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SGA to host webinar on new report about sprawl and its impact on development in the United States

March 25, 2014

In 2001, Smart Growth America (SGA) released the landmark study Measuring Sprawl and its Impact. Next week, SGA is releasing the next edition of this flagship report with new information about the state of development in the United States. To mark the launch of this new report, Measuring Sprawl 2014, SGA and the Metropolitan Research […]

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USDA awards grants to develop obesity prevention programs

March 24, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make three grants totaling $5 million to universities to develop childhood obesity prevention programs. Vilsack made the announcement during the keynote address before the 2014 National PTA Legislative Conference in Arlington, VA. “USDA is at […]

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Access to healthy food improves health, brings economic benefits

March 21, 2014

Access to healthy food can bring triple bottom-line benefits to communities — better health, new jobs, and a revitalized economy. But nearly 30 million Americans still live in low-income areas with limited access to supermarkets. The problem is particularly acute in low-income communities of color. The good news is Congress took steps to expand access […]

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Diabetes rates rise with food prices, as healthy options get too expensive

March 19, 2014

By Matthew Mientka A new study suggests blood sugar levels among people with diabetes may rise with food prices, as consumers are priced out of the healthy foods market. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) measured blood sugar levels in 2,400 adults with type 2 diabetes, which they compared to average grocery store […]

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NIH presentation about community-academic partnerships to address obesity among middle school students

March 18, 2014

On Thursday, March 20, Dr. Laura Bogart will be discussing the development and results of Students for Nutrition and eXercise (SNaX), a five-week middle school-based obesity prevention intervention that combines school-wide food environmental changes, multimedia, encouragement to eat healthy school cafeteria foods, and peer-led education. She will describe the formation and maintenance of the partnership […]

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Americans consume too much added sugars, study says, and it’s killing us

March 17, 2014

By Karen Kaplan Americans consume too much sugar, and our collective sweet tooth is killing us. So says a study published Feb. 3 by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. It finds that 71.4 percent of U.S. adults get more than the recommended 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugars in foods and drinks […]

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Researchers identify primary factors responsible for preschool obesity

March 14, 2014

A lack of adequate sleep, having parents with high body mass index (BMI), and having their eating habits restricted for weight control purposes are the three most significant risk factors when it comes to childhood obesity for preschoolers, according to researchers from the University of Illinois. “We looked at 22 variables that had previously been […]

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Study: U.S. teens eat too much salt, hiking obesity risk

March 12, 2014

By Alan Mozes American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns. The investigation tracked the week-long eating habits of more than 760 black and white high school kids. It found that, on average, teens now ingest a whopping 3,280 milligrams […]

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Study finds deregulation fueling obesity epidemic

March 10, 2014

Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips, and fizzy drinks, researchers said on Feb 3. A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could […]

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Siting markets in ‘food deserts’ no quick cure for obesity, study says

March 7, 2014

By Melissa Healy The logic seems simple enough: The consumption of healthy foods is low and obesity is high in neighborhoods where supermarkets are notably absent; so, opening supermarkets in those neighborhoods should boost consumption of healthier foods and drive down obesity. Right? Not so fast, says the first American study gauging the success of a popular initiative aimed […]

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