10:32 AM, Apr 12, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The government is putting its (big) foot down. No more junk food in schools. As Danica Lo of Epicurious writes:
New rules for school food kick in this July -- and for kids going back to school in the fall, it's sad sad news (okay, not really sad, but healthy healthy news). According to new regulations being instituted by the USDA, junk food is now totally verboten -- in school vending machines, stores, and lunchrooms. That means that fruits, veggies, whole grains, and dairy are good to go -- high-sodium, high-sugar, and high-fat foods are not.
Rules, as we all know, exist to be both enforced and broken and it will be interesting to see how far the Feds will go to make sure the rules are obeyed. Will it be a zero tolerance regime? First time offenders getting thrown in the jug for carrying concealed candy bars.
And, also, will the kids be more resourceful than the food cops?
This could be the start of a War on Food.
7:01 AM, Feb 19, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Department of Defense (DOD) has just announced that the public will be invited to vote in a video competition called "Fight the Enemy." In this case, the enemy is tobacco. The innovation office of the military's assistant secretary of defense for health affairs is sponsoring the competition among U.S. service members around the world who were invited to film and submit "tobacco countermarketing" videos.
1:14 PM, Dec 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In a routine, short-run economic downturn, people tend to adopt more healthy behaviors. You quit smoking and cut back on the drinking because … well, maybe to save money and maybe because you tend to focus more on the essentials and live less indulgently. But our current long, lingering economic malaise seems to have pushed people toward unhealthy choices. For release, perhaps, or from a fatalistic sense that things may not get better and so what.
8:21 AM, Oct 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Allentown, Pennsylvania TV station reports that, because of Obamacare, one mother is forced to choose between a "new health plan or putting food on the table":
"One mother tells us the choice for her has come down to selecting a new health plan or putting food on the table," reporter Will Lewis says.
"A small group of people bound together by the need for health insurance, all say they are the people that the Affordable Care Act is not helping."
6:13 AM, Aug 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The office of the vice president announced last night that Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, is in Houston being evaluated after "an episode of disorientation and weakness."
"This morning, the Vice President accompanied his son Beau Biden to Houston, Texas, where Beau is being evaluated to determine the cause of an episode of disorientation and weakness that he experienced while on vacation with his family last week," reads a statement from the vice president's office.
"Further information about the Vice President’s schedule will be forthcoming."
The irrational hostility to e-cigarettes.Aug 5, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 44 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Smokeless, odorless, and, indeed, tobacco-less, electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” in common parlance, are projected to become a $1 billion industry this year. Yes, that’s “electronic” cigarettes: battery-powered gadgets that convert liquid nicotine into vapor, which the user inhales. The act is known—unfortunately, if accurately—as “vaping.” (It’s important to note that one doesn’t smoke an e-cigarette.) Some e-cigs are made to closely resemble actual cigarettes—they have the same shape and color and even an LED light at the end, designed to simulate a lit butt.
10:21 AM, Jul 6, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"Because of the way in which baseball links the generations it has been a channel through which vital traits of American character are instilled. The health of baseball concerns all of America, and the health of America — perhaps especially the American family — finds itself reflected in the state of our national pastime. Baseball is a mirror of American liberty and of the virtues necessary to sustain it."
—Diana Schaub, "America at the Bat," National Affairs, Winter 2010.
7:55 PM, Jul 2, 2013 • By FRED BARNES
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today agreed to be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill to ban abortion after an unborn child is 20 weeks old. A similar measure passed the House last month and a state version is now being debated in the Texas legislature, where it is likely to be approved.
1:25 PM, Jun 25, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website Healthfinder.gov even has a selection of over 100 eCards that can be sent to friends and family to encourage them to lose weight, quit smoking, get screened for various diseases, and even stop bullying.
4:27 PM, Apr 5, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
A restaurant where President Obama took winners of his 2012 campaign’s “Dinner with Barack” contest was forced to close this week because it was cited for failing to comply with Washington, D.C.’s health and sanitation regulations.
9:56 AM, Apr 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The federal government will now allow companies that sell "nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products," such as Nicorette, not to put warning labels on their merchandise, the Food and Drug Administration announced. The change, the FDA now admits, is because the warnings, which were mandated for the last 30 years, were misguided from the very beginning.