The YMCA in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., has an in-house cafe offering healthy smoothies and foods, along with burgers and fries, to members and the public. It is unusual for a YMCA to have a cafe, and Bryan Garrison, director of food services, says he hopes to find ways to get children to order healthier items and to use locally grown produce.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray says the city will participate in the Calories Count Vending Program, which will put calorie labels on vending-machine drinks sold in city buildings. City Councilwoman Mary Cheh said she questions the motivation of the American Beverage Association program, and has introduced legislation to require 30% of foods in city-run vending machines be healthy and 30% of drinks be water or 100% fruit juice.
Blacks living in areas with easy access to fast-food restaurants showed higher BMIs than those in communities without such chains nearby, a study on the website of the American Journal of Public Health revealed. Researchers also noted a 2.4% decrease in participants' BMI for every additional mile between their homes and the closest fast-food chain.
The Philadelphia City Council will consider a bill approved in committee that would regulate tanning salons. Under the measure, minors would have to be accompanied by and have permission from a parent or legal guardian to enter a tanning salon.