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Let's Move Buncombe April Kick-off at the Emma Elementary School Community Garden

Healthy Buncombe Information & Workspace Wiki

This site is designed to assist our coalition memberships in sharing information and workspace among members.  The site is technically a "wiki" (webpage that can be shared and edited collectively).  We can easily add and edit calendar items, post documents for everyone to review and possibly edit. The Healthy Buncombe calendar can be edited here, but is also visable at our public website (  
If you would like to post information on the site, please send your request to Rebecca Chaplin at or Alphie Rodriquez at!  Rebecca will post items sent on the Friday of the week submitted. 

Announcements and News

2/11/11 The Traffic 101 bicycle skills and safety course will be offered Saturday March 26 and again on Sunday April 10th.  This 4 hour class is designed to increase traffic and bike handling skills and to increase road riding confidence.  Click here for more information or contact Claudia Nix at

Public Health Live Webcast: Healthy Communities: Improving Access and Integration for People with Disabilities. February 17th, 9-10 am - Eastern Time. Speaker: James H. Rimmer, PhD, Director, National Center on Physical Activity and Disability. To register visit:

2/10/2011 The American Pubic Health Association continues it's webinar series on Community Health and Transportation with
The Health Benefits from Active Transportation on February 15th, 2-3Click here to Register  Learn how active transportation improves health across various populations and learn of programs that promote and implement active transportation in their communities.

2/10/11 Partner with a Pooch training
program for runners begins on February 24th.  The training group will meet every Monday and Wednesday at Carrier Par leading up to the Run for the Paws 5k event on April 3rd.  Click here for more information.

Public Health Law & Policy (PHLP) offers a free monthly webinar series.  Strong Local Obesity Policy in 8 Easy Steps will be offered on February 24th at 1:00.  For more information and to register click here.

1/28/11 T
he HealthPartners annual meeting will be held on February 11th and will feature a panel presentation of how health care reform will impact our community. For more information and to register, go to

1/28/11 Advanced Screening of Forks Over Knives February 10th, 7:00 at the Fine Arts Theater in Asheville.  This film examines the claim that most of the degenerative diseases we experience today can be addressed by a shift away from a processed and animal-based diet.

1/28/11 Dr. Colin T. Campbell will present Nutrition is More than we Imagined on Friday, February 11th, 5:30-7:00 in Lipinsky auditorium at UNCA.

February 24th 12-1:30.

1/28/11 Local Greenway enthusiasts....the feasibility studies for the Swannanoa and French Broad River Corridors is now posted on the Buncombe County Parks, Recreation and Greenways webpage.

1/4/11  Everybody Eats - Food Security and Social Justice will be held Saturday, January 28th at the Burton Street Community Center from 1-4.  The event is hosted by the Shiloh Community Association, the Burton Street Peace Garden, Bountiful Cities and Green Opportunities. 

12/15/10  At long last, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act has been passed.  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will improve school meals, support Farms to School programs.  Click here for more information on this legislation means.

10/1 - 11/9 School BMI Screening underway and looking for volunteers. For the past 6 years Healthy Buncombe has coordinated the county-wide data collection that enables us to evaluate the extent of childhood obesity in our community.  This is an extremely important component of Buncombe's Community Health Assessment process and volunteers are critical.  Please take a few minutes to look at the school schedule and identify where you can help.  For more information or to volunteer contact Jolene Puffer at 216-8134.
10/1 Fall Youth Bicycle Education Events.  Healthy Buncombe will host a small bicycle rodeo event on October 9th at Enka Candler Fire and Rescue from 10-2.  We will also be conducting the Smart Cycling program for all 6th grade PE classes at Erwin Middle School from October 11-25th.  We still need volunteers for all these programs.  Click here for more infomation
8/1-8/7 Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7. Businesses across North Carolina can support breastfeeding mothers by:
· Writing a breastfeeding policy for your business
· Creating support systems for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace and in the community
· Providing flexible breaks and work schedules for breastfeeding employees
· Providing a nursing room for employees and customers
Learn more about what businesses can do to support breastfeeding.

7/19/10 The Convergence Partnership offers a free webinar series on "Healthy People, Health Places.  The July 27th feature is Linking Values to Policy and Environmental Change. Click here to register

7/19/10 Save the date for WNC Healthy Kids: Communities Working Together. October 22nd at Mahec.  Our Health Buncombe Calendar will provide updated information and registration materials when they become available.  Download a Save the Date: 

7/6/10 The President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative is holding listening sessions on conservation and recreation across the country. Asheville is on the map (!!!) and a listening session will be held here on the campus of AB Tech on July 15th! For more information visit: or You are encouraged to RSVP!
7/10/10 Buncombe County has recently received several awards supporting our efforts to promote healthy active lifestylesThe County has been awarded Fit Community Status as well as receiving a Fit Community grant that will promote walkability and Safe Routes to Schools in the Woodfin community. We have also received an Eat Smart Move More Community Grant to promote physical activity in Erwin District Schools.  The program will initiate a Fuel Up to Play 60 challenge at Erwin Middle School and implement the bicycle education PE curriculumm piloted at Owen Middle School this past March. We also will be working to develop a Safe Routes to Schools initiative at the middle school and Woodfin and Johnston Elementary Schools.


6/25/10 If you have not joined the Healthy Living Network, please take the time to do so now.  Please take 3 minutes to fill out your profile and connect to other organization, neighborhood groups, and efforts working together to improve health.


Filling out the 3 minute survey is the key way to list your initiative / effort in the developing Healthy Living Directory. Help us help you – and publicize your effort to other potential collaborators and volunteers.


To complete the survey visit;


We also need your help to design the Healthy Living Opportunities Map.  A local team is creating a web map of many opportunities for healthy living in Buncombe County. What would YOU like to easily find on a community map?  Follow the link below and take the 2 minute survey to share your ideas


6/11/10 NC Legislative Guide on bills related to physical activity, nutrition and childhood obesity in this session. This document also provides a link to the legislative calendar.





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Tips from Eat Smart Move More

Warm up to Winter Activity


As winter's chill settles in, activity can move to the bottom of your priority list. Don't let winter put the freeze on your activity goals. Here are a few ideas to keep you motivated though the cold.

Hiking - on warmer but brisk days, bundle up and head out for a hike. Look for winter wildlife and enjoy the quiet only found on a winter walk.

Go sledding or stage a snowball fight - fun in the snow isn't just for the kids. Head outside with your children for lighthearted winter activities such as theseto burn up to 400 calories in an hour.

Ice skating - head to the rink with family and friends to strengthen your legs and core while enjoying this cold-weather favorite.

Fitness DVDs - when the weather prevents you from going outside, take your activity inside. Put on a fitness DVD and get moving right inside your own living room.

Mall walking - clip on your pedometer and lace up your walking shoes for a few laps around the mall.

Jump rope - jump up, jump down and jump all around. Jumping rope can be done indoors (be sure to clear away any breakable items before you start) and is sure to boost your mood and burn calories.

Dance - turn up the music and get your groove on. Tune into tropical tunes and imagine you are in an exotic (and warm) locale. Or pump up your favorite songs and just have fun.


New Resources & Information You Can Use

Here's whats new!  A more extensive listing of what has appeared in this space can be found on our Resources and Information Page.
7/21/10 The school year is quickly approaching and it's time to start thinking about Walk to School Day.  Healthy Buncombe's Guide to Organizing a Walk and Bike to Event can get you started.
7/7/10 The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) recently developed the Action Guide for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies (June 2010). The action guide is intended to help local and community child care, early education and afterschool programs establish and implement policies and practices that encourage healthy lifestyles in children. The action guide is available on the CSDE’s Web site at For additional information, please contact Susan Fiore, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Education Coordinator, CSDE, at or 860-807-2075.
7/7/10 CDC has just introduced a new MMWR publication titled “Vital Signs that will appear on the first Tuesday of the month as part of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, or MMWR. The new report is designed to provide the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, alcohol use, access to health care, HIV/AIDS, motor vehicle passenger safety, health care-associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy and infant mortality, asthma, and food safety.   The August 3rd issue will focus on obesity.
6/24/10 CDC's online journal, Preventing Chroinic Disease has an interesting article on the use of short activity breaks in the classroom.
6/24/10 The North Carolina 2009 BRFSS Data tables are now available at . The 2008 PRAMS web tables are available at .
6/15/10 White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President. This report presents a series of 70 specific recommendations, many of which can be implemented right away. The report can be seen at:


6/15/10 Links Between Parks and Physical Activity.  Summarizes the research concerning the role of parks in shaping active lifestyles across a variety of study populations, including children, seniors, lower-income families, specific racial and ethnic groups and other populations at high risk of being inactive. To review the research and findings go to:

5/30/10 Chronic Disease Burden Document Available NC Public Health haspublished a one-stop resource with data from all of North Carolina’s CDI Programs (ie., Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer, Obesity, etc). The document is actually a PowerPoint presentation comprising charts, graphs and data showing how much chronic disease and injury costs our state in terms of lives lost and money spent. Ultimately, the CDI Burden Document targets decision makers and therefore seeks to deliver clear, concise messages about the need for action.


You can find the presentation on the CDI Section website at in the Highlights box.
5/17/10 The National Physical Activity Plan has launched!  As part of the launch, the National Physical Activity Plan has rolled out a new website which displays the content of the Plan. The  Plan includes the following sectors: Health ; Public Health; Education; Business and Industry; Mass Media; Parks, Recreation, Fitness and Sports; Transportation, Land Use and Community Design; and Volunteer and Non-profit.


To view the content of the Plan, go to and click on ‘The Plan’ from the menu on the left.


2/18/10 Move More North Carolina: A Guide to Making Physical Activity a Part of Meetings, Conferences and Events provides tips and strategies for making physical activity a part of conferences, meetings and events including ideas for physical activity breaks and a sample policy. For more information go to:
2/18/10 Best Practices in Play Report: Save Play in Your City!

KaBOOM! has identified 12 relevant and innovative best practices to help cities develop policies to promote play.  Go to

for more information on these policies. [Source: Parks and Recreation Weekly News Brief, December 22, 2009]  (From USC Prevention Research Notes - Jan/Feb 2010)

2/18/10 The US Food Environment Atlas is a new publication and websource that geographically provide a spatial overview of a community’s ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.  It focuses on 90 indicators in three broad categories of food environment factors:  Food Choices and access,  Health and Well-Being, and related  Community Characteristics such as demographic composition and income and poverty For more information visit either  or .


2/18/10 New Recommendation for Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents Based on new evidence that children and adolescents can be effectively treated for obesity, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends that clinicians screen children ages 6 to 18 years for obesity and refer them to programs to improve their weight status.  Recommendations will be published in the February issue of Pediatrics and is also available on the AHRQ Web site at


2/18/10 Food Systems and Public Health: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets and Healthier Communities is a special issue of the The Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.  The entire issue is available FREE online at


2/17/10 East Carolina University has put together the Healthy Donations Health Kids guide on healthy choices to donate to food pantrys and backpack programs appropriate for elementary school-age children.
2/5/10 CDC has published Social Media Tools for Consumers and Partners: Guidelines and Best Practices.
2/1/10 The New York City Health Department has produced a handy guide – a tool kit, actually – to soda tax legislation.  It explains the rationale, reviews the evidence supporting the use of such taxes, provides fact sheets, and answers Frequently Asked Questions.  For the academics among us, it provides loads of reference citations.  Take a look and put it to good use! From Marian Nestle at
1/14/09 The January Physical Activity and Nutrition Newsletters from the NC ESMM programs have been posted in the box below...full of great information you can use!
1/8/10 Recent issue of the Americal Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports findings that only 1% (previously believed to be 5%) of obesity can be directly attributed to genetic causesThis further strengthens the role of behavior, policy and environment in addressing obesity.
11/05/09 The State Child Assessment and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) has just published a brief handout with statistics on North Carolina Child Health Behaviors and Weight Status for 2005-2006. 
10/15/09 CDC State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009 and NC Report Released

  The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009 is available on the CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity website If you’d like a copy of the NC specific document, please send an email to

9/28/09 One Tray at a Time is a campaign launched by a coalition of organizations to increase Farms to Schools programs in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization.  They have a couple of wonderful videos about the importance of school lunch.  For more info go to:
9/3/09 A Easy To Read and Understand Guide to Health Reform Legislation...At Last. Put together by a health educator of course!