Where’s the “evidence” on school lunches?

[ Posted on April 6th, 2011 by Health DATA | No Comments » ]
Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Projects

90% of meals offered in schools do not meet current nutrition standards. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update nutrition standards and ensure the safety of foods served in schools.  The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a joint endeavor by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, wants to improve this situation by using data to formulate nonpartisan, science-based nutrition standards.  The goal?  Getting kids to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables while decreasing their consumption of sodium and junk food.
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Webinar on how to put data to use in health policy

[ Posted on April 3rd, 2011 by Health DATA | No Comments » ]
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CHIS & HEALTH POLICY: Center Associate Director and UCLA School of Public Health professor  Steven P. Wallace talks in this webinar about how to put health data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) into the hands of advocates, policymakers, community health agencies and community members. Watch the webinar (VIDEO). (more…)

New bill would ease access to CalFresh benefits

[ Posted on March 29th, 2011 by Health DATA | No Comments » ]
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ACCESS TO FOOD: The CalFresh Act would improve access to food by bolstering participation CalFresh, California’s version of Food Stamps. “By removing unnecessary hurdles for families, my bill would support California financially and ensure that thousands more families and children in need have adequate nutrition,” said Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes. Read more about the CalFresh Bill.

Data powers projects to ‘re-imagine’ South LA

[ Posted on March 29th, 2011 by Gwen Driscoll | No Comments » ]
Reimagining South LA

NEW LANDSCAPES: Parks, playgrounds, bike paths – not images often associated with South Los Angeles. But a dedicated network of community groups talked about how they aim to change that image – and their community’s health – on a March 12 bus and bike tour of some of the city’s most blighted neighborhoods. The “Re-imagining Empty Space” tour, organized by LA’s Community Health Councils, featured visits to six sites, including the 27th Street Pocket Park (a stunning square of greenery designed for free by local landscape architect Renee Gunter), the Richardson Family Park (a revived West Adams playground), as well as to a garbage-strewn alley at the corner of Main Street and E. 53rd Street that a consortium of city and nonprofit groups hope to transform into (more…)

Tips for town hall meetings

[ Posted on March 29th, 2011 by Health DATA | No Comments » ]
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‘IN-YOUR-FACE’ ADVOCACY: A new tip sheet tells you how to effectively deliver a face-to-face message to policymakers in town hall or other public meetings and to position your organization as an expert on an issue.  The upshot?  Keep it short, keep it timely, and above all be accurate! Read the Tips (PDF) (more…)

April 6 forum on health disparities, environment

[ Posted on March 29th, 2011 by Health DATA | No Comments » ]
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ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH DISPARITIES FORUM IN L.A.: Join Community Health Councils, together with other health advocates and some of the state’s most well-regarded leaders in public health, on April 6 for an educational forum about (more…)