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Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents

September 29, 2014

PHI warmly welcomes PAHO’s proposed Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents and strongly urge Member States to approve it. Food environments are a key driver of the obesity epidemic and must be addressed to reverse the epidemic.  more

Health at Stake in Climate Change: Action Needed Now

September 26, 2014

“This week, hundreds of thousands of citizens around the world raised their voices to call for leadership and action to address the increasingly present-day threat of climate change, in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit convened in New York by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to catalyze action on climate change. The Public Health Institute wholeheartedly endorses the call for strengthened commitments at all levels of government and society to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide."  more

DeLauro's Soda Tax Bill A Win for Health

July 29, 2014

"The Public Health Institute strongly supports U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro's (D-CT) groundbreaking new federal legislation introduced today that would place a graduated  excise tax  on manufacturers and distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks continue to be a leading driver of the nation's obesity and diabetic epidemics. DeLauro's bill creates a win-win for the public: holding the promise to reduce sugar in sodas and to direct resources to prevent chronic diseases. We urge other legislators to join with Representative DeLauro to put health first."  more

Without Healthy Women and Girls, No Nation Can Achieve its Full Potential

July 09, 2014

"The Public Health Institute applauds the statement issued by the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the State Department on July 3, reaffirming that women and girls’ empowerment is a key goal of US Foreign Policy.  Gender equality, and the advancement of the status of women and girls, must be part of all diplomatic engagement, foreign assistance programming and partnerships with civil society and the private sector."  more

Court Denies Access to Powerful Preventive Tool: Contraception

June 30, 2014

The Public Health Institute decries today’s decision from the Supreme Court, which will deny some women the right to make their own medical decisions and deny them access to one of the most powerful preventative care and health tools we have: contraception.   more

Overturn of Soda Portion Cap Rule is "Unfortunate"

June 26, 2014

"The Public Health Institute and California Project Lean lament the decision of the New York State Court of Appeals to void the Portion Cap Rule for sugary drinks passed by the New York City Board of Health.   more

"Disappointing": PHI Statement on State/Foreign Ops Appropriations

June 19, 2014

The Public Health Institute notes with disappointment the Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2015 approved this week in the US House of Representatives by the Subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations.  If adopted, this bill would significantly underfund key aspects of global health--including family planning, which would be reduced by at least $200 million--to a level not seen since 2008.  US Government assistance in family planning has been a key to reducing maternal mortality for decades, and is a critical component of preventive health for millions of women and their families around the world.   more

Public Health Can--and Should--Act to Limit Soda Size

June 03, 2014

The Public Health Institute (PHI) and PHI's California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) applaud the courageous initiative of the City of New York to limit the portion size of sugary drinks in food service.  more

EPA Standards for Emissions from Existing Fossil Fuel Power Plants Essential to Protect Health

June 02, 2014

“Today the Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed standards to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. Public Health Institute and its Center for Climate Change & Health applaud this major step in the rollout of the President’s Climate Action Plan announced last June.

"US power plants are the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, which drive climate change, yet carbon pollution from existing US power plants does not currently face any federal regulation. The authority and responsibility of the EPA is clear – under the Clean Air Act it can and should regulate to protect the public’s health from carbon pollution.  more

PHI Statement on Reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

April 17, 2014

The second and third parts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, released over the past two weeks, find major health risks due to climate change and that current actions to address climate change remain inadequate to prevent the likelihood of catastrophic warming. PHI calls on governments, business leaders and civil society to pursue urgent, substantial action across sectors and nations to mitigate climate change and protect health.  more

PHI and C/NET Solutions Salute Cancer Registrars

April 07, 2014 |

In recognition of National Cancer Registrars Week from April 7-11, C/NET Solutions and the Public Health Institute salute cancer registrars everywhere and congratulate the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) on 40 years of support, education and advocacy for their membership and the collection of cancer data.  more

PHI and BMSG Statement on In-School Marketing Guidelines

February 25, 2014

The Public Health Institute and PHI’s Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) applaud the White House and USDA’s announcement of bold new guidelines to eliminate the marketing of junk food and sugary drinks in schools. The proposed rules, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move” initiative, will help to strengthen school wellness policies, support children’s health, and ensure that schools are a place of learning, not a customer-recruiting tool for food and beverage companies.   more

Public Health Institute and California Project LEAN Applaud Proposal to Place Health Warning on Sugary Drinks

February 13, 2014

The Public Health Institute (PHI) and PHI's California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) applaud the courageous initiative of Senator Bill Monning and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, Senate Bill 1000, to require warning labels on certain sugary drinks in California. Putting the proposed label: “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay” in front of consumers will go far towards spreading understanding of their significant health risks.   more

PHI Statement on Passage of Farm Bill

February 07, 2014

Matthew Marsom, Vice President for Public Policy and Programs, comments on the 2014 Farm Bill, which was signed by President Obama today.  more

PHI Statement on CVS Caremark Move to End Tobacco Sales

February 05, 2014

The Public Health Institute applauds CVS Caremark for its decision today to stop the sale of tobacco products in its retail stores. CVS sets a high bar for other industries, showing courage and a commitment to prioritizing the health of its customers.  more

PHI Comments on Farm Bill Conference Agreement

January 28, 2014

PHI reacts to key provisions in the farm bill conference agreement, including a $8.6 billion cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  more

Current Climate Change Trajectory Devastating to Health

October 01, 2013

"The findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released Friday portend devastating impacts on health if nations around the world fail to ramp up our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  PHI calls upon heads of state, business leaders, and leaders in civil society to heed the IPCC’s warnings and take action. Many strategies to address climate change offer substantial co-benefits to health, which can save lives and reduce health care costs: PHI also urges public health practitioners to speak out, so that the public and decision makers know what’s at stake for health."


“Holding Our Health Hostage”: PHI statement on House continuing resolution

September 20, 2013

“The Public Health Institute is dismayed to see that, once again, the House is putting politics before the wellbeing of our country, by its passage of H.J. Res. 59, the 2014 Continuing Appropriations Resolution. Congress must pass a continuing resolution in order to keep vital services intact and the government running. Using that process as a political forum to strip resources from critical health programs is a move tantamount to holding the health of the American people hostage."  more

President's Carbon Limits "A Major Step Forward"

September 20, 2013

"The Public Health Institute applauds President Obama for his bold move to institute tough new requirements on coal and gas power plants, aiming to limit their greenhouse gas emissions for the first time. This could have profound benefits for not only our environment, but also our health: Many strategies to combat climate change offer both near- and long-term co-benefits to health, in addition to the direct health benefit of addressing climate change.  more

“We can and must do better” PHI Statement on House passage of nutrition bill HR 3102

September 19, 2013

PHI strongly opposes today’s passage of House nutrition bill H.R. 3102. If enacted, it would devastate millions of families across the country struggling to put healthy foods on the table.

The $39 billion in cuts to SNAP and SNAP-Ed would drop an estimated 3.8 million people from the rolls in 2014 alone; another 850,000 would see a reduction in benefits. These cuts would come on top of already scheduled cuts slated to take effect in November that would also reduce benefits for every SNAP participant.  more

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