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July 2016 Impact Brief
July 2016
NACDD is the only organization representing all state and jurisdictional chronic disease staff, dedicated to building capacity and making public health good for the public.
Change is happening in the public health community at a rapid pace. More than one third of adults are obese, which of course increases the risk for diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke.

In February 2016, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors was an early supporter of San Francisco’s attempt to require warnings on sugar-sweetened beverage advertising. NACDD believes that the adverse health effects of high sugar intake are becoming more widely recognized — including impacts on obesity, fatty liver disease, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is increasing concern that consumption of “free sugars” — sugars that are added to foods as well as naturally occurring sugars — may result in both reduced intake of foods containing more nutritionally adequate calories and an increase in total caloric intake. This can lead to an unhealthy diet, weight gain and increased risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Another concern is the role that free sugars play in the development of dental diseases. NACDD agrees with the American Heart Association, which has endorsed limiting sugar intake.

In June, Philadelphia became the first large city to approve a special tax on sweetened beverages — 1.5 cents per ounce. The tax will target regular and diet sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks and other nonalcoholic beverages with added sweeteners.The funds will be used to expand prekindergarten programs; improve parks, recreation centers and libraries; create community schools and offer a tax credit to businesses that offer healthy beverages. Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax is a direct result of public health officials trying to turn the tide of obesity and diabetes.

The Food and Drug Administration also finalized changes to its food labeling rules last month, highlighting added sugar by manufacturers and changing daily values to reflect nutrition guidelines.These are just a few changes on the new public health horizon.

Chronic disease directors are on the front lines driving these changes forward. Together we will help raise awareness and collectively make the healthy choice, the easy choice.
In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News
Resources Career Center

NACDD Survey Library

Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar

Upcoming Events
July 2016 General Member Webinar

Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Register Here
Health System Transformation Webinar Series

Health System Transformation Webinar Series: A Deeper Dive into Medicaid

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Register Here
Project Updates

NACDD's Walkability Action Institute a Success


At the end of April, 10 cross-disciplinary Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) regional teams attended the second annual Walkability Action Institute in Decatur, Georgia ... This action institute consisted of three-days of guided instruction and active learning on a variety of topics that collectively contribute to improved walkability, community, and transportation design ... Read More...

NACDD Communities Making a Difference, Promoting Inclusion


June was a wonderful month for a site visit to the lovely communities of Carroll and Sioux City, Iowa. Both communities were funded by NACDD to implement Healthy Community inclusion and accessibility so that all people, including people with disabilities, can experience more access and opportunity to be physically active and eat healthy. Read More...

NACDD Provides Enriching Internship Experience for Students


Over the years, NACDD has continuously worked to enhance and build its internship program and foster strong relationships with the university community at large. The internship experience Summer 2016 provided the students as well as NACDD with an opportunity to grow and expand. Not only were students able to gain public health experience while still in school, but the internship experience provided NACDD an opportunity to increase its reach and impact. Read More...

Pictured left to right: Marcenia Burke, MPH Student at Fort Valley State University and Jamelah Wright, MPH Student at Mercer University.


Issue Brief and Virtual Roundtable Summary on Identifying Undiagnosed Hypertension

To support the Million Hearts® focus of identifying people with undiagnosed – and therefore untreated – hypertension, NACDD and the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention launched a series of learning opportunities in February 2016, including a fireside chat on the topic, two virtual roundtables to allow grantees to discuss their work related to undiagnosed hypertension, and an issue brief featuring strategies that state health departments have implemented.The issue brief and summary of the virtual roundtables are now available!

Atlanta Public School and Safe Routes Atlanta receive Georgia SHAPE Grant

The Metro Atlanta Safe Routes to School has successfully joined with the Atlanta Public Schools’ EL Connally Elementary School and Morehouse School of Medicine in receiving the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Georgia SHAPE School Nutrition and Physical Activity Grant of $5,000 for the 2016-17 academic year. Read More...
Namvar Zohoori, MD, MPH, PhD (AR)

Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS (CT)

Jill Myers Geadelmann, RN (IA)

Debra Wigand (ME)

Tomas Aguilar (PA)
Judith Gabriele, MPH (NM)

Whitney Hammond, BSW, MSW (NH)

David Hoffman, MEd, CCE (NY)

Gabriel Kaplan, PhD, MPA, URP (CO)

Jon Lowry, MPH (OK)

Monica Morales, MPA (NV)

CynthiaMusial (WI)

Caroline Peck (CA)

Jean O'Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH (GA)

Kathy Rocco, MPH , RD (VA)

Khosrow Heidari, MA, MS, MS (SC)
(Ex-Officio Director)
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