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Standing Room Only: Safety and Chronic Disease Take Center Stage at Washington Briefing
It was standing room only on the Hill last month, as Prevention Institute, in partnership with Senator Tom Harkin, Chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and Representative Barbara Lee, sponsored a joint congressional hearing, Addressing the Intersection: Preventing Violence and Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living. The congressional hearing was followed by a panel presentation at the Smart Growth conference in North Carolina. These events were great opportunities to lift up local community initiatives taking place across the country to prevent both violence and chronic disease.
Funding Opportunity: Prop 84 Parks and Rec Grants, Round Two
This second round of the Statewide Park Program will make $184 million available for the creation of new parks and recreation facilities in critically underserved communities throughout California.
California’s protracted budget crisis threatens many public health initiatives – healthy eating and active living programs among them. But a bill proposed this month in Sacramento could add $1.7 billion a year to fund much-needed healthy eating and active living programs. By levying a penny-per-ounce on every soda and sugar-sweetened beverage sold in California, AB 669 could safeguard investments in safe places for children to play and be active, healthy school meals, community access to healthy food, and physical education.
People are 38% more likely to exercise when they live within one mile of a park. In Orange County, where low income communities and communities of color have disproportionately low access to green space and 67% of fifth grade students failed to meet California Department of Education physical fitness standards in 2008, increasing access to parks and other green space can be an effective solution to improving public health and reducing healthcare costs.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
California Healthy Cities and Communities Annual Conference
American Public Health Association Midyear Meeting
Implementing Health Reform - A Public Health Approach
June 23-25, 2011
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WHAT IS THE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE?
The Strategic Alliance is reframing the debate on nutrition and physical activity away from a focus solely on individual choice and lifestyle towards one of environmental influences and corporate and government responsibility. Current Steering Committee members are: California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness Program (CANFit), California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA), California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) , California Project LEAN, California WIC Association (CWA), Child Care Food Program Roundtable, Latino Health Access, Partnership for the Public's Health, Prevention Institute, PolicyLink, Samuels & Associates and Public Health Law & Policy.
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