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Bloomberg’s big-soda ban is still effective!

Friday, March 15, 2013, 6:30 AM
I am of two minds on the court decision Monday striking down the New York City Board of Health’s ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces one day before it was to kick in. I applaud both the judge’s ruling and the mayor’s resolve. The ban was declared “arbitrary and... 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

Too many women continue to die in childbirth

Friday, December 7, 2012, 6:30 AM
JoAnne Fischer is executive director, and Bette Begleiter deputy executive director, of the Maternity Care Coalition, a Philadelphia nonprofit that works to improve maternal and child health and wellbeing through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities. By JoAnne... 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

Teasing obese kids doesn't help them lose weight. It can backfire.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 6:30 AM
Today’s post, by Nan Feyler, is one in a series of contributions by members of an expert panel intended to expand the breadth of The Public’s Health. Feyler, chief of staff for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, holds law and master of public health degrees, and is a former executive... 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

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

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

Diagnosing a public health problem: Photoshop

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Why is it that the fatter America gets, the more unrealistically thin our ideal of what people should look like becomes? It's not just a perplexing paradox. It poses a threat to the public’s health: our nation’s obesity crisis may eventually be coupled with anorexia... Read more

HBO documentary points to an obesity era

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Philadelphia’s public health community descended on the Franklin Institute on Tuesday evening for a preview screening of The Weight of the Nation, an HBO documentary series about obesity in America that will be shown May 14th and 15th at 8 p.m. The message is that the country’s... 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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