Study suggests traditional playgrounds contribute to childhood obesity - Globe and Mail

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Published: August 30, 2011

Globe and Mail Study suggests traditional playgrounds contribute to childhood obesity Globe and Mail Video games, the Internet and fast food take a lot of the blame for childhood obesity, but there’s growing evidence for an unlikely addition to the list of usual suspects: The school playground. For decades, schools have chopped down trees and replaced … and more

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Healthy snacks coming to Chicago park district vending machines - Chicago Tribune

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Published: August 30, 2011

ABC7Chicago.com Healthy snacks coming to Chicago park district vending machines Chicago Tribune “We applaud the Chicago Park District for taking this significant step in improving the nutritional health of Chicago kids and families,” said Adam Becker, executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, in a news release. … Chicago Park District Yanks Junk Food From Snack MachinesChicagoist Chicago Park District Vending Machines Will Sell Healthy SnacksMyFox Chicago City parks get healthier…

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Parents display disconnect between obesity and related health outcomes

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Published: August 30, 2011

Chris Anderson, Senior Editor, Healthcare Finance News KANSAS CITY, MO – A new survey conducted by Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City shows that only 54 percent of parents feel it is “very important” to seek medical attention for their overweight children. More parents said it is very important to seek care for their children with symptoms of diabetes (81 percent), asthma (80 percent) and learning disabilities. Paradoxically 94 percent of parents said…

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Connecting WIC participants with farm-fresh produce

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Published: August 30, 2011

Efforts are springing up around the state to bring locally grown fruits and vegetables to the federal program’s shoppers. By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times At the Prime Time Nutrition store in El Monte, a store that stocks the foods provided monthly to recipients of a federal mother-and-child nutrition program, shoppers can pick up formula and cereal, cheese and bread and other basic groceries. This summer, they also can take home peaches from Sweet Home…

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At vacant homes, foraging for fruit

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Published: August 26, 2011

By KIM SEVERSON, The New York Times ATLANTA - As she does every evening, Kelly Callahan walked her dogs through her East Atlanta neighborhood. As in many communities in a city with the 16th-highest foreclosure rate in the nation, there were plenty of empty, bank-owned properties for sale. She noticed something else. Those forlorn yards were peppered with overgrown gardens and big fruit trees, all bulging with the kind of bounty that comes from the…

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Obesity to worsen, weigh heavily on healthcare costs

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Published: August 26, 2011

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Obesity is most widespread in Britain and the United States among the world’s leading economies and if present trends continue, about half of both men and women in the United States will be obese by 2030, health experts warned on Friday.

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Antibiotic use has grown along with obesity. Coincidence?

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Published: August 25, 2011

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog We've all heard that the overuse of antibiotics is making them less effective and fueling the rise of dangerous drug-resistant bacteria. But did you know it may also be fueling the rise of obesity, diabetes, allergies and asthma? So says Dr. Martin Blaser, microbiologist and infectious disease specialist at New York University Langone Medical Center who studies the myriad bacteria that live on and in…

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Can Food Network chefs help solve the obesity crisis? - The Atlantic

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Published: August 25, 2011

Can Food Network Chefs Help Solve the Obesity Crisis? The Atlantic It’s fashionable to blame access and affordability as the culprits of America’s obesity crisis (and the $150 billion in associated health costs). Michelle Obama trumpets the openings of new urban Walmarts. Study after study shows that fresh, …

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Hop on a walking school bus to cut obesity

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Published: August 25, 2011

Researchers are experimenting with the concept of a “walking school bus” to boost kids’ activity rates and help them drop excess weight.

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Former Uptown Borders store is under construction, may become health food store

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Published: August 25, 2011

By Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune Construction is under way at the former Borders bookstore at 3338 St. Charles Avenue. A worker at the Uptown site said it’s going to be a “health food store,” with offices upstairs, and should be open in about eight months. Meanwhile, plans don’t appear to be set for the former Borders location at 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie. In June, Barry Spizer, managing partner for SRSA Commercial Real Estate,…

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Dietary supplements: Do we need them, or can we get all our nutrients from food?

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Published: August 24, 2011

By Jennifer LaRue Huget, The Washington Post In an ideal world, no one would need dietary supplements. Our balanced diets would provide all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients our bodies need. Alas, the world of American eating is far from ideal. And that, some nutrition experts and supplement advocates argue, is why we need dietary supplements. The latest federal data show that more than half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements, mostly multivitamins. But…

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Unite to defeat childhood obesity - Monroe News Star

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Published: August 24, 2011

Unite to defeat childhood obesity Monroe News Star Physical inactivity and childhood obesity pose a serious threat to our kids’ health, increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease as adults. In Louisiana alone, tens of thousands of people living within a half-mile of a school could benefit from …

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Health Leads program addresses patient needs beyond medication

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Published: August 23, 2011

Filling prescriptions for a better life.

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Better health for all Americans: Bending the arc toward justice

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Published: August 23, 2011

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO, delivers keynote at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Health Equity Summit.

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Can FoodCorps get America eating healthy? - TIME

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Published: August 23, 2011

Can FoodCorps Get America Eating Healthy? TIME The Hopi and Pima, like many other Native American tribes, suffer from dangerously high levels of obesity, higher than Americans nationally " and it’s not like the rest of the population is in great shape. The possible causes are many " genetics, … and more

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U.S. rejects NYC mayor's plan to ban use of food stamps to buy soda

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Published: August 22, 2011

By PATRICK McGEEHAN, New York Times Federal officials on Friday rejected Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s proposal to bar New York City’s food stamp users from buying soda and other sugary drinks with them. The decision derailed one of the mayor’s big ideas to fight obesity and poor nutrition in the city. Mr. Bloomberg and the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, were quick to criticize the ruling by the United States Department of Agriculture…

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Obesity: What you eat and where you live matters

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Published: August 21, 2011

Matthew McDermott of Slow Lane Farm (center) talks with shoppers Eve Brown (left) and Sarah Riggs last month about vegetables and herbs at the Allen Street Farmer’s Market. McDermott grows his produce in lots near the market.

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School health screenings in New Orleans create healthier kids, experts say - NOLA.com

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Published: August 21, 2011

NOLA.com School health screenings in New Orleans create healthier kids, experts say NOLA.com Louisiana has the nation's fifth-highest obesity rate. During the 2008-09 school year, the Louisiana Council on Obesity Prevention and Management evaluated 13000 students and found that 47.5 percent were overweight or obese, said officials from the …

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New research articles focus on sport participation, physical activity across the lifespan

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Published: August 20, 2011

In an age of spiraling inactivity levels and escalating obesity rates across the planet, a new collection of research articles focused on participation in sport and physical activity across the lifespan has just been released.

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Presto, instant playground - NYTimes.com

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Published: August 19, 2011

By ALEC APPELBAUM Can a trendy retail tactic promote healthier living in low-income urban neighborhoods? Over the past few years, retailers have experimented with “pop-up” stores and restaurants – establishments open for a few weeks, or even just a single day, typically in a busy shopping corridor. Such projects aim to generate buzz while trying out a new product or marketing concept. They allow entrepreneurs to test ideas relatively cheaply and to capitalize on the…

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