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30 reasons to be thankful for public health

Many of public health's greatest advances -- and the struggles it took to achieve them -- are easy to take for granted. As I reflect this holiday season on all the things I have to be thankful for, I'm reminded of the important role the field plays in my life and the lives of so many others.  Read more >


Echoes of the tobacco wars: Why is Big Soda afraid to publicly oppose the Richmond soda tax?

The city council of Richmond, Calif., has made headlines by putting a soda tax on the ballot. This has the beverage industry running scared and once again borrowing tactics from Big Tobacco -- this time in an effort to deceive voters. Read more >


Hang in there, advocates: Change takes time

In the fight for public health and social change, advocacy groups must often work for decades before seeing real change. But, as a recent victory for environmental health advocates shows, the struggle is well worth it. And media advocacy can play an important role in getting there. Read more >


What is PepsiCo buying with donations to communities of color?

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is one of several prominent Latino organizations that has recently accepted large sums of money from PepsiCo. In doing so, such groups gain much-needed funds for scholarships and internships but may risk losing something even bigger.  Read more >


Shooting ourselves in the foot: How the way we talk about food issues puts public health advocates at a disadvantage

Language matters. It affects not only how people view an issue but also how they act on it. When it comes to discussing food policy, a couple of language pitfalls may be thwarting advocates' efforts at change. Read more >


What's really behind the soda industry's 'choice' rhetoric

Following New York City's public hearing on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to cap soda sizes at 16 ounces, critics pushed back, saying the proposal "restricts choice." The trouble is, those critics don't explain whose choice is being restricted. And that's because the answer is soda companies'. Read more >


News coverage of the Sandusky case: Lessons for advocates

Media coverage of violence and other public health issues tends to focus narrowly on individuals, overlooking the context for their actions. Continuing coverage of the Sandusky child sexual abuse case is proving an exception to that rule, yet it is not without shortcomings. Read more >


Media oversimplify coverage of Aurora shooting

In the wake of last week's shooting in Aurora, Colo., the news media have been filled with journalists, elected officials, and others bemoaning the rampage as "senseless" and "evil." But calling it evil does nothing to open up a discussion of how to keep it from happening again. Read more >


Child sexual abuse prevention advocates work to keep issue in media spotlight

Child sexual abuse has fallen out of the news cycle since Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse last month. Fortunately, children's advocates are working to remind readers that child sexual abuse doesn't end when a high-profile trial does. Read more >


Just how pervasive has anti-government sentiment become?

It's our government's duty to protect us from health hazards. Yet a dominant "government intrusion" frame is making efforts to do so difficult. It's time for public health leaders to vigorously defend government's role in improving health. Read more >


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