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Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

23 October 2019

Mexico

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Cities across the world are learning that a tax on sugary drinks can help to shift purchasing habits and reduce the risks of health problems such as diabetes, heart attacks, and stroke. As a Boulder council member exp...

The New York Times

Larry Buhl

22 October 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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California's version of Medicaid, called Medi-Cal, has launched a pilot that provides strict nutrition guidelines for individuals with a chronic illness, as a way to help keep them from having to visit the hospital. F...

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Aaron Moselle

21 October 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania’s WIC program, offering people experiencing economic hardship food stipends, is switching from paper checks to plastic cards. The seemingly small change will have a huge effect on how the benefits are use...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

16 October 2019

Auburn, Alabama, United States

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Several colleges in the U.S. use a third-party corporation to manage their dining services, but Auburn University's contract is unique in that it specifies 20 percent of all food must be locally sourced. This partners...

Grady Newsource

Gabriella Audi

3 October 2019

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Clarke County School District in Georgia has 21 public schools that all offer free meals to students, regardless of their financial needs. This is facilitated through a federally-funded program, so even though poverty...

The Innovator

Randy Mueller

1 October 2019

Petersburg, New York, United States

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The online Reparations for Black-Indigenous Farmers map connects farmers across the United States in an effort to support those who have been historically oppressed. Those who participate voluntarily pay reparations t...

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Irene Caselli

27 September 2019

Lampedusa, Italy

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In Lampedusa, a small Italian island, those that are struggling with mental health issues are finding help and solace in a local vegetable garden. Although this solution is not intended to act as a stand-alone answer,...

Grady Newsource

Phillip B. Hubbard

20 September 2019

Madison, Georgia, United States

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To better the health of their high school football athletes, Morgan County High School in Georgia implemented a program that focuses on ensuring the school's athletes are eating enough to compensate for the physical a...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

16 September 2019

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Simplifying the enrollment process makes the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) more accessible to those who qualify. In Anchorage, Alaska, a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies funded a pilot pr...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

27 August 2019

Lagos, Nigeria

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Providing mothers with access to health education during and after pregnancy helps reduce child mortality. In Nigeria, the Mamacare program teaches pregnant women about nutrition, hygiene, and infant health at clinics...

FreshWater Cleveland

Mark Oprea

16 August 2019

Clark-Fulton, Ohio, United States

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In Clark-Fulton, Ohio, almost half of all residents lack access to a grocery store, but community organizations are working together to offer options such as produce giveaways and cooking classes. Not only are those p...

Concentrate

Sarah Rigg

7 August 2019

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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Troubling statistics and stories about children of color not getting the necessary physical fitness needed to be healthy is what lead the Ann Arbor YMCA to launch a new program targeted at this population of kids. "It...

NBC News

Erik Ortiz

10 July 2019

East Orange, New Jersey, United States

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Mobile delivery increases the accessibility of summer meal programs for children who rely on food assistance during the school year. Across the country, multiple initiatives by local governments, schools, nonprofits, ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jason Wilson

1 July 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In the United States, millions of people lack reliable access to food while hundreds of thousands of pounds of leftover food is thrown away. Fooding Forward is one of several non-profits in Philadelphia working direct...

MPR News

Megan Burks

20 June 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Food trucks have taken much of the United States by storm, but now the concept is being applied to helping keep children well nourished during summer months when school is out. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agricul...

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

14 June 2019

Durango, Colorado, United States

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Funded by a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, several nonprofits are working to fill the summer food security gap for children who rely on school meals. Several groups, including Pine River Shares and Friends...

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Kumasi Aaron

7 June 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Across America, there is a food insecurity problem that increasingly impacts children as they head into summer breaks from school. To address the gap that is created during this time, a school district in Denver, Colo...

Yes! Magazine

Yasmeen Wafai

6 June 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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As family and community style dinners become increasingly less commonplace, studies are showing that communication, academics and nutrition may suffer, but The Family Dinner Project is working to change this by offeri...

100 Days in Appalachia

Anna Patrick

5 June 2019

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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In West Virginia, a community health worker program trains community members to act as local health supporters. The program, which targets high-risk residents "in rural areas throughout Appalachia," eliminates the nee...

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Karen Weintraub

4 June 2019

Belmont, Massachusetts, United States

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Food is not just linked to physical well-being but also mental health as well, and some doctors are now prescribing a change in diet to address psychiatric concerns. Although not necessarily a cure-all, this approach ...

Carolina Public Press

Emily Weaver

3 June 2019

Cherokee, North Carolina, United States

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Individuals, churches, and nonprofits are joining together in North Carolina's food deserts to help address childhood hunger throughout the state. In one particularly food-insecure county, an alliance between three co...

KQED

Mary Franklin Harvin

29 May 2019

San Quentin, California, United States

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Quentin Cooks, a culinary program embedded within the San Quentin State Prison, is giving inmates necessary training and support to avoid recidivism and build a career in the food industry. The program teaches culinar...

The Guardian

Sarah Boseley

1 May 2019

Leeds, England, United Kingdom

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Increasing the confidence of parents in directing their children toward healthy choices is crucial in the battle against childhood obesity. In Leeds, England, the HENRY (Health, Exercise, and Nutrition for the Really ...

The Washington Post

Jane Black

Brent Cunningham

10 April 2019

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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After gaining attention in 2008 for having an obesity crisis, the city of Huntington, West Virginia started making slow and steady changes that have culminated into positive changes in the community's overall health. ...

Ensia

Lela Nargi

9 April 2019

Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

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Across the United States, schools, government agencies, and individuals are taking steps to reduce food waste in our schools’ cafeterias. There are collaborations that are trying to change the systemic processes by cr...

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