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“Houston Bike Share Program Expanding”



Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) partnered with the City of Houston to help create a more bikeable community. BCBSTX donated $750,000 to expand the Houston B-cycle program. The generous donation from BCBSTX will help Houston expand to phase two of the Houston B-cycle program. Currently the bike share program only exists at downtown locations. Phase two of the program will expand the B-cycle program's presence into Midtown, Montrose, and the museum district. Plans for a phase three expansion into the Texas Medical Center and to local universities are in the works. ...

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“Houston Looks At Ways to Bring Fresh Food To Underserved Neighborhoods”



This radio report features Houston Sustainability Director Laura Spanjian and City Councilman Stephen Costello, two members of the city of Houston's Grocery Access Task Force. They speak about the challenges faced by families in food deserts, and how they hope to bring fresh produce into these communities. ...

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“Houston mayor’s task force targets fat city”



Houston was once dubbed the fattest city in the nation, until former Mayor Lee Brown started the Get Lean program. Although, Houstonians initially lost weight through the Get Lean program,weight levels began to once again rise in the city. In response to this, Mayor Parker has launched the Healthy Houston ...

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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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