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While obesity is a problem for Americans in all walks of life, it’s worse when you don’t live near a park, when access to public transportation is limited, when sidewalks are broken and streetlights are few. In fact, a National Institutes of Health study found that just living in a socioeconomically deprived area leads to weight gain and a greater risk of dying at an early age. In stark terms, people in Culver City live an average of eight years longer than people in Jefferson Park, according to Crump. Yet these two communities in the middle of Los Angeles are only a couple of miles apart.

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We often hear that climate change will have a devastating impact on the world's poor in the future, and that may well be true. But a fraction of the resources spent fighting future climate change could go a long way in global public health efforts right now.

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At ReportingonHealth, we aim to provide useful resources to members from a variety of sources. In that spirit, here are three fellowship opportunities that might interest you. Attend a conference, or become a fellow-in-residence at a university. Either way, if you are interested in these programs, apply soon.

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Timothy C. Rickard is a professor of psychology at UCSD. He researches numerical cognition, memory, memory and attention, human memory and performance, expertise, skill acquisition and transfer. His current projects explore the changes in cognitive processing and representation that occur with practice, memory impairment in patients with damage to the medial temporal lobe, the role of attention in memory retrieval, and the cognitive and neurological structures involved in numerical cognition.

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Dr. Byers is conducting research on the causes of cancers of the breast, colon, lung, and prostate, and have interests in cancer prevention by nutrition and early detection as well as cancer survivorship and outcomes. Dr. Byers also  is associate director for cancer prevention and control at the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Lisa Sun Hee Park is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. Previously, she was an associate professor of ethnic studies at UCSD. She specializes in Asian-American studies, immigrant women's health care, immigrant work and labor, welfare and immigration policy, the sociology of consumption, and environmental inequality.

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David Olds is a professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and preventive medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health. He has devoted his career to investigating methods of preventing health and developmental problems in children and parents from low-income families.

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