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Why attack snack food in schools?

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Last Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new standards to regulate the nutritional content of food sold in schools. The standards come in response to a bipartisan request from Congress for something to be done about childhood obesity in the U.S.—... Read more

Should Pennsylvania legalize pot?

Friday, January 25, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Earlier this month, Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery-Delaware) announced plans to introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana — not just for medical purposes, as New Jersey recently did, but also for recreational use. The substance would be regulated... Read more

Did childhood kill Kurt Cobain (or Jimi Hendrix)?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle In a box in my basement — amongst a broken TI-83 calculator, Discman, and other college-era artifacts — is a poster entitled “Forever 27.” Once ubiquitous in dorm rooms, the poster depicts Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain in a Daliesque... Read more

Top public health issues of 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 9:44 AM
By Michael Yudell and Jonathan Purtle Approximately 3.9 million babies will fondly recall 2012 as the year they were born in the United States. The year will hold a special place in their hearts for an estimated 78.5 years—the average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. Their chances of living... Read more

Q&A with the authors of The Public's Health, on its first birthday

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 6:30 AM
Don Sapatkin is the bicycle-commuting Inquirer public health reporter who edits The Public’s Health blog. By Don Sapatkin The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Wednesday posted an interesting interview with Michael Yudell and Jonathan Purtle, the experts behind The Public’s Health. It... Read more

Don’t let election hype drive you to distraction (or death)

Friday, September 21, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Emotions rise high when election season rolls around every four ears. Could the culmination of this excitement and passion for political participation result in excess motor vehicle fatalities when Election Day finally arrives? A 2008 study published in the Journal of the American... Read more

What if the president fixed unemployment but it wasn't enough?

Friday, September 7, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Jobs jobs jobs. Both parties' national conventions were abuzz with talk of plans to address unemployment — 8.1 percent nationally in August, the government reported Friday (and certainly higher locally, where preliminary July rates were 9.1 percent for the Philadelphia... Read more

Transcendental Meditation: A cure for the stresses of youth violence?

Monday, August 13, 2012, 6:25 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Youth violence is a big and complex problem, especially in Philadelphia. Could something as simple as having city school students close their eyes and sit in stillness for 30 minutes a day help address its stress-related consequences? Filmmaker David Lynch, who credits his own... Read more

Does anyone deserve to die of lung cancer?

Friday, August 3, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle There we stood in front of the bulletin board at the Old City coffee shop Fork:etc — perplexed, trying to decipher the meaning of the ad. Hipsters Deserve to Die, it said, over a picture of a young African American man wearing glasses and a scarf. My girlfriend works in... Read more

A call for a Surgeon General’s report – on soda pop

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Tuesday marked the first day of public hearings on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to restrict the size of sugary beverages (primarily soda) sold at most food service establishments to 16 ounces. The proposal—which is likely to reduce caloric intake, according... Read more
About this blog

What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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