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Howard County Councilman Calvin Ball recently introduced a bill that mandates healthy food choices in all county buildings (excluding schools, which have their own wellness program).

I was proud to stand behind him when he held a press conference announcing the legislation. Dr. Richard Safeer, medical director of employee health and wellness at Johns Hopkins HealthCare and a Howard County resident, talked about the implementation of similar regulations in his workplace.

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"Making these healthy food choices easier will make a difference," he said. "No one should leave work for the day and come home less healthy than when they left."

I urge The Sun, my fellow council members and County Executive Allan Kittleman to support Mr. Ball's bill. Unlike the executive order issued by former County Executive Ken Ulman, which Mr. Kittleman repealed, this bill offers choices and exceptions.

As a Republican for nearly 50 years, I have valued information and choices. I urge residents of Howard County to make informed, healthy choices for our well being.

Phil Barnes

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