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“How Big Food is Targeting My Toddler”



The food and beverage industry most aggressively targets low-income children from communities of color. Read this mother's story and about why she has decided to take action in the fight against "Big ...

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“Let’s Build Healthier Environments for All”



Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of PolicyLink discusses the role that the built environment plays in supporting a healthy lifestyle. Although, Colorado sports lower obesity rates than most other states, Blackwell mentions that obesity rates among black and Latino children are still surprisingly high. ...

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“How States Are Adapting to MAP-21’s Changes to Bike/Ped Funding “



MAP-21 will merge resources from the Transportation Enhancement fund and Safe Routes to Schools fund into one new pool of funds called the Transportation Alternative fund. States will then allocate 50% of these funds to local metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) and 50% will be available for the state to spend on transportation projects at their own discretion. With the enactment of this new policy pedestrian and bike ways projects will have to compete with highway and road construction ...

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“FTC Updates Report on Food Marketing to Children”



According to an update from the Rudd Radar, food companies have begun to shift their focus from younger children to tweens and teen. According to the December 2012 FTC report, "Review of Food Marketing to Children & Adolescents" spending on food marketing towards this age group increased between 2006-2009. ...

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“Glendale 5th-Graders Help Fight Childhood Obesity with Policies”



News article describing how a healthy school project turned everyday students into health advocates. ...

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“Grassroots campaign pays off for cycling advocate”



Securing bike lanes for a transportation project may not seem like an easy task, especially after plans excluding such lanes are developed. Still, upon finding out that plans for a new bridge in Georgia did not include bike lanes, Joe Seconder of Atlanta decided to contact other advocates and members of the Georgia Department of Transportation. Through describing the need for bike lanes to planners, Seconder a representative of Georgia Bikes!, was able to convince the state department of transportation to include not only one, but two bike lanes as part of the bridge's infrastructure. ...

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“Groups Fight to Save a Generation from Obesity”



Highlights efforts in California's Coachella Valley of various groups, including the school districts in the area, to reduce childhood ...

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“Groups: Facebook space for preteens must protect privacy, be ad-free and marketing-free”



The Center for Digital Democracy put out this news release asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to place stronger safeguards against ads if the group intends to open up the social network site to children under the age of 13. ...

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“Designing Communities for Longevity: The Blue Zones Project “



Hermosa, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach are three suburbs of Los Angeles that took part in the Blue Zones planning process of 2010. The Blue Zones initiative in these communities, helped establish a walking corridor along a busy avenue, ten walking school bus programs, a livable streets plan, and a bicycle master plan. ...

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