Exciting news for SB1245, the
Arizona-Grown Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Bill!


We're thrilled to announce that the fruit and vegetable incentive bill (SB1245) passed through its first hurdle in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee with a 7-0 vote! The bill will now be heard by the Appropriations Committee next Tuesday, Feb. 20. 

A huge thank you to all who made this advancement for Arizona farmers and families possible, including Elyse Guidas from Fresh Express, Dr. Charlton Wilson from Mercy Care, bill sponsors including Senator Kate Brophy McGee, Lisa Otondo, Frank Pratt, Bob Worsely, and Representative Heather Carter, and each and every person who voiced their support for this important bill. 

We're one step closer to making this vision for Arizona farmers and families a reality! Here's how you can stay updated and get involved: 
Upcoming webinar will feature insights from Pinnacle Prevention and Double Up Food Bucks 


Our executive director, Adrienne Udarbe, is taking part in Local First Arizona's upcoming Solutions for Rural Development Webinar - Food For Thought: Addressing Food Insecurity and Supporting Our Local Farmers." The webinar is free, and will explore solutions to address food insecurity in rural communities. Lessons and from the Double Up Food Bucks Arizona program will be featured, along with insights from additional brilliant speakers. Click here or on the link below to learn more and sign up! 


When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Cost: Free! 

FoodCorps service member applications are open now! 


If you or someone you know is passionate about planting seeds of change, be sure to check out the FoodCorps service member application. 

FoodCorps is a national non-profit that connects kids to healthy food in school, so they can lead healthier lives and reach their full potential. Service members help build school gardens, teach hands-on lessons, cultivate healthy school meals, and work together with the community to create a school-wide culture of health. The application to become a FoodCorps service member is open now through March 15th. 

A case for positive body image and self-love during the season of affection


This Valentine's Day, we encouraged everyone to focus on sharing the love with the most important person in your life: you! For many, maintaining a positive body image is a constant challenge. This challenge can be especially daunting during a holiday that makes far too many people self-conscious or hyperaware of their body image and self-worth. We are often our own harshest critics, when we should actually be our biggest cheerleaders.

Accessibility for All: The importance of inclusive parks


Children of all abilities should have access to safe places to stay active, but not all playgrounds are created equal. A park may be accessible, but that does not always mean it is inclusive. 

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Aerobic vs. Anaerobic: Exercising after 50


Exercising doesn't - and shouldn't -  have to stop just because you get older. There are plenty of activities for people of all mobility and skill levels. 

IN THE NEWS:
New Year, Eat Right


Via Inspired Living / Arizona Republic, by Debra Gelbart 

At the start of every year, almost all of us try to be healthier eaters. But that doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself of the foods you love, even if you suspect they aren't the most beneficial for your nutrition. The registered dietitians and nutrition specialists at Pinnacle Prevention offer their advice for a feel-good approach to food in 2018. 

What the 2018 farm bill means for urban, suburban and rural America 


Via The Conversation, by Tom Vilsack

This comprehensive food and agriculture legislation is typically enacted every four or five years. When I became U.S. secretary of agriculture in January 2009, I learned quickly that the bill covers much more than farms and farmers. In fact, every farm bill also affects conservation, trade, nutrition, jobs and infrastructure, agricultural research, forestry and energy.

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Give your input to help improve transportation and street environments


The Maricopa Association of Governments and City of phoenix are gathering input on street environments to make the region happier, healthier and safer. Help them by completing these surveys: 

Maricopa Association of Governments Active Transportation Survey: 


City of Phoenix Street Transportation Survey: 
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