Have food deserts turned into food swamps?

Everyone needs easy access to healthy, affordable food. Yet this basic point is getting lost in recent media coverage of new research that questions the existence of food deserts and their potential relationship to obesity. Read more >

NYT exposes alcohol industry efforts to stall important health legislation

In its latest article about alcohol abuse and related health issues on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Times highlights the role of industry in perpetuating such abuse. Industry contributions to members of a key legislative committee may have hobbled efforts to limit sales in areas prone to alcohol-related crime. More >

Media coverage of autism study leaves out critical context

News coverage of a study that links the risk of autism to obesity during pregnancy frames the issue primarily as it relates to expecting mothers' eating and exercise habits. It largely ignores the social, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to obesity. Read more >

Oakland Unified School District aims to provide health care to all students

A groundbreaking program would guarantee all OUSD students access to primary health care and prevention services. The effort represents a long-term investment in the health of students, and Oakland as a whole. It also gives the media an opportunity to open a dialogue about health equity. Read more >

New York Times coverage of alcohol lawsuit lets major brewers off the hook

A New York Times article of a lawsuit involving South Dakota's Oglala Sioux and beer manufacturers, distributors, and sellers largely ignores the role of major brewers who the tribe allege have knowingly promoted alcoholism on their land, where alcohol is illegal. Read more >

Fighting to make water a human right

As we approach World Water Day on March 22, the United Nations reminds us that water is a human right. Their message challenges the long-standing privitization of water. Yet having a strong message is only half the battle in achieving equitable access to clean, affordable water. Taking action is critical too. Read more >

'But we don't do that at Whiteclay': Health equity and social justice on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Alcohol companies have long targeted communities of color with harmful products. Now, one group has stepped up its efforts to fight back. After 10+ years of battling exploitation, the Oglala Sioux are suing brewers for promoting alcohol abuse among the tribe. Read more >

Paula Deen and the politics of personal responsibility

Following Food Network star Paula Deen's announcment that she has Type-2 diabetes, fans have rallied behind her in support. But the arguments that they -- and Deen herself -- are using to defend her promotion of high-calorie foods are eerily similar to the industry rhetoric used to defend another Southern product: tobacco. Read more >

New brief shows how food and beverage companies target Latino youth

At a time when obesity has reached epidemic proportions, food and beverage companies continue to heavily target the environments that young Latino and African Americans live in with fatty and sugary foods. New research briefs from Salud America! expand our understanding of industry tactics. Read more >

'Nurse-in' shows need for more breastfeeding support

A national "nurse-in" organized to push retailers to protect women's right to breastfeed in public has captured media attention. Coverage of the events illuminates some widespread barriers that keep women from breastfeeding in spite of its known health benefits and in spite of women's desire to do so. Read more >

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