Heart Health Worst in the South, Best in Northeast - U.S. News & World Report

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Published: December 19, 2012

Heart Health Worst in the South, Best in Northeast U.S. News & World Report That number reached 16 percent in West Virginia, 14 percent in Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky, and 13 percent in Louisiana. “Disparity … Fang said the city stands out because it has low levels of obesity and high levels of people with healthy diets.

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Philly Kids are Losing Weight

Policy & Education

Published: December 19, 2012

Finally, after nearly 35 years, we are putting a dent in childhood obesity. At least, Philadelphia is. According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a 5 percent drop in childhood obesity in Philadelphia. Yes, that is small, but it is a trend in the right direction.

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Olympians Fight Childhood Obesity

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Published: December 18, 2012

Gary Hall Sr. learned to swim at age two, and took to the water right away.  

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Without a Safety Net: Abandoning Louisiana's Uninsured - The Atlantic

Policy & Education

Published: December 18, 2012

The Atlantic Without a Safety Net: Abandoning Louisiana's Uninsured The Atlantic Louisiana has some serious health care challenges, with the fourth highest uninsurance rate in the country, among the highest cost and lowest quality outcomes for patients with Medicare, and among the highest rates of tobacco use, obesity, poverty, and …

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More meat, grains in school lunches after administrators, students complain

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: December 17, 2012

The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids' meals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren't getting enough to eat. School administrators also complained, saying set…

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MCDONALD'S: American Mothers Want Healthier Food, But They Don't Want Recipes Changed

Food Environment Research

Published: December 16, 2012

Business Insider MCDONALD’S: American Mothers Want Healthier Food, But They Don’t Want … Business Insider MCDONALD’S GOLDEN ARCHES may have marched into 119 countries, but the quintessentially American company still resides in a quintessentially American suburb. At its headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, low brick buildings are linked by bucolic trails.

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Fat chance: The state can do some things to encourage people to eat less, but not a lot

Policy & Education

Published: December 13, 2012

In 1937 George Orwell suggested that “changes of diet” might be more important than “changes of dynasty or even of religion.” Now he is being proved right in a way he might not have expected. Having spent millennia worrying about not having enough food, mankind's main concern is now eating too much (see our special report on obesity). The story of human health in the past few decades is a broadly encouraging one. Life expectancy…

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Obesity in Young Is Seen as Falling in Several Cities

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Published: December 13, 2012

After decades of rising childhood obesity rates, several American cities are reporting their first declines. The trend has emerged in big cities like New York and Los Angeles, as well as smaller places like Anchorage, Alaska, and Kearney, Neb. The state of Mississippi has also registered a drop, but only among white students. "It's been nothing but bad news for 30 years, so the fact that we have any good news is a big story,"…

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Global report: Obesity bigger health crisis than hunger - CNN International

Policy & Education

Published: December 13, 2012

Global report: Obesity bigger health crisis than hunger CNN International (CNN) — Obesity is a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of disabilities around the world, according to a new report published Thursday in the British medical journal The Lancet. Nearly 500 researchers from 50 countries … and moreá╗

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