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Getting the Wheels Rolling: A Guide to Using Policy to Create Bicycle Friendly Communities

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 18, 2013
ChangeLab Solutions has released a new resource,
Getting the Wheels Rolling: A Guide to Using Policy to Create Bicycle Friendly Communities

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"Using policy to make bicycling part of daily life is a win for everyone, as individuals become active and healthy, neighborhoods grow more vibrant and sustainable, and local economies and the environment benefit."
 

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ChangeLab Solutions

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 13, 2013

ChangeLab Solutions released an updated version of our tobacco retailer licensing model ordinance and supplementary "plug-ins,” which provide a range of customizable policy options. This model ordinance helps cities and counties that want to require local tobacco retailer licensing. Licenses are one way to ensure compliance with local business standards, to reduce youth access to tobacco, and to limit the negative public health effects associated with tobacco use.

ChangeLab Solutions also released a model ordinance to help cities and counties limit exposure to secondhand smoke in multi-unit residences such as apartment buildings, condominium complexes, senior housing, and single resident occupancy hotels. Communities with rent control laws will be particularly interested in new plug-in designed to protect existing tenants.

Fruitful Collaboration is written for anyone involved in the development or implementation of a healthy food retailer program. You can also download the background paper, Can the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Support Efforts to Bring Fruits and Vegetables into Small Food Retail Stores?, which describes the analysis that informed the fact sheet.

To help jurisdictions address the problem of electronic cigarettes, ChangeLab Solutions just released our Model Ordinance Regulating Electronic Smoking Devices and a flow chart to help communities determine what strategy best fits their needs. An accompanying checklist to highlight key policy options is available in the ordinance

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NANA Model Vending Standards

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2013
Two new resources are available to go along with the NANA model vending standards: a list of products that meet the NANA standards and a fact sheet on the financial impact of healthy vending standards. Thank you to those NANA members who provided background information and feedback.

· Product List
· Revenue Fact Sheet
· NANA Model Vending Standards
· Model Healthy Vending Bill

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Center for Science in the Public Interest Resources

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 24, 2012
State and localities across the nation are implementing policies to provide healthier food and beverage choices in public places. They are establishing food and nutrition guidelines for government agencies, worksites, hospitals and organizations for food and beverages served and sold through vending machines, cafeterias, concession stands, programs, etc. To help support these efforts, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has gathered at http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/foodstandards.html resources, including nutrition standards, model policies, and lessons learned.

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Joint Use Agreements

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 19, 2012
How can you make it easier for your community to access local school facilities like gyms, fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds?  Schools often keep these spaces locked after hours because they’re concerned about security, liability, maintenance, and other costs. But cities and towns around the country are resolving these issues through joint use agreements – written contracts spelling out terms that allow public agencies and nonprofits to share the costs and responsibilities. Download Playing Smart, a nuts-and-bolts guide to opening school property to the public through well-crafted joint use agreements. Playing Smart was produced through a partnership between KaBOOM! and the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Children Obesity, a project of Public Health Law & Policy.

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