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PolicyLink Joins First Lady Michelle Obama and Partners for California FreshWorks Fund Launch

At a White House press conference today, PolicyLink joined First Lady Michelle Obama, Partnership for a Healthier America, The California Endowment and other equity partners to announce the California FreshWorks Fund, a $200 million public-private partnership loan fund that will support the creation and expansion of grocery stores in underserved areas across the state, especially in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

In response to today’s announcement, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell released the following statement:

“We applaud the First Lady, Partnership for a Healthier America, and The California Endowment for their demonstrated commitment to making the healthy choice the easy choice. Where you live significantly impacts how you live, and yet millions of Americans today do not have neighborhood access to a grocery store. In places where healthy food access has increased, residents’ eating habits have been shown to improve, particularly in low-income areas and communities of color where obesity rates are highest and lack of access is most severe.

“Today’s launch of the California FreshWorks Fund marks a critical step towards breaking down these barriers and improving healthy food access in California. Programs like this, the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) – for which President Obama has already allocated $45 million and proposed $330 million in the 2012 budget – and others already running in Pennsylvania, New York, New Orleans, Illinois, and New Jersey not only encourage healthier lifestyles, but help to create more economically-viable communities.

“These kinds of programs also highlight the incredible opportunities for continued public-private collaboration to improve individual and community health. Together, we can secure a stronger, healthier America.”

Join us now in the comments section to share how you think today’s announcement can help inspire similar initiatives across America.

And be sure to check out our Letter-to-the-Editor in today’s Los Angeles Times addressing further the critical need for improved healthy food access.


Beyonce Surprises “Lets Move” Kids

Beyonce Surprises “Lets Move” Kids

So, this is just great. In honor of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiative, students at Harlem’s PS 161 were holding a Let’s Move flash mob and dancing to Beyonce’s “Get Me Bodied.” They got a lot more than they expected (the kids FREAK at the 1:35 mark):

h/t Gawker.

Obama Signs Child Nutrition Bill!

Obama Signs Child Nutrition Bill!

Statement on President Obama’s signing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 by PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell.

Ms. Blackwell also serves as advisory board chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity

“Millions of children will be getting the nutrition they truly need thanks to President Obama’s actions today. The bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free kids Act will help children eat better in school – and learn how to eat healthier at home.

“Black and Latino children, in particular, will benefit from this exciting new effort. By boosting real-dollar funding for school lunch and removing barriers to receive free- or reduced-cost lunch, we can help end the obesity crisis that is hitting communities of color hardest. By improving nutrition education, we can empower all children to advocate for healthier meals at home.

“The bill was signed today with a stroke of a pen, but only came to fruition through more than a year of dogged work by countless advocates, parents, and legislators from both sides of the aisle. At a time when many people question whether Washington can work together to do what’s needed to move America forward, we all should be proud of the hard work that led to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”