Weekend reading: Larry Cohen’s Prevention Diaries
Larry Cohen. Prevention Diaries: The Practice and Pursuit of Health for All. Oxford, 2016.
Larry Cohen is an old friend and I was happy to be asked to do a blurb for his terrific book:
Prevention Diaries is Larry Cohen’s intensely personal and introspective account of why stopping health problems before they start makes sense for individuals and for societies—and is possible. His stories of how advocates have successfully intervened to prevent problems caused by unhealthy eating, cigarettes, automobiles, guns, violence, and system inequalities should inspire everyone interested in public health to get involved in prevention programs that will make a real difference in people’s lives.
Here’s a brief excerpt from his “food for thought” chapter:
The realities of our food system can feel overwhelming—too large and too entrenched to change all at once. But, as with so many big problems, communities and businesses are taking valuable steps to create the system we want and need. Indeed, it feels like the United States is at the beginning of a sea-change in its pproach to food—with a swell of interest in seemingly old approaches, like farmers’ markets, heirloom produce, and cooking from scratch, which benefit consumers and workers. As the movement has been building, its momentum and innovation have increasingly started to reshape government policies and industry practices in ways that ensure all people can enjoy the fruits of a healthier food system (p. 93).
From his lips to God’s ear, as the saying goes.