Five Years is Long Enough

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By Rebecca Abraham  It’s time to fund the Complete Streets law! In the recently-released New York State Assembly and Senate one-house budgets, the Assembly included $20 million in dedicated funding to ensure the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. However, the Governor and the Senate failed to include similar provisions in their budgets. In 2011, Governor Cuomo signed the Complete Streets law. …

New DASH-NY Policy Agenda Fights for Better Transportation and Healthier Food

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By Kimberly Libman, PhD, MPH and Rebecca Abraham, MPH   Tuesday February 2nd was an exciting, game-changing day for Designing a Strong and Healthy New York (DASH-NY). After five years of building a powerful coalition of more than 100 advocacy and community-based organizations, we arrived in Albany, NY, ready to present our first Policy Priority agenda to legislators. At the …

Obesity Is Killing the Soda Industry

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Public health campaigns against soda have the industry on the run. The New York Times recently reported  that over the last 20 years, sales of soda have plummeted by 25 percent. As a result, the soda industry has become increasingly concerned about the declining sales of soda. While a soda tax has only been successful in Berkeley, CA, the hype …

Early Childhood Obesity: Promising Solutions

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Much of the effort to end childhood obesity focuses on schools by trying to change school lunches or increase recess time.  But there are plenty of ways to prevent obesity before a child reaches school-age.  Prevention that starts with the mother and in early childhood can have a lasting impact on a child’s health. The Institute of Medicine will explore …

Can Happy Meals Be Healthier?

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McDonald’s Happy Meal, and similar kids’ meals at fast food restaurants, are the most recent targets in New York City’s fight against childhood obesity. The unhealthy meals lure children to high-fat, high calorie fare with toys and cartoons. Across the United States,  25 percent of children’s calories come from fast food and other restaurants, while studies show  these meals do …