• A federal judge put a stop to the graphic warnings that the FDA proposed to put on cigarette boxes. Tobacco companies argue that the images, which would cover approximately half of the front and back sides of the cartons, violate their rights to free speech. Hopefully, the delay is temporary. [The Atlantic Wire]
  • A recent article in the New York Times recounted a study of schools that had banned soda, but not other sugar-sweetened beverages. In these schools, students drank more energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened juice in place of soda – limiting the impact of the bans on changing students’ consumption habits. In order for school bans to be effective, they must be comprehensive, following Boston’s example to ban the sale of all sugar-sweetened beverages on public school campuses. [NYT, The Atlantic]
  • Wal-mart is looking to expand their healthcare business, right after announcing that they would no longer be offering health insurance benefits for part-time employees. How convenient. Wal-Mart already has a number of in-store clinics (much like CVS’s Minute Clinics), and will likely begin adding them to more stores and expand services to provide basic primary care and preventive services in an effort to reduce health care costs. [NPR]
  • Michael Pollan picked “The World’s 7 Most Powerful Foodies” for Forbes magazine. Topping the list as most influential is first lady Michelle Obama, who has brought childhood obesity to the national agenda through her Let’s Move! campaign. [Forbes]

*image via The Atlantic