Friday, November 27, 2015


Bacon! (And health!)

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:30 AM
The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer got bacon lovers upset with its recent report linking cancer to the consumption of processed meat and red meat. One newspaper columnist asked, “What does cancer study mean for Southern eating habits?” And answered:... Read more

It’s a dog’s life: the growing challenge of pet obesity

Friday, June 26, 2015, 6:30 AM
Dogs are an integral part of the American family. Our dogs attend daycare, enjoy visits to the spa, and accompany their families on vacation—sometimes staying in pet-friendly hotels that serve gourmet dog food. Pooches can have dedicated electronic devices; a sizable number have accounts... Read more

Healthy NewsWorks: News that's good for kids!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:30 AM
In the late 1990s and early 2000s journalists played a critical role in increasing public awareness of the obesity epidemic and related conditions. Initial scientific reports of serious complications of obesity such as type 2 diabetes occurring in children were met with skepticism. But news reports... Read more

The AMA says obesity is a disease. Is that healthy?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:30 AM
At its recent annual meeting, American Medical Association (AMA) delegates rejected the advice of their own Committee on Science and Public Health and voted to reclassify obesity as a disease rather than a condition or disease risk factor. Proponents believe that this reclassification by the nation’s... Read more

Health disparities in Philadelphia’s Latino community

Friday, May 17, 2013, 6:30 AM
We continue our series on race and health in Philadelphia today, joined by Cynthia Figueroa, president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, who shares her expert insight into the state of health in Philadelphia’s Latino community. - Michael Yudell Health disparities are differences in health... Read more

Portion size: Paree vs Philly

Friday, April 26, 2013, 6:30 AM
I just got back from 10 days in France. Like John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, I was struck by all the little differences in Europe—how the toilets work, the way roads are designed, and the size of a meal. Wherever I went, the portion sizes seemed much smaller than what I was accustomed to in Philadelphia... Read more

Best public health blogs

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
What interests you: Disease sleuthing? Global bioethics? Protecting the food supply? Protecting yourself when you travel? A new ranking of the top 30 public health blogs places The Public's Health at No. 14. The complete list is below. Lots of interesting stuff. And if you want to go beyond reading... Read more

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

The potential of parks (with programs)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:30 AM
What gets people out and exercising in the park? Is it the characteristics of the community that surrounds the park, such as the presence or absence of crime and blight? Or is it the organized activities, such as the presence or absence of a Zumba class taught on Thursday nights by a local resident... Read more

Could immigration reform improve our health?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:30 AM
During his State of the Union address last month, President Obama challenged the assembled lawmakers to tackle comprehensive immigration reform. The issue has proven a divisive one in our national political discourse, and most of the discussion focuses on the political ramifications. Pundits have discussed... 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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