The Health Impact Project is issuing its fourth call for proposals to support two types of initiatives: health impact assessment, or HIA, demonstration projects that inform a specific decision; and HIA program grants that enable organizations with experience with HIAs to develop sustainable HIA programs that integrate the assessments and related approaches in policymaking at the local, state, or tribal levels. More info
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Only 1 in 10 school districts nationwide (12 percent) has all the kitchen equipment needed to serve healthy foods, according to a new report issued by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project. The report makes recommendations for how schools, policymakers, industry, and philanthropic partners can work together to make these investments and provide healthy, appealing foods more efficiently. It is the first national assessment of districts’ kitchen equipment and infrastructure needs.More info
Industrialized poultry production in the United States delivers considerable efficiencies, but the same system carries significant, hidden costs for the environment, for many communities where chickens are raised for industrial production, and sometimes for the chicken growers themselves, according to a report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
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All his life, Paul Schwarz had been active and healthy. When his family imagined the various ways that the decorated veteran of World War II might eventually die, they never imagined that the cause would be a piece of cantaloupe.
2013 Pew scholar Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, has developed an inexpensive tool to diagnose infections like malaria in developing countries. He is leveraging citizen science to test his origami-inspired paper microscope. More info
Manu Prakash, a 2013 Pew scholar, recently won an award for developing a chemistry kit, intended for children, that mixes chemicals together using the insides of a music box. Having also invented a foldable paper microscope, the Stanford University bioengineer is advancing access to science for non-scientists. More info
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As Congress and the President completed the farm bill in February, victims of foodborne illness and their families wrote letters to the editor applauding federal leaders for leaving out proposals that threatened to undo parts of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. More info
In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama recognized the need to “stay ahead of drug-resistant bacteria” and that developing therapies to fight these threats is an opportunity for American innovation and discovery. The threat of drug-resistant bacteria is real, and the need for antibiotic development clear.More info
To prepare for the big game this Sunday, some of America’s top athletes will run drills and watch film to anticipate the other team’s strategy—but even the best players cannot predict what might be their fiercest opposition.
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Journal-Sentinel: Illness Linked to Crave Brothers Soft Cheese Caused by Unsanitary Conditions, CDC Reports
An illness outbreak from a Wisconsin cheesemaker that was linked to one death and a miscarriage likely was caused by substantial sanitation deficiencies in the cheese-making process, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Harvard School of Public Health: New School Meal Standards Significantly Increase Fruit, Vegetable Consumption
New federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. More info
Harvard School of Public Health researchers proved critics wrong by measuring the amount of waste left behind on more than 1,000 elementary and middle school students’ lunch trays both before and after the standards were imposed. More info
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