Baltimore’s Big Soda Moment: Why Access to Sugary Drink Information Is a Civil Rights Issue

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Baltimore’s corners are often associated with the public health threat presented by illicit drug dealing and use but there is another, more unassuming, danger lurking inside corner stores and supermarkets: sugar-sweetened beverages. The Baltimore City Council will consider a bill next week to include a warning label on sugary drinks similar to those that appear […]

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Policy Round Up: Food Insecurity and SNAP

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Food insecurity is a major concern for millions across the country and federal assistance remains a political divisive issue. Recently, House Republicans proposed to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly known as food stamps—thrusting the program back into the spotlight in Washington.

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Get Angry: Proposed Food Stamp Cuts are Attack on Working Poor

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Up to five million people who use food stamps are at risk of losing those benefits due to changes proposed by Congress to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a new report from the Health Impact Project (HIP). Here are three reasons why you should be outraged about this.

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Re-imagining the Future in Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a small country in the south Pacific not too far from Australia’s northern-most tip. It’s fascinating and beautiful, made up of more than 600 islands and 800 languages. A full 86% of the population lives in rural areas, many nowhere near even a dirt road. In our world of rapid […]

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Join Members of Congress, Take the #SNAPChallenge

Why would Members of Congress commit to spend only $4.50 a day on food and live on the budget of the average SNAP recipient? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps), is an essential lifeline that helps put food on the table for 47 million hungry Americans, and it is under fire.

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Advocating Against Injustice in the Agriculture Industry

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Agriculture is a hot topic these days. Americans are more and more concerned about where their food comes from, if it is organic, and if their beef was grass orgrain fed. But one topic frequently eludes our dialogues: labor. Its no surprise to many that farm laborers frequently work an exhaustive number of hoursweekly for […]

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Why I Won’t Listen to Beyonce

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Today and again in two weeks all eyes will be on Beyonce Knowles as she performs at the inauguration and Super Bowl. As someone who has music from every solo album Beyonce has ever recorded, I can say that I have been a long time fan. So I never thought I would be giving people […]

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When Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The Link Between Sugary Drinks and African-American Health Disparities

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I will never forget the time when I visited my parent’s church on “Diabetes Sunday,” a program of the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness about the disease within the African-American community. A brochure in the church bulletin highlighted the dangers and prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the African-American community and how obesity is […]

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The Soda Games

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It isn’t often that we get to see American teens in peak physical condition showcasing their athleticism on the world stage. So it was especially thrilling to watch the U.S. women’s gymnastics team—and other young Olympians—win gold at this summer’s London Olympics. Their achievements are an important reminder that it is still possible to be […]

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Now is Not the Time to Cut Feeding Programs

The Farm Bill touches the lives of every American. From the hundreds of thousands of farmers who grow our fruits and vegetables and raise our livestock to the millions of hungry Americans who depend on federal feeding programs, no one can deny the importance of this legislation.

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