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March 3, 2016 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Lowering the price of produce may save both money and lives

At an American Heart Association epidemiology meeting this week, researchers are sharing a new food policy computer model that demonstrates how the pricing of healthy foods affects health outcomes (NPR, 3/2):

Researchers from the [U.K.’s Imperial College] and Tufts University created a tool called the U.S. IMPACT Food Policy Model that included projections of U.S. demographics and cardiovascular death rates to 2030. They then combined the data with current and projected fruit and vegetable intake figures. The model allowed the team to simulate the effects of different policies on eating habits.


So far, no national studies have been done looking at how financial incentives drive healthy eating, the researchers say. But a smaller study conducted in Massachusetts between 2011-2012 mirrored the findings of the modeling done at Tufts and Imperial College.

Most Urban Farmers Aren’t Making a Living (City Lab, 3/1)

– Last month, panelists from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s Law Center, DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), and So Others Might Eat, spoke to WRAG members about the impact of proposed changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program on D.C. families. Now, Ed Lazere, executive director of the DCFPI, shares with Daily WRAG readers just what legislation to extend TANF could mean to so many households in the District. (Daily, 3/3)

– In their Matters@Hand thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND looks at the demographic and income data of newcomers to the District, and explores whether or not the city is currently able to accommodate those new residents. (Helping Hands Blog, 3/3)

America’s Insidious Eviction Problem (Atlantic, 3/1)

– A growing number of major U.S. cities are looking to micro apartments to bring about more affordable housing options, but not without some criticism. (New Yorker, 3/2)

– Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced a winning bid to build and operate the Purple Line project. The light-rail line is expected to begin service in the spring of 2022. (WBJ, 3/2)

D.C. ranks high among the worst cities for commuting (WBJ, 3/3)

In Milwaukee, a potentially dark, sordid tale of a baseball-loving dog named Hank.

– Ciara

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