SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM RESTRICTIONS ON CALORICALLY SWEETENED BEVERAGES Position Statement

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM RESTRICTIONS ON CALORICALLY SWEETENED BEVERAGES

Position Statement

Background:

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as the name implies, is meant to provide low income families and individuals with Supplemental Nutrition to ensure that they are healthy. In 2012 SNAP distributed $74.6 billion in nutritional assistance. An estimated $1.7 to $2.1 billion of this amount was spent on carbonated soft drinks, the most common type of calorically-sweetened beverage (CSB). CSBs have very little nutritional value and are known to increase the risk of tooth decay, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. As such, CSBs are unnecessary for and counter-productive to a healthy diet and their inclusion in SNAP goes against the stated purpose of the program. Read the rest of this entry »


Statewide Social Host Ordinance Position Statement

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

Statewide Social Host Ordinance

Position Statement

Background:

Underage drinking is a serious problem in the United States and particularly in Iowa.  Nearly 10.8 million youth ages 12-20 consume alcohol.  In any month, more youth are drinking than are smoking cigarettes or using marijuana.  48% of Iowa 11th graders indicate that they have had an alcoholic beverage while 26% reported drinking within the past 30 days.  19% report binge drinking within the past 30 days.  Although it is illegal to sell or give alcohol to youths under age 21, they do not have a hard time getting it, and they often get it from adults.  More than 90% of 12th graders report that alcohol is “very easy” or “fairly easy” to get, and when underage youths drink, they drink more heavily and recklessly than adults.  The primary source of alcohol for this age group is from parties.

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Medical Marijuana Position Statement

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

Medical Marijuana

Position Statement

Background:

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug as part of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The Schedule I label denotes that a drug has high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical treatment, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision. In recent years a small percentage of the pharmacologically active chemicals (chiefly, cannabinoids like THC) in marijuana have been identified as having positive medical effects, and efforts have been made to legalize the use of marijuana in certain medical settings. However, the fact that a raw substance contains a few potentially-medically useful chemicals does not necessitate, require, or justify the legalization of that substance in any setting let alone one that should be prescribed by a physician.

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Jones County Board of Health Raw Milk Resolution

Click the following link to download Jones County BOH Raw Milk Resolution


Water Fluoridation Statement from Scott County Board of Health

Click the following link to download Water Fluoridation Statement Scott County BOH.


Letter to Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission

July 2, 2013

 

IOWA RACING AND GAMING COMMISSION

Capitol Medical Office Building

1300 Des Moines Street, Suite 100

Des Moines, IA 50309-5508

 

Dear Commission Members:

The Iowa Counties Public Health Association (ICPHA) is a professional organization representing local public health agencies in Iowa.  As such, we have a unique vantage point for seeing how public policy affects the health of Iowans.  Our collective and individual missions are to prevent disease and promote health.  In particular, we strive to improve the conditions in which Iowans can be healthy.

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Medical Marijuana Legislative Argument Database

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

Medical Marijuana

Legislative Argument Database

 

Table of Contents

 

  1. I.          Marijuana has no accepted medical use in the United States.
  2. II.        Marijuana has a high potential for abuse.
  3. III.      Marijuana lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision.
  4. IV.      Marijuana significantly impairs one’s ability to operate a motor vehicle, and is the major contributor to “drugged driving”.
  5. V.        Marijuana should not be legalized until its status as a Schedule I drug is re-examined.
  6. VI.      In most legalization bills, there are no required medical warnings about marijuana use.
  7. VII.    Marijuana has adverse effects on the developing fetal brain.

 

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Policy Statement on “Social Host” from Delaware County Board of Supervisors

 COUNTY ORDINANCE # 37 

SOCIAL HOST

 

Be it ordained by the Board of Supervisors of Delaware County, Iowa:

Section 1.     Purpose.

Pursuant to the authority granted under Chapter 331, Code of Iowa (2011), this Ordinance is enacted to protect and preserve the rights, privileges, and property of the residents of Delaware County and to preserve and improve the peace, safety, health, welfare, comfort and convenience of the residents of Delaware County.  The purpose of this ordinance is to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the legal drinking age of twenty-one (21) at gatherings where adult persons know or have reason to know or allow or permit underage persons to drink alcoholic beverages on property they own or control. Read the rest of this entry »


Helmet Usage by Motorcycle and Motorized Bicycle Operators and Passengers

HELMET USAGE BY MOTORCYCLE AND MOTORIZED BICYCLE OPERATORS AND PASSENGERS

Adopted policy, Johnson County Board of Health

In order to fulfill its duty to oversee public health matters within Johnson County, the Johnson County Board of Health has reviewed data and research on the issue of helmet use while riding motorcycles and motorized bicycles and has found the following:

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Buchanan County BOH Statement on Raw Milk

 

Buchanan County Board of Health

Policy Statement on the Sale of Raw Milk in Iowa

 

The Buchanan County Board of Health (BCBOH) has reviewed and discussed the relevant facts on the issue of raw milk sales in Iowa. Subsequent to that review and discussion, the BCBOH has unanimously adopted the position which supports the current ban on the sale of raw milk for public consumption.  It is the Board’s conclusion that the science supports the current practice as sound public health policy which protects and preserves the health of Iowans.  While research and scientific evidence is extensive, the reason for the BCBOH’s statement may be summarized in the following areas:

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