New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on big gulps has inspired a lot of late-night jokes about the "nanny state" mentality of Manhattan.
Craig Andrade, the college's Dean of Health and Wellness, isn't laughing. For him, New York's policy as well as a proposed tax in Richmond, Calif., are laudable steps aimed at stemming "the growing incidence of obesity, diabetes and other ills linked, in part, to the flood of sugar poured by an industry, some are now calling Big Soda."
Dean Andrade laid out his case in an essay published by the Huffington Post.
My rebuttal to all these arguments against promoting less sugary drinks is that it's time for a bigger helping of health justice. We need to create an environment where living healthy is the default choice. If asked, "Would you and your family like to live in a community where it's easy to find good food that's good for you at a good price?" Most of us would say, "Of course!" We all deserve equal access to the ingredients that help us live a good long life.
The essay arises from Dean Andrade's ongoing campaign to keep a spotlight on health issues for the Wheaton community. A public health professional with a doctorate from Boston University, Andrade employs a variety of social media to regularly highlight health and wellness topics. Most recently, he started the blog, Sticky Health, to share material that's "meaningful and memorable — stuff that sticks with you and makes a difference."
On campus, Dean Andrade has organized a number of initiatives, such as spearheading a campaign to help the college and its surrounding community of Norton achieve HeartSafe community status and founding a college-based and student-run emergency medical service. He also has collaborated with faculty in establishing two interdisciplinary minors in public health.