Calorie Labeling

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Originally published in The DASH-NY Newsletter January 2013 by Shara Siegel New York City pioneered calorie labeling in 2008, with Albany following close after in 2009. These efforts served as a model for the national legislation mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA requires that calorie labels be added to standard items on menus and menu boards of chain restaurants with …

Community Benefit

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Originally published in The DASH-NY Newsletter January 2013 by Shara Siegel The Affordable Care Act promotes broad-based community prevention initiatives through changes to the nonprofit hospital community benefit program. The legislated changes to the tax code are premised on the idea that with more Americans receiving health coverage, nonprofit hospitals will provide less uncompensated coverage, or charity care, over time. The provision of charity …

Community Transformation Grants

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Originally published in The DASH-NY Newsletter January 2013 By Shara Siegel, with contributions from Jennifer Richey, Communications Director at the Partnership for a Healthier New York, Shaquana P. Divers, Program Manager, H.E.A.R.T., and Amy Jesaitis, Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator for the Healthy Heart Program at the New York State Department of Health. New York is the lucky recipient of three multi-million …

Hip-Hop Artist Promotes Health App

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By Lonnie Portis Celebrity endorsements are nothing new in America. But it is new that music artists are taking on full-time jobs at companies as creative directors! Instead of the typical beverage, food or mobile phone company, hip-hop artist, Lupe Fiasco, is creative director of the new health and wellness app “higi” (rhymes with Ziggy). Lupe Fiasco tells Billboard, “The …

Investing in Healthy Lifestyles

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By Lonnie Portis & Sara Siegel Governor Cuomo created ten regions in the State of New York and asked each region to come up with innovate, strategic plans that will boost job creation and encourage economic development based on the unique characteristics of each region. This community-based, bottom up approach forces government officials to examine and invest in what New …