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2014 conference on the role of government in health

The role of government in protecting the health of communities is an issue that arouses strong feelings and gives rise to vigorous debates. An interdisciplinary conference titled: Who’s afraid of the nanny state? Freedom, regulation, and the nation’s health focused on just this issue in April 2014. The conference was co-hosted by Sydney Law School and the Charles Perkins Centre […]

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Citizens’ Jury in Australia supports a tax on soft drinks

Citizens’ Juries are helpful in determining community views. They are made up of community members and involve the provision of expert information from sources pertinent to the topic under consideration as well as any source the Jury identifies as required for their deliberation on the issue. Jurors consider the expert information and deliberate on the […]

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Autonomy wins…or does it?

New York City’s Board of Health has been silenced by the New York State Court of Appeals in a 4-to-2 decision against limiting sales of jumbo sugary drinks, as reported in the New York Times.  This is a huge victory for the American soft drink industry and a difficult day for New Yorkers wanting to […]

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Pushing for policy change

A recent BBC news article Health group calls for ‘sugar tax’ to cut child obesity informs of the efforts a campaign group called Action on Sugar is making to convince the UK Government to take legal measures in the form of a ‘sugar tax’ to reduce the consumption of sugar. Action on Sugar is advised […]

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Healthy food at school

In April 2014 the US Department of Agriculture, awarded $25 million in grants to schools to help them purchase kitchen equipment to support healthy food preparation. Over 90 percent of schools report that they are successfully meeting the updated nutrition standards, serving meals with more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy, and […]

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