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  • How to Reopen K-12 Schools in the Safest Way Possible: Things to consider during the COVID-19 pandemic

    How to Reopen K-12 Schools in the Safest Way Possible: Things to consider during the COVID-19 pandemic

    June 30, 2020

    In the United States, school closings impacted approximately 56.6 million students and their families. As all 50 states have begun reopening in some way, there’s increasing debate of when it will be safe for schools to resume in-person classes.

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  • How to stay active while at home during COVID-19

    How to stay active while at home during COVID-19

    May 26, 2020

    Staying physically active during times of stress – like the current public health pandemic – may not be a family’s top priority. However, maintaining an active routine at home can go a long way in supporting our physical and mental well-being. Not only does physical activity help children learn better and lead healthier lives, it can help reduce stress.

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  • Bike to School Week: How This Kindergartner Bikes During COVID-19 Homeschooling

    Bike to School Week: How This Kindergartner Bikes During COVID-19 Homeschooling

    May 21, 2020

    My son is an active kindergarten boy. He loves to play, be outdoors, build Legos, read, but lately he has a passion for riding his special green bike. Since we have been at home the past 8 weeks, he has really increased his bike riding.

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  • Bike to School Week : Ride with your Family

    Bike to School Week : Ride with your Family

    May 8, 2020

    In this time when spirits can be low and the day can appear dark, the bicycle is the perfect way to escape the monotony of being at home in a safe and healthy way.

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  • Climate Change and Nutrition

    Climate Change and Nutrition

    May 5, 2020

    By 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion people. Feeding two billion more people than the current global population would, by itself, be an extraordinary challenge. Feeding two billion additional people—while also facing significant temperature increases, more extreme weather events, changes in water availability, and loss of land resulting from climate change—will undoubtedly strain global food production and lead to food insecurity for millions of individuals around the globe.

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  • Mindfulness and Meditation During COVID-19

    Mindfulness and Meditation During COVID-19

    April 14, 2020

    In this time of uncertainty, many of us are feeling a wide range of emotions – including anxiety, fear, frustration, and exhaustion. Whether on the front lines in hospitals or studying or working from home without classmates and colleagues- we are all dealing with enormous change. Public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 outbreak require intentional effort and planning. We must remember to take care for ourselves.

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  • COVID-19 Symptom Tracker

    COVID-19 Symptom Tracker

    April 10, 2020

    Sharing your experiences during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic can help inform the impact the disease is having on all of us in Texas. As you may have heard, it has been challenging to track rates of infection.

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  • Vaping & the EVALI Epidemic: What We Know and Next Steps

    Vaping & the EVALI Epidemic: What We Know and Next Steps

    December 12, 2019

    For years, we’ve known about the dangers of tobacco use, but recently, a new smoking product has been in the spotlight. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, vapes or (vape) pens, are linked to the most recent disease outbreak that has officials and civilians alike on edge.

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  • Review: Evaluation of the Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin Initiative

    Review: Evaluation of the Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin Initiative

    November 20, 2019

    The Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin (GAVA) is a coalition of neighbors and community partners which organizes and mobilizes community efforts in ways that reduce barriers and increase institutional capacity in low-income communities. READ MORE.

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  • Healthier Thanksgiving Sides

    Healthier Thanksgiving Sides

    November 5, 2019

    As the cooler weather approaches, so does Thanksgiving!

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