It’s another edition of Healthwatch, our monthly conversations with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. She and Tom discuss a wide range of public health issues, from the weekend’s dangerous heat to the hot drama on Capitol Hill as Senate Republicans continue their struggle to repeal Obamacare. They also talk about White House plans to cut essential public health budgets, and about new state funds for a city program promoting healthier food options in the city's corner food stores. And Dr. Wen has the latest on the continuing threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus -- remember the Zika virus?
Tom and Dr. Wen also mention the Billion Steps Challenge. The Baltimore City Health Department is launching the program as part of its year-long Healthy Baltimore initiative. The BCHD, business partners, and community-based organizations are supporting this citywide wellness challenge to encourage all residents and employees in Baltimore City to get active. The Billion Steps Challenge launches this Saturday, July 29th, at an event at Lake Montebello. For more details, check out the BCHD website.