outcomes, and eating and exercise behaviors.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

The APHA resource page for Minority Health offers a vast range of resources, reports and studies, and organizations related to African American, Hispanic, Asian, and American Indian populations and obesity.

Workshop on the Public Health Effects of Food Deserts

A two day workshop in January 2009 put on by the Institute of Medicine addressed the implications of food deserts and provided feedback on the USDA’s Food Desert Study. Speakers discussed how to measure and understand the extent to which food deserts occur in the United States; their impact on individuals’ behavior and health effects; and strategies to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables in communities.

Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago

The Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group released this report which measures the distance from every Chicago city block to the nearest grocery store and fast-food restaurant and compares food access and residents’ available food choices with health outcomes, while looking at race, income and education. This website link also has reports on Birmingham, Alabama; Savannah, Georgia; Boston Massachusetts; and Detroit, Michigan.

Harnessing the Power of Supermarkets to Help Reverse Childhood Obesity

'Harnessing the Power of Supermarkets to Help Reverse Childhood Obesity,' a report collaboratively written by the Food Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is the result of a conference which included than 60 public health experts, food retailers, food manufacturers and consumer product designers who met in June 2010, to explore grocery store marketing practices to promote lower-calorie foods.

National Council of La Raza Latino Health Series

This 12 part series “Profiles of Latino Health: A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition” from 2010 looks at Latino childhood hunger, covering topics such as links between food insecurity and obesity, access to health care and food spending in Hispanic households.

Why Place and Race Matter

PolicyLink and The California Endowment collaborated on this report which looks at the impact of race on health disparities through city specific examples, develops a framework for building healthy and equitable communities specifically within economic, social, physical and service environments, and provides advocacy tools used to change public policies that disproportionally impact people of color.

Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report

This report from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services is the fourth in a series of CDC reports that looks at the environmental and policy indicators used to improve nutrition, physical activity and reduce obesity in children.

Consumer Agency and Food Retailer Choice in an American Urban Neighborhood

This paper from the Journal of Social Inclusion analyzes data from a survey sent to food insecure and secure households in Lansing, Michigan, to understand retailer perceptions and shopping behaviors.

Center for Disease Control 2011 Food Environment Indicator Report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report, the 2011 Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report, which identifies behaviors, environments and policies that affect childhood obesity. The CDC also released a National Action Guide which provides potential actions that state leaders, community-based organizations, and professional can take to support the purchase and consumption of more healthy food.



Designed for Disease: The Link Between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes

PolicyLink, in collaboration with the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, look at the connections between retail food environments, obesity, diabetes and community income.