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Coke Is Using the Rio Olympics to Target Latinos — And It's a Huge Problem

August 15, 2016 | Alex Orlov | Food.Mic

Food advertisers are thirsty for attention during the Olympic Games, and a recent interview with a Coca-Cola spokesperson reveals that the brand is targeting Hispanics. Junk food and drink marketers couch multicultural marketing in positivity — but such targeted marketing isn't flattery, it's exploitation. This Food.Mic blog cites PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group's study showing that ads that tap into what kids and teens care about have the potential to create lifelong brand loyalty.

Telehealth Terminology: ‘Store-and-Forward’ Has its Fans - And Critics

July 21, 2016 | Eric Wicklund | mHealthIntelligence

In Arkansas, questions about asynchronous telemedicine, or "store and forward" technology, is holding up passage of new telehealth guidelines in the state. This mHealthIntelligence article examining the arguments for and against this technology—which gives clinicians time to review data before beginning a session with a patient or when live video or in-person contact is not possible or necessary—cites PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy's definition and explanation of "store and forward."  more

A Baseball Stadium Farmers’ Market is a Hit in Fresno

July 13, 2016 | Patricia Leigh Brown | Civil Eats

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At the Fresno Grizzlies’ Chukchansi baseball park in California's Central Valley, cotton candy and other junk food that define America’s pastime have been joined by a farmers’ market set up at Friday home games. This Civil Eats article about food marketing at sporting events and the changing stadium fare nationwide quotes Genoveva Islas, director of PHI's Cultiva La Salud, who points out that Fresno residents have long experienced poor nutrition and physical activity.  more

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Oakland rejects coal terminal, sets example on climate change

July 11, 2016 | Linda Rudolph and Keanan McGonigle | Sacramento Bee

In this Sacramento Bee op-ed, Linda Rudolph and Keanan McGonigle from PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health praised the Oakland City Council's decision to ban the transport and storage of coal through a new bulk export terminal in West Oakland: "As Oakland has demonstrated, it’s time to take responsibility for the climate impacts of U.S. fossil-fuel exports."  more

Farmers' market program to help low-income California families gets new life

June 29, 2016 | Annie Sciacca | San Jose Mercury News

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a state budget that includes $5 million for the California Nutrition Incentives Act, which sets up a program to discount fresh produce at farmers' markets for low-income shoppers. PHI's Roots of Change established the largest operator of the program, Market Match, several years ago and worked this year to secure this funding.  more

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Oakland council bans coal

June 28, 2016 | Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times

After a four-hour meeting on June 27, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to ban the handling and storage of coal in the city, including through a planned bulk export terminal in West Oakland. PHI's Dr. Linda Rudolph, director of the Center for Climate Change and Health, spoke at the meeting in favor of the ban. "Climate change is the defining public health challenge of the century," said Rudolph.  more


Study Backs Oakland’s Case for Blocking Coal Terminal

June 24, 2016 | Dan Brekke | KQED

This KQED article on the Oakland City Council's consideration of shipping coal through a new port complex in development in West Oakland cites a recent report finding that coal dust from the millions of tons of the fossil fuel that would likely move through the terminal each year would worsen the already poor air quality in West Oakland and other nearby communities. PHI's Linda Rudolph and Paul English contributed to the report.  more

Why doctors are struggling to treat the gun violence epidemic

June 24, 2016 | Lindsey J. Smith | The Verge

PHI's calls to recognize gun violence as a public health crisis that requires a prevention-based approach are highlighted in this article in The Verge about medical and public health organizations' efforts to name gun violence for what it is: a leading cause of premature death in the United States.  more

CalFresh now accepted at Auburn farmers market

June 20, 2016 | Michael Mott | Auburn Journal

PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition has partnered with Placer County Health and Human Services in northern California on a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Get Fresh! grant award, which will implement Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) systems at two unserved farmers’ markets in the county, among other activities. This article in the Auburn Journal highlights the program's work to enable low-income families to use their Calfresh benefits on fresh fruits and vegetables at the DeWitt Center Placer Grown Farmers’ Market.  more

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Health experts: Philly soda tax could start national movement

June 16, 2016 | Don Sapatkin | Philadelphia Inquirer

"This is an idea whose time has come," PHI Senior Advisor for Chronic Disease and Obesity Lynn Silver told the Philadelphia Inquirer in response to that city's passage of a tax on sugary beverages this week. Philadelphia joined Berkeley, California, the only other city in the country to levy an excise tax on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages. Philadelphia included artificially sweetened beverages in its tax, as well.

Silver said she believes taxing sugary beverages will quickly win public acceptance across the country, comparing it to the introduction of smoke-free air regulations.  more

Creating Our To-Do List: Looking Forward at the United State of Women

June 14, 2016 | Denise Dunning | Ms. Magazine


Denise Dunning, founder and head of PHI's Rise Up—which advances health, education and equity for girls, youth and women everywhere—penned this piece in Ms. Magazine after attending the United State of Women summit at the White House this week. The United State of Women is the first Summit of its kind, bringing together thousands of leaders working to improve the lives of women and girls in the US and around the world.

"Here in the US and on a global scale, ensuring the health of women and girls is still a major challenge," says Dunning.  more

The One Reason Why Beyonce Needs to Stop Endorsing Pepsi

June 07, 2016 | Alex Orlov | Mic

A majority of music celebrities featured in food advertisements are promoting junk food, according to a new study published this month. Laura Nixon, media researcher with PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group, is interviewed in this Mic article discussing the impact of celebrity endorsements to market unhealthy foods, particularly to children. 

"Endorsements allow food companies to connect their products with some of kids' biggest heroes in music and sports, building brand loyalty for years to come," said Nixon.  more

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Is There a Difference between Telemedicine and Telehealth?

June 03, 2016 | Eric Wicklund | mHealthIntelligence

Is there really a difference between telehealth and telemedicine? PHI's Center for Connected Health Policy thinks so. Its differentiation between the two and the different categories of telehealth are explored in this mHealthIntelligence article.  more

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Five lessons learned from other places that passed soda tax

May 20, 2016 | Jake Blumgart | Philly Voice

In this article connecting the soda tax debate in Philadelphia to what has been discovered from places like Berkeley that have already passed this type of levy, Lori Dorfman, director of PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group, is interviewed stating that campaigners in Berkeley were able to dismiss nonsense arguments from Big Soda through individual outreach to voters. “In Berkeley, the campaign was able to counter [the industry] effectively because real people showed up and said, loud and proud, that kids’ health had to be the first concern,” Dorfman said.  more

How To Detox Your Body Without Juicing A Thing

May 19, 2016 | Men's Health Singapore

A study from PHI's Alcohol Research Group finding that drinks sold in bars contain more alcohol than the amount considered to be normal in a standard drink is included in this article in Men's Health Singapore about detoxing.  more

Maternal Mortality and Me: I Beat the Odds, But Many Women Don’t

May 18, 2016 | Denise Dunning | Ms. Magazine

maternal healthDenise Dunning, director of PHI's Let Girls LeadChampions For Change, and the Youth Champions Initiative, authored this first-person account of her own experience developing a potentially life-threatening complication during pregnancy—connecting it to the reality that hundreds of thousands of women globally die during pregnancy and childbirth, and her programs' work to advance health, education and equity for girls, youth and women around the world.  more

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Fresno Aims To Boost Health Through Biking, Walking

May 18, 2016 | Farida Jhabvala Romero | KQED

This California Report story highlights the work of PHI's Cultiva La Salud to promote biking and walking in Fresno, California. The program holds free bike repair and safety events, and also pushes for policy changes to develop city transportation plans with more biking and pedestrian options. Although the city has made progress in extending its bike lane network, “unfortunately, when you come south where there are census tracts of lower-income residents, that’s where you really begin to see a deficit in both bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure,” explains Cultiva La Salud Director Genoveva Islas.  more

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Oakland City Council Puts Soda Tax on November Ballot

May 04, 2016 | Lisa Aliferis | KQED

PHI President and CEO Mary A. Pittman is quoted in this article about a sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax initiative that will be put before voters in Oakland, CA, on the November ballot. “It is time that big beverage companies dip into their millions of dollars of profits and help pay for the damage their products cause,” Pittman said.  more

Study: States make minor progress on telehealth-friendly policies

May 02, 2016 | Alex Koma | StateScoop

States have made only incremental progress in passing laws that let more physicians practice medicine using video conferencing or other digital methods, according to a new report from the Center for Connected Health Policy, a project of the Public Health Institute. The report provides an overview of telehealth-related legislation in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and found that while some states are passing laws to expand access to telehealth services, others are adding restrictions on them. 

"What we see is some states moving forward and some states moving backwards,” Mario Gutierrez, the CCHP's executive director, told StateScoop in this article.  more

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How Fresno Man Started Biking and Reversed Type 2 Diabetes

April 29, 2016 | Farida Jhabvala Romero | KQED

This California Report story features Jamie Rangel, a participant in a bicycle repair and promotion program from PHI's Cultiva La Salud in Fresno, California. Rangel had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes as a teenager, but at the advice of his doctor he began biking regularly and within a year he had reversed his diabetes. “Biking changed my life," says Rangel.  more

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