Addressing Obesity through the Built Environment: An Event Recap

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By Ellie DeGarmo, B.A., Junior Policy Associate and Diane Kolack, B.A., Policy Associate We tuned into a daylong Roundtable on Obesity Solutions Workshop In an effort to address obesity by exploring potential mechanisms for changing the built environment, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) hosted Advancing Obesity Solutions through Investments in the Built Environment: A …

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 …

Breastfeeding Awareness Every Month – Not Just August

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By Ellie DeGarmo, B.A., Junior Policy Associate August is National Breastfeeding Month, and New York State (NYS) is dedicated to promoting breastfeeding as a part of the NYS Prevention Agenda (NYSPA). Specifically, the NYSPA identifies the goal of “increas[ing] the proportion of NYS babies who are breastfed” as one of the ways to accomplish the Promoting Healthy Women, Infants and …

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 …