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Legislative Briefs: Government Actions on Obesity

New Orleans chooses company to implement bike share program
Social Bicycles, or SoBi, beat out 6 competitors for a multi-year contract to provide its bike services in New Orleans. A City Hall selection committee chose the Brooklyn, NY, based company over competitors for its innovative use of technology and ability to make the program accessible to low-income residents without funding from the city itself. Contract talks are in progress and SoBi hopes to have 700 bikes and 70 hubs in the city by next summer.
More at www.nola.com

$1 Million Now Available to Implement Healthy Food Retail Act
Seven years after passing the Healthy Food Retail Act, state lawmakers have approved $1 million in funding to implement the bill. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed off on the funding this summer when approving the state's budget. Former Governor Bobby Jindal had signed the original Healthy Food Retail Act July 2009.
The recently approved funding will allow for grants and loans to be provided to food retailers that sell fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved areas of the state. Retailers, including eligible farmers markets, will be able to use the combination of grants and loans for a range of improvement projects including but not limited to store expansion that will increase space for fresh produce, workforce training, and mobile markets. The much awaited funding will improve access to healthy foods for many urban and rural communities in Louisiana.
More at voicesforhealthykids.org

New Orleans to set up Safe Routes to School Program
Following the New Orleans City Council's vote to establish a Safe Routes to School Program, the New Orleans Health Department is set to hire a Program Coordinator. Safe Routes to School aims to encourage students to bike and walk to schools, while creating safer streets and sidewalks through infrastructure and education. Through the program, the Health Department will work with partners to increase the number of crossing guards, promote walking and biking, and disseminate information to the public about pedestrian and bicycle safety. The coordinator will be responsible for program development, public education, management of grant funding and contracts, and communication with partners. The job profile and requirements are posted online at worknola.com..

Topics:   policy , biking , walking , sidewalks , physical activity , nutrition , diet , food environment

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