A 750 Mile Plan to Safer Cycling and Better Health

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Increasing cardiovascular health, building muscle strength, enhancing flexibility, promoting joint mobility, reducing stress and anxiety…this is by no means an exhaustive list but gives you an idea of the health benefits that come with cycling. Cycling is a cheap, fun, and low-impact form of exercise that people of all ages can enjoy to …

A Telephone Survey Reveals Important Findings About Obesity in New York State

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate An annual telephone survey administered statewide by the New York State Department of Health showed the following key findings: 25% of adults in the state are obese. An additional 34.5% of the state’s adults are overweight. Obesity rates are the highest among adults who are black (30.9%), Hispanic (29.3%), earn household income below …

Amidst the Closing of Supermarkets, a Bill Provides Hope

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate In September 2016, Promoting Prevention published a blog post about the closing of City Fresh, a local supermarket in East Harlem. Just a few weeks later, Promoting Prevention published yet another blog post that touched upon the widespread closing of supermarkets throughout New York City. By providing access to fresh, affordable produce, supermarkets …

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 …

To Prohibit or to Incentivize? Promoting Healthy Eating among SNAP Beneficiaries

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is supposed to help “low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.” However, data shows that people who use SNAP not only consume less vegetables, fruits and whole grains than other consumers, but also buy over 40% more sugar-sweetened beverages. It is very unfortunate …