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Chicago Introduces Blueprint to Reduce City’s Obesity



On January 8, 2013, the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) released the Blueprint for Accelerating Progress in Childhood Obesity Prevention in Chicago: The Next Decade. It was created after a year of strategic planning with national and local experts to create goals, objectives, and strategies for Chicago to undertake to make a substantial difference in childhood obesity rates in the city. Among the recommendations outlined in the plan were price incentives and disincentives for unhealthy beverages, policies that promote greater food access for all, and continuing to remove unhealthy competitive foods in schools. In Chicago public schools, Hispanic children make up almost half of the student body. Keep up to date with CLOCC's progress through their ...

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Volunteers Team-up With KaBOOM! to Build a Playground in Woodard Park



Over 300 volunteers from local business groups and organizations teamed up with KaBOOM!---a non-profit organization that helps bring playgrounds to communities---to build a playground at Woodard Park in San Antonio, Texas. The event which took place on May 11, 2013 will benefit children living on the Eastside of San Antonio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10bHuCJWgQE&feature=player_embedded According to the video employees from Blue-Cross Blue Shield, Valero, and United Way came out to build the new ...

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Community-based, Family-centered Programs to Promote Physical Activity



Community-based, family-centered programs may offer an effective, low-cost method for encouraging children to adopt healthy lifestyle practices. For instance, a pilot study of The YMCA Healthy, Fit, and Strong Program found that the low cost, and simple design of this program could provide YMCAs and community organizations across the country with a means for developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Club sport participation and fitness programs offered through organizations like the YMCA are examples of alternatives that can offer children ways to be active, outside of school time. Because most children do not receive the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity they should be getting, community based programs may offer children a solution to this problem. Club Sport ...

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Community Engagment Brings Complete Streets Policy to Baldwin Park



A group of over 300 parents and teens joined the Baldwin Park Resident Advisory Committee (BPRAC) in order to bring safer and more walkable streets to Baldwin Park. Advocates attended a series of workshops where they identified areas that needed street-scale improvements like sidewalks and crosswalks. They then went before the city council to express their concerns and to describe what improvements would enable them to walk more. After speaking with city officials the City of Baldwin Park was able to get a grant to study the streets of Baldwin Park. Eventually a Complete Streets design was presented to advocates and a Complete Streets policy was adopted by the city on July 20, 2011. The City of Baldwin Park's Complete Streets Policy Baldwin Park's Complete Streets policy seeks to ...

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53 New Crosswalks to Improve Pedestrian Safety on Los Angeles Streets



The city of Los Angeles is working to improve mobility for all Angelenos by adding continental crosswalks to the city's top-fifty most dangerous intersections. In December 2012, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, launched an initiative to improve crosswalks at 53 intersections throughout the city by March 2013. According to a LAStreetsblog post, Mayor Villaraigosa stated that in the future he would like to see continental crosswalks (otherwise known as zebra crosswalks) at every intersection, however this would be costly. According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) the city's Measure R funds, for pedestrian improvements, will be used to fund this project. Most of new crosswalks (84%) will be installed adjacent to schools and transit. Related news City ...

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A Program to Establish Grants for Childhood Health in Texas



Latino children face a high risk of being overweight. In order to curve this situation, programs to promote increased physical activity among children are important. To address this issue Texas House Rep. Richard P. Raymond (D-Laredo) introduced a bill (H.B. 128), during the 2013 Texas Legislative session, to authorize grants for childhood health programs. Grants would be applied towards programs related to childhood health, fitness, and obesity prevention.   Read the full text of H.B. 128, which would establish a Childhood Health Program Grant. Visit the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living to learn about other obesity related bills that were authored during the 2013 Texas Legislative Session.   Update: This bill failed to pass and has been referred to ...

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CicLAvia: An Open Streets Event Aimed at Turning Los Angeles Into a Bike Friendly Community



Events like Los Angeles' CicLAvia help promote the idea that roads not only belong to motorists, but to cyclists and pedestrians as well. The first CicLAvia in 2010 attracted 60,000 children and adults of all walks of life and now CicLAvia has become a yearly event in Los Angeles. CicLAvia has helped create a safe, bike friendly, environment for both children and adults. Watch "Viva CicLAvia!" the bilingual video from Streetfilms, to learn about CicLAvia and other open streets events. Hear what CicLAvia participants had to ...

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Broward County Adopts a Complete Streets Policy to Make Streets Safer



In Florida, Broward County Commissioners recently adopted a Complete Streets policy, which will help create safer roads for cyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and motorists of all ages. Not will only there be safer roads, but this type of policy helps create a healthy environment which promotes walking and cycling. According to a blog post from BrowardNet, Mayor Kristin Jacobs of Broward County encouraged the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team to create a Complete Streets policy. In this effort the Broward Metropolitan Planing Organization, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, and others worked to design the Complete Streets guidelines. Over 2,000 Broward residents have participated in public workshops, focus groups, and ...

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After School Physical Activity Guidelines in California



In 2006, California SB 6385 introduced a number of changes to the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. Along with doubling the number of state-funded after school programs, the legislation mandated that healthy snacks provided through these programs are consistent with California’s school nutrition standards (SB 12), and that the California Department of Education (CDE) develop voluntary physical activity guidelines for ASES programs. In 2009, the After School Programs Office of the California Department of Education (CDE) developed voluntary standards called CASPA guidelines to guide physical activity in after school programs. Because after school staff have the power to make daily physical activity accessible and engaging for children, it is important that these leaders ...

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