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American Academy of Pediatrics writes a prescription that can’t be filled

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) broke new ground in this month’s issue of Pediatrics when it issued its first policy recommendation calling for changes in how cities and communities are designed to address the exploding epidemic of unfit and overweight children. Unfortunately, a collection of health and community professionals point out that existing myths and misperceptions could block communities from filling that prescription.

Schools, Saratoga reach field agreement

The Campbell Union High School District has reached a joint use agreement with the city of Saratoga on use of the district’s playing fields at Prospect High School. The terms of the initial two-year agreement expire in December, prompting Saratoga city officials and the district to enter into negotiations early.

4 new parks to open next fiscal year amid budget cuts; Mayor proposes to trim 22 library, 31 park jobs

SAN DIEGO – Even as San Diego’s economic picture remains stubbornly dark, with the mayor cutting 22 library and 31 park workers in his new budget, there may be a bright spot. Residents will get four new parks in the next fiscal year. That’s on top of seven this year.

Residents are hot to cool off — Neighbors want access to a school pool near downtown L.A. Officials say that’s not easy to do.

The water was off-limits. But it certainly seemed somebody was all wet Tuesday afternoon at an Olympic-size swimming pool near downtown Los Angeles. Was it Vilma Cortez, who was standing outside 3rd Street’s new Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, demanding that its high school pool be open to neighborhood kids such as her own three children, who are whiling away the summer sitting in their nearby apartment? Was it Los Angeles Unified School District administrators, who say the pool is already plenty used by students enrolled in campus summer school programs?

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