Category: Culture of Health

Resource: Out of School Time

Out of School Time (OST) is a supervised program that young people regularly attend when school is not in session. This can include before- and after-school programs on a school campus or facilities such as academic programs (e.g., reading or math focused programs), specialty programs (e.g., sports teams, STEM, arts enrichment), and multipurpose programs that provide an array of activities. Check out this new CDC resource.

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Put Oregon on the Nation’s Junk Food Map

PreventObesity.net, a project of the American Heart Association, wants Oregonians to help  show the impact of junk food marketing on U.S. kids and teens. Email your story or upload a photo: It could be the fast-food billboard near your neighborhood school, or that soda promotion that came home in your child’s backpack.

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Is that Happiness in Your Soda—or Something Else?

Soda companies claim their products equal happiness, so the Center for Science in the Public Interest built a “Happiness Stand” in the middle of a busy intersection to test the proposition. A video shows what happened next.

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“I Love This Place”: Stories of Changing Neighborhoods

Young people who make powerful videos are the force behind a new website and story-telling platform that fosters conversation about gentrification and community change, while highlighting the pride and identity that defines Albina and other Portland neighborhoods.

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Does Your Child See 400+ Candy Ads Each Year?

A child in the United States sees 485 television ads for candy every year, on average, says a recent study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut. That number is rising, despite promises by candy makers not to advertise to children 11 and under. 

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