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Communities Creating Healthy Environments to Combat Obesity: Preliminary Evaluation Findings From Two Case Studies



This document provides a framework for evaluating the strategies used by community organizations to bring about policy changes. The Community Coalition located in South Los Angeles (LA), CA, and La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) based out of Hidalgo County, Texas, both worked to bring about improvements to their communities. The Community Coalition worked to provide access to healthier foods, while LUPE worked to bring park improvements and street lights to Latinos, living in underserved areas. Both organizations were able to work with local officials for the redistribution of public resources, in order to advance their ...

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Community Health Crusade



This profile talks about the promotores program at Latino Health Access, the great need for parkland in Santa Ana, and about the positive impact that an improved built environment can have on one's health. According to this article, those who live in neighborhoods that provide opportunities for physical exercise have a 38% reduced chance of developing diabetes. ...

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Community Parks Revitalization Act , S. 3583



The text to the Community Parks Revitalization Act (S. 3583)which was introduced by Sen. Hagan, Sen. Kerry, and Sen. Gillibrand. This bill was read twice and later referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban ...

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Bill Status of S.B. 0396



Shows the status and history of S.B. 0396 and the amendment that would raise a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks and use the revenue for the Illinois Health Promotion ...

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Bill to guarantee school recess in New Jersey unanimously passes Snate committee vote



According to this report, S 1501 which require at least 20 minutes of recess time for children in grades K-5th was passed by a Senate committee on February 21, 2013. The bill states that children should not be denied access to recess for any reason. Sen. Turner who is sponsoring this bill believes that children will have more time to play and exercise, once this bill is ...

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Bill Would Eliminate Junk Food from SC School Vending Machines and Lunches



News article from South Carolina about the proposed bill that will eliminate "junk food" that meets a certain criteria from lunch rooms and vending machines, along with regulating the beverages for purchase, during school ...

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CATCH Success in El Paso, TX



Latino children who are overweight or obese are at a greater risk for developing type II diabetes. In communities where fast food is readily available and where a sedentary lifestyle is commonplace, children can benefit from evidence based programs such as CATCH. Parents, teachers, and students attending Glen Cove elementary in El Paso, Texas describe how the CATCH program has helped them lead healthier lifestyles. ...

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Best Practices Tool Kit for Shared Use Agreements in Mississippi



The Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Healthy Schools developed and released a best practices toolkit for shared use agreements on July 1, 2012, under mandate by HB 540. This toolkit provides an overview of what shared use agreements are, a checklist of resources needed to create a joint use agreement, an explanation of liability protections, model joint use agreements, potential shared use partners, funding opportunities, and a list of schools in Mississippi that had shared use agreements in place as of July, 1, ...

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Bexar County​ Community​ Health Improvement​ Plan



This page describes why healthy eating and active living is so important. It also lists the short term objectives of the Bexar County Community Healthy Improvement Plan. ...

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