Universal Free Lunch—Feeding Even More Kids

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Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons By Holly Woodbury, B.A., Center for Health Policy & Programs Intern The push toward improved healthy food access for children scored another victory earlier this summer. New York City’s new budget allows for universal free lunches for public school children. The City has already made strides for healthy food access for children, like NYC’s Free Summer …

Placemaking Our Way to Healthier Communities and Better Lives

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate As reported by the County Health Rankings, only 20% of our health is determined by the clinical care that we receive. The remaining 80% is based on our health behaviors (30%), socioeconomic factors (40%), and physical environment (10%). With factors like education, employment, income, social support, community safety, housing, transit, and capacity to …

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 …

Promoting Universal Well-Being in Schools

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By Michele Calvo, Policy Associate It’s a scene that brings joy to parents everywhere—a room full of energetic kindergarteners competing to sit up straight, listen quietly to their teachers and focus on each lesson in pursuit of a treasured gold star. Losing means receiving a dreaded frowny face. This ritual—called the Good Behavior Game—now takes place in elementary school classrooms …

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, …