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The Bronx's Weight Problem

WNYC

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The Bronx is working to solve obesity by turning to healthy eating in a society where fast food is cheaper and of greater quantity. It turns out that increasing access to fruits and vegetables, which the Bronx has done, makes no difference in whether or not people actually eat it - but one reside...

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Conquering Food Deserts With Green Carts

The New York Times

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Programs to get fresh produce carts to areas with no access to healthy food work best when government and determined entrepreneurs team up.

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For Weight Loss, a Recipe of Teamwork and Trust

The New York Times

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Weight-loss is difficult to maintain, individually and even in small support groups. In support groups, different structures are required to hold team participants accountable for continued progress, including tough-love, discipline, and financial incentives.

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At a Big Church, a Small Group Health Solution

The New York Times

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The best way to lose weight is to join a small group. Two columns on groups in churches and the workplace – and how to design them so they work.

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To Fight Obesity, a Carrot, and a Stick

The New York Times

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Child obesity is decreasing even among poor children. Making healthy food more widely available, as well as using financial incentive programs, has greatly helped in increasing habits of healthy eating.

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In healthcare, what makes Maine different?

Los Angeles Times

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Northern Maine is home to some of America's poorest - but it ranks high on national measures of health. Hospital programs visit more patients in their homes where they can be more comfortable and receive everything they need, which in turn reduces medical costs.

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What Doctors Can't Do

The New York Times

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Many low income citizens feel as though they are restricted from getting medical attention and often stay trapped in their problems. Home visits offer a positive solution.

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Fruit, Not Fries: Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices

NPR

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With child obesity on the rise, public school students have lacked the motivation and access to eat healthy food. Different programs around the country aim to improve student diet in public schools, including Real Eats for Academics and Life in Los Angeles and Cornell’s Smarter Lunchrooms Movemen...

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In S. King County, an extraordinary effort to bring better health

The Seattle Times

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In S. King County, Wash., the organization Global to Local identified Seattle's ironic status as being a global-health center but having an increasingly unhealthy populace. Global to Local pointed local citizens to a variety of services, using a "connect the dots" approach to treatment.

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Time to Revisit Food Deserts

The New York Times

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The 'food desert' term is a hot buzzword that suggests lack of access. Research on obesity and food availability in poor areas suggests that access must be considered, but only alongside additional factors like price, taste and education.

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