Report recommends specific national and community plans for evaluation of obesity prevention efforts

August 13, 2013

The United States lags behind other international plans to evaluate obesity prevention efforts, and the country needs to know whether these efforts are having their intended impact, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The committee that wrote the report concluded that more systematic and routine evaluations could help determine how well obesity prevention […]

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New, free USDA education materials show children how to make healthful food choices

July 2, 2013

Research shows that students with healthful eating patterns tend to do better in school, and it’s important that children begin learning about food and nutrition when they’re young. In support of that goal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently released three, free sets of curriculum educators can use to empower […]

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New report highlights effects of USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in schools

April 22, 2013

A March 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Research and Analysis explores new evaluation results of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). FFVP aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among students in the most economically challenged U.S. elementary schools by providing fresh fruits and vegetable […]

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New resources from Active Living Research highlight new research on physical activity and children

March 26, 2013

Active Living Research (ALR), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has recently published three new research briefs that summarize the findings from research that focuses on children and physical activity. The research briefs include: Reaching the Goal of 60 Minutes of Physical Activity for Children: This brief highlights a study that looked at […]

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School design guidelines to help promote healthy eating published in CDC journal

March 13, 2013

A newly available pilot tool made possible through an innovative collaboration between architects, schools, and scientists is part of a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to improve school environments for children’s health by engaging new partners. The Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture provides practitioners in architecture and public health and school system decision makers with […]

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Food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents: Limited progress by 2012, recommendations for the future

February 20, 2013

For decades, American children and adolescents have been surrounded by advertising and marketing for unhealthy foods and beverages. While the food and beverage industry, as well as local and national levels of government, have started to recognize the role that food and beverage marketing plays in driving the childhood obesity epidemic, American youths are still […]

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Progress is being made in the fight against obesity

December 17, 2012

A policy brief released earlier this year from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports that the obesity epidemic has slowed or halted altogether in several countries. Though the progression of the epidemic has decelerated, the overall rate of obesity remains high among both children and adults.

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Tool assists parents in discussing weight, health

November 16, 2012

Across America, one out of every three children are overweight or obese, but parents struggle with what to say in response to questions about weight. The Strategies To Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance and Alliance for a Healthier Generation recently released Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health, a research-based online […]

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Physical activity guidelines report now available for public comment

November 15, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion along with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition are set to release a report on strategies to increase physical activity among youth next year.

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Journal article outlines future directions of obesity research

October 15, 2012

A viewpoint piece in the Sept. 19, 2012 Journal of the American Medical Association (Volume 308, Number 11) recommends next steps for obesity research in dealing with the obesity epidemic. Authored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., and National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, […]

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