Congratulations to Regina Benjamin, our newest Surgeon General. Over nine months after the new president was sworn in, we finally have a permanent Surgeon General.
Don't laugh. We haven't had a permanent Surgeon General in over 3 years. (Richard Carmona was the last permanent SG, leaving on the last day of July 2006). And Dr. Benjamin's nomination was held up over the last few months for political purposes that nothing to do with her qualifications.
Having a permanent Surgeon General makes it easier to implement programs that are designed to improve our collective health. Not that one person can cure everything, but with a First Couple that has spoken out on our need to do better to our own bodies in terms of food and health, there is a real opportunity to educate and improve the nation's overall health.
Good luck to Dr. Benjamin. She will need it because there is a lot of work ahead of her. But at least, she is on the job.
** In other "political" news, for those of you keeping track, the White House announced a second harvest from the organic garden on the White House grounds. Crops listed in the story were sweet potatoes, carrots, fennel, lettuces, and eggplant. The bounty was donated to a soup kitchen. Still love hearing the terms "White House" and "organic garden" together in the same sentence.
** One more politically related topic. Tuesday is Election Day, though not everywhere. But one place to keep your eye on Issue 2 in Ohio. Depending on your vantage point, Issue 2 in OH is trying to save family farms or hurt animal welfare.
Here is a pro Issue 2 stance and an anti Issue 2 take. We'll have more coverage next Wednesday after the election. Regardless of where Issue 2 falls, at least we are having a discussion about how our food is raised.