• Journal Article

    Racial-ethnic Variation in Park Use and Physical Activity in the City of Los Angeles

    This study examines to what extent parks are utilized by various race-ethnic groups in diverse urban settings in Los Angeles.

    Nov 20, 2015

  • Journal Article

    Neighborhood Food Environment, Diet, and Obesity Among Los Angeles County Adults, 2011

    A study of obesity in young adults in Los Angeles.

    Nov 19, 2015

  • News Release

    PHRESH Project: Opening Supermarket in Food Desert Changes Diet and Neighborhood Perceptions, but Changes Are Unrelated ...

    In a neighborhood where a full-service grocery store opened after decades of absence, residents reported eating fewer calories and less sugar, perceived better access to healthy foods, and were more satisfied with their neighborhood. Yet, the changes in dietary intake were not related to use of the new store.

    Nov 2, 2015

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    Control Disease in a New York Minute

    Legionella bacteria are ubiquitous in many warm-water environments, but outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease like the recent one in the South Bronx don't have to be. Effective public health policies can help inhibit Legionella growth, minimize the occurrence and impact of outbreaks, and save lives.

    Aug 20, 2015

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    Sleepless in the City

    An alarming number of American city dwellers face sleepless nights, followed inevitably by days of productivity-sapping fatigue and, ultimately, the possibility of more serious health consequences. There are some things they can do to better their chances of falling and staying asleep.

    Jul 17, 2015

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    Putting Health to the (Taste) Test

    Researchers teamed up with a dozen Los Angeles lunch trucks to test healthier menu items—chicken breasts and grilled fish alongside the usual tacos and hamburgers.

    Jul 1, 2015

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    Healthy Populations and Communities: In Depth

    In-depth look at the topic of healthy populations and communities, with emphasis on related RAND Health research.

    Jun 12, 2015

  • News Release

    No Evidence That Los Angeles Fast-Food Curbs Have Improved Diets or Cut Obesity

    A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or obesity. Since the restrictions were passed in 2008, overweight and obesity rates in neighborhoods targeted by the law have increased faster than in other parts of the city or other parts of the county.

    Mar 19, 2015

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    Environment and Neighborhood Effects

    RAND Health research on environment and neighborhood effects on health.

    Jan 9, 2015

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    Healthy Populations and Communities

    RAND Health research on healthy populations and communities, including substance use, workplace wellness, obesity, and environment and neighborhood effects.

    Jan 2, 2015

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    A New Year's Resolution: Target Practices That Undermine Weight Control

    Many will vow to lose weight in the coming year, but most will inevitably fail, not from lack of motivation or knowledge but from insuperable forces undermining their best intentions. America should resolve to address obesity where it begins: the point of purchase.

    Dec 29, 2014

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    Eating Well with Loncheras

    This bilingual site provides information on Eating Well with Loncheras, a pilot program led by Deborah Cohen to help up to twenty Loncheras food trucks in the Los Angeles area offer healthier, alternative meal options to improve the health and well-being of the Latino community.

    Nov 18, 2014

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    Location, Location, Location: Does the Food Desert Narrative Hold Up?

    There's little rigorous evidence to support the notion that 'food deserts' are driving the U.S. obesity epidemic but this narrative has nearly become conventional wisdom. In response, stakeholders have poured hundreds of millions into bringing supermarkets to these neighborhoods.

    Oct 28, 2014

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    Women's Heart Disease Awareness

    Friday is National Wear Red Day, when people are asked to wear red to raise awareness about the health risks women face from heart disease. Too little attention is devoted to preventing heart disease in women and improving the quality and outcomes of their care.

    Feb 5, 2014

  • A 40-foot-high inflatable rubber duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, is towed up the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 2013


    Here's to Our Health

    Atop the new mayor's agenda should be improving the health and well-being of Pittsburgh residents. With an unassailable electoral mandate in hand, Mr. Peduto is positioned to take bold steps. And the best way to do that is by applying scientific and medical evidence to shape an integrated, citywide, health-policy framework.

    Nov 25, 2013

  • News Release

    Modest Improvements in Marketing and Signage at Parks Can Increase Visitors' Activity and Exercise

    Modest increases in marketing and outreach to local communities can increase the amount of physical activity that occurs in parks, providing a cost-effective way to potentially improve a community's health.

    Oct 17, 2013

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    Increasing Physical Activity in Public Parks

    Researchers worked with 50 Los Angeles parks and recreation centers to determine if low-cost outreach and marketing could promote physical activity.

    Oct 17, 2013

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    What's in a Name? Calling Obesity a Disease Could Help Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes

    The American Medical Association officially designated obesity as a disease, hoping to help change the way doctors approach the issue with their patients, increase funding for research on effective treatments, spur insurers to cover prescription weight loss medications, and maybe even help de-stigmatize the condition.

    Oct 16, 2013

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    Using the Power of Communities to Beat Depression

    Under-resourced communities of color have limited access to programs that could improve recognition and treatment of depression. RAND and UCLA investigators applied an engagement model to determine how to better serve these communities.

    Aug 27, 2013

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    Parks and Physical Activity: Does Socioeconomic Status Matter?

    Understanding social and environmental factors, such as public parks, that influence physical activity is essential to designing interventions to improving public health. But what role does socioeconomic status play?

    Apr 19, 2013

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