Health & the Built Environment: Innovative Approaches

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Photo credit: Buffalo Rising and the Five Points Buffalo NY neighborhood By Diane Kolack, B.A. Policy Associate This is the second of two posts on health and the built environment. Part one focused on a recent workshop on built environment solutions to obesity, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. We often hear that your zip code is a better …

New Report: Local Food on the Public Plate Can Boost Health, Create Jobs

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  By Kimberly Libman and Glenda Neff When you hear “local food,” what do you imagine? Do you think of apple picking every fall at your favorite orchard, rows of sweet corn along a country road, or your favorite stall at the farmers market? Chances are all of these options come to mind, but you seldom think of farm-fresh foods …

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 …