Archives for May, 2012

A Freakonomics podcast gives two very different examples of how knowing what’s best doesn’t always translate to healthy behavior — and demonstrates how to apply a public health perspective to challenging problems.

Child agricultural labor rule: Not just dead, but erased from DOL’s website

It was bad enough when the Obama Administration withdrew a proposed rule to protect the most vulnerable workers in our country—children employed on farms—-but somebody told the Labor Department staff to delete all evidence of the proposal from the Labor Department’s website.

UCLA Professor Rick Brown was a champion of public health who passed away suddenly last month. His colleagues, former students and friends are remembering and celebrating his tremendous contributions to improve occupational health, children’s health, and families’ access to health care services.

I’ve written before (here and here) about some of the research that’s been demonstrating the importance of avoiding long stretches of sedentary time. (The Sedentary Behavior Research Network has proposed that “sedentary” refer to waking time spent sitting or lying down and expending little energy, while “inactive” refer to people with low levels of overall…

Ideas galore on ways to speed process for new worker safety protections. Where is the leadership to implement them?

Earlier this month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report on the snail’s pace of the OSHA process of issuing new rules to protect workers from health and safety hazards on-the-job. One telling table in the document showed the agency issued about 20 new major regulations in each of the previous two decades (i.e.,…