Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Envision Transportation

Help shape the future of transportation in Virginia Beach.
Community Dialogues at VB public Library. (see website for schedule)

Thursday, Oct. 28 - Complete Streets

Thursday, Nov. 4 - Community, Walkability, and Livability

For more information go to http://envisiontransportation.com/register-to-participate/events/240-sperker-series

The impact of the availability of school vending machines on eating behavior during lunch: the Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey.

Childhood obesity is a major public health concern and is associated with substantial morbidities. Access to less-healthy foods might facilitate dietary behaviors that contribute to obesity. However, less-healthy foods are usually available in school vending machines. This cross-sectional study examined the prevalence of students buying snacks or beverages from school vending machines instead of buying school lunch and predictors of this behavior. Analyses were based on the 2003 Florida Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey using a representative sample of 4,322 students in grades six through eight in 73 Florida public middle schools. Analyses included χ2 tests and logistic regression. The outcome measure was buying a snack or beverage from vending machines 2 or more days during the previous 5 days instead of buying lunch. The survey response rate was 72%. Eighteen percent of respondents reported purchasing a snack or beverage from a vending machine 2 or more days during the previous 5 school days instead of buying school lunch. Although healthier options were available, the most commonly purchased vending machine items were chips, pretzels/crackers, candy bars, soda, and sport drinks. More students chose snacks or beverages instead of lunch in schools where beverage vending machines were also available than did students in schools where beverage vending machines were unavailable: 19% and 7%, respectively (P≤0.05). The strongest risk factor for buying snacks or beverages from vending machines instead of buying school lunch was availability of beverage vending machines in schools (adjusted odds ratio=3.5; 95% confidence interval, 2.2 to 5.7). Other statistically significant risk factors were smoking, non-Hispanic black race/ethnicity, Hispanic ethnicity, and older age. Although healthier choices were available, the most common choices were the less-healthy foods. Schools should consider developing policies to reduce the availability of less-healthy choices in vending machines and to reduce access to beverage vending machines. 2010 American Dietetic Association, Dr. Welch

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Smoke-less cigarettes - NOT SAFE!

Here is some info from the FDA regarding the E cigarette/smokeless cigarette:

They are not FDA controlled/monitored therefore the quality of the product and even the ingredients of the cigarette are not guaranteed.
The amount of nicotine varies.
Other chemicals were found in the product as well, such as Nitrosamine (a carcinogen) and diethylene glycol (a toxic chemical used in antifreeze).
Minors may purchase the product – many are sold online.
The FDA has taken action against several manufactures for false advertisements and poor manufacturing practices.

We need to ensure to notify our youth that they are not safe.




Job Opportunities

please see the position openings available through our partners at the CHKD Healthy You Program. They hope to have these positions filled by mid- November at the latest.
· 20 hr/week Patient Account Technician (needs to have insurance authorization experience)
· 20 hr/week Parent Educator (requires day, evening and weekend work)
· 20 hr/week Licensed clinical social worker of licensed professional counselor (days and evening work)
· Contract registered dietitian 25 - 30 hr/month (requires day and evening work)
Those interested can see the postings on the CHKD.org/careers web site.

A free live webinar! Obesity in America

Upcoming webinar hosted by HERO:
Obesity in America:
Consequences and Strategies

This webinar will provide insight into the latest on:
The state of the obesity epidemic
Priority strategies
Initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels
Dr. William Dietz, MD, PhDDirector, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity - CDC
November 9, 2010
1:00-2:00 PM Eastern

To Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/190727176

Healthy Portsmouth Friends

Please join our new Healthy Portsmouth Fan Page on Facebook by clicking on the link below. Share it with a friend – we’ll have lots of exciting resources and information!


We would also like to announce that our Portsmouth Community Action Plan is complete! We’ll be sharing that information with you all on Tuesday, October 26th at 10 am at the Churchland Library Community Room. You provided great information to us during the community forums – come out and hear what the next steps are for making Portsmouth a Healthier Place to live, learn, play, work and worship and how you can help!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Receive information from 80+ vendors on: Children/Adult Disability Services, Recreational Programs, Vocational Information, Respite Services, Support/Advocacy Groups, Transition Services, Housing Information, Legal Services, Durable Medical Equipment Providers, Assistive Technology, Therapy Providers, and much more……….
******Lots of give-away and door prizes******
Sponsored by the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children and the Virginia Beach Special Education Advisory Committee.
Monday, November 8, 2010
6:0o p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Landstown High School
2001 Concert Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia
For more information, contact Sandra Hermann 668-8519

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Webinar Series

Keeping Kids Moving: How equitable transportation policy can prevent childhood obesity.

Please join The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity and your colleagues in the field for our new webinar series "Keeping Kids Moving: How Equitable Transportation Policy Can Reverse Childhood Obesity." Webinars will be held every other week on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Central, 11 a.m. Pacific).

Open House for Hampton Roads Special Needs Website

Join us for the launching of the Hampton Roads Special Needs Website and Registry

October 28, 2010

Session I (10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon)

Session II (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
RSVP by October 22, 2010

Refreshments will be served.

Hosted and sponsored at the

723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320

This invitation is for all providers and advocates. The event is not open to the general public.