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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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Why a Boston Suburb Combined Its High School and Senior Center

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A Boston suburb combined its high school and senior center to create a hub for the community. The result has saved space and forged interesting friendships.

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The Sense of an Ending

The New Yorker

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More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s or similar illnesses, and that number is growing as the population ages - without any immediate prospect of a cure, advocacy groups have begun promoting ways to offer people with dementia a comfortable decline instead of imposing on them a medical...

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The Rewards of Renewal

The New York Times

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Poor neighborhoods in the United States lack quality play spaces for children, also known as play deserts. An organization is enabling communities across the nation to build their own playground.

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The Power of the Playground

The New York Times

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Great minds from Plato to Piaget have recognized the importance of play in healthy child development, but with bullying becoming more prevalent on school playgrounds and increased pressure to maximize school hours to boost performance on standardized tests, schools are struggling to implement mea...

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

The Guardian

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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

Minneapolis Star Tribune

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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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Seniors Take Manhattan

Politico Magazine

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Cities tend to be dangerous and difficult places to live for older residents. A private public partnership in New York is catering to seniors through small changes in the city such as para-transit options and seniors-only hours at public establishments.

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Hard Times for Recess

The New York Times

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Despite strong evidence that school-based physical activity improves children’s cognitive skills, concentration and behavior, schools under pressure to produce quantitative results and increased bullying have drastically cut back on recess in recent years. An an Oakland-based nonprofit organizati...

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