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What local governments can do to improve our health
What local governments can do to improve our health

As doctors, we are often asked, "What is one simple thing I can do to improve my health?" Depending on the person, we may counsel our patients to lose a few pounds, quit smoking, eat better or exercise more, just to name a few. Today, though, we have a different prescription to share. We urge local governments across the state to pass bills like CB 17-2015, the Howard County Council bill that will make healthier food and drinks more widely available on public property ("A healthier Howard," April 29). For the past two decades, we have been sounding the alarm about the high rates of chronic disease in our families. Doctors are now diagnosing even children with high...

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