May 23, 2013

Join us for three webinars this summer on strategies for creating healthier stores in your community. We’ll look at tools to increase distribution of healthy foods to corner stores, collaborating with public health partners and best practices for engaging community stakeholders. We’ll also interview healthy corner store experts and share success stories.

These webinars are designed to give public health professionals, program planners, and other community partners a chance to learn about and discuss effective program and policy strategies. Register today to save your spot! Hosted by ChangeLab Solutions and sponsored by the Network for a Healthy California Retail Program.

May 6, 2013

May is National Bike Month, and we're celebrating by promoting our resources for bicycle-friendly communities! Our staff will also be participating in our local Bike to Work Day on May 9.

We encourage bicycle use as a way to engage in healthy activity, to commute to work and school with less environmental impact, and to get more in touch with your community. To support safe bicycling, we've got a fact sheet on getting involved in transportation planning, a model ordinance for bike parking, and a fact sheet to help minimize liability risk for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs.

To find National Bike Month events in your area, visit the League of American Bicyclists here.

(National Bike Month logo used courtesy of the League of American Cyclists. Photo credit: Steve Vance.)

April 5, 2013

President Obama's annual budget plan includes a proposal for increasing federal taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, with a goal of providing aid to states wishing to support the childhood education initiative. ChangeLab Solutions applauds this idea, having analyzed the success of cigarette taxes and licensing enforcement on state and local levels in reducing youth access to tobacco.

As an editorial from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids explains, the 2009 increase in the federal cigarette tax resulted in the largest drop in cigarette sales in almost 100 years. We concur that the combination of revenue gained for education, reduction in health care costs, and the value of lives saved makes this a winning proposal.

April 1, 2013

ChangeLab Solutions celebrated National Public Health Week (NPHW) with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and and communities nationwide. This year's theme was "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money." By promoting preventive measures aimed toward stopping disease before it happens, we believe people and expense can be spared.

We put our own focus on the daily NPHW themes to emphasize how healthy changes improve lives, and how public policies can promote healthy changes:

  • Monday, April 1: Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family: Healthy neighborhoods nurture healthy homes! Smokefree residences, safe pedestrian access, and close proximity to stores providing nutritious food options are all important to keep us healthy at home.

  • Tuesday, April 2: Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School: Kids need to be able to get to and from school safely, and when in school, have options for healthy food and fresh water to be active and succeed in learning. We believe that a safe school environment is also one where kids aren't bombarded by junk food advertisements!

  • Wednesday, April 3: Creating a Healthy Workplace: What's good for kids is often good for adults! We need workplaces where we can get exercise, eat healthfully, and take good care of ourselves. The NPHW tweetchat on Twitter was an opportunity to share success stories from workplaces nationwide using the #NPHWchat hashtag.

  • Thursday, April 4: Protecting You While You're on the Move: We're more encouraged to ride a bike or take a walk when we feel safe and protected from vehicular traffic. Green spaces, convenient bike parking, and pathways to resources such as grocery stores motivate us even more!

  • Friday, April 5: Empowering a Healthy Community: We've all heard the adage that "it takes a village." We believe communities have the power to push for change that will improve the health of all members! We profiled community public health heroes on Twitter with the hashtag #phheroes and sharing their success stories.


March 28, 2013

A Cleveland, OH city prohibition against the use of artificial trans fats in restaurants was upheld by the Ohio Court of Appeals, overturning state legislation supported by the food industry. ChangeLab Solutions supported the city in the form of an amicus brief, filed jointly with Public Health Law Center.

The Court ruled that local authority over municipal food policies may not be preempted by the state, and noted the involvement of special interest groups in drafting the legislation. Cleveland is now free to enforce its regulation of artificial trans fats in foods prepared in local stores and restaurants.