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New dietary guidelines: eat less food

February 22, 2011
For the first time, American's official dietary guidelines this year have new advice for the nation: eat less food.

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Soda tax would finance anti-obesity programs

February 17, 2011
A California lawmaker has introduced legislation that would slap a penny-per-ounce tax on every soda and sugar-sweetened beverage sold in the state.

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Law aims to encourage less driving

February 16, 2011
Law aims to encourage less driving California is making early progress toward its goal of reducing the use of motor vehicles, but more creative and aggressive public policies will be necessary to get people to switch from driving to walking, biking and using public transit, according to a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Latest health survey data released

February 16, 2011
The latest California Health Interview Survey data is now available. Search it by state, county or region to learn more about Californians and their health.

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Special needs kids bullied more often

February 15, 2011
Special needs kids bullied more often Children with special needs are far more likely than others to be the victims of bullies, according to a new report from AbilityPath.org, an online community for parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who help them.

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Building home gardens to make a neighborhood healthier

February 13, 2011
Building home gardens to make a neighborhood healthier The Sacramento League of Urban Gardeners helps area residents build gardens in their yards. See our story on this innovative community group that's making a difference.

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Policy Periscope: Richard Speiglman on CalWORKs Child-Only kids

February 10, 2011
Richard Speiglman is a Senior Researcher at the Child and Family Policy Institute of California (CFPIC), recognized for his commitment to understanding California’s welfare system (CalWORKs). His recent work has focused on what are known as “child-only” cases, which now make up just over half of the state’s CalWORKs caseload. Kate Karpilow, director of the California Center for Research on Women and Families, interviewed Speiglman this month. This is the first in a series by Karpilow shining a spotlight on policies affecting women and families.

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Half of Welfare Cases Now Kids

February 9, 2011
California’s welfare system, known as CalWORKs, is designed as a time-limited cash assistance and welfare-to-work program to help recipients get trained and employed. Self-sufficiency is the buzz word. But consider this fact: Since 2004/2005, children, not adults, have made up the majority of welfare cases in California. Under CalWORKs, cash assistance can be provided to eligible children in situations when their parents or caregivers are no longer eligible for aid or never were (see sidebar). These “child-only” cases comprised 53 percent of the CalWORKs caseload in the federal fiscal year ending in 2009. So if welfare recipients are now more likely to be riding bikes and playing video games than filling out resumes, what do we actually know about these kids? Not enough, it turns out.

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Poll finds disparities in how Californians view their health

February 9, 2011
Californians who are well off, highly educated, white and insured generally feel good about their health, but others are more likely to say that their health is not good, according to a new independent poll released this week.

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More voters see child obesity as problem

February 8, 2011
More voters see child obesity as problem Increasing numbers of Californians believe that unhealthy eating habits and the lack of physical activity are major problems for California's children, according to a new, independent poll by the Field Research Corporation.

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