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“Children’s apps: Privacy traps?”



Parents are in support of updates to COPPA which would increase restrictions on how mobile apps are used to provide food marketers with information about children. These updates to COPPA would help protect privacy information of children under the age of 13. ...

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Factsheet: Complete Streets & Active Transportation for Individuals of all Ages and Abilities



The American Public Health Association's (APHA) factsheet describing Complete Streets and examples of complete street policies that have been ...

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“CicLAvia, Let’s Go!”



Community members who attended CicLAvia 2010 share their thoughts on what CicLAvia was like and why CicLAvia should continue. Bike advocate Adonia Lugo addressed the community alongside Mayor Antonio Villagairosa and founder of the original ciclovia, Jaime Ortiz. See more in the video below. http://vimeo.com/15783859 Read more about this event ...

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“Cycling Touches Everyone”



Robin Stallings the Executive Director of BikeTexas and local BikeTexas outreach coordinators Joyce Cunningham and Fernando Martinez, met with Mayor Debra McCartt of Amarillo, Texas to discuss how to introduce bike lanes to the community. Mayor McCartt discussed her vision to make Amarillo a bike friendly community and Larry Offerdahl, Director of Parks and Recreation, discussed the city's Hike and Bike Master Plan. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program had been approved by the Amarillo Independent School District (AISD) board one month prior to this meeting. AISD Program Director Denise Blanchard, a key supporter of SRTS, helped make the program a reality for AISD ...

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“Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and public health: What does race have to do with it?”



In a recent report from the New York Times, 66 of Hispanics living in New York, were found to be either overweight or obese. Still, big soda companies continue to target minority groups by signing celebrity endorsements. According to this article, Coca-Cola has reportedly signed a contract with Christina Aguilera to boost sales, among the Hispanic market. After filing a lawsuit against the city of New York for its recent soda ban, minority organizations such as the N.A.A.C.P. and the Hispanic Federation-- who receive money from big soda companies--do not appear to have weighed out the public health costs and consequences of obesity--which affects African Americans and Hispanics disproportionately. ...

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“Commissioner: Manatee school playgrounds will be open to the public”



Commissioner Michael Gallen announced that every elementary school playground in Manatee County will be open during nonschool hours, weekends, summers, and holidays. According to Gallen, school playgrounds are considered open space under the county's comprehensive plan. However, it is still up to each principal to open the playground up to the public. Already 13 out of 33 elementary schools in the county are open. Now the school district will hold meetings with each school principal to discuss any concerns they might have. The changes are also expected to be brought up during a future school board meeting. ...

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“Community design can boost fitness and health, says expert”



Researcher Bill Kohl explains the importance of creating environments that are conducive to physical activity. Dr. Kohl is currently investigating how community design can encourage physical activity among residents residing in the Mueller Community in Austin, Texas. ...

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“Competition Will Benefit Deal for Downtown Grocery Store”



News of the city's request for information about parties interested in building a grocery store in the downtown area has sparked some competition between ...

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“Complete Streets policy passes City Council”



This article summarizes key points articulated in the Complete Streets Policy that the city of Indianapolis has adopted. ...

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