The Wall Street Journal – Soda Consumption Falls After Special Tax in California City
Consumption of soda and other sugary drinks fell by more than a fifth in low-income neighborhoods of Berkeley after the California city became the first in the U.S. to introduce a special tax last year, according to a study published Tuesday.
The peer-reviewed research is the first to measure the impact of the penny-per-ounce tax. It found that consumption declined 21% and many residents switched to water after the tax went into effect in March 2015, according to the study published online in the American Journal of Public Health.

Shape Magazine – Proof That Standing Desks Might Actually Help Prevent Weight Gain
You’ve probably already heard a zillion times that “sitting is the new smoking” and that it seriously increases your chance of developing diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Chances are, you probably said, “wow, that sucks!” and kept right on sitting.
But what if we told you that doing one thing—standing up for a while during the day—could be the easiest way to prevent those sneaky extra pounds from creeping on every year? We officially have the first evidence that standing desks can slow the increase of your body mass index (BMI, a key indicator of obesity) over a long period of time, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

The Washington Post – Teen vaping is not what you think it is, researchers
If you’re the parent of a teen and you’ve been reading the headlines lately, you might have heard about findings showing that teens are vaping at “record levels” because it “looks cool,” even though “vape culture” can be dangerous to their health.
And this is probably worrisome, because you know that vaping leads to smoking, and smoking cigarettes leads to smoking marijuana, and marijuana leads to heroin, and heroin leads to nothing, because now you’re dead. Vaping vigilance is warranted, the story goes, because the road to drug dependency is paved with”Blue Razzle Berry Vape Juice.”

NPR – Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign To Rid Miami Neighborhoods Of Zika
In Little Haiti, Liberty City, and a number of other neighborhoods in Miami, canvassers are now walking door to door to spread the word about the risks of Zika, one household at a time — hoping to reach 25, 000 people the next six weeks. In some neighborhoods, these workers aren’t sponsored by federal or state health agencies, but by Planned Parenthood.
Lillian Tamayo, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, told NPR that Miami-Dade County has the state’s largest population of people without health coverage, which leaves these residents particularly vulnerable to Zika.