Early Childhood Key to Education & Health

In a New Public Health Q & A, the director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health goes beyond simplistic explanations of the stronger-than-ever link between education and health. He points out that “health education” is less important than economic opportunity, family-friendly benefits, and early childhood interventions that help children get on a path to success. See Communities Count data on links between education and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), obesity, tobacco use, physical activity, and health insurance.

City parks regulate tobacco use

According to a new report, more than half of King County residents (54%) live in cities with some kind of tobacco policies for their parks, while 8% live in cities with “100% smoke-free” parks policies. From 2010 to 2013, the number of King County cities with tobacco-use policies for their parks more than doubled.