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Are Americans Ready to Solve the Weight of the Nation? — NEJM

Are Americans Ready to Solve the Weight of the Nation? — NEJM | United Way | Scoop.it

Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine — Are Americans Ready to Solve the Weight of the Nation?

 

By Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.P., Sarah E. Gollust, Ph.D., and Jeff Niederdeppe, Ph.D.

 

"If people think obesity is all about individuals and parents making bad choices, they will be much less likely to embrace changes in schools, communities and food marketing practices aimed at creating healthier environments," - Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.P.

 

The Institute of Medicine has laid out a clear and compelling vision for accelerating change on obesity prevention, and its recommendations are too important to rely on the hope that public awareness of the obesity crisis alone will catalyze change. Comprehensive, evidence-based communication campaigns, along with grassroots community mobilization, cross-sector advocacy, political champions, and a favorable political environment, are needed to accelerate the transition from vision to action.

 

Read the report online for free:  http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13275

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Become a Grad Coach! | United Way of Greater Toledo

Become a Grad Coach! | United Way of Greater Toledo | United Way | Scoop.it

United Way AmeriCorps Graduation Coaches commit to one year of service in Toledo Public Schools to help mentor 8th and 9th grade kids with risk factors for not graduating. United Way of Greater Toledo is currently recruiting full-time and part-time members to serve as Graduation Coaches starting fall 2012. These positions receive a living allowance. Full-time positions are also eligible for health care and child care benefits.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] How The Poor, The Middle Class And The Rich Spend Their Money : NPR

[INFOGRAPHIC] How The Poor, The Middle Class And The Rich Spend Their Money : NPR | United Way | Scoop.it
The poor spend more of their money on essentials like groceries and utilities. The rich spend more on education.
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Facts Matter community health data portal wins first place at conference - Share Story

Facts Matter community health data portal wins first place at conference - Share Story | United Way | Scoop.it

Greater Cincinnati’s Facts Matter Community Data Portal was awarded first place in the “Web-Based GIS Application” category during the 2012 Esri International User Conference User Software Applications Fair in San Diego, Calif. 

 

Facts Matter partners include The United Way of Greater Cincinnati, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and the Community Research Collaborative.

 

Facts Matter is a custom configuration of HealthLandscape’s Community Data Portal. It provides the public with data about population demographics, the status of children and youth, education, health, economics and social relations in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. The portal expands the community’s access to data and informs regional efforts to work together to improve the community.

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The Impact Video -- United Way of Treasure Valley

Take a look at how United Way of Treasure Valley is using collaboration to better engage and mobilize the community -- and to increase its impact.
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Infographic tells story of childhood obesity

Infographic tells story of childhood obesity | United Way | Scoop.it
See how Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota condensed a 17-page white paper into information people could digest at a glance.
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Fueling Education Innovation with Open Data | The White House

Fueling Education Innovation with Open Data | The White House | United Way | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, as part of the Education Data Initiative, a diverse set of educational technology experts and entrepreneurs joined staff from the White House and Department of Education to participate in an “Education Data Jam” at the George Washington School of Business.

 

One of the goals of the half-day workshop was to brainstorm how freely available datasets—i.e. open data—might be used by entrepreneurs and innovators for new products, services, or apps that improve student outcomes or help families with college selection and affordability.

 

Launched by the Obama Administration earlier this year, the Education Data Initiative is an Administration-wide effort to “liberate” government data and voluntarily-contributed non-government data as fuel to spur entrepreneurship, create value, and create jobs while improving educational outcomes for students.

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Sensible Social Media Checklist for Businesses v.2.0 [INFOGRAPHIC] - Updated Version!

Sensible Social Media Checklist for Businesses v.2.0 [INFOGRAPHIC] - Updated Version! | United Way | Scoop.it
Social Media Internet Marketing Checklist infographic to help your business create an online presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more.
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Why is middle school so important?

Why is middle school so important? | United Way | Scoop.it

Operating on the firm belief that academic success is the surest pathway out of poverty for our children, United Way of Greater Los Angeles is working to raise our county’s high school graduation rate to 75% by increasing teacher effectiveness, parent engagement and middle school achievement.

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When the moon, sun and stars align, you need to take collective action | The Connecticut Mirror

When the moon, sun and stars align, you need to take collective action | The Connecticut Mirror | United Way | Scoop.it

Susan B. Dunn, President and CEO of the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut in Hartford, talks about how, "Working together, we can turn the tide for our children and our families. It is called “collective impact” and is our last best hope of making the type of change we are hoping to achieve for our children. It is not a program or initiative. It is a way to pull all of the theories, if you will, together so that we are all working together, heading in the same direction."

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Pew Center on the States: Results First Project

Pew Center on the States: Results First Project | United Way | Scoop.it
Pew's Results First Project helps states assess the costs and benefits of policy options and use that data to make decisions based on results.
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Personal Attention Reduces Poverty (SSIR)

Personal Attention Reduces Poverty (SSIR) | United Way | Scoop.it

Circles, a national program for helping families get out of poverty, taps an underused resource: middle-class support groups...Gains made by families are laudable, given that most people have been stuck in poverty through two or three generations. About 64 percent of the nearly 1,200 participants finish the 15-week Getting Ahead class, and their income increased an average of 28 percent during that time. The longer they stay in the group, the more their income rises.

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KIDS COUNT 2012 Data Book from Annie E. Casey Foundation

KIDS COUNT 2012 Data Book from Annie E. Casey Foundation | United Way | Scoop.it

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT Data Book shows both promising progress and discouraging setbacks for the nation’s children: While their academic achievement and health improved in most states, their economic well-being continued to decline. Via http://sparkaction.org/

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United Way Santa Cruz: Partnering for a Healthier Community | Public Health

United Way Santa Cruz: Partnering for a Healthier Community | Public Health | United Way | Scoop.it

United Way of Santa Cruz County: Partnering for a Healthier Community

 

In 2004, the United Way of Santa Cruz County, the Children’s Network and several other community based organizations convened over 150 local agencies representing a wide array of sectors to create a comprehensive plan to address the rising rates of childhood overweight in Santa Cruz County.

 

Go For Health! partners include schools, parents, health care professionals, local media, local markets/businesses, city planners, community based non-profits, and local and state policy-makers—as well as the affected youth themselves—working together to effect long-term change in reducing the rates of obesity by enacting changes in the community such as improving healthy food offerings at restaurants and markets, and increasing transportation options.

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Fun, Fly, Fit: Children's Exercise and Nutrition Education Program

United Way of the National Capital Area's Fun, Fly, & Fit is the easy-to-adopt children's exercise and nutrition education program designed to get kids moving towards a healthier future.

 

Related:  U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $27 Million to School Districts, Community Organizations for Physical Education and Nutrition Education - http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-more-27-million-school-districts-community-organi

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United Ways Awarded Social Innovation Grants

United Ways Awarded Social Innovation Grants | United Way | Scoop.it

The Social Innovation Fund Announces Four New 2012 Grantees

The SIF announced the selection of four outstanding new grantees on July 31, 2012. The new grantees will each receive awards of $2 million over two years, and are eligible for continued funding for a total of up to five years. These four grantees, like the 16 organizations selected in previous competitions, are experienced grantmakers with strong track records of success who have proposed compelling, innovative programs to tackle some of our country's biggest challenges in areas of high need.

 

They are:

- GreenLight Fund, which will work to close the achievement and opportunity gap for youth in Boston, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay area.

- Twin Cities Strive in partnership with Greater Twin Cities United Way, which will focus on youth development for children in kindergarten through college in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

- John A. Hartford Foundation, which will expand an evidence-based depression treatment program into rural communities in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.

- Capital Area United Way, which will address early childhood development in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

 

The Social Innovation Fund, an initiative enacted under the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, is a new way of doing business for the federal government that stands to yield greater impact on urgent national challenges.

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A Decade Behind: Breaking Out of the Low-Skill Trap in the Southern Economy

A Decade Behind:  Breaking Out of the Low-Skill Trap in the Southern Economy | United Way | Scoop.it

The South is caught in a low-skill/low-wage trap. But which came first: low skills or a low wage economy?

 

A Decade Behind projects the growth of jobs and education requirements in the southern U.S. over the coming decade. In the report, we find that 57% of all jobs in the South will require some form of postsecondary education or training, compared to 65% for the nation.

 

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications and workforce demands.

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Y of N.Y. Uses Social Media to Collect Stories—and Donors - Social Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Y of N.Y. Uses Social Media to Collect Stories—and Donors - Social Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy | United Way | Scoop.it

Via Jamie Berg, KnowledgeWorks

 

To celebrate its 160th anniversary, the YMCA of Greater New York is offering free T-shirts to people willing to share their stories of how the Y has made a difference in their lives.

 

Within 48 hours of issuing the appeal by e-mail and social media, the organization received nearly 300 stories recounting childhood swimming lessons, triathlon training, exercise programs started after injuries, and long-ago summer camps.

 

The YMCA has organized the stories—some submitted with photographs—by decade and posted them on a digital timeline. All of the stories that are collected will also be buried in a time capsule beneath the organization’s new Coney Island branch, which is under construction and scheduled to open next spring.

 

The YMCA of Greater New York hopes to turn many of the people who share their stories into donors.

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No End in Sight? Young Invincibles Releases Report on Youth Jobs Gap | Young Invincibles

In July, Young Invincibles released a new report estimating that the economy is missing 2.7 million youth jobs that would have existed had the recession never occurred. That is about the same size as the entire population of Chicago. Even under optimistic assumptions, young Americans will not make up the lost ground before 2021 and there is a real chance the youth labor market may never recover.

 

“Our generation has lived through the worst economic times since the Great Depression. But the scary thing is that the recession may never end for young people,” said Rory O’Sullivan, Policy Director at Young Invincibles. He continued “But this is not an acceptable option, and the challenge is solvable. We know that investments in youth initiatives like AmeriCorps can get young people back to work and back on track. We just need political leaders with the will to enact necessary solutions.”

 

You can view the report here: http://younginvincibles.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/No-End-In-Sight-7.9.12.pdf

Later this summer Young Invincibles will release a comprehensive policy agenda that lays out a path to restore opportunity for young Americans.

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Is Algebra Necessary?

Is Algebra Necessary? | United Way | Scoop.it

As American students wrestle with algebra, geometry and calculus — often losing that contest — the requirement of higher mathematics comes into question.

 

Andrew Hacker aims, "not to spare students from a difficult subject, but to call attention to the real problems we are causing by misdirecting precious resources."

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LynnॐT's comment, July 31, 2012 2:29 PM
And here is a response to this editorial from Changing the Equation: http://changetheequation.org/blog/defense-algebra.

What do you think?
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The Need for Philanthropic Champions of Transparency

The Need for Philanthropic Champions of Transparency | United Way | Scoop.it

"If philanthropy has a strong story to tell, it should be one that can be told by independent observers taking advantage of transparency to examine the data."

 

Even if it might be uncomfortable for institutions used to operating at a relative distance from public scrutiny, several public benefits might be realized by increased foundation transparency.
- By Rick Cohen
Via http://CivicDataChallenge.org

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Nutter still backing a tax on sugary drinks

Nutter still backing a tax on sugary drinks | United Way | Scoop.it

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter is still backing a tax on sugery drinks. 

 

Is this a useful trend?  Can it be used to mobilize communities around increasing healthy choices for eating?  What are the trade offs?

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Taxes for Early Childhood Health in Palm Beach County, Florida - Improving Population Health

Taxes for Early Childhood Health in Palm Beach County, Florida - Improving Population Health | United Way | Scoop.it

Is your town's tax policy promoting childhood health? Palm Beach County's is.

 

By Erik Bakken, BA Progress in population health requires dedicated funding streams to guarantee the long-term viability of programs. However,...

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Chrysler Group LLC Challenges Employees to Embrace Volunteerism Focused on Child Hunger

Chrysler Group LLC Challenges Employees to Embrace Volunteerism Focused on Child Hunger | United Way | Scoop.it

Chrysler Group LLC and United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) are teaming up to fight against the epidemic of childhood hunger that has plagued the region in recent years. Chrysler Group is calling its more than 57,000 employees to tap their energy and the company's spirit of volunteerism to help the hungry and to spread understanding and utilization of UWSEM's programs.

 

"We are in a unique position – as a company that has been to hell and back – to provide a beacon of hope," said Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO.  "We can choose to make a positive difference in the world.  It's time for us to help generate a turning point within our community for people in need."

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Chronic Disease Prevention Can Save Lives and Money | Public Health

Chronic Disease Prevention Can Save Lives and Money | Public Health | United Way | Scoop.it

...an investment of $10 per person per year in proven community-based programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent smoking and other tobacco use, could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years—a return on investment of $5.60 for every $1 spent.

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