Monday, August 17, 2009

Fla. Doc Fired Over "Doughnuts Equal Death" sign

I really got a chuckle from this title at first, and then I realized it wasn't a joke.

While reading the Huffington Post's article about a former Army doctor turned Bay County Florida Health Department head, I thought Dr. Newsom's funny but true "French Fries = Thunder Thighs" and "America Dies on Dunkin" signs should not be all that surprising... after all, the dude is the head of the health department! What kind of sad health department would it be if Dr. Newsom didn't promote the truth about these fatty foods or ban candy bars in the BCHC vending machines or doughnuts from staff meetings? Come on people!

And the fact that people protested about these messages enough to get Dr. Newsom fired? It just goes to show how sad the unwavering power of denial is over these sugary, fatty comfort foods. But, as he states in this article, "My method was a little provocative and controversial, but there wasn't a person in Bay Country who wasn't talking about health and healthy eating." Here's to hoping that the doc, who resigned his post and has subsquently reapplied, continues to bring attention to his cause.

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