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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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In Cambodia, 'Lucky' Iron Fish For The Cooking Pot Could Fight Anemia

NPR

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The World Bank estimates that iron deficiency is a $50 billion drain on global GDP. In Cambodia, one entrepreneur has marketed little blocks of metal that are dropped in cooking pots and slowly release iron, entering the cooked food.

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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

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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Walking Together for Health and Spirit

The New York Times

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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.

NationSwell

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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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A Sea Change in Treating Heart Attacks

The New York Times

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When a heart attack happens, the time of care and treatment is of utmost importance. Many people die of heart attacks every year because too much time passes between the care of emergency staff and the hospital cardiologists. New protocols, and new technology that transmits the EKG of a patient ...

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Do no harm: There's an infection hospitals can nearly always prevent. Why don't they?

Vox

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Even though most central line infections are preventable, they are a leading cause of death in the United States. The core of the problem resides in a hospital's approach, whether they put the effort into treating patients like they are in a car crash or a plane crash. Roseville Medical Center lo...

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