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'Open streets' in Pennsylvania's cities: closing streets to cars, opening them to cyclists and salsa lessons

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Bogotá is largely credited with originating the concept of “open streets” —where city roads are closed to car traffic and given over to people for fun and fitness—but it has grown beyond that city, surfacing in Pennsylvania.

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At a YMCA Near You, a Course for a Diabetic Nation

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We know how to prevent diabetes - but the U.S, medical system, with its twisted priorities, doesn’t cover prevention. A new program at the YMCA aims to build structured, effective prevention measures.

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Tackling obesity for 'the body of Christ': a Mississippi pastor's healthy mission

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Healthcare professionals have learned that weight loss efforts can be much more effective when led by a trusted guide – and that person may not be a doctor. A neighborhood church assumes responsibility for keeping their parishioners healthy.

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Osseo schools head off misbehavior before it starts

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Schools in one Minnesota district are using tactics like yoga breaks, school mottoes and rewards to combat behavioral issues.

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Walking Together for Health and Spirit

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A network of women, most of whom are African-American, are re-defining the health benefits of walking; more than just exercise and weight loss, they find joy and self-confidence when they organize in groups.

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4 Out of 5 Black Women Are Overweight. This Group Has the Solution.

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Obesity has become a health crisis for many women in the African-American community, but a group known as GirlTrek is working to change this by making exercise a social norm and creating supportive connections between women with shared goals. This new organization, which works to identify barrier...

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Designing an Active, Healthier City

The New York Times

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Obesity is at an all-time high in the United States, and is hard to combat. But urban obesity can be countered with inviting streets to stroll, dramatic staircases to climb, parks to exercise in - it’s called “active design.”

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In Laramie, those in the drug court are finding the benefits of yoga

Wyoming Public Radio

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Yoga is introduced in Wyoming a therapeutic way to overcome addictions, giving addicts the opportunity to take control of their bodies in a stress-free environment.

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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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Why Sweden has so few road deaths

The Economist

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Sweden's "Vision Zero" program has used a comprehensive approach to infrastructure and regulation to drastically reduce traffic-related deaths, making Swedish roads the safest in the world.

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