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“Soda Tax in California? Poll Reveals Voters are Receptive”



With soda tax legislation introduced in California, the poll that found voters receptive to a soda tax as long as the money goes to fight childhood obesity takes on a new relevancy. ...

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“Soda Tax is Among 2,189 Bills Introduced by California Lawmakers”



More news about the soda tax introduced in California in ...

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“Steps to Health: Schools go for Healthier Options”



In San Antonio, many schools have gone the extra mile to kick junk food off their campuses. Swapping selling tubs of cookie dough for selling chances at pelting teachers with water balloons and other non food related activities, schools in the area are revamping the way they fund-raise. ...

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“Stop Bringing Cupcakes to School”



This article highlights the abundance of unhealthy snacks in schools and offers tips on how parents can keep their child's school day healthy. The article also highlights national legislation that affects school nutrition and what those regulations mean practically for teachers and ...

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“Study calls for daily PE classes”



Schools like Red Hawk elementary in Erie Colorado are working to improve physical activity standards for children by starting programs like the All-School Movement Program. This program provides children with a 20 minute morning physical activity break, a 10-20 minute afternoon break, 20 minutes of daily recess, and 45 minutes of physical education at least twice a week. Although the school has already received an award for the success of their physical activity program, the school plans on finding additional ways to incorporate physical activity into students' daily lessons. ...

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“Playful Learning Keeps Kids Fit”



Children at schools in Bastrop ISD and the Del Valle district are staying active while learning about math and geography during regular classroom hours. Support for initiatives like the Active Play Project can help children get the recommended amounts of physical activity they need to stay healthy. ...

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“Police to increase enforcement of Safe Passing ordinance”



Mack Williams, a local advocate, collected 1,200 signatures for a petition to enforce the Safe Passing Ordinance in San Antonio. As a result, Mayor Julian Castro agreed to enforce stricter consequences for those who violate the law. The violation will result in a $300 fine as well as a class C misdemeanor charge. Over 300 cyclists gathered at an event where they spoke of the need to enforce the ordinance. One local resident, who was seriously injured after being hit by a car, spoke via Skype to those who gathered. The city will release a public service announcement and use social media to communicate the importance of following this new law. ...

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“Proposed Law Could Deliver Major Boost to Urban Agriculture in California”



A news article explaining the proposed legislation and how small-scale urban farmers would benefit. ...

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“Quest to open public school playgrounds in Manatee has scored some successes”



Manatee County Commissioner Michael Gallen has been proactive about finding safe places of recreation for the community to use during after school hours. So far two schools, Tillman Elementary, and Lincoln Middle School have agreed to allow their school grounds to be used during after school hours. Gallen hopes that the County of Manatee will be able obtain a grant from the Manatee County Healthy Department so that more school playgrounds can be opened during nonschool hours. He also hopes that incentives for schools participating in joint use agreements would be made available through the ...

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