From Route 50—In many cities, healthy food can be hard to find, especially in low-income neighborhoods where grocery options are limited. The dearth of healthy options has spurred various local initiatives, from banning dollar stores to establishing community farms.
From KUOW—Cities may not be in the business of selling food, but they can determine what gets sold on public property — which includes schools, community centers, senior centers, and parks.
Seattle is one of nine cities getting praise for implementing policies to help fight obesity.
From Forbes—The vaping crisis has reached a tipping point. Today, Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), testified before Congress about the number of severe vaping-related illnesses. “We are seeing more and more cases each day. I suspect weekly numbers will be higher,” Schuchat said. She was speaking to the House of Representatives which began public hearings this week about the mystery vaping-related lung disease that has sickened 530 people in 38 states and killed nine.
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy—…Other Notable Appointments...Katrina Forrest, deputy chief of staff and legislative director in the office of Councilmember David Grosso of Washington, D.C., has been appointed the national director of partnerships at CityHealth.
From the Hechinger Report—Seattle, Cincinnati and San Antonio are just three of a growing number of cities to develop high-quality public preschool programs paid for by new local taxes.
From Forbes—Today we have a massive and growing public health challenge that is substantially shortening the lives of millions, negatively impacting the health of our children, and adding an astounding $170 billion in health care costs to our nation annually. Unknown to most, it has been for years the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.