Public Servant Who Actually SERVES is Fired
I think many of us these days are disallusioned with the red tape laden bureaucracy we call “government”. It is rare to find a public servant who actually takes his/her job seriously and does an excellent job at the same time. Dr. Jason Newsom is one of those public servants who was actually trying to make a difference in people’s lives. Unfortunately, he was fired from his job running the Bay County, FL Health Department for his “out of the box” strategy for reducing obesity in his jurisdiction. He posted anti-obesity messages on an electronic sign outside the Health Department such as “America Dies on Dunkin” and “French Fries Thunder Thighs”. A county commissioner who owns a donut shop and a couple of lawyers who own a Dunkin Donut franchise in the area forced him to remove his sign by threatening a lawsuit. Feeling the pressure from such local high flyers, the County Health Department asked him to resign or be fired.
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.