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“Manatee County officials rethinking playgrounds grant”



Manatee county officials are considering whether or not to apply for a $30,000 grant from KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that works to provide playgrounds for children. The grant would encourage joint use agreements between Manatee County and its school districts. However, officials from both the school board and the county are concerned about some of the terms specified in the grant application, and about the sponsorship that KaBOOM! receives from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. In spite of these challenges, County Commissioner Michael Gallen hopes that Manatee County will be about to "work through ...

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“MO Project 1 Winner: What We See in Santa Ana”



Young advocates received an award for their submission to the MO Project video contest. This video demonstrates many of the environmental factors which contribute to Latino childhood obesity. ...

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“Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Details of 50 Parks Initiative”



In 2009, the the city of Los Angeles conducted an assessment of it's parks and found that many low-income neighborhoods lacked sufficient park space and facilities. Now approximately $80.9 million in funding has been secured for the acquisition, design, and construction of these 50 new ...

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Blog Post: How to Help Parks Help City Residents



Projects in San Antonio, Texas and Chicago, Illinois, two cities largely populated by Latinos, were funded by Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grants, to prevent obesity in neighborhoods with a high proportion of low-income and minority residents. Read more about, How to Help Parks Help City Residents, in this blog post from the  Robert Wood Johnson ...

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“How to Write a Complete Streets Policy”



This article describes the latest developments in Complete Streets Policies across the nation. Essentially, a Complete Streets policy determines how the residing department of transportation authority will design streets and how transportation funds will be spent. According to the Complete Streets Coalition, of all the 488 policies in place, the city of Indianapolis has produced an exemplary model of what a true Complete Streets policy should look like. Additionally, this article summarizes the 10 principals that the Complete Streets Coalition considers to be most important in any Complete Streets policy. ...

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National Food & Fitness Youth Meeting Inspires Change



Young Latinos like Pedro from the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative were inspired to make a difference in their community while attending the National Food & Fitness Youth gathering held in Boston. Youth from across the country gathered to share their thoughts and ideas on how they could be successful at bringing healthy changes to their community. Youth shared ideas for how they could bring food justice to their community and how they could use on-line tools to amplify their voice. See this Storify recap to learn about some of the thought provoking activities and discussions which took place at this meeting. Learn more about youth engagement and the non-profit, CANFIT, that organized this effort. ...

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Presentation: Integrating research, legal technical expertise, and advocacy to inform, shape and promote successful shared use legislation in Mississippi



This slideshow presentation provides an overview for how the Active Living Research (ALR) group and Public Health Law Center have worked together and used research to inform policy. ALR produced research briefs on shared use and physical activity. The Public Health Law Center worked to craft policy guidance on liability and shared use; while the American Heart Association played a key role in advocating and building government relations with Mississippi legislators. Cities in Mississippi like Bolton & Tupelo and schools like Brown and Okolona Elementary are examples of shared use success! For more information on how to get started with shared use in Mississippi, check out The Best Practice Toolkit for Shared Use Agreements in ...

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“It Pays to Advertise- Junk Food Marketing to Children”



A report produced by Food & Water Watch, describing the need for federal regulation of food marketed to children. The publication suggests that the government should lend greater authority to the FTC for placing food marketing restrictions on companies who produce junk food for children, that the FTC be allowed to create mandatory nutrition guidelines, that ads for unhealthy foods be limited, and that food companies should reformulate food products according to healthier ...

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“Keep Our City Clean, Build a Park!”



This is an announcement for an Earth Month "Re-paint & Re-Plant" event to be held on April 27, 2013 at the site of the future WAYS Reading and Fitness Park. ...

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