“Five Minutes with LiveWell Mom Sophia”



LiveWell mom Sophia Ayala Gettys describes her journey with health and wellness. She learned about the LiveWell Mom program through a television commercial and by visiting the LiveWell Colorado Facebook page. Sophia encourages others to be a voice for health in wellness in their community by sharing their own story. ...

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“Five Minutes with LiveWell Mom Malena”



Malena is a busy mother of two who believes that it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. She is very concerned about childhood obesity, especially among the Latino community. Malena joined LiveWell Moms after learning about this group through their Facebook page. Although Malena was initially a shy person, she now has fun being able to teach the community about living a healthy lifestyle. Malena has taught healthy habits to Hispanics through both TV and radio shows. She has also started her own website and Facebook page to promote awareness of obesity in the Hispanic community and what one can do about it. ...

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Poll Found Ethnic Voters Support Soda Tax, Obesity Prevention



A field poll done in California found that minorities, especially Latinos, would support taxing sugary ...

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“FDOT Agrees to Adopt Complete Streets Policy”



According to a source from Transit Miami, the Florida Department of Transportation plans to incorporate Complete Streets in their future projects. ...

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“Expanding Young Students’ Role in Nutrition”



A Los Angeles Times article highlighting the new nutrition policy adopted by LA Unified School District. ...

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“Estimated Energy Expenditures for School-Based Policies and Active Living”



According to the abstract of this study, policies for mandatory physical education, physical activity breaks, and active transportation, had the greatest influence on the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity that children participate in. Mandatory daily physical education provided children with 23 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), classroom activity breaks provided 19 minutes of MVPA, and active community provided 16 minutes of MVPA. Park renovations also provided children with an extra 12 minutes of MVPA. ...

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“Eating Right and Well in AISD Schools”



AISD superintendent Meria Carstarphen's blog post about how AISD is ahead of the curve when it comes to healthy ...

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“Door Slams on Girl Scouts’ Sweet Treats Health advocates lash out at Scouts over Nestlé deal”



Despite the Girl Scouts' efforts to teach members about health and wellness, the organization has renewed a licensing deal to co-brand candy bars with Nestle. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says the Girl Scouts is sending the wrong message by entering into deals such as these, which promote junk food to children. ...

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Article: Development of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs



In this recently published article from Childhood Obesity, Wiecha et al. (2012), discuss the implications that the healthy eating and physical activity quality standards (HEPAQS), adopted by the National After School Association in April, 2011, may have on policy development. The HEPAQS includes 11 standards for Healthy Out-of-School Time, that could serve as voluntary guidelines for out-of-school programs and curricula. Read more about the guidelines ...

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