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May 6, 2013

''Bipartisan Bill Would Pay for School Kitchen Upgrades, Equipment''

Jessica Donze Black, director of the Pew Kids' Safe & Healthful Foods Project, speaks with Education Week about a bipartisan bill that would provide money for school kitchen upgrades.

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Source: EducationWeek

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
Aug 14, 2013

Bloomberg: Food Stamp Cut Backed by Republicans With Voters on Rolls

Based on $2 billion of annual cuts, about 5 million people would be eliminated from the program, according to a study by the Washington-based Health Impact Project, a collaborative effort between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The study also said the cuts would increase poverty and illnesses including heart disease and diabetes.

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Source: Bloomberg

Health Impact Assessment
Feb 21, 2014

Bloomberg: Researchers On Free & Reduced Lunch, The Opportunity Gap

Jessica Donze Black, director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, joins host Jane Stoddard Williams to discuss the National School Lunch Program that provides low-cost or free lunches to children.

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Source: Bloomberg

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
Mar 19, 2013

''Brominated Vegetable Oil in Gatorade?''

From oil in Gatorade to the amount of caffeine and other stimulants in energy drinks and the so-called "pink slime" found in beef, previously unnoticed ingredients are coming under scrutiny as health-conscious consumers demand more information about what they eat and drink, and sometimes go public via social networking and the Internet.

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Source: The Associated Press

Food Additives
May 7, 2013

''Budget Cuts Won't Reduce Food Safety Inspections''

"The Food and Drug Administration will not reduce food inspections because of budget cuts, despite warning earlier that it could be forced to eliminate thousands of inspections by Sept. 30."

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Source: USA TODAY

Food Safety
May 15, 2012

''Business Credit Cards can be Rewarding but Risky''

"Direct mail offers are flowing for business credit cards, many with attractive promotional interest rates and balance transfer deals...while there are many reasons to open an account, there can be substantial risks involved."

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Source: Credit Card Guide

Jun 3, 2011

''Business Credit Cards Provide Few Safeguards''

''Households receiving offers for 'business' credit cards would be wise to throw them away, a nonprofit research group is warning consumers.''

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jun 17, 2010

''CARD act misses mark on interest''

"The Federal Reserve this week adopted rules meant to protect credit card holders from predatory penalty fees and other charges, but not everyone feels the agency went far enough."

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Source: New Haven Register

Oct 28, 2009

''Cards From Largest Banks Would Break Law, Pew Says''

"None of the credit cards offered online by the 12 largest U.S. banks would meet requirements of new federal curbs on the industry’s rates and fees, a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts said."

 

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Source: Bloomberg

Mar 19, 2010

Carol Greider and the Nobel Prize

"Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., a 1990 Pew scholar in the biomedical sciences and now professor of molecular biology and genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing the award with Jack W. Szostak of Massachusetts General Hospital and Elizabeth H. Blackburn of the University of California at San Francisco.

The three scientists solved the biology question of how chromosomes, which contain DNA molecules, can be copied in a complete way during cell division and how they are protected against degradation. They showed, as the Nobel Assembly put it, that “the solution is to be found in the ends of the chromosomes—the telomeres—and in an enzyme that forms them—telomerase.”

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Source: Trust Magazine

Biomedical Research
Mar 19, 2010

''Carol Greider and the Nobel Prize''

"Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., a 1990 Pew scholar in the biomedical sciences and now professor of molecular biology and genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing the award with Jack W. Szostak of Massachusetts General Hospital and Elizabeth H. Blackburn of the University of California at San Francisco."

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Source: Trust Magazine

Biomedical Research
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
May 23, 2011

Changing the Menu in Chicago

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) represents the third-largest school district in the country, serving 400,000 students in more than 600 schools. In an effort to improve the quality of foods served in its schools, CPS debuted new breakfast and lunch menus in the 2010-2011 school year that exceed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) HealthierUS School Challenge Gold standards, distinguishing them as being among the healthiest in the country.

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Source: Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

School Food
Nov 7, 2008

''Check Cashers, Redeemed''

"Twenty or thirty years ago, traditional financial institutions fled neighborhoods like Watts, and guys like Tom Nix, co-founder of the biggest chain of check cashers and payday lenders in Southern California, rushed into the vacuum."

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Source: The New York Times Magazine

Jul 19, 2012

''Chefs Learn Advocacy Lessons''

Sixteen chefs gathered earlier this month at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn. for the James Beard Foundation's Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, a two-day program, jointly sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, that focused on coaching chefs on how to become stronger advocates for the causes which matter to them, and exposing them to the resources at their disposal.

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Source: Seattle Weekly

Food Safety
Feb 21, 2013

''Children in U.S. Are Eating Fewer Calories, Study Finds''

"American children consumed fewer calories in 2010 than they did a decade before, a new federal analysis shows. Health experts said the findings offered an encouraging sign that the epidemic of obesity might be easing, but cautioned that the magnitude of the decline was too small to move the needle much."

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Source: The New York Times

School Food
Jun 24, 2011

''China Illustrates Challenges for ‘Global’ FDA''

"Faced with a chronic shortage of staff around the world and a lack of enforcement authority in foreign countries, the FDA has come up with a plan to transform itself into a “truly global agency,” according to a report (pdf) on product safety and quality it released on Monday."

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety
Jul 22, 2010

''China Never Investigated Tainted Heparin, Says Probe''

"The Chinese government didn't pursue an investigation into contaminated heparin sent to the U.S. in 2007 and 2008, despite repeated requests from the U.S. for help, according to a congressional probe."

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety
Oct 14, 2013

Chronicle Times: Food Service Provider Connects Local Producers and Area Schools

"Three area produce growers have made a solid connection with Siouxland school lunch programs in Hinton, Dakota Valley, and Sioux City Bishop Heelan. The result is a three-way-win, with students getting fresher produce, the local farmers getting access to an important segment of the food service market, and the area economy developing stronger local ties."

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Source: Chronicle Times

School Food
Jan 4, 2012

''Citing Drug Resistance, U.S. Restricts More Antibiotics for Livestock''

Federal drug regulators announced on Wednesday that farmers and ranchers must restrict their use of a critical class of antibiotics in cattle, pigs, chickens, and turkeys because such practices may have contributed to the growing threat in people of bacterial infections that are resistant to treatment.

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Source: The New York Times

Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Mar 28, 2013

''Citizens Push For FDA To Prevent Food Poisoning Outbreaks''

"Six years ago, Bend resident Chrissy Christoferson's ten-month-old son suffered a ten-day struggle with what first appeared to be a touch of the flu."

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Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting

Food Safety
Aug 17, 2009

''City’s Poor Still Distrust Banks''

"In 1986, when the Lower East Side had just one bank in a 100-square-block area, the high numbers of residents without bank accounts alarmed the city but did not surprise anyone. In the years since, the number of bank branches has skyrocketed, with the big names compelled to open in underserved areas."

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Source: The New York Times

Feb 18, 2014

Civil Eats: State of the Tray: Will Recent Improvements in School Food be Rolled Back?

Jessica Donze Black, director for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, calls the modification change a “pragmatic and scientifically sound decision,” and San Francisco-based school food reformer Dana Woldow agrees: “[The calorie caps] will automatically limit the amount of potentially fatty protein and grains going into the meals. I think the days of seeing giant cheeseburgers the size of your head in school cafeterias may be over.”

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Source: Civil Eats

School Food