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“Congressional letter writing campaign helps torpedo voluntary food marketing guidelines for kids”



This article describes how voluntary guidelines for nutrition standards on food marketed to children were denied by Congress. ...

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“CPS Snack Policy Bans Sweets, Energy Drinks”



NBC Chicago reports on the new Chicago Public School policy aimed at reducing unhealthy foods in ...

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Cutting Calories is Good Business for Restaurants, Study Says



Hank Cardello, lead author of the "Key Findings of the Lower Calorie Foods Report" from the Hudson Institute explains some of the findings from the report. Cardello, a former executive of Coca-Cola and General Mills, found that more lower calorie offerings were offered at fast-food restaurants compared to sit down restaurants. The report provided findings from restaurants such as McDonald's, Taco Bell, Olive Garden, and Outback. Read more about ...

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“Baldwin Park Selected as Playful City USA Third Year In a Row”



According to this article in 2011 KABOOM!, a national non-profit organization that builds playgrounds, designated the city of Baldwin Park as a Playful City USA. Helen Hernandez, a program supervisor at the Baldwin Teen Center, describes her experience in helping create the city's action plan for getting children to use parks and playgrounds. As a result of being recognized as a Playful City USA, Baldwin Park will now have the opportunity to apply for exclusive grants which could bring more parks and playgrounds to the community. ...

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“Beacon Hill celebrates new linear park”



Phase I of the Beacon Hill Linear Park has now been completed, thanks to the collaboration of neighborhood members and officials from the City of San Antonio. ...

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“Bicycle lane education gears up”



By October of 2005, the city of Amarillo had begun to make bike lanes available to the community. In order to get residents active and using these bike lanes city officials would have to create a plan for educating the people on how to use bike lanes appropriately. Because the bike lanes were new to the community, bike lane proponents discussed practical ways to make residents aware of the city's bike ordinance. Ideas like increasing bike signage and including information on the water bill were some methods proposed. ...

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“Bills Aim to Stop Diverting Funds Meant for State Parks”



For the fiscal year 2014-2015 the House and Senate included funds for only 84 state parks. This means that the state would have to shut down 7 parks. Park advocates and state legislators in support of state parks are currently seeking ways to keep these parks open. ...

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“Bringing Bicycle Education to Spanish-Speaking Communities”



In 2001, BikeTexas, formerly known as the Texas Bike Coalition (TBC), commissioned Fernando Martinez to translate its Texas SuperCyclist curriculum into Spanish. Because of the large Spanish speaking population that exists in Amarillo, this material was later used for the Safe Routes to School program and distributed to 60,000 Amarillo residents by mail. ...

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“Brownsville Zumbatomic Record Class Pictures”



The Brownsville Biggest Loser Challenge has encouraged adults to live healthier lifestyles and lose weight. As this video demonstrates, anyone can dance Zumba, even children. After the adult Zumba event, children wanted to demonstrate their dance skills in the same they saw the their parents do. With the support of local community partners, individuals working with the city of Brownsville, the UT School of Public Health, and Tu Salud Si Cuenta! were able to create the Brownsville Biggest Loser Challenge. ...

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