New Report: Local Food on the Public Plate Can Boost Health, Create Jobs

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  By Kimberly Libman and Glenda Neff When you hear “local food,” what do you imagine? Do you think of apple picking every fall at your favorite orchard, rows of sweet corn along a country road, or your favorite stall at the farmers market? Chances are all of these options come to mind, but you seldom think of farm-fresh foods …

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 …