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The Beacon Today

Morgan Therrien

2 July 2020

Jupiter, Florida, United States

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Diabetics require fresh food and produce to maintain their health, but doing so has become difficult during the pandemic, especially for people who are immunocomprised and therefore unable to frequently venture out to...

Choteau Acantha

Melody Martinsen

6 June 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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A group exercise class known as StrongPeople is helping senior citizens in Montana find community and improve their health through progressive strength training. Participants have reported positive results, while stud...

Planet Forward

Matilda Kreider

10 December 2019

Navajo Nation, United States

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A produce prescription program is one of several approaches that people living in Navajo Nation are taking to combat the harms of living in a food desert. Although this program has only been implemented on a small sca...

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...

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Tristan Xiong

31 August 2019

Minneapolis, Missouri, United States

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Hoop dancing, an activity with origins in indigenous dance traditions, can provide a means to physical fitness and child development. In Minneapolis, a professional hoop dancer is using this knowledge and his skill to...

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...

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...

WBUR

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 ...

Time Magazine

Alice Park

23 February 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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Bringing nutrition and diet under the purview of a patient’s medical care helps reduce lifetime healthcare risks and costs. The Fresh Food Farmacy, part of the Geisinger Health System in Northumberland County, Pennsyl...

San Francisco Chronicle

Erin Allday

21 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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California marks the first state in the United States to join the ranks of other countries such as Mexico that saw a significant decline in soda sales and increase in water sales after enacting a sugar tax. Critics of...

The New York Times

Janet Morrissey

14 February 2019

United States

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The future of medical devices is beginning to heavily rely on the integration of technological advances including apps, robotic and 3-D printing. From increasing education around diabetes via an app to digital smart p...

Popular Science

Alisha McDarris

11 January 2019

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

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There is so little artificial light in Flagstaff that you can see the Milky Way from downtown. The city has banned sweeping searchlights, required outdoor light to be shielded downwards, and switched illumination on a...

CNN

Michael Nedelman

10 October 2018

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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A report from Canada says that intermittent fasting helped wean three men with type-2 diabetes off insulin. The idea of curing diabetes is not widely accepted in the medical field, but some medical professionals think...

The Guardian

George Monbiot

21 February 2018

Frome, Somerset, England

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Data from a trial in Frome, England shows that strong community support has a strong impact on recovery rates from a variety of medical ailments. The Compassionate Frome Project and Health Connections Mendip connect p...

OZY

Nick Fouriezos

11 January 2018

Mississippi, United States

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In order to overcome the lowest doctor-to-patient-ratio in the country, Mississippi has implemented a robust telemedicine program. The program counts among its successes a diabetes prevention program where people regu...

NEO.LIFE

Rob Waters

9 November 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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Even though millions of people around the world rely on drugs like insulin to live, the big pharmaceutical companies often seem to value profit over people, and the costs of critical medications can be prohibitive. A ...

KNME-PBS

Antonia Gonzales

3 November 2017

Leupp, New Mexico, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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In the town of Leupp, a Navajo community, the school and community members are working to educate kids to drink water rather than sugary drinks and sodas. Part of their effort includes increasing availability to water...

Smithsonian

Brian Barth

2 February 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A program called FVRx (Fruits and Vegetables Rx) enlists physicians, grocery stores, and the government SNAP program to help make underserved communities healthier. When physicians write prescriptions for fruits and v...

The New York Times

Moises Velasquez-Manoff

3 June 2016

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Why do poorer countries like Russia have much lower rates of autoimmune diseases like Type 1 diabetes? Preventing autoimmune disorders may require emulating aspects of that “dirtier” world: safely bottling the kinds o...

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

15 May 2016

El Paso, Texas, United States

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Liver disease is killing El Pasoans at an alarming rate and draining resources as sick patients end up in hospitals and emergency rooms – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Liver disease’s three main causes are preve...

Bright Magazine

Colleen Kimmett

20 April 2016

Brazil

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By requiring schools to buy 30 percent of products from smallholder farms, Brazil provides fresher food to students and economic benefits to otherwise struggling farmers. Since 1955, Brazil's staple national school lu...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

30 March 2016

United States

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Nutrition labeling on sugary drinks hardly gives understandable measurements so that consumers can make informed choices for their well-being. Outside of the United States, other countries like Mexico have tried the “...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

10 December 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland's infant mortality rate is double the national average. Sugar Mamas is a local program based on the national CenteringPregnancy programs where pregnant women who have diabetes meet twice a month to discuss ...

Yes! Magazine

Jasmine Aguilera

Yessenia Funes

8 December 2015

El Paso, Texas, United States

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U.S. Hispanics who pass down a tradition of food, family, and healing are healthier. But as generations become more assimilated, many are adjusting to less healthy diets and habits.

The Guardian

Tina Rosenberg

3 November 2015

Chiapas, Mexico

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El Poder del Consumidor is an organization fighting Coca-Cola's power over health care decisions in Mexico. The organization tried many tactics but only found success after finding friends with enough money to compete...

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