The Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative’s (MYOC) toolkit, “Keep ME Heatlhy” has now been included in the National Cancer Institute’s online community “Research to Reality (R2R).”
“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 should government do to reduce obesity and tobacco use?”
Watch experts Thomas Farley, Steven Gortmaker, and Cass Sunstein address these and other questions about health promotion and the state in this video roundtable discussion
Michael Long’s new paper showing schools that implement strong nutrition standards for snacks increase student meal participation and school revenue.
Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez discussed the status of physical activity policy in the state legislature at the 2013 Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids Legislative Breakfast.
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.
In September 2012, NOPREN members published 9 research articles related to how policies affect children’s health, with a focus on childhood obesity. These articles can now be accessed for free on the NOPREN website.
2012 Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids (MAFHK) Legislative Breakfast
Nurses Hall, Massachusetts State House
(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 buildings…The…federally funded campaign will blanket Boston…[and] focus on black and Latino neighborhoods.”
Tax on Sugary Drinks, Limits on Marketing to Children Among Cost-effective Strategies
Boston, MA – The global obesity epidemic has been escalating for three to four decades, yet long-term prevention efforts have barely begun and are inadequate, according to a new paper from international public health experts published in the August 25, 2011 edition of the journal The Lancet. The authors call on governments around the world to launch a coordinated effort to monitor, prevent, and control obesity, and the long-term health, social and economic costs associated with it.