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National Health Rankings Show Baltimore City Making Progress on Teen Births, Adult Smoking, Preventable Hospital Stays

Steady progress has been noted in the health of Baltimore City residents in certain key indicators, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

Baltimore City Receives $750,000 Three-Year State Grant To Launch Baltimarket Healthy Stores Initiative and Reduce Youth Obesity

A $750,000 three-year state grant awarded this month will enable the Baltimore City Health Department to expand efforts at reducing childhood obesity by launching a Baltimarket Healthy Stores program addressing food inequities for residents living in food deserts. 

"New program to bring healthy food to city's corner stores" (Baltimore Sun - February 26, 2014)

Baltimore City plans to help corner stores in West Baltimore stock healthier fare, and get kids and their parents interested in buying it, as part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity.

"Baltimore Mayor, Elected Officials Mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" (Afro-American, February 12, 2014)

For more than 10 years, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day has been a platform for officials and community leaders to discuss the deadly affliction. This year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Councilman Nick Mosby, and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot joined with Total Health Care and took to the streets of west Baltimore to share information. 

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Supports City Council Legislation Prohibiting Tobacco Use At Playgrounds, Schoolyards & Athletic Facilities

The Baltimore City Health Commissioner is in support of legislation introduced at tonight’s City Council meeting which would prohibit use of tobacco products near playgrounds, schoolyards and athletic facilities.

Baltimore officials want warning signs about sugary drinks

In an effort to address health concerns among children, Baltimore officials introduced legislation that would require businesses to post warning signs of sugary drinks.

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