Public Health News Roundup: September 14
New York City Board of Health Passes Law to Limit Size of Sugary Beverages
The New York City Board of Health has enacted a law to limit the size of sugary beverages sold in food service establishments to 16 ounces. The board says it approved the measure in order to combat the growing obesity epidemic in New York City.
The new regulation goes into effect on March 12, 2013, and requires that sugary beverages with more than 25 calories per eight ounces be sold only in sizes of 16 ounces or less. The regulation will apply to any food service establishment that is regulated by the Health Department: restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums and arenas. Read more on obesity.
Investment Firm and American Heart Association Collaborate on Workplace Wellness
Investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and the American Heart Association have launched a research collaborative to study the effectiveness of workplace wellness initiatives offered at KKR and its portfolio companies. The research effort will be based on data collected on employees enrolled in the KKR Wellness Works program.
According to KKR, Wellness Works provides a best practice model which participating companies follow in developing their individual wellness programs. At a minimum, the companies commit to providing employees with incentives of $250 or more, for completing certain wellness requirements, including completing an annual biometric screening. Resources can include access to health coaching, incentives tied to making lifestyle changes and tools for tracking and reducing health risks. Read more on what businesses are doing to keep employees and communities healthy.
Smokers May Get Less Sleep
A recent study in the journal Addiction Biology compared length of sleep time and asked questions about disturbed sleep of both smokers and non-smokers, and found that smokers tended to get fewer hours of sleep and had more disturbed sleep than non-smokers. One reason for the difference may be the stimulating effects of nicotine. Read more on tobacco.