Two cannabis bills detrimental to public health and food safety

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We can allow safer legal access to cannabis and useful hemp products without going backward in our commitments to public health and food safety.

By Lynn Silver, Special to CalMatters

Dr. Lynn Silver is a pediatrician and director of Getting it Right from the Start – Advancing Public Health & Equity in Cannabis Policy, and Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute, [email protected]

Legalizing cannabis was supposed to be about social justice. About ending mass incarceration of people of color for possessing a small amount of marijuana. About safer legal access.

But there are many things legalization should

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7 Healthy Foods That May Help You Improve Heart Health

It is said that a healthy heart ensures a healthy life. After all, our heart is one of the most important organs in the body – it’s what keeps us living and thriving. The daunting reality is that our sedentary lifestyles, poor stress management, and unhealthy food habits are making heart attacks a common problem even among the youth. But, it’s never too late to start taking care of yourself. With some tiny changes like increased activity and healthier food choices, you may save yourself from those routine visits to the doctor. Start by changing some of your minor food

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Housing, Food, Gun Violence: Providers Seek to Shrink Health Gaps | Healthiest Communities Health News

Awake at 4 a.m. one morning last November, Felicia Silva of Albuquerque, New Mexico, assumed the dull ache in her left shoulder was a cramp – or maybe she’d slept on it wrong. She pushed through the pain and went to work, but her colleagues, seeing her disorientation and hearing her stutter, urged her to get medical help. Hours later, Silva found herself at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in nearby Rio Rancho, diagnosed with a minor stroke and admitted for treatment.

Then, about a week after she was sent home, Silva got a surprising call from an administrator at Presbyterian,

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Small targeted dietary changes can yield substantial gains for human and environmental health

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    [email protected]: Kids are eating mostly junk food | Gut health and age reversal

    If you think your kids are eating mostly junk food, a new study finds you’re right

    A new study reveals that two-thirds—or 67%—of calories consumed by children and adolescents in 2018 came from ultra-processed foods, a jump from 61% in 1999 “This is particularly worrisome for children and adolescents because they are at a critical life stage to form dietary habits that can persist into adulthood,” Fang Fang Zhang, the study’s senior author and a nutrition and cancer epidemiologist at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and policy told NPR. “A diet high in ultra-processed foods may negatively

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    Fermented Foods: Japan’s Secret to Good Health?

    It’s hard to say exactly when humans started eating fermented foods. That’s because fermentation is a process that occurs naturally. Possibly one of the oldest examples is fruit falling to the floor, its sugars breaking down, and producing alcohol. Fermentation is everywhere, and has been for a long time, but we didn’t always know it was healthy: it just tasted better.

    “It changes the composition of food in many ways,” says Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and author of Spoonfed and The Diet Myth. Alcohol is just one example, he says, in which fruit

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    Marcus Rashford urges health staff to spread word about food vouchers | Food poverty

    Footballer Marcus Rashford is calling on health workers to spread the word about free food vouchers for children from low-income households after it emerged that 40% of those who are eligible have yet to sign up.

    The government’s Healthy Start scheme enables parents in receipt of a welfare benefit, who have at least one child under four or who have been pregnant for 10 weeks or more, to obtain free food vouchers worth £4.25 weekly which can be exchanged for milk, infant formula, fruit, vegetables and pulses.

    The Manchester United forward has drawn on his own experiences of growing up

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    From Policy To Practice: Connect The Dots Between Health Crises And Food Systems Transformation

    The second half of 2021 offers the possibility of bold, transformative change with decision makers from around the word set to gather for a number of high-level meetings. From the UN (United Nations) Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in September 2021 to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021, governments can make decisions this year to transform food systems—learning from the COVID-19 experience and acting to truly protect human, animal, and planetary health.

    According to the 2020 report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, aligning the COVID-19 global recovery with action on climate could not

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    Co-ops, farmers markets sustain a healthy food economy | Health And Wellness

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    The Great Barrington Farmers’ Market plays host to many of the same vendors that are supported by Berkshire Food Co-op and Wild Oats.  

    PITTSFIELD — Lisa McDougall calls herself a “big fan” of the Wild Oats cooperative market in Williamstown.

    But she’s not your typical fan. As owner of Mighty Food Farm in Shaftsbury, Vt., McDougall has a vested interest in the symbiotic relationship between her farm, Wild Oats, and the customers who buy her certified organic fruits and vegetables, both at the co-op and the Williamstown Farmers Market.

    “If they succeed, I succeed, and if I succeed,

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