The lion's share of ARRA funds are just starting to flow into the economy. Last week the Department of Transportation announced $1.5 billion dollars in funding from the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Applications totalled $60 billion, reflecting tight budgets at the state & local levels.
Complete Streets measures to increase physical activity were evident in many of the grant applications.
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Health Affairs (Web Exclusives) confirms that obesity is the leading cost driver in medical care across all payer sources. Complications associated with obesity, primarily chronic disease, accounted for the increase in Medicare spending from 1987-2006.
Annual Medical Spending Attributable to Obesity: Payer-and service-specific estimates
Activities to document our food environment are gaining momentum. The USDA released a web-based tool that provides several food & physical activity indicators for all counties in the nation.
The Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors:
Food Choices—Indicators of the community's access to and acquisition of healthy, affordable food, such as: access and proximity to a grocery store; number of foodstores and…
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The authors confirm that we live in an obesogenic environment nearly 24-7.
Abstract & Introduction
Objectives. We assessed the availability and accessibility of energy-dense snacks in retail stores whose primary merchandise was not food and whether these varied by store type, region, or socioeconomic…Continue
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The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) publishes the Community Development Investment Review. FRBSF's Community Affairs Department created the Center for Community Development to research & raise the visibility of the latest efforts in providing capital to low-income and/or economically fragile communities. The summer 2009 issue (Volume 5, Issue 3) was dedicated to the impact of place/community on health.
The spectrum of disciplines &…Continue