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

The New York Times

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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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Closing the Broccoli Gap

The New York Times

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The lack of access to healthy food has always been a problem for the financially unstable. Food stamps can now be used to buy fresh produce at farmers markets, but greater success could be achieved by getting grocery stores involved.

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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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FDA's ‘terrible policy error' blocks simple step to prevent fatal birth defects

The Seattle Times

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The life-saving vitamin folic acid is added to flour in the United States, but Hispanics tend to eat little flour. Adding folic acid to corn flour would reduce birth defects in Hispanic women in the U.S.

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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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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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Helping Brazil's Poor Heal at Home

The New York Times

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Physical illnesses trigger and exacerbate poverty because costs are too high to treat them. The Associação Saúde Criança in Rio de Janeiro counsels poor, urban families with ill children. Volunteers assist families with food, medicine, vocational training, housing, legal aid, among other services...

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In ‘Food Deserts,' Oases of Nutrition

The New York Times

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Asian cities are over-crowded and many residences are kitchenless, causing families with children to consume unhealthy food from the street vendors. Mercy Corps, a non-profit organization that advocates nutrition, has initiated some for-profit businesses in Jakarta that provide healthy food to un...

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Improving School Lunch by Design

The New York Times

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The San Francisco Unified School District is piloting a collaboration with the design firm IDEO to re-imagine the school food system and help combat childhood obesity by better designing the space and the experience of how children eat, as much as the type of food they consume.

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