Addressing Obesity through the Built Environment: An Event Recap

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By Ellie DeGarmo, B.A., Junior Policy Associate and Diane Kolack, B.A., Policy Associate We tuned into a daylong Roundtable on Obesity Solutions Workshop In an effort to address obesity by exploring potential mechanisms for changing the built environment, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) hosted Advancing Obesity Solutions through Investments in the Built Environment: A …

Spike in Opioid Overdose Deaths Due to Increase in Illicitly Manufactured Fentanyl: New Report

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Image credit: PBSS issue brief, page 2 By Ellie DeGarmo, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Opioid overdose deaths are on the rise in the United States, with over 52,400 in 2015 and recent estimates indicating that 2016 saw the steepest annual increase to date, and reaching a record annual death count of over 59,000. There are many different kinds of opioid …

Breastfeeding Awareness Every Month – Not Just August

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By Ellie DeGarmo, B.A., Junior Policy Associate August is National Breastfeeding Month, and New York State (NYS) is dedicated to promoting breastfeeding as a part of the NYS Prevention Agenda (NYSPA). Specifically, the NYSPA identifies the goal of “increas[ing] the proportion of NYS babies who are breastfed” as one of the ways to accomplish the Promoting Healthy Women, Infants and …

Children’s Menus Offer Fewer Sugary Drink Options but There is Still Room for Improvement: New Report

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By Ellie DeGarmo, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Research reveals that children’s chain restaurant meals have gotten healthier. More specifically, children’s menu items are less likely to offer sugary drinks and more likely to offer low-fat milk now than they did four years ago. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently released a report examining 38 of the …

Paving the Road for Expansive Policies, the Complete Streets List is In

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People everywhere are demanding safer, innovative streets for their towns. One of the ways to go about this is to come up with new transportation policies that will accommodate every citizen, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and ability. The top 15 best policies to enhance localities’ roads for 2016 were named earlier this month. In 2004, the community planning and advocacy organization Smart Growth America launched …