Sugar Free - Campaign urges people to choose water over soda

Originally posted by Matthew Lane on Kingsport Times-News

KINGSPORT - Choosing to drink a glass of water instead of a bottle of soda, if only once a day, may seem like a simple choice for many. But this simple step is what local health and wellness officials are encouraging people to take in the battle against the rising rate of obesity and diabetes in the United States.

Former New York City Health Commissioner and Hospital Leaders Launch Campaign to Fight Obesity and Diabetes in Appalachia

Dr. Thomas Farley joined the leaders of two health systems and other community leaders from the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia today to kick off a campaign to reduce the area’s toll of obesity and diabetes.  Under the slogan “Live Sugarfreed”, the campaign will encourage people to drink water instead of sugary beverages, using messages delivered through several media channels. 

Proposals would harm Texas students

Op-ed by PGP board member Susan Combs. Originally posted in the Houston Chronicle.

Texas, and all of America, is experiencing an obesity epidemic that threatens to overwhelm our medical system with diabetes, cancer, heart and liver disease. Yet, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has proposed repealing Texas school nutrition policies designed to help parents keep their children healthy when they're at school.

Former City Health Commissioner Takes Public Health Activism to National Stage

Originally posted on NY1.com by Erin Billups. 

The city's former health commissioner, Tom Farley is taking his public health activism to a national stage in a new role as CEO of the Public Good Projects. NY1's Erin Billups filed the following report.