Making healthier foods are more accessible in the retail food environment, especially among under-served populations is an important public health goal. The healthy choice should be the easy choice – the default choice.
Despite substantial gains made to tobacco control efforts over that past several decades, smoking remains the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease in the nation. In Massachusetts, we changed social norms surrounding tobacco, but there is much more to do to eliminate the epidemic of tobacco and nicotine use.
In November 2012, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana ballot initiative. The vote was 63% to 37%, with only 2 municipalities voting against it. The MDPH was charged with promulgating regulations relative to medical marijuana and administering a distribution program.
Mass in Motion is a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living. Working with communities, schools, childcare centers, and businesses to create changes that make it easy for people to eat better and move more, MASS in Motion helps residents to eat healthy and live well.
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Medical and Adult-Use Marijuana Forum for Boards of Health Potential Strategies and Local Public Health Regulatory Initiatives
March 27, 2018 9-12 Shipley Auditorium, Newton Wellesley Hospital
This forum will discuss the Massachusetts adult-use and Medical Marijuana laws, provide an overview of the final regulations promulgated by the Cannabis Control Commission and and review local board of health regulatory options. Presenters will include Cheryl Sbarra, Senior Staff Attorney and Director of Policy and Law for the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, Dr. Sam Wong, Director of Public Health for Framingham, MA and others to be announced.read more