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Spring 2013

Spring into action for better health

Springtime is here again! As trees and flowers start to blossom, it is a great time to jump-start your journey to better health.

Here are 10 ways to change your behavior to improve your health. Be a health champion by acting as a role model and sharing these tips with family and others in your community.

  1. Fuel your spring fun by adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily eating plan.

  2. Jump-start each day with a healthy breakfast. Replace your old breakfast routine with healthier options like oatmeal topped with berries and a few walnuts.

  3. Say goodbye to the afternoon slump by whipping up a fruit smoothie with frozen fruit and low-fat yogurt.

  4. Recharge and fight stress with a 10-minute walk each day. Adding a brief walk to your routine can help you focus and feel better.

  5. Spruce up your yard and keep it looking its best by raking, mowing, and planting. Try yard work once a week to shake up your exercise routine and soak up vitamin D from the sunshine.

  6. Burn some calories by giving your home a weekly cleanup, which will also make it more inviting and enjoyable.

  7. Be good to yourself. Make sure you get enough sleep. While sleep needs vary, most adults need 7–9 hours each night.

  8. Find lots of ways to be active in the fresh spring air each weekend, including playing with your kids or riding a bike.

  9. Get in the habit of taking breaks from sitting. Stand up and stretch each time you send an email or your TV show comes to a commercial break.

  10. Celebrate new beginnings by recruiting a friend to join you in an exercise class at your local gym, community center, or place of worship.

New studies highlight disease disparities

Findings from two large, long-term studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show that African Americans and Hispanics are more likely than other groups in the country to be affected by heart disease and related health problems.

Data from more than 24,000 adults ages 45 and older in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) national study indicate that black adults are twice as likely to die from heart disease as white adults of the same age. Several factors linked to heart disease were also more common among blacks than whites. These factors included smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. For more on this study, go to Exit Disclaimer.

Similarly, the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) found that factors linked to heart disease are common among Hispanic adults. These factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and smoking. The study analyzed data from about 15,000 adults of Hispanic origin in four large urban areas across the country. Factors linked to heart disease varied among different groups of Hispanics and were more common among individuals with low incomes or levels of education, and among those who had been in the United States for a longer period of time. For more study findings, visit Exit Disclaimer.

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Reducing sugared drinks may lower rates of youth weight gain

Replacing sugary drinks with calorie-free options may help lower rates of weight gain in youth, suggest findings from two recent studies.

A study of 224 overweight or obese adolescents in Boston, MA, found that home delivery of sugar-free drinks, combined with education and counseling, helped teens cut back on sugary drinks. Youth assigned to the program also gained less weight than those in the control group during the year that sugar-free drinks were provided. However, 1 year after the end of the program, there were no differences in weight gain between the two groups. For more on this study, funded in part by the NIH, see Exit Disclaimer.

A study conducted in the Netherlands found that replacing a sugary drink with a non-caloric one helped prevent weight gain in 641 normal-weight children ages 4 to 11. Researchers gave one group of children an 8-ounce sugar-sweetened drink each day and the other group a similar drink with no calories. Neither group knew whether their drinks had calories or not. At the end of the 18-month study, children assigned to the no-calorie drinks had gained less body weight and body fat than those given the sugar-sweetened drinks. To read the study abstract, visit Exit Disclaimer.

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WIN's brochure Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers gives teens basic facts about healthy eating and regular physical activity and offers practical tips they can use in daily life. Available in English and Spanish from


USDA releases materials for community health workshops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released materials that community educators, health promoters, dietitians, and others may use to lead six workshops for adults on healthy eating and physical activity. Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the hour-long workshops cover such topics as healthy eating on a budget and making regular physical activity a habit. Materials for each workshop include objectives, activities, videos, handouts, and an evaluation. Learn more and download the materials at

WIN receives communications awards for outreach products

The North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)—which helps Government and other organizations release stories to newspapers, radio stations, and websites—awarded WIN a Golden Thinker Award and two Certificates of Excellence. WIN received these honors for news features on healthy eating and physical activity. The award-winning article, "Use What You Have To Stay Healthy And Fit," appeared in 868 newspapers nationwide and was one of NAPS's top health stories for 2011. A WIN radio news story on healthy habits during the holidays won a certificate in honor of its 653 placements. To read the award-winning article, go to Exit Disclaimer and click on "Health" in the menu on the left.


What's new with WIN publications?

WIN is pleased to announce its latest publication updates. Visit the publications section of the WIN website to download the newest versions of each publication or call us toll-free to order print copies (1–877–946–4627):

Resources in English

Better Health and You: Tips for Adults. Featuring a tear-off tip sheet perfect for posting on your fridge, this brochure helps adults plan steps toward healthier eating and being more physically active.

Celebrate the Beauty of Youth. Part of the Sisters Together Series, this brochure shares ideas for busy young women on how to stay active, healthy, and strong during this exciting phase of life.

Commit Today to Being a Health Champion. [PDF 907 Kb] Learn how to be a role model for your family and community with this tip sheet on setting goals, getting active, inspiring others, keeping on track, and getting started online.

Overweight and Obesity Statistics. Based on the latest data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, this fact sheet uses reader-friendly graphs and charts to outline the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States.

Talking with Patients about Weight Loss: Tips for Primary Care Providers. This fact sheet offers ideas for speaking respectfully with patients about overweight and obesity and helping them set and maintain goals. Includes a tear-off sheet with tips and resources.

Understanding Adult Overweight and Obesity. How can you tell if you are at a normal weight? Why do people gain weight? Who should lose weight? What problems are linked to excess weight? This fact sheet answers these questions and more.

Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths. Read facts that debunk myths about weight-loss and dieting, food, meals, and physical activity; find science-based tips for managing weight through healthy eating and exercise.

Young at Heart: Tips for Older Adults. As you age, changes in your home life, health, and other factors may affect your interest in eating healthy foods and being physically active. This brochure and separate checklist (Young at Heart: Your Checklist for Better Health) [PDF 541 Kb] target adults ages 65 and older, offering tips and tools for staying healthy. The brochure and checklist are also available in Spanish.

Resources in Spanish

Caminar…Un paso en la dirección correcta. Ready to start walking? This brochure discusses how to start a walking program, presents a sample program, and shows stretches for warming up and cooling down.

¿Cuánto debo comer? Do you know the difference between a portion and a serving? Is half of your plate fruits and vegetables? Based on federal guidelines, this brochure addresses these and other tips for healthy eating.

Padres…¡gocen de un verano sano con estas ideas! [PDF 1,137 Kb] Perfect for posting at a community center or school, this colorful tip sheet tells parents how to help their families have fun and be healthy in the summer.

Para los jóvenes de espíritu: Su lista de pasos a seguir para mejorar la salud. [PDF 545 Kb] You can post this checklist at home or share it with senior centers and health care providers to help adults ages 65 and older add healthy habits to daily routines.

New booklet helps parents talk to kids about weight and health

Parents and other caregivers of 7- to 11-year-olds have a new tool to help them discuss weight and wellness with their children: Weigh In: Talking to Your Children about Weight and Health. The group Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance worked with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to create this booklet. Parents can learn how to handle situations like talking with a child who is being bullied about his or her weight. Check out the e-book at this website, where you can also download a PDF version: Exit Disclaimer.


WIN continues to exhibit at professional and community events. WIN staff enjoy speaking with people who already use WIN materials and services and meeting people who may be interested in learning about WIN. Here are some highlights from past exhibits:

September 9, 2012

Adams Morgan Day Festival; Washington, D.C.
“Your materials are great, and I continue to use them at our clinic.”

—Laura, Family Nurse Practitioner and Festival Participant

October 6, 2012

Columbia Heights Day Festival; Washington, D.C.
“Your Sisters Together publications are great!”

—Festival Participant

October 6–9, 2012

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo; Philadelphia, PA
“I use your materials all the time.”

—Rosie Gonzales, M.S., R.D., L.D., Cleveland, OH

WIN has also given presentations on our work at the following:

The Summit on Obesity in African American Women and Girls, October 22–23, 2012, in Washington, D.C. WIN was part of a panel on obesity prevention and highlighted its Sisters Together program to help African American women move more and eat healthier foods.

The 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities, December 17–19, 2012, in National Harbor, MD. WIN presented a poster on its work with Sisters Together and other community partners. Learn more about WIN Partners and their latest news in the Community Snapshot section of this newsletter.

Mark Your Calendars!
Please check the "WIN on the Road" section of our Facebook page for information on where you can find WIN exhibits in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you there!


Partner's organization wins grant to enhance a community garden

The Center of Wellness for Urban Women (CWUW), directed by WIN Partner Rhonda Bayless, has received a Project GreenSpace grant from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Indiana Power & Light, and the City of Indianapolis. These grants give groups funding to add beauty and neighborhood resources to little-used parts of the city. CWUW will use the grant to continue to develop and improve a wellness and community garden. Learn more about Project GreenSpace at Exit Disclaimer. You can find out more about CWUW at the organization's website, Exit Disclaimer, or at its Facebook page at Exit Disclaimer.

Alice Randall builds a nationwide movement for health

Writer, health champion, and WIN Partner Alice Randall has set up a program that empowers people around the country to be healthier. Named for the main character in Randall's book Ada's Rules, program groups called Ada's Armies help their members connect with and support each other in eating better, doing more physical activity, getting to a healthy weight, and improving their health in other ways. Randall has set up a website at Exit Disclaimer and a Facebook page at Exit Disclaimer to support and inspire Ada's Armies. She has also recently released an app called Ada's App, which includes a link to WIN's Sisters Together Program Guide. Learn more about Randall and her work at Exit Disclaimer.

WIN Partner receives award

Mark Johnson has won the inaugural Individual Champion of Diversity Award from the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County in Kentucky. This award honors his efforts in health promotion uniting a diversity of people, including his work leading the fifth annual Brothers and Sisters Together: Move More Eat Better Community Weight Loss Challenge. Through these challenges, Mr. Johnson and his colleagues at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department help their community move more, eat better, and connect with others. Challenge participants measure their weight loss and can take healthy cooking and physical activity classes. Learn more at the health department's website, http://www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.orgExit Disclaimer and at the Urban League's website, Exit Disclaimer.

Sisters Spotlight

New Sisters Together Program Guide is out
Did you know that nearly 80 percent of U.S. black women are overweight or obese? Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better is a national program to encourage black women ages 18 and older to control their weight through healthy eating and regular physical activity. Divided into six steps, the guide helps people tailor programs to local needs. New resources include tip sheets on addressing barriers to physical activity and healthy eating, advice on planning an informational meeting, and tips on using tools such as Facebook and websites to get the word out. Access the new version of the program guide at

Top offers resources for children ages
6 to 11

Are you looking for resources on healthy eating for a child in your life? Check out the Health & Nutrition Information for Children over Five page of The page features free downloadable activity and tip sheets, some for kids and others for parents, as well as a link to an online game called BlastOff that teaches kids about healthy eating, physical activity, and weight control.

WIN posts health promotion series on Facebook

For those interested in being role models for health in their families and communities, WIN provided a series of tips on its Facebook page. In December and January, WIN posted two tips each week and invited Facebook friends to comment on what they do to inspire healthy behavior in those around them. View the conversation by liking WIN on Facebook at Exit Disclaimer. Access the tips in a flyer at our website at (click on the link in the "Be a Health Champion" box on the right).

Fooducate makes healthy shopping easier

When shopping for food, have you ever felt stumped about the healthiest choices? Fooducate, a free app, aims to solve this common problem. People with smartphones can use Fooducate to scan barcodes at the store to get information about how healthy the food is. Get the app from Fooducate's iTunes page at Exit Disclaimer. Learn more at its website (http://www.fooducate.comExit Disclaimer and Facebook page ( Disclaimer.

USDA app answers users' food safety questions

If you have ever wondered how to pick the best produce at the supermarket, or how to prepare and store food safely at home, you may be interested in Ask Karen, a free food safety app from the USDA. Ask Karen provides tips on healthy eating, and, on weekdays, the chance to chat with a live food safety specialist from the grocery store, kitchen, or grill. Learn more at the mobile app website at and at the Ask Karen page of the website of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service at


Healthy Eating Tip

Add color, variety, and flavor to your meals with fresh fruits and vegetables from your local farmers market.

Physical Activity Tip

Have you just gotten started with a program of physical activity this spring? If so, congratulations! Keep track of your progress with a journal or log; this action may help you stay motivated.

Stay tuned to WIN Notes in Fall 2013 for…

…tips on healthy outdoor physical activities to enjoy as the leaves tumble from the trees.


View WIN Notes Spring 2013 edition in PDF format [3,784 Kb].

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Last Modified: April 1, 2013

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