Behavior / Health / Policy

Healthy People 2020: How Are We Doing?

Healthy People is a set of recurring 10 year objectives, established by the U.S. government, to set goals and track performance on over 1200 objectives in 42 public health areas. The overall goal? To improve the nation’s health, both by setting incremental objectives and monitoring research-based information over each 10 year period. There are 26 Leading Health … Continue reading

Exercise / Policy

Child’s Play

I’ve written previously about the importance of physical activity, both within and outside of the school day, for reducing obesity in children.  But new evidence suggests that there is also a positive relationship between physical fitness and academic performance.  The more physically fit children are, the better their learning and memory. This provides yet another reason for … Continue reading

Exercise / Policy

My Body, My Mind: Physical Activity and Education in Public Schools

It is estimated that currently less than 50% of the nation’s children meet the physical activity guidelines put forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These recommendations call for children to participate in at least 60 minutes/day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Therefore, it seems appropriate on this, the last day of school for Hartford Public Schools, to discuss … Continue reading


Is This The Answer?

After posting about the salt tax in Hungary, it was with interest I read the NYTimes article today regarding the effect of the new drink rules on coffee purchases (Yee and Grinbaum; City’s New Drink Rules Add Wrinkle to Coffee Orders; 3/6/2013). While it’s been well-publicized that sugary sodas greater than 16 ounces are banned, … Continue reading