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What We’re Reading – 10/12/16

Corporate Advertising in our National Parks Earlier this year, the National Park Service (NPS) proposed a new policy that would open parks to corporate advertising and allow the sale of naming rights at National Parks. The public comment period on the policy change closed months ago, but the NPS hasn’t made the comments publicly available. Continue reading

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Approximately one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for life-threatening and costly health problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The problem is not distributed evenly across the population: childhood obesity among preschoolers is more prevalent among children of color and Continue reading

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Philly Becomes Second American City to Tax Soda

On Thursday, Philadelphia City Council approved a ground-breaking new strategy to fund public amenities while preventing the consumption of excessive added sugar: they taxed soda! Here are some of the details of the new law as reported by philly.com: The city will begin collecting the tax on January 1st, 2017 The tax adds 1.5-cents per-ounce Continue reading

De Anza Park in Pittsburg

De Anza Park has a New Play Structure!

This beautiful new playground is the result of hard work and dedication by the East County Regional Group (ECRG), the First 5 Contra Costa Children & Families Commission, and Healthy & Active Before 5. In 2012 these advocates assessed 22 Pittsburg parks to determine their suitability for young children to play and engage in physical Continue reading