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WHAT CAN BE DONE
Among the community changes suggested by the report, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: • Adopt zoning policies that restrict fast-food restaurants near school grounds and public playgrounds. • Have a master plan for walking and biking in the community. • Build and maintain sidewalks and street crossings to create a safe walking environment, connecting to schools, parks and other places. • Adopt community police strategies that improve street safety, especially those in higher-crime neighborhoods. • Build and maintain parks and playgrounds that are safe, attractive and close to residential areas. • Work with school districts to allow playing fields, playgrounds and recreation centers to be used by residents when schools are closed. • Tax high-calorie, low-nutrient food items and beverages sweetened with sugar. • Require menu labeling in chain restaurants so customers can get calorie information on menus and menu boards.