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“New Mango Cremes with NutriFusion”



ABC Smart Cookies is the company behind the production of Girl Scout Cookies. This website makes misleading claims about the nutritional quality of the new Mango Creme with NutriFusion cookies. ...

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“Lunch Line Redesign”



AISD superintendent Meria Carstarphen's blog post about how AISD is redesigning lunch lines in hopes to encourage students to make healthier food ...

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“LUPE Members Push Forward Campaign for Public Lighting in Precinct 3 Colonias”



Six colonias received funds from a federal grant for 32 solar powered lights and light posts. Unfortunately, money to install these lights was still needed. After a hearing at the Commissioners Court, where colonia residents spoke, the commission approved the $24,000 needed for installation. ...

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“Make the Move… 2010-11 National Implementation of the U.S. Physical Activity Plan”



This document provides an overview of policies presented at the 111th Congress, aimed at increasing levels of physical activity. ...

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“Making El Paso’s streets safe for active transportation with the Vulnerable Road User Ordinance”



Residents of the El Chamizal neighborhood in El Paso, Texas, part of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program can now enjoy safer roads thanks to a Vulnerable Road User Ordinance. Learn more about this change here. ...

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“Making the roads safe for bikers, walkers”



Advocate Michael Krings, a member of Healthy Hastings and director of the YMCA, believes that more should be done to create safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists. While the city works on reviewing a Complete Streets Policy, the Healthy Hastings Committee has been granted permission to put up 25 signs which remind road users that the road belongs to ...

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“Manatee County officials rethinking playgrounds grant”



Manatee county officials are considering whether or not to apply for a $30,000 grant from KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that works to provide playgrounds for children. The grant would encourage joint use agreements between Manatee County and its school districts. However, officials from both the school board and the county are concerned about some of the terms specified in the grant application, and about the sponsorship that KaBOOM! receives from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. In spite of these challenges, County Commissioner Michael Gallen hopes that Manatee County will be about to "work through ...

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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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Blog Post: How to Help Parks Help City Residents



Projects in San Antonio, Texas and Chicago, Illinois, two cities largely populated by Latinos, were funded by Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grants, to prevent obesity in neighborhoods with a high proportion of low-income and minority residents. Read more about, How to Help Parks Help City Residents, in this blog post from the  Robert Wood Johnson ...

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