A Five-Year Review and
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Research and Reports



The Healthy People/Healthy Economy initiative traces its roots to two Understanding Boston reports released in 2007 and 2009.  Since 2011, the Coalition has released four annual reports cards.  


The Boston Paradox: Lots of Health Care, Not Enough Health   In 2007, a report written for the Boston Foundation and NEHI titled The Boston Paradox: Lots of Health Care, Not Enough Health, was the first view of Bostonians’ health status, health care delivery metrics and health care costs under one cover.  Healthy People in a Healthy Economy: A Blueprint for Action in Massachusetts   Two years later, the continuing partnership between the Boston Foundation and NEHI resulted in another publication, this time focusing on the entire state. Healthy People in a Healthy Economy: A Blueprint for Action in Massachusetts contained an action plan designed to combat the findings of the previous report. 


Download the HP/HE initiative's first four reports cards from 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Healthy People Healthy Economy First Annual Report Card   HPHE Second Annual Report Card
HPHE 3rd report card cover
HPHE 4thReport Card cover

 

The Boston Indicators Project

For more than ten years, the Boston Indicators Project has been a primary data resource for the Greater Boston community, including the Healthy People/Healthy Economy initiative, providing a rich online portal of data while tracking change in ten sectors. 

Visit the Boston Indicators website Health section.


Additional Research

An Ethically Appropriate Strategy to Combat Obesity and Food Insecurity- JAMA Network, August 18, 2014

Childhood Diet Habits Set in Infancy, Studies Suggest - New York Times, September 2, 2014

Eastern Massachusetts: Signs of Progress Toward Reversing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 8, 2013

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages—The Facts - New York City

The Weight of the Nation - HBO

Food Marketing Facts - Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University

Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity: School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity - U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Regulation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages - New England Journal of Medicine, October 24, 2012

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax - Rudd Report, October 2012

Is sugar toxic? - 60 Minutes,  August 2012

Overweight and Obesity in Massachusetts: A Focus on Physical Activity - Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, July 2012

Overweight and Obesity in Massachusetts: A Focus on Physical Activity - Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, May 2012

School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation school survey results, January 2012

Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future - Bipartisan Policy Center, June 2012

A Penny-Per-Ounce Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Would Cut Health and Cost Burdens of Diabetes - Health Affairs, January 2012

Taxes on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages - American Public Health Association, 2012

Best and Worst BMIs - Boston Globe, September 9, 2010

Overweight or obese students in some Mass. school districts - Boston Globe, September 8, 2010

Fostering Physical Activity: for Children and Youth: Opportunities for a Lifetime of Health - Convergence Partnership, September 2010

Food for Every Child: The Need for More Grocery Supermarkets in Massachusetts - The Food Trust, December 2010

The Public Health and Economic Benefits of Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages - New England Journal of Medicine, October 15, 2009

Soft Drink Taxes: A Policy Brief - Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Yale University, Fall 2009

Sugar: The Bitter Truth - UCtelevision, July 2009

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes and Public Health - Robert J. Woods Foundation, July 2009

Is There a Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement? Positive Results From Public School Children in the Northeastern United States - Journal of School Health, January 2009

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008

Physical Education and its Effects on Elementary Testing Results - Physical Educator, 2007

A community intervention reduces BMI z-score in children: Shape Up Somerville first year results - Obesity (Silver Spring), May 2007




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