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, …

Guest Post: Why Transportation is a Public Health Issue

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BY SAM SHWARTZ ||| About 6 or 7 years ago I attended a meeting of the transportation committee of Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council. The co-chair, to my surprise, was a medical doctor- specifically a pediatrician. Dr. Kyran Quinlan explained his participation saying he was tired of seeing so many children in the ER after being struck by cars. He was …

Cities Continue to Take On Sugar Sweetened Beverages

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Efforts to promote health and prevent childhood obesity in Stockton, CA, were rewarded this week as city officials unanimously passed an ordinance to replace all default drink options in children’s “combo” meals with water and milk products. Title 5 of the Stockton Municipal Code mandates that restaurants with children’s meals only offer “water, sparkling water, or flavored water, with no …

Webinar: Creating New Opportunities for Active Communities: Shared-Use & Parks Policies in New York State

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When: Thursday May 26th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm After major wins in the New York State budget, DASH-NY has new opportunities for our policy priorities, including expanding access to indoor and outdoor spaces for physical activity recreation statewide. In a new environmental justice program, the budget allocates $7 million to ensure access to parks, trails, and outdoor recreation for …

HHS releases guidance on how to request funds for syringe support services

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By Michele Calvo, Policy Associate A recent public health victory has gone quietly unnoticed: the 2016 federal budget agreement revised the ban on the use of federal funds for syringe support services. As a result, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released guidance for state, local, tribal and territorial health departments on how to request funds to …