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.

March 26, 2013

ChangeLab Solutions joined with other national public health organizations this week in support of New York City's sugar sweetened beverage portion control regulations. As signatory on an amicus brief filed with the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, we are standing with the city's appeal on the judicial decision that invalidated the measure. Our press release is available here, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health's press release is available here.

Thank you to our funders, including The California Endowment, for supporting both the brief on which we're signatories and a second amicus brief, filed yesterday, which addresses the strong correlation between sugary drink consumption and obesity and chronic diseases, and the disproportionate impact on underserved communities.

Cities, including New York and counties across the nation, have a duty to make our communities healthier, even when that means trying ideas that may seem radical at first. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to make choices that promote good health, and this regulation—which keeps huge SSB portions from being the default choice—is a tool to improve those opportunities.

Mayor Bloomberg's press release is available here.

Signatories on the first brief include: National Alliance for Hispanic Health (lead signatory), Comunilife, Montefiore Medical Center, Harlem Health Promotion Center, National Congress of Black Women, Inc., New York Chapter, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Association of Black Cardiologists, The California Endowment, New York Chapter 2, American Academy of Pediatrics, Prevention Institute, Shape Up America!, United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park (UPROSE), Walter Willett, MD, MPH, DrPH, Maya Rockeymoore, PhD, Children’s Aid Society, and the Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Signatories on the second brief include: National Association of Local Boards of Health (lead signatory), ChangeLab Solutions, Yale Rudd Center, Public Health Association of New York City, Public Health Law Center, Health Officers Association of California, National Association of County and City Health Officials, American Public Health Association, Professor Peter Jacobson, Professor Larry Gostin, Professor Lindsay Wiley, Professor Wendy Parmet, Professor Lance Gable and Professor Micah Berman.

March 14, 2013

A judge ruled this week against New York City’s proposed limits on the sale of large size sugar sweetened beverages, citing limits on governmental power. NPLAN's Manel Kappagoda blogged about the issue at, and explains in more detail why the restriction is still worth pursuing.

March 5, 2013

New York City's ban on flavored tobacco products has been upheld by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The law remains in effect, as does a similar ban in Providence, Rhode Island, which was upheld in December. See our FAQ on local bans of flavored smokeless tobacco for updated information following the outcome of challenges filed by tobacco companies.