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 …

New Yorkers Need to Get Serious about Getting Active: New Report

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FROM THE URBAN HEALTH MATTERS BLOG BY ELLIE DEGARMO New Yorkers are exercising less than they did five years ago and at a rate below that of the average American. That’s what a newly released Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) report tells us. BRFSS, an annual nationwide survey, assessed physical activity among American adults by measuring Leisure-Time Physical Activity …

When It Comes to Physical Education, Where Does Your School Stand?

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By Amanda Li, Junior Policy Associate Physical activity plays a crucial role in the health and well-being of children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular exercise helps kids build healthy muscles and bones; reduces risk of obesity, diabetes, colon cancer, cardiovascular ailments, and a myriad of other chronic diseases; promotes mental health while reducing feelings of …

Chronic Disease: How Do We Tackle One of Our Biggest Public Health Challenges?

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By Amanda Li, Junior Policy Associate Our nation spends over 75% of its total healthcare dollars on treating people with chronic illnesses. Yet despite all of this spending, chronic diseases are still responsible for seven out of ten deaths in America every year. In New York, Over 40% of adults suffer from a chronic condition like cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, …

Fighting Chronic Disease: The Battle Starts at a Young Age

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By Amanda Li, Junior Policy Associate Almost a third of New York adults are obese, and in 2030, New York is projected to have well over 16.3 million cases of obesity-related chronic health issues—that’s more than 80% of New York’s current population. Since 2010, DASH-NY has been fighting to stop obesity and the diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, cancers, strokes, …