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Oct 10, 2011

Celebrating School Success

Consider this: school meals can be healthy, affordable and appealing to kids. Hard to believe? Districts across the United States are proving it can be done...

Schools face many challenges in their mission to serve healthy food to students, including budget constraints, equipment and training limitations, and notoriously picky consumers. However, considering that nearly one in three American children and adolescents is overweight or obese and at increased risk for long-term health problems, it is vital that schools overcome those challenges. Because our nation’s schools provide meals to more than 31 million children each day, they can play a crucial role in supporting children’s health.

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Source: Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

School Food
Oct 14, 2011

''FDA faulted over state inspections''

"The Food and Drug Administration is relying more often on states to inspect food plants but is failing to properly monitor those state inspections or follow through on their findings, the Department of Health and Human Services watchdog has concluded."

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Source: The Washington Post

Food Safety
Oct 19, 2011

''FDA Probe Points To Cantaloupe Packing Plant As Source Of Listeria''

A report by NPR's All Things Considered on a Listeria outbreak traced to a Colorado cantaloupe farm features a quote from Erik Olson, director of food programs at Pew Health Group. He specifically addressed the risk that proposed budget cuts will affect food safety prevention efforts.

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Source: NPR

Food Hazards
Oct 21, 2011

Aaron Wernham to Lead HIA Training, Sessions at Upcoming American Public Health Association Meeting

Health Impact Project director Aaron Wernham will lead a training and two sessions at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Read more about HIA at this year’s APHA meeting.

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Source: Health Impact Project

Health Impact Assessment
Oct 21, 2011

''Gotcha’ Fees Force Customers to Quit Banks''

"Hidden bank fees are pushing the working poor out of mainstream banking and into riskier, more expensive alternatives to managing their personal finances. A new study released by the Pew Charitable Trusts provides a stark snapshot of how banks’ embrace of sneaky fees hurt the most vulnerable consumers."

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Source: Time Moneyland

Oct 21, 2011

''Fees Help Drive Working Poor From Banks''

"'Hidden or unexpected' fees are the No. 1 reason given by the working poor for closing bank accounts, a recent study found. The study by the Safe Banking Opportunities Project, a project of the Pew Health Group, surveyed 2,000 predominantly low-income, Hispanic households in the Los Angeles area in a two-phase study. Study participants were screened and recruited through a door-to-door, interviewer-administered survey."

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Source: New York Times Bucks Blog

Oct 24, 2011

''Blumenthal Backs Measure to Promote Drug Development''

"There's an arms race going on, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday, and we're losing. "We're in an arms race with pathogens that are evolving faster than we are developing drugs to treat them," the Connecticut Democrat said during a press conference at Hartford Hospital."

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Source: The Connecticut Mirror

Antibiotic Innovation
Oct 26, 2011

''Report: Industry decides food ingredient safety''

Thousands of ingredients that go into food have been classified as safe by private industry alone, without any government oversight, according to a new report published Wednesday...The peer-reviewed report published in the Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety journal draws on research funded by the Pew Health Group, the health and consumer safety arm of the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Source: Associated Press

Food Additives
Oct 28, 2011

''FDA Goes Overseas to Monitor Imports''

"As American companies seek a more cost-effective environment and larger pools of patients, weighing the clinical data gathered at trials outside of the United States is one example of how globalization has affected the responsibilities of the Food and
Drug Administration."

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Source: Quality News Today

Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety
Oct 29, 2011

''Rising antibiotic use on farms prompts renewed push for federal restrictions''

"Public health advocates are renewing their push for stronger restrictions on antibiotics in food production after a Pew Health Group analysis of federal data found that their use was up 6.7 percent in 2010."

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Source: The Hill

Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Oct 31, 2011

''Meat industry unhappy over limiting the use of antibiotics''

"For decades, factory farms have used antibiotics even in healthy animals to promote faster growth and prevent diseases that could sicken livestock held in confined quarters. But a firestorm has erupted over a federal proposal recommending antibiotics only when animals are actually sick."

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Source: The Washington Post

Health Topics, Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Nov 1, 2011

''Amish-raised chicken on CPS lunch menu''

"Drumsticks from chickens raised on Amish farms without the use of antibiotics will be served at the 473 schools catered by Chartwells-Thompson. The company plans to buy about 1.2 million pounds of unprocessed Amish chicken this year for CPS, the largest district in the nation to make such a commitment."

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Source: Chicago Tribune

Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Nov 1, 2011

''Healthier chicken served in Chicago schools''

"Students dining in 473 Chicago schools Tuesday were served local chicken raised without antibiotics. Chicago Public Schools started a new chicken program with fresh chicken purchased from Miller Amish Country Poultry in Indiana."

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Source: ABC News

School Food
Nov 1, 2011

''Grant brings Ga. produce to school lunch trays''

"Agriculture has been a top business in Hall County for decades.   Now, the Hall County school system is capitalizing on that and bringing local food into local schools, with the help of a grant from the state Department of Agriculture and Department of Education."

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Source: Gainesville Times

School Food
Nov 3, 2011

''Consumer 10.0: How the Pew Trusts aided credit card reform''

"It was early 2007, and Michael Roster and Dwane Krumme each viewed the credit card industry with growing dismay."

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Source: Philly Tablet Inquirer

Nov 4, 2011

''Bank Fees Are a Credit Union's Best Friend''

"Something is wrong when keeping cash in the kitchen cookie jar seems a reasonable substitute for your bank.''

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Source: Bloomberg

Nov 4, 2011

''FDA: Moldy applesauce repackaged by school lunch supplier''

"A Washington state fruit processor that supplies the nation’s schools and a baby food maker is under scrutiny by federal health regulators for repackaging applesauce contaminated with several kinds of potentially dangerous, multi-colored molds, msnbc.com has learned."

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Source: MSNBC

School Food
Nov 6, 2011

Health Impact Project Receives Funding From The Kresge Foundation to Make Health a Factor in Housing-Related Decisions

WASHINGTON— The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, announced today that The Kresge Foundation will support two health impact assessments (HIAs) to inform decisions in the housing sector.  

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Source: Health Impact Project

Health Impact Assessment
Nov 6, 2011

''Schools track safety of food from farm to plate''

“Ecker’s Apple Farm apples are cooled, soaked and polished before being shipped off to Coulee Region schools.”

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Source: La Crosse Tribune

School Food
Nov 7, 2011

''Birmingham, Jefferson County school lunches get more healthy''

"In their ongoing efforts to make lunchroom meals more nutritious, Birmingham and Jefferson County schools have adopted new and creative ways to get students to eat their vegetables."

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Source: Birmingham News

School Food
Nov 8, 2011

''COMMENTARY: Change is on the menu at schools across the country''

"On average, two of every three school children eat a National School Lunch Program lunch and consume about one-third of their total calories from that meal each weekday."

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Source: Hutchison Leader

School Food
Nov 9, 2011

''Yes, More on Those Cheetos (And the News May Not Be Good)''

"I chose to lead off with this topic because I’ve long been concerned about the nutritional quality of the foods HISD offers to students for profit, in competition with the federally subsidized school meal, on the district’s a la carte lines."

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Source: Houston Chronicle

School Food
Nov 10, 2011

HIA Mentorship Project Selects Local Health Departments, Mentor Organizations

The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Mentorship Project has selected four local health departments and mentor organizations to participate in a joint effort to complete an HIA. The Mentorship Program came about through the combined efforts of the Health Impact Project and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

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Source: Health Impact Project

Health Impact Assessment
Nov 15, 2011

''Congress pushes back on healthier school lunches''

"In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza and french fries to stay on school lunch lines and is fighting the Obama administration's efforts to take unhealthy foods out of schools.The final version of a spending bill released late Monday would unravel school lunch standards the Agriculture Department proposed earlier this year. These include limiting the use of potatoes on the lunch line, putting new restrictions on sodium and boosting the use of whole grains. The legislation would block or delay all of those efforts."

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Source: Associated Press

School Food
Nov 17, 2011

Ten Public Health Institutes Chosen for In-Depth HIA Training

The Health Impact Project and National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) have chosen the 10 public health institutes (PHIs) that will participate in a two-day, in-person, health impact assessment (HIA) training at the Pew Conference Center in Washington, DC, November 29-30, 2011.

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Source: Health Impact Project

Health Impact Assessment