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From creating safe routes for children to walk and bike to funding critical afterschool programs through a soda tax, a number of bills have been proposed that promote physical activity and healthy living in communities across the state. Here’s a round-up of physical activity-related legislation that’s on the table this year:
On March 30th, food policy researcher and advocate, Dr. Marion Nestle, was honored as the 2011 National Hero at University of California, Berkeley’s annual Public Health Heroes Awards Ceremony. Through her tireless research and strong advocacy, Dr. Nestle has alerted public health advocates across the country to the unethical practices and powerful lobbying of the food and beverage industry. In many ways, her work has served as a call to action, shaping food and nutrition policy efforts at local, state, and national levels.
A recent ruling by the state Supreme Court concluded that the Alameda County school district must provide elementary school students with 200 minutes of physical education every two weeks, in accordance to state law. Implementation of physical education requirements in the state education code has been challenging, and in many communities, non-existent, but this recent ruling is an opportunity for physical education and physical activity advocates to encourage school districts to meet requirements and partner in efforts to advance health-promoting behaviors for students and communities. Click here to read more.
Released this month, Why Place and Race Matter makes the undeniable case that race must be central to the decisions made by policymakers, advocates, and community leaders if we ever hope to close the racial health gap. Published by PolicyLink and The California Endowment, this report builds off long-standing research showing that life outcomes can be dramatically improved by changing the economic, social, and physical environments in which we live.
Research released last week by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) provides further evidence that a proposed soda tax – AB 669 – could be instrumental in funding schools and critically needed childhood prevention efforts. California’s Soda Tax: Helping Cash-Strapped Communities Protect Children’s Health provides a county-by-county analysis of how the $1.7 billion in revenues generated by a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would be allocated to communities across the state.
Healthier Communities Through Redevelopment, developed by Public Health Law & Policy, provides an overview of the framework, tools, and general practices of redevelopment, showing how redevelopment projects can help improve residents' health while strengthening the local economy. By partnering with local redevelopment agencies, this guide illustrates how public health advocates and other community leaders can help incorporate better nutrition and active living into plans for revitalizing the most blighted neighborhoods.
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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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