Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 26, 2014

Michael R. Bloomberg's plan to limit the size of sodas in New York City, one of the most aggressive and controversial public health initiatives in recent memory, effectively died on Thursday. It was not yet 2 years old. A New York appeals court ruled that the city's health board, which had approved the former mayor's effort to limit the size of sodas and other sugary drinks, "exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority" and infringed…

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Hurricane recovery gave New Orleans reason to band together to offer more healthful food

Food Environment Research Education & Engagement

Published: June 25, 2014

"Rough" and "unhealthy" are the words Tim Dubuclet uses to describe his childhood. Raised in inner-city New Orleans, he and his friends would wander the city's violent streets after school, living on a diet of fast food and soda. By the time he was 17, Dubuclet weighed more than 300 pounds. But he dramatically transformed his lifestyle during a program with Grow Dat Youth Farm, where students are paid to grow fresh produce. There, he…

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We Are Nowhere Near Understanding The Causes Of Obesity And How To Prevent It

Core Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 23, 2014

Invoking the “usual suspects” only obscures how much we don't know. The trend toward weight gain over the past 3 decades is routinely characterized as an “epidemic” and even a “pandemic,” which requires an urgent response. First evident in developed countries, this trend has become a worldwide phenomenon. A major paper in […]

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Smoking, extra weight in pregnancy tied to obesity throughout childhood

Core Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 23, 2014

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women who smoke during pregnancy and are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to have children who become obese as toddlers and stay obese through their teenage years, according to a new study. Obesity rates have more than doubled among U.S. children and quadrupled among U.S. adolescents in the past three decades, according to the Centers …

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Childhood family violence alters DNA, Tulane study of New Orleans kids shows

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: June 17, 2014

Children who are exposed to family violence and instability experience critical DNA changes that could hasten mental and physical illness. That’s according to a new study of 80 New Orleans area children published Monday in Pediatrics, the medical journal of the American Association of Pediatrics. Children ages five to 15 who witnessed family violence, experienced a family member’s suicide or had a family member incarcerated were more likely to undergo cellular aging as evidenced by…

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Gardener looks to bring veggies to urban food deserts

Food Environment Research

Published: June 16, 2014

In a city spotted with food deserts, one professional gardener is trying to bring a little green back to Jacksonville.

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City loan to help retailer open grocery in Central City

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 12, 2014

A local food hub, granted a $1 million loan from the city's Fresh Food Retailer Initiative last week, is poised to open a 23,000-square-foot grocery store in Central City in the fall. The loan is one of a series of efforts by the city to encourage grocers to offer healthy food and fresh produce to neighborhoods that lack access to them. John Burns, CEO and founder of Jack and Jake's Inc., said the loan, half…

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Local Foods, Local Places: Announcement of Federal Assistance for Sustainable Communities

Food Environment Research

Published: June 09, 2014

Obama Administration Announces Additional Support to Help Communities Boost Local Food Economies Updated Farm to School Census Demonstrates Economic Impact of Local Food Washington, D.C., June 9, 2014 — Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Local Food, Local Places, a federal initiative that will provide direct technical support to rural communities to help them build strong local food systems as part of their community’s economic action plans.…

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California residents support soda tax to fight obesity, health study shows - Reuters

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 05, 2014

California residents support soda tax to fight obesity, health study shows Reuters (Reuters) – Fighting obesity by taxing sugary drinks and restricting junk food advertisements aimed at children has support from a wide majority of residents surveyed in a Southern California public health study released on Thursday. The findings from … Food stamp soda ban could help prevent obesityWFMZ Allentown all 3 news articles »

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Tulane center gets grant to keep working to make New Orleanians healthier

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Published: June 05, 2014

Tulane University’s Prevention Research Center has received a $4.3 million federal grant to continue its fight against obesity and its work to make New Orleanians healthier. The grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – the fourth five-year grant Tulane center has received since its founding in 1998 – will underwrite research, advocacy and community engagement to find obstacles to good health and strategies to overcome them. “We appreciate the opportunity to continue…

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The Obesity Society: Workplaces Offer Great Opportunities, Advantages for Employee Health & Wellness

Core Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 05, 2014

SILVER SPRING, Md., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Recognizing the benefits of workplace wellness programs for health, today the Obesity Society (TOS) announces its support for and participation in the sixth annual National Employee Wellness Month (NEWM). TOS joins more than 200 other leading U.S. organizations as a supporter of the Month and is taking action to implement its own …

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Food stamp soda ban can save 141000 children from obesity - CNNMoney (press release)

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 05, 2014

CNNMoney (press release) Food stamp soda ban can save 141000 children from obesity CNNMoney (press release) It would prevent at least 141,000 kids from getting fat and another 240,000 adults from developing Type 2 diabetes, the kind that usually stems from obesity, according to Stanford University medical researchers in a study published in the June issue of … and more

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Kids' Obesity Risk Rises With Parents' Divorce: Study - Philly.com

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Published: June 05, 2014

Philly.com Kids' Obesity Risk Rises With Parents' Divorce: Study Philly.com "Knowing which factors are associated with childhood overweight and obesity is crucial, and is the first step toward being able to prevent it," said lead researcher Anna Biehl, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo. More coverage. Rigid … Namibians Are Fat, but Not Too FatAllAfrica.com all 2 news articles »

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