Friday, September 21, 2007

Eat healthy, get lead poisoning!

When trying to encourage Healthy Eating Habits amongst California's lower income families, it would be helpful if the promotional giveaways were not contaminated with lead.

This story was all over the radio yesterday evening.

For those who don't feel like clicking over, the California Department of Public Health gave out canvas lunchboxes to low income families at various farmer's markets over the summer. Turns out they were manufactured in China and contain lead. Ooops.

Since lead poisoning has almost kinda sorta been associated with an increased incidence of urban violence, and we know that it causes mental deficits and other lovely symptoms such as lethargy and nausea, I think it's great that CDPH handed these babies out.

In other public health news, our city's cable TV information station is STILL running a DANGER screen, which stays up for a minute or more warning you about West Nile Virus. OK, boys and girls, I get it. West Nile is bad. I get it. I'll get rid of those mosquitoes, I promise. But in the meantime, can you please post when the next Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee will be meeting? Please?

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