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 …

Amidst the Closing of Supermarkets, a Bill Provides Hope

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate In September 2016, Promoting Prevention published a blog post about the closing of City Fresh, a local supermarket in East Harlem. Just a few weeks later, Promoting Prevention published yet another blog post that touched upon the widespread closing of supermarkets throughout New York City. By providing access to fresh, affordable produce, supermarkets …

The Future of Mental Health is Unclear

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Mental disorders and substance abuse have widespread, disabling burdens on our health and communities. Over 20% of people in New York suffer from mental illness-related symptoms every year, and 1 in every 10 people experience symptoms severe enough to hinder their day-to-day functioning. Moreover, across New York State, nearly 2 million people are …

On the Road to Uber in Upstate New York

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate The idea of Uber was born on a snowy night in 2008, when Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp struggled to get a cab. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had reliable transportation available at the push of a button? Uber has since spread to over 530 cities across the globe, transforming the way …