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June 16, 2015
Healthy People Healthy Economy: A Five-Year Review and Five Priorities for the Future

June 24, 2014 
Healthy People Healthy Economy: Fourth Annual Report Card


June 18, 2013
Healthy People Healthy Economy: Third Annual Report Card

June 19, 2012

Healthy People Healthy Economy: Second Annual Report Card

September 15, 2011
Active Bodies, Active Minds: The Need for Physical Activity in Schools

May 11, 2011

Healthy People/Healthy Economy: Soda, Snacks and the Obesity Epidemic

 Additional Videos

Statehouse Rally
  Chris Lovett program about HPHE
Leading pediatricians call for end to tax exemption for soft drinks, candy, December 15, 2011
  Report Card Examines Health and Wellness from Chris Lovett on Vimeo, July 20, 2011


Press Releases


Health and Wellness report card finds slow progress in Massachusetts -- June 24, 2014

Massachusetts shows steady climb on health and wellness report card -- June 18, 2013 

180,000 deaths worldwide may be associated with sugary soft drinks, American Heart Association -- March 19, 2013 

Boston Foundation applauds Governor’s plan to eliminate tax exemption on soda, candy -- January 23, 2013

Leading pediatricians call for end to tax exemption for soft drinks, candy -- December 15, 2011

New report card gives Massachusetts mixed grades on health and wellness programs: Innovative programs in place but more support, coordination needed -- July 19, 2011

Boston Foundation offers statement in support of the Massachusetts Public Health Council Adoption of Regulations on Competitive School Foods and Beverages -- July 13, 2011 

New poll shows broad support for eliminating the current state subsidy for soda, candy: The Boston Foundation, New England Health Institute release findings addressing factors in the current obesity epidemic at a public forum -- May 11, 2011


Proven strategies to tame the childhood obesity epidemic, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, June 23, 2015

Calling politicians to end the obesity crisis, Boston Globe, Opinion, September 11, 2015

Finding a Budget Balance, Berkshire Eagle, April 14, 2014

Snack makers moonlight as teachers of dieticians, Boston Globe, February 27, 2014

New rules push healthy foods in schools, Boston Globe, February 26, 2014 Sugar is killing us, and it doesn’t take much, Salon, February 25, 2014

US obesity rates dropping for only very young, Boston Globe, February 25, 2014  

Soda Taxes Aren't Job Killers, Governing, February 13, 2014  

CVS tobacco ban just the start. Next: soda, Boston Globe, February 8, 2014  

Follow Hungary’s lead on junk-food taxes, The Boston Globe, December 28, 2013  

Most foods, drinks endorsed by athletes packed with sugar, calories, The Boston Globe, October 14, 2013  

New federal rules require healthier school snacks,, June 27, 2013 

Target obesity with health care reform,, June 15, 2013 

New Research Finds Obesity Increases Cancer Risk,, May 3, 2013 

Pre-ordered Lunch Key to Healthy Eating, Medpage Today, May 3, 2013 

Fighting Childhood Obesity in Schools, NECN, May 1, 2013

Crowdsourcing the Cure for Our Nation’s Weight Problem, Medical Daily, April 29, 2013

Study: Facebook Likes Predict Obesity, The Atlantic, April 29, 2013

Long-Term View of Youth-Obesity-Prevention Policies Urged, Education Week, April 24, 2013

Community Gardening Could Carry Health Benefits, CBS News, April 22, 2013

Banning the Big Gulp Ban, New York Times blog -- March 19, 2013

180,000 deaths worldwide may be associated with sugary soft drinks, American Heart Association podcast -- March 19, 2013

Seatbelts and bans on big sodas: laws that save lives, Thiving blog (Boston Children's Hospital -- March 13, 2013

Four ways to use exercise to boost your brain power, The Boston Globe -- March 11, 2013

Reebok plans $30m gift to aid youth fitness, The Boston Globe, Opinion -- March 8, 2013

Exercise May Help Protect Children From Stress, New York Times blog-- March 8, 2013

Survey Finds Public Support for Legal Interventions to Fight Obesity, Harvard Gazette, March 6, 2013

New Attention to First Lady as She Presses Ahead With Healthy Eating Drives traction, The New York Times -- February 28, 2013

First lady’s childhood obesity fight gains traction, The Boston Globe -- February 28, 2013

Should Massachusetts Tax Candy And Soda?, Common Health, WBUR -- February 27, 2013

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food, New York Times -- February 24, 2013

New California Field Poll shows support for 'soda tax,' Mercury -- February 14, 2013

Coke Blinks, New York Times, Opinion -- January 22, 2013

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages — Polling Results, New England Journal of Medicine -- January 17, 2013

Stop Subsidizing Obesity, New YorkTimes blog -- December 25, 2012

Big Sugar's Sweet Litttle Lies, Mother Jones -- November/December 2012

Soda shouldn’t be banned, but no tax exemption, either, Boston Globe Editorial -- June 24, 2012

Sweet Deal for Soda, Boston Globe Column -- June 7, 2012

The Nation’s Least Active High Schoolers: How To Get Mass. Kids Moving More, WBUR -- May 15, 2012

Bans on School Junk Food Pay Off in California, New York Times blog -- May 8, 2012

Is Sugar Toxic?, 60 Minutes -- April 1, 2012

Sugary treats: The tax man cometh, Boston Globe Editorial -- January 29, 2012

Sales tax on soda and candy proposed, WWLP 22 News -- January 26, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick insists public will support tax on soda, candy, Boston Herald -- January 26, 2012

Want to get in shape? Just move!, Boston Globe Column -- January 22, 2012

Pediatricians launch campaign to tax sugary drinks at State House event, -- December 15, 2011

Two Leading Pediatricians: For Children’s Sake, Tax Soda, WBUR -- December 15, 2011

Leading doctors join call to end state tax exemption for soft drinks, candy, FOX 25 -- December 15, 2011

Mandatory gym classes get look in era of local aid cuts, paid sports, Boston Herald -- September 20, 2011

Disparities in Food Access and in Opportunities for Physical Activity, Grantmakers in Health -- September 19, 2011

Business has role in ending obesity, Boston Business Journal -- September 16, 2011

Battling children’s obesity, Boston Globe Op-Ed -- September 6, 2011

Junk food: Less soda, thinner kids, Boston Globe Op-Ed -- August 23, 2011

Sugar withdrawal: Boston high school students have fewer sweetened drinks, Boston Globe -- August 10, 2011

State's failing grade on funding is cause for concern, Boston Globe Letter to the Editor -- July 29, 2011

Taxing sugary drinks should be key tool in fighting obesity, Boston Globe Letter to the Editor -- July 29, 2011

Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables, New York Times Op-Ed -- July 23, 2011

The Boston Foundation, Boston Phoenix excerpted -- July 20, 2011

Public health needs in spotlight: State scores low on wellness issues; report card to be released today, The Boston Globe -- July 19, 2011

Daily check up: Scorecard puts public health needs in spotlight, White Coat Notes -- July 19, 2011

Report Card Says Mass. Lags In Health, WBUR -- July 19, 2011

Mediocre Massachusetts Health Report Card: No A’s, Some D’s And F’s, WBUR CommonHealth Blog -- July 19, 2011

Massachusetts Receives Failing Mark on Public Health Report Card, Health Care for All Blog -- July 19, 2011

Report: Massachusetts lags in promoting healthy lifestyles, The Boston Herald -- July 19, 2011

State's health policies get mixed grades, Wareham Courier -- July 19, 2011

The Socio-Economic Significance of Food Deserts, PBS -- June 29, 2011

Poll: Public supports mandatory physical education, The Boston Globe -- June 9, 2011

Editorial: Removing state subsidy for soda and candy is sensible policy, MassLive/Boston Business Journal -- May 30, 2011

Poll finds support for soda tax: Backing is tied to aiding schools, obesity programs, The Boston Globe -- May 11, 2011

Mass. may tax soda and candy, WWLP -- May 11, 2011 

Living Large: Obesity In America -- series from NPR

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