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Walking path gets a neighborhood moving, says Tulane study

Physical Activity Research

Published: April 25, 2012

A public walking path is enough to inspire an entire neighborhood to become more physically active, according to a new Tulane University study. "Minor changes to the built environment, like walking paths, can make a difference to physical activity levels and health of residents," said lead author Jeanette Gustat, PhD, whose study is in the latest issue of Preventing Chronic Disease. The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University (PRC) measured residents' activity levels throughout New…

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With Classroom Breakfasts, a Concern That Some Children Eat Twice

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: April 23, 2012

It is an innovative, intuitive and increasingly common way to ensure that food reaches the mouths of hungry children from low-income families: give out free breakfast in the classroom at the start of each school day. The results, seen at urban districts across the country, are striking. Without the stigma of a trip to the cafeteria, the number of students in Newark who eat breakfast in school has tripled. Absenteeism has fallen in Los Angeles,…

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Poverty and Obesity: Breaking the Link - Huffington Post

Policy & Education

Published: April 11, 2012

Poverty and Obesity: Breaking the Link Huffington Post There is finally a glimmer of hope in the fight against obesity, a critical public health and economic crisis burdening our nation. After several decades of steep upswings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that … and moreá╗

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Could autism be linked with mothers' obesity during pregnancy? Study says it could be a factor

Policy & Education

Published: April 09, 2012

Obesity during pregnancy may increase chances for having a child with autism, provocative new research suggests. It's among the first studies linking the two, and though it doesn't prove obesity causes autism, the authors say their results raise public health concerns because of the high level of obesity in this country. Study women who were obese during pregnancy were about 67 percent more likely than normal-weight women to have autistic children. They also faced double…

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