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The Cost of Kids’ Nutrition

A new USDA rule requires meal providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to serve more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but improving food quality comes at a cost beyond the reach of some meal providers.

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Partisan Divide Over Soda Tax

Passing and implementing policies is often contingent on favorable public opinion. A recent study in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law examines differing partisan responses to three messaging tactics about the soda tax.

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Are Hospitals Spending Enough on the Community?

Do nonprofit hospitals invest enough in community health initiatives to compensate for tax exemption status? New research shows spending on community health benefits remained essentially unchanged between 2010 and 2014.

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Dying Young in the USA

Child mortality is declining worldwide. The United States, however, has had higher rates of mortality for kids aged 0-19 compared to other wealthy nations, since the 1980s.

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Preventing Malaria

Africa carries a larger burden of malaria than all other regions of the world combined. The most effective ways of preventing malaria, bed nets and indoor insecticide spraying, are more challenging than they sound.

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A Drowsy Nation

50 to 70 million adults in the United States are not getting the sleep they need to keep them happy and healthy. Lack of sleep costs the U.S. around $15.9 billion per year.

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Rescuing Food for Family Health

The United States throws about 40% of its food away each year, costing about $218 billion. A recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council shows what kind of food gets wasted and potential for food rescue.

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Air Quality Standards Have Room to Improve

Despite laws that have improved air quality and lowered emissions, “acceptable” air quality standards still expose Americans to levels of pollution that can be lethal.

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Paternal Imprisonment

Incarceration disrupts the wellbeing of families and communities. A comprehensive review in the Lancet documents how imprisonment has a disproportionate impact on black communities.

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