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Building a Special Park in South L.A.



What started out as a small community effort to clean up a neighborhood, has now evolved into a project which will not only lead to the development of a unique, self-sustaining park, but also to water conservation. The project, which is set to cost $1.3 million, will implement Best Management Practices and the Liberty Hill Foundation has agreed to contribute funds towards the project. ...

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Built Environment Policy for Physical Activity in Mexican-American Children



This research brief provides policy recommendations for improving the built environment, to support physical activity (PA) among low-income Mexican-American children and their families in 14 colonias in Hidalgo County, ...

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California After School Physical Activity (CASPA) Guidelines



The CASPA Guidelines were developed as a result of Education Code Section 8484.8, which required the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop voluntary after school physical activity guidelines for CDE-funded after school programs. The CASPA guidelines feature 10 main guidelines, which each detail ways that these these recommendations can be followed. See the CASPA guidelines here. ...

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California Complete Streets Act of 2008



The complete text to the California Complete Streets Act of ...

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Call to Action: Stop the Marketing of Junk Food to Kids



A call to action asking the federal government to create restrictions for how food is advertised to children. ...

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CAN DO Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Assessment



This document provides an overview of the Magnolia Park neighborhood in Houston and an assessment of the situation at Briscoe elementary. In February 2010, 49 children were enrolled in the Bus to Mason Park program. Although the park is not far from the school, train tracks in the area pose a hazard to children. /SALUDcontent/Can Do Information ...

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CAN DO Services Contract



This is an example of a 1 year services contract between HISD and CAN DO Houston. CAN DO Houston agreed to provide fitness equipment, train teachers to incorporate physical activity into their classrooms, and to provide assistance with after school programs in partnership with Mason Park. HISD agreed to provide bus transportation from Briscoe Elementary School to Mason Park and to lend space to host health trainings at local campuses. Agreements like this demonstrate the value of partnerships, and how school districts can work to increase physical activity opportunities for children during after school hours. /SALUDcontent/Can Do Information ...

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Best Practices Tool Kit for Shared Use Agreements in Mississippi



The Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Healthy Schools developed and released a best practices toolkit for shared use agreements on July 1, 2012, under mandate by HB 540. This toolkit provides an overview of what shared use agreements are, a checklist of resources needed to create a joint use agreement, an explanation of liability protections, model joint use agreements, potential shared use partners, funding opportunities, and a list of schools in Mississippi that had shared use agreements in place as of July, 1, ...

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Celebrities and Specialized Junk Food Targeting Hispanics



Obesity among Hispanics remains high. Still food companies continue to use cunning tactics to increase their brand presence among Latinos. Recently, Pepsi featured Colombian actress Sophia Vergara in their Superbowl commercial. New product lines aimed at the Hispanic market have also been created, such as Ruffles that include Tapatio hot sauce, and Dulce de Leche flavored Cheerios. ...

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