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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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“Parks department OKs bike master plan”



The 2010 updates to the Amarillo Master Hike and Bike Plan include adding signage for routes and extending route mileage from 26 miles to 46 miles. If the city commission approves the plan, federal grant money will be sought to bring the proposed updates to fruition. ...

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“Recommendations for Offering Physical Activity Outside of the School Day”



In 2005 the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture recommended that young people engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity preferably on everyday of the week. This document lists 10 broad recommendations for school and community programs to promote physical activity among young people. These guidelines include policy, environment, physical education, health education, extracurricular activities, parental involvement, personnel training, health services, community programs, and evaluation recommendations. Additionally, the guidelines recommend that all students have an opportunity to participate in physical activity, experience a wide variety of activities, and that parents be engaged. ...

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“Pedal power”



As of July 2012, the city of Houston had a total of 18 bikes belonging to the Houston B-cycle bike share program. By October 2012, Laura Spanjian, sustainability director for the the city, expected 10 kiosks to be added to the city. The goal would be to include 225 bikes in the program. ...

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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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“New poll shows support for Haley food stamp proposal to help curb obesity”



A new Winthrop University poll, which included responses from more than 1,069 residents in early April, shows 59.5 percent of those interviewed said they strongly or somewhat favor forbidding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, recipients from buying unhealthy foods with the food ...

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