Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Our County is Better Than Your County

Howard County was just noted to be the healthiest jurisdiction in Maryland. This has nothing to do with the fact that those with higher education and wealth tend to live healthier lives. No, according to Dr. Beilenson, it is because of our county's paternalistic smoking ban and the 200 participants in the Healthy Howard program:
"Howard health officer Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, who formerly served as Baltimore's health officer, said that although general wealth and high educational levels helped the county in the survey, public policies like the smoking ban and efforts to provide access to health care to the uninsured also made a difference."

I'm sorry Doc, but let the people take the credit on this one. I know that certain mindsets view the populace as a nice set of Sea Monkeys that will play baseball if you provide the kit, but it is incredibly arrogant and downright foolish to suggest that your programs, one of which you repeatedly say is still in its infancy, can be credited with the outcome of this study. If you insist that you are the root of all progress, please make us the luckiest county by a large scale four-leaf clover planting campaign.

10 comments:

  1. Beilenson for County Executive 2010....

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  2. That sure would be interesting. He would have to learn to hold his temper when challenged by Councilman Fox...or not, maybe we could up the ratings for HCTV.

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  3. I am surprised Beilenson did not claim we are healthier because we now know to go inside when lightening strikes, while other counties are obviously still oblivious to this healthy lifestyle choice.

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  4. HHAP membership is around 600 now. Get your facts straight.

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  5. Anonymous -- where did you get this number? I've been looking for it, but this county jewel has not been known for its openness on membership stats. Also, before we get too haughty, the program was supposed to have 2,000 in its first year.

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  6. Be careful HCR, your stepping on the Ulman/Beilenson Campaign slush fund....

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  7. We are a work hard, play hard group of citizens that generally want what is best for ourself. Saying Beilenson is arrogant is a complete understatement. Give credit where credit is due, to the people. Programs are great, but it is what is inside us that generates the drive to be healthy.

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  8. Well, I did call him foolish as well if that is any consolation.

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  9. Government 101 - A) politicians and bureaucrats should always take credit for anything good that happens. B) mention how many jobs were saved with your policies.

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  10. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/business/hancock/blog/2010/02/to_find_mds_unhealthy_counties.html

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