Smoke-free park policies slow to catch on, study says

Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: February 18, 2014

Bans on smoking in public parks are still fairly rare in the United States, despite more than half of states having indoor smoking restrictions, researchers say. Just 355 counties out of 3,143 across the nation have smoke-free park policies – typically they’re areas where the population is younger, more politically liberal and more well-off, the study team found. But rural and poorer communities should be encouraged to enact them too in the name of public…

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Could Taxing Soda Create Jobs?

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: February 13, 2014

Taxing soda and other sugar-rich drinks – a measure lawmakers and voters have weighed to combat the nation’s growing obesity epidemic – would have no negative effect on jobs, a study finds. Researchers at the University of Illinois (Chicago) found that a 20 percent increase on the price of sugar-sweetened beverages would have an overall positive impact on the labor market. The American Beverage Association has long pushed back against such a tariff on the…

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Surgeon General nominee pledges focus on obesity - Boston.com

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Published: February 05, 2014

Surgeon General nominee pledges focus on obesity Boston.com WASHINGTON (AP) â€" The Obama administration’s nominee for surgeon general says his top priorities will be fighting obesity and helping communities promote healthier living. Dr. Vivek Murthy, a Harvard Medical School physician, told a Senate committee … and more »

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Obesity link to economy: study

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Published: February 04, 2014

A link exists between a country's economic freedom, fast-food purchases, and obesity, researchers say.

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Study Explores Causes of Infant Mortality in the US South - Nature World News

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Published: February 04, 2014

Nature World News Study Explores Causes of Infant Mortality in the US South Nature World News In addition to higher rates of obesity and diabetes, the South region of the US has the highest rates of excess infant mortality in the county, and a new study explores reasons why this is this happening. Writing in the … "Conversely, a majority of …

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Whole Foods looks to New Orleans ReFresh Project to launch national healthy-eating foundation

Core Research Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: February 04, 2014

Whole Foods Market is launching a foundation for promoting nutrition and health education, an effort that will start by studying the New Orleans ReFresh Project opening on Broad Street for a national model, officials said this week. Whole Cities Foundation, which aims to work with community groups to improve wellness nationwide, is getting $1 million in seed funding from Whole Foods Market. The initiative was slated to be announced Tuesday morning (Feb. 4) at Whole…

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