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Baltimore is One Step Closer to Passing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Legislation

June 14, 2016
Last week, I had the honor of joining a coalition of health advocates, parents and community leaders at Baltimore City Hall for the Health Committee hearing on legislation that would require warning labels for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on advertisements, menus, and points-of-purchase within...
Leana Wen's picture

Food recall season is off to a big start

June 9, 2016
Once again the shift from spring to summer has carried with it a string of contamination-related food recalls. Twenty in the last month, and climbing.
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Healthy Futures Starting in the Kitchen: Child Care Center Cooks as Agents of Change

June 6, 2016
On May 6th I had a humbling experience involving vegetables, knives, and a group of child care center cooks from across North Carolina. This group of child care center cooks and I came together for a "Healthy Futures Starting in the Kitchen" program offered by the culinary school at Central...
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Let's Talk About Sugar, Sugar Sweetened Beverages (#SSBs) and Warning Labels this #FoodFri!

June 3, 2016
On a daily basis, we are bombarded with marketing for sugar sweetened beverages. In 2006, sugary drink companies spent roughly $3.2 billion . That was ten years ago, since then that budget has grown. One city is fighting back - Baltimore City. They want to counteract the marketing of these...
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The Skinny on Soda Taxes: part 1

June 3, 2016
Soda taxes are taking off from coast to coast, and around the world, too. And while on the surface they *seem* like a great thing, are they actually working? And do they effectively tax the people who can afford it the least? Here's a short summary of what we know: 1. Where are they actually...
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FDA issues draft guidance for reducing sodium

June 3, 2016
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has just issued draft guidance for public comment for voluntary reduction in sodium consumption for the food industry. According to the FDA, Americans consume almost 50% more sodium than what most experts recommend. Now let’...
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Come join us in Raleigh! You won't want to miss this.

June 2, 2016
It’s not often these days that visits to the NC General Assembly are focused on FUN! But that’s what our “Healthy Options, Healthy Choices” day next week will be — and you won’t want to miss it! Join in on the fun! RSVP here:
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Baltimore Residents Have the Right to Know the Truth about Sugary Drinks

June 2, 2016
In my practice as an emergency physician, I have seen 8-year-olds who weigh 150 pounds, teenagers diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes, and 25-year-olds with high blood pressure and heart problems. As the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, I see these issues play out on a much larger...
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The perfect face of our food

June 1, 2016
One of the first things which captivated me about the United States of America when I moved here almost 6 years ago, were the grocery aisles filled to the brim with shiny spotless fruits and vegetables. It seemed the apples, tomatoes and water melons were positively radiant. I felt instantly...
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Baltimore - We need to do everything we can to reduce the amount of soda kids drink.

May 30, 2016
The numbers are shocking. Did you know the average 8-year old is drinking 64 ounces a week in sugary drinks like sodas that may—over the years—lead to type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease? Did you also know that sugary drinks are the single largest contributor of calories and added sugars to...
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