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Sustainability in the context of diet is not a new issue. The challenge is how to turn today’s more complex, nuanced definition of sustainability into a feasible reality.

This particularly difficult for those living in low- and middle-income contexts and in countries where tremendous inequalities force policy makers to make difficult decisions about what to prioritize. The rapid demographic transition underway worldwide, with increasing wealth, urbanization, and other factors driving a growing demand for meat also contributes to the challenge of sustainability.

Click here to read more in a report of the proceedings from the 2018 Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

 

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For far too long, discriminatory laws and policies have prevented people from living healthy lives.

Everyone deserves good jobs and schools, healthy food, safe neighborhoods, quality health care, and affordable housing. But some folks are excluded from accessing these basic needs because of unfair policies that create barriers to health in underserved communities. Changing existing laws and policies is the most effective method for undoing the harms of discriminatory policies and advancing health equity across America.

ChangeLab Solutions is proud to announce A Blueprint for Changemakers: Achieving Health Equity Through Law & Policy. This new resource presents legal strategies and best practices to help policymakers, practitioners, and communities improve health outcomes.

The Blueprint outlines ways to leverage the unique power and efficacy of local policy solutions, incorporate health in all policies, and engage diverse community members in the policy process. At its core, the Blueprint focuses on comprehensive strategies to address the fundamental drivers of health inequities.

ChangeLab Solutions developed A Blueprint for Changemakers in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a national committee of advisors.

Click here for more information.

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Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Opportunity Atlas tracks the outcomes of 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-30s in all 70,000 census tracts with the ability to analyze findings by race, gender, and income. In the past, we could measure neighborhood wealth and poverty at a given moment, but never before could we see how early childhood experiences can influence income into adulthood.

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The Breastfed Babies Welcome Here! resource contains communication tools Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators can use to let mothers and families know that breastfed babies are welcome at their child care site. It includes a mother’s guide, 11″x17″ poster, and a message graphic.

Availability: Spanish and printed materials available soon. All are welcome to download these materials and make copies. If you have difficulty opening any of these files in your Internet browser, please right-click on the link and “save target as…” to download.

 

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Over 10 million US children head to after school programs when the school day ends. Young people who stay for after-school programming spend a large part of their waking hours on the school campus. Out-of-School-Time (OST) programs provide youth with safety and supervision. Research shows that some OST programs can support student academic achievement and may play a role in reducing health disparities.  OST programs can also provide opportunities for children to get physical activity and to learn and practice healthy eating. Additionally, programs that follow evidence-based practices aimed at improving personal and social skills of youths are linked with positive social behaviors. However, CDC research suggests that families in rural communities have less access to school-based OST programs than those in urban areas.

Click here to learn more.

 

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The promotion of health equity is central to Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) work to support optimal health for every person and community.

As a part of this effort, TFAH produced a 4-part webinar series called Taking Action to Promote Health Equity—Using the Lessons from Cutting-Edge Practices to Improve Health and Well Being. The goal is to shine a bright light on some of the most compelling and replicable activities that help advance health equity.  Program speakers share their lessons learned through practice and experiences that are transferable to diverse community settings – large or small, urban or rural and with substantial or minimal resources.  And while a few of the examples may be familiar, the webinar series features excellent work that has not received much national attention.

 

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