Fresh produce hard to come by in Rhode Island city's 'food deserts'

Food Environment Research

Published: July 30, 2011

By RUSS OLIVO 0729shawsfruit.JPG WOONSOCKET " Keyondra Davis doesn’t kid herself about the kind of food they put on the shelves at the pharmacy near her home in Cumberland Village. A lot is just overpriced junk food, says Davis. Still, as much as she dislikes it, she knows she’s usually going to end up at the store when her two-year-old son Jayden’s stomach starts to growl. She doesn’t have much …

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American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) declares obesity a disease state

Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 29, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has declared that there is significant clinical evidence to declare obesity as a disease state. The decision was made in a unanimous vote of the AACE Board of Directors at their quarterly meeting, July 23, in Dallas, TX. The Association believes that the declaration will help lead the way for more effective therapies and treatments to help the 34 percent of Americans…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 29, 2011

A wide spectrum of government programs, including those geared toward promoting physical activity and addressing the obesity epidemic, are poised for budget cuts this summer. Potential cuts are looming for transportation spending, such as money for walking and cycling paths. And reductions have become reality for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which funds Prevention Research Centers across the country. But even in a difficult budget environment, health-promotion and physical-activity programs are essential…

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Southern Obesity Summit to convene in New Orleans

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 29, 2011

Bike lanes and school gardens in New Orleans will be on display as part of the fifth annual Southern Obesity Summit this fall. Beyond the conference walls, the expected 400 attendees Oct. 2-5 will also have opportunities to tour the city to see community programs and government projects supporting healthier lifestyles. The summit will draw together public-health workers and public policymakers from 16 southern states in the hopes of sharing information about programs and policies…

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New Orleans students call for end to unhealthy foods and lack of exercise

Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 29, 2011

A dance party erupted in the cafeteria at the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School in Uptown. More than two dozen students and teachers from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools demonstrated a choreographed “instant recess” to promote their latest ideas for improving schools. Offering healthier foods, increasing physical activity in classrooms and transforming the punishment system were among the 12 recommendations New Orleans students laid out for education officials at a July 21…

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Stair stepping: Researchers examine physical activity in City Hall

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Published: July 29, 2011

New Orleans city employees are not just encouraging residents to be more active, they’re making healthy changes within the ranks and tracking the results with help from the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University. Through the PRC, one student is measuring how often city employees and visitors use the stairs inside the 10-floor, downtown City Hall building. The study will also examine whether use increases after a public-health campaign is launched to encourage more stair…

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Strokes rise among pregnant women, new moms

Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 29, 2011

Obesity, high blood pressure may be reasons By Associated Press, Published: July 28 Strokes have spiked in the U.S. among pregnant women and new mothers, probably because more of them are obese and suffering from high blood pressure and heart disease, researchers report. Hospitalizations for pregnancy-related strokes and "mini strokes" jumped from about 4,100 in 1994-95 to around 6,300 in 2006-07, a 54 percent increase, researchers said, extrapolating from figures in a large federal database.…

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Why Americans live shorter lives - UPI.com

Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 28, 2011

Why Americans live shorter lives UPI.com Obesity in the United States has increased to 2.4 million obese Americans since 2007, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). UPI/Alexis C. Glenn LOS ANGELES, July 28 (UPI) — The US life expectancy gap … Getting 50-year-old Americans as healthy as Europeans could save Medicare and …EurekAlert (press release) all 8 news articles »

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A punch and a kick in fight against childhood obesity - New York Daily News

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Published: July 28, 2011

A punch and a kick in fight against childhood obesity New York Daily News Catarina Rivera, the co-organizer behind "Healthy Kids in the Heights," got a firsthand look at the child obesity problem as a schoolteacher in Harlem and the Bronx. "They don't know what juice is," she said, recalling a student whose lunch used to be …

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NYC voters really like bike lanes: poll

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 28, 2011

The new bike lanes along city streets have triggered howls from drivers and pedestrians, but a new poll out Thursday finds that most city voters like them.

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Should the growing weight of nation be put in government's hands? - Chicago Tribune

Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 27, 2011

Public health officials say yes; others say trimming the fat is up to individuals By Monica Eng, Tribune reporter America undoubtedly has a big obesity problem. With two-thirds of all U.S. adults classified as obese or overweight, public health officials warn that much of the population is at dangerously high risk of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic and costly illnesses. But who should be responsible for slimming down the nation? Several recently released obesity…

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What's the best exercise for heart health?

Physical Activity Research

Published: July 27, 2011

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A combination of weight training and aerobic exercise might be the best prescription for overweight people at risk for diabetes and heart disease, a new study suggests. People doing only aerobic exercise dropped weight and inches off their waistlines — so an aerobic-only program is also a good (and less time-consuming) option, researchers said. Those in the study who just lifted weights saw very little benefit in…

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The financial cost of obesity - Forbes blog

Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 27, 2011

Weight and finances have been discussed at length on personal finance blogs, but mostly the similarities between money and weight management. There's been little discussion about the total annual cost of obesity for an individual because most research offers anecdotal evidence of higher costs associated with obesity, but not a dollar amount for a single person. Last fall George Washington University released a report that put a figure to the staggering individual costs of being…

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1 in 6 customers changes order when restaurant menus list calories

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 27, 2011

By Andrew Seaman, Reuters WASHINGTON – New York City’s requirement that fast-food restaurants post calorie counts on menus led one in six customers to notice the information and buy foods with fewer calories, according to new research released on Tuesday. While overall calorie consumption for the thousands of people tracked did not change, customers of McDonald’s, Au Bon Pain and Yum Brands Inc’s KFC were shown to make significant modifications, according to the study funded…

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McDonald's to include apple slices in every Happy Meal

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 27, 2011

By The Associated Press An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But when you put it in a Happy Meal, it might help keep regulators at bay, too. McDonald’s on Tuesday said that it would add apple slices and reduce the portion of French fries in its children’s meal boxes beginning this fall, effectively taking away consumers’ current choice between either having apples with caramel dip or fries as a Happy Meal side.…

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The kids are all right at Whole Foods - msnbc.com

Food Environment Research

Published: July 26, 2011

The organic grocer tries a garden-variety approach to kids’ nutrition. Whole Foods Market is no stranger to charitable endeavors. For its latest good deed, it’s aiming to alleviate the growing problem of childhood obesity. The organic grocer has formed the Whole Kids Foundation, which will help steer children’s nutritional choices in partnership with schools and other organizations. Whole Kids’ first planned program will encourage “teaching gardens,” helping improve kids’ relationship to food through the act…

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Health advocates push for tax on unhealthy foods - CBS

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 26, 2011

(CBS News) Some public health advocates are pushing cities and states to tax fattening, non-nutritious foods, like sugary soda, french fries, and donuts. Opponents say Americans should have the right to eat what they want without being unfairly taxed for their choices, and that poor people would end up paying too much. For the full story and video, click here.

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Rethinkers take on 'Candy Bars, Prison Bars' and how schools can reverse major youth epidemics

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Published: July 25, 2011

Two of the nation’s most pressing issues involving young people – childhood obesity and violence – are indeed connected. How so? Just ask the Rethinkers.

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One woman's struggle to shed weight, and shame

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Published: July 25, 2011

by Tovia Smith Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America. In her 37 years, Kara Curtis has seen every dress size from 26 to 6. Looking through old photos, in her slimmer days, you see a young girl standing tall and pretty in her tiara as high school prom queen, and strong and lean in team shots of her track and swim teams. Growing up in rural upstate New York, Curtis and her…

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In pregnancy, diabetes-obesity combo a major red flag - University of Rochester Newsroom

Policy & Advocacy

Published: July 25, 2011

University of Rochester Newsroom In Pregnancy, Diabetes-Obesity Combo a Major Red Flag University of Rochester Newsroom Type 2 diabetes and obesity in pregnancy is a daunting duo, according to new research published this month in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. The study shows that both conditions independently contribute to higher risks, …

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