“Some major U.S. public health problems are perpetuated and exacerbated at least in part by lifestyle choices and individual behavior. Policymakers at all levels of government are struggling to find ways of intervening to promote wellness and reduce unhealthy behaviors without overstepping the limits of their authority or infringing on personal liberties. What can and … Continue reading “VIDEO: Dr. Steven Gortmaker featured in NEJM roundtable discussion on “Health Promotion and the State””
Check out Michael Long’s paper, “Public support for policies to improve the nutritional impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),” and “Identifying whole grain foods: a comparison of different approaches for selecting more healthful whole grain products” by Rebecca Mozzaffarian.
(The Boston Globe) — “Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston and public health authorities unveiled a public awareness campaign…that urges residents to reduce consumption of sweetened beverages…The campaign, which will include a media blitz, premieres a month before an executive order by Menino phases out the sale, advertising, and promotion of sugar-sweetened beverages in all city … Continue reading “Boston launches ad campaign against sugary beverages”
(The Boston Globe) — “The seven-year-old policy restricting the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in Boston Public Schools appears to be paying off: Consumption dropped among high school students…The drop in Boston compares with very little change…among teenagers nationally…The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, at the direction of state legislators…proposed instituting a similar policy in all … Continue reading “Sugar Withdrawal – Boston high school students have fewer sweetened drinks”