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Seattle wins award for offering healthier food options in schools and community centers

From KUOW—Cities may not be in the business of selling food, but they can determine what gets sold on public property — which includes schools, community centers, senior centers, and parks.

Seattle is one of nine cities getting praise for implementing policies to help fight obesity.

Vaping At A Tipping Point

From Forbes—The vaping crisis has reached a tipping point. Today, Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), testified before Congress about the number of severe vaping-related illnesses. “We are seeing more and more cases each day. I suspect weekly numbers will be higher,” Schuchat said. She was speaking to the House of Representatives which began public hearings this week about the mystery vaping-related lung disease that has sickened 530 people in 38 states and killed nine.

How Changing Tobacco Laws Can Save Thousands Of Lives, Billions Of Tax Dollars

From Forbes—Today we have a massive and growing public health challenge that is substantially shortening the lives of millions, negatively impacting the health of our children, and adding an astounding $170 billion in health care costs to our nation annually. Unknown to most, it has been for years the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

Phoenix, Mesa voters want to raise smoking age to 21, polling finds

From KTAR—A clear majority of voters in the Valley’s two biggest cities want to see the legal smoking age raised from 18 to 21.

Around two-thirds of voters in Phoenix and Mesa support the idea of increasing the age for buying tobacco and vaping products, according to polls released Tuesday by Valley-based OH Predictive Insights.

Increasing the Smoking Age Has Wide Support in Pima County

From Arizona Public Media—Residents of Pima County and Tucson approve of efforts to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 by a 2-to-1 margin.

The poll conducted by OH Predictive Insights on behalf of the American Heart Association shows 64 percent of Pima County residents approve of raising the age to buy tobacco.

Tennesseans support significant tobacco, vape-related policy changes

From the Lebanon Democrat—NashvilleHealth, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and CityHealth recently released new poll results that showed a strong majority of Tennesseans in favor of raising the tobacco sale age to 21, and an overwhelming majority said vaping products and electronic cigarettes should be included in the law.

Poll shows support for raising tobacco sale age in Tennessee

From—NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NashvilleHealth, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and CityHealth recently released new poll results that show a strong majority of Tennesseans are in favor of raising the tobacco sale age to 21, with an overwhelming majority saying vaping products and electronic cigarettes should be included in the law.

Smoking age to 21? Tennessee strongly supports the plan, says new poll

From The Tennessean—Nearly two thirds of Tennesseans favor raising the legal age for smoking tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21, a dramatic shift in what has long been one of the nation’s most smoking-friendly states, according to a new poll from Nashville health leaders.

How does your city stack up when it comes to pre-K quality?

From The Hechinger Report—Nationwide, the number of cities offering public pre-K for young children is expanding, but many of the programs they offer lack the quality that leads to long-term benefits for kids, according to the recently released report by CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). That means cities could be missing opportunities to ensure that children are healthy and making cognitive and social-emotional gains.

National praise, and a nudge to expand, for Seattle preschool program

From Seattle Times—A well-respected national organization recently gave Seattle’s preschool program a much deserved pat on the back.

The Seattle program has the highest quality among Pre-K programs in 40 large U.S. cities, according to a new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University in partnership with nonprofit policy advocacy group CityHealth.

Report aims to 'untangle' conflicting research on early learning programs

From Education Dive—It’s easy for educators following research on early-childhood education to get confused. District and school leaders that want to add or expand on-site preschool programs may especially be wondering how to best design a program when one study points to the lasting benefits of preschool and another seems to contradict it.

Seattle Preschool Program Awarded Silver Medal For Second Straight Year

From Seattle Medium—For the second year in a row, the Seattle Preschool Program was awarded high honors by a national assessment of preschool programs.  This national report assessed how the largest U.S. cities address health and well-being issues awarded honors for high-quality preschool programs, out of 40 programs across the country, only 5 programs receiving higher honors than the Seattle Preschool Program.

How Do Houston and Other Large Cities Fare When It Comes to Pre-K?

From Urban Edge—Of the 40 largest cities in the country, only five offered pre-kindergarten programs that met high-quality and accessibility standards, according to the latest annual report from CityHealth, a project of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, and the National Institute for Early Education Research. While cities have been stepping up to create local funding for pre-K, the report found that few of those cities meet the benchmarks that make a program high-quality. And just 60 percent, including Houston, enrolled at least 30 percent of the city's 4-year-olds in the city's pre-K program. 

'Pre-K 4 SA' Gets High Marks in Study of Urban Early Childhood Programs

From WOAI—The non profit institution CityHealth, which is part of the Beaumont and Kaiser Permanente Foundations, along with the National Institute for Early Education Research has studied early childhood education programs in forty major American cities, and says San Antonio's sales tax funded Pre-K 4 SA program is among the five most successful in the nation, with a 'Gold' rating, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.