The Dangerous Chemicals Found in Fast Food and Restaurants

Did you know every time you eat outside your home, you’re ingesting dangerous chemicals? Ami Zota examined this in a 2016 study which revealed that the more people ate fast food, the more they were exposed to phthalates. In her most recent study, she and a group of researchers expand the scope of this research to include food in restaurants and cafeterias.

Water Use in the U.S. vs. Cape Town

As Cape Town faces this water shortage, other cities around the globe should take note. In order to put the current crisis in perspective for Americans, we created the following graphic to compare the average amounts of household water use in the U.S. to the current daily restrictions for Capetonians.

The Cost of Obesity in America

Obesity rates in the United States have tripled since the 1960s and doubled since the 1980s. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, a national epidemic that contributes to chronic disease, disability, and death, and places a large financial strain on the health care system.

Local Officials Often Make Health Care Decisions with Little Input from Citizens

In 2016, U.S. state and local governments spend $558 billion on health care. And yet, each year, only 20 percent of eligible voters actually vote in local elections. We examined some offices related to health, health care, and public health that are decided by local elections, the types of decisions that come with those positions, and the consequences of not voting.

The Lessons Flint Taught Us

On Jan. 24, MPH@GW, The American Public Health Association, Environmental Defense Fund, National Center for Healthy Housing, and Children’s Environmental Health Network cosponsored an event at The Milken Institute School of Public Health about drinking water and lead service lines. Afterward, we asked the event’s panelists and organizers about the lessons that the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, taught the public health community.

Flint Was a Wake Up Call. Now What? Framing the Conversation around Lead, Water and Public Health

A panel discussion organized by MPH@GW and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University focused on the health risks of lead service lines within the broader context of tackling all sources of lead and the role of public health professionals in the replacement process.