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Did the food industry buy your kid?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 6:30 AM
In the wake of the New York State Supreme Court striking down New York City’s ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces, a surprising op-ed appeared in the New York Times. The essay encouraged New York City, despite the ruling, not to give up trying to limit the aggressive marketing tactics of big... Read more

Mediterranean Diet, without the hype

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Results of an important study out of Spain published last week in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a “Mediterranean Diet” supplemented by additional extra-virgin olive oil or nuts significantly lowered the risk of having a heart attack, stroke... Read more

Sequester puts America’s brain trust at risk

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 6:30 AM
On Friday if Congress and the president do not act, what is known as the budget sequestration-- automatic cuts to a wide range of government programs– will kick in. This spells public health disaster. The first to feel the massive cuts to public health programs will be mothers and young children... Read more

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

How do you change the way kids eat? Ask a chef.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 6:30 AM
Tia McDonald is director of culinary operations for the Vetri Foundation for Children, a non-profit founded by chef Marc Vetri and restaurateur Jeff Benjamin that works to help kids experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living. Chef Tia, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of... Read more

Debunking the debunkers of organic food

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell A recent study by Stanford University scientists claiming that “the published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods” has left in its wake a bizarre flurry of bad reporting about the value of organics... Read more

Shaping the obesity messenger

Friday, September 14, 2012, 11:09 AM
By Michael Yudell My colleague in blogging (and at Drexel University), Rob Field, who normally writes about health policy and can put even the Affordable Care Act into understandable language, takes on a different topic today: Overweight physicians. It's a provocative piece. Take a look. Read more... Read more

Breastfeeding is up — but not enough, especially in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their annual Breastfeeding Report Card last week and there’s good news and bad. Thanks to a concerted effort by the CDC and health workers in states and localities across the country, breastfeeding rates continue to rise... Read more

What Chick-fil-A's cows aren't telling you (about obesity and homophobia)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell The anti-gay marriage comments made a few weeks back by Dan Cathy, president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, may be enough to turn your stomach and send you running to the nearest national chain eatery that doesn’t mix homophobia with its fare. But let’s not... Read more

Want to talk about the economy? Try the economic burden of malnutrition.

Friday, July 27, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Scientists have long known that malnutrition during childhood, especially before a baby’s first birthday, can cause lifelong intellectual and behavioral problems. To make matters worse, a new study links those deficits to suppressed economic opportunities in adulthood, leading... 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, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
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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