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Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Childhood Obesity, Stadium Funding, Local Economic Development   Volume 4 Issue 4  
CONTENTS
Can Prenatal Care Prevent Childhood Obesity?
Public Funding of Sports Stadiums
Local Economic Development: Importance of the Sales Tax and Other Factors
CPPA Wants Your Feedback
Falling off a Hang Glider, on to Fool’s Perch
New Tool Helps Fight Quagga Mussels
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Can Prenatal Care Prevent Childhood Obesity?
by Rebecca L. Utz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Utah

A recent trend in health research has been to identify the early life exposures that impact later life outcomes. A study done by Drs. Rebecca Utz & Norman Waitzman at the University of Utah looked at how the very earliest life exposures, such as those experienced prior to birth, affect one’s risk for obesity. They found that prenatal care, characteristics of the mother prior to birth, and features of the birth itself may increase or decrease an adolescent’s risk of being overweight – though, the mother’s pre-pregnancy weight and her weight-gain during pregnancy had the largest effect on a child’s risk of obesity. These findings suggest that the “obesity epidemic” may be passed from generation to generation, with some children being set on a trajectory of obesity even prior to their birth.
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Public Funding of Sports Stadiums
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by Sarah Wilhelm, PhD, Economic Research and Consulting

Since 2000, 28 new major league stadiums have been built in the U.S. costing over $9 billion dollars. More than half, over $5 billion, of the costs of the new stadiums were funded using public dollars. Across the nation, franchises have argued that building a new stadium will lead to economic development in the form of increased incomes, jobs and tax revenues. However, the preponderance of academic research has disputed these claims. This article looks at the benefits and costs of building a stadium and discusses why the economic development argument has failed to stand up to academic scrutiny.
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Local Economic Development: Importance of the Sales Tax and Other Factors
Executive Summary
by David Newell, Utah Foundation and Jennifer Robinson, CPPA

How much affect does the tax system have on local economic development? Do cities really “zone for dollars?” A recent report conducted by the Utah Foundation and the Center for Public Policy and Administration found that while the tax structure or “zoning for dollars” definitely exerts some influence on some city decisions, it is by no means the only or even the dominant variable in the economic development decisions of local officials. Find out what does affect economic development in Utah’s cities.
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Falling off a Hang Glider, on to Fool’s Perch
by Tricia Jack, CPPA

When a recent assignment gave me the opportunity to read Gordon MacKenzie’s book “Orbiting the Giant Hairball,” I found myself chuckling at the following story: At a beach cliff in San Diego, a man decides he wants to go down to the ocean to swim. He sees a variety of signs that warn of the danger of the cliffs and thinks that he probably should not go down there. Just as he starts to walk away, he hears laughter from below the cliffs, indicating that someone is down there. He decides there must be a way. He thinks: “they made it down there. I must be able to get down there, too".
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New Tool Helps Fight Quagga Mussels
by Wildlife News, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, April 17, 2008

David Patton, CPPA's director takes a look at new initiatives and ideas from around the nation and the world. This month's idea: tool to help fight quagga mussels.
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