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“Sunday Streets to Expand With Neighborhood-Oriented “Play Streets for All”



The "Play Streets for All" initiative, a collaboration between the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, Livable City, and public health organizations, will target neighborhoods in San Francisco, CA that suffer from the high rates of childhood obesity. ...

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“USDA Proposes Rules for “Competitive” Snack Foods”



Marion Nestle breaks down the USDA proposal and applauds them for the progress made towards a healthier school day for ...

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“Supporting the National Physical Activity Plan”



Strategies from the National Physical Activity Plan include provisions for active living similar to those mentioned in the National Prevention Strategy published in 2011. The National Physical Activity Plan outlines strategies that would increase physical activity in all segments of the population, with special emphasis towards the vulnerable and at-risk populations. This resolution is from the 2012 APHA policy statements adopted by the Governing Council at the 140th APHA Annual Meeting. ...

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Surgeon General Announces Call to Action on Walking



The CDC is going to produce a Surgeon General’s report that is “a call to action on walking.” This will be accompanied by a national campaign for walking. “We want to lend the voice of the Office of the Surgeon General to this particular physical activity,” said Dr. Regina Benjamin. “It’s easy to do, anyone can do it and it’s fun. Learn more about this call to action here. ...

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“Texas and Southern New Mexico health officials and professionals will gather together to implement healthy eating and active living between the Latino/Hispanic communities along the U.S.-Mexico Borde”



The city of El Paso received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Program. The funding will support active living and improve community neighborhoods where Latino children with the highest obesity rates live. ...

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“The 12 best things to happen to L.A. pedestrians in 2012”



The city of Los Angeles is working to get people walking again. The year 2012 marked great strides for residents of Los Angeles, who experienced the city's first street-to-plaza conversion, and continental crosswalk. Moreover, the city appointed two pedestrian coordinators, approved a Complete Streets pilot program for parklets or "plazitas," and featured initiatives to help residents discover ways to navigate the city without their cars. ...

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“The effect of a neighborhood built environment on physical activity behaviors”



Residents living in the Mueller Community increased their levels of recreational walking by 91.7 minutes after moving to the Mueller Community. ...

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“The Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act”



From the Huffington Post blog, an article about how the Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act will positively impact not only farms but regular consumers, ...

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“The Y Makes Commitment to Advance First Lady’s Efforts to Keep Kids Healthy”



The YMCA announces that it will create new standards establishing a a minimum amount of physical activity for children of different ages. The standards were developed through collaborations with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), University of Massachusetts at Boston, the Healthy Out of School Time Coalition (HOST) and the National Institute for Out of School Time (NIOST). Through collaborations such as these, the Y has learned the most effective ways to create healthy environments in out-of-school time ...

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