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Rosalie Aguilar-Santos

Rosalie Aguilar Santos, MS, is Salud America!'s national project coordinator. She is passionate about nutrition, physical activity, and opportunities to engage communities in advocacy actions to promote Latino childhood health.

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“Let’s Build Healthier Environments for All”

Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of PolicyLink discusses the role that the built environment plays in supporting a healthy lifestyle. Although, Colorado sports lower obesity rates than most other states, Blackwell mentions that obesity rates among black and Latino children are still surprisingly high. ...

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“Healthy School Lunches Served Up In California Through Farm-To-School Program”

More news about Coachella Valley Schools becoming ...

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“Highland Park Parklet Not in Front of Restaurant? Attempts to Create Public Space For All”

The Highland Park Parklet is the first from a series of four parklets to be established as part of a pilot program, which will seek to create a more active living environment for residents of Los ...

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“HISD SPARK Parks Offer Options for Students and Community”

Berry Elementary will benefit from having a Spark Park thanks to the efforts of Principal Deborah Silber and funds that come from the district's $805 million bond program. About 150 Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools already benefit from this program and other schools are currently in the process of developing plans to get a Spark Park at their school. Parks are mostly funded through federal grants; still schools and the school district are required to raise funds as well. The park at Berry elementary will feature art work that displays the neighborhood's Hispanic heritage. “We took the interest in the needs of the community and incorporated it into the park,” said Principal Silber. The park will be open to the community and during school hours the park will be ...

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“Houston Bike Share Program Expanding”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) partnered with the City of Houston to help create a more bikeable community. BCBSTX donated $750,000 to expand the Houston B-cycle program. The generous donation from BCBSTX will help Houston expand to phase two of the Houston B-cycle program. Currently the bike share program only exists at downtown locations. Phase two of the program will expand the B-cycle program's presence into Midtown, Montrose, and the museum district. Plans for a phase three expansion into the Texas Medical Center and to local universities are in the works. ...

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“Houston Looks At Ways to Bring Fresh Food To Underserved Neighborhoods”

This radio report features Houston Sustainability Director Laura Spanjian and City Councilman Stephen Costello, two members of the city of Houston's Grocery Access Task Force. They speak about the challenges faced by families in food deserts, and how they hope to bring fresh produce into these communities. ...

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“Houston mayor’s task force targets fat city”

Houston was once dubbed the fattest city in the nation, until former Mayor Lee Brown started the Get Lean program. Although, Houstonians initially lost weight through the Get Lean program,weight levels began to once again rise in the city. In response to this, Mayor Parker has launched the Healthy Houston ...

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“How Big Food is Targeting My Toddler”

The food and beverage industry most aggressively targets low-income children from communities of color. Read this mother's story and about why she has decided to take action in the fight against "Big ...

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“How States Are Adapting to MAP-21’s Changes to Bike/Ped Funding “

MAP-21 will merge resources from the Transportation Enhancement fund and Safe Routes to Schools fund into one new pool of funds called the Transportation Alternative fund. States will then allocate 50% of these funds to local metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) and 50% will be available for the state to spend on transportation projects at their own discretion. With the enactment of this new policy pedestrian and bike ways projects will have to compete with highway and road construction ...

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