Perspective paper: ‘Candy at the Cash Register — A Risk Factor for Obesity and Chronic Disease’

October 12, 2012

By Deborah A. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H., and Susan H. Babey, Ph.D. A basic misconception has stymied our response to the obesity epidemic: the belief that food-related decisions are consciously and deliberately made. Our reluctance to interfere with or regulate the food environment is a direct consequence of the belief that people’s food choices reflect their true […]

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Strategies for population-level obesity prevention for children

July 19, 2012

For those who may be interested in current obesity best practices for children, the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a review providing a summary of population-level intervention strategies for preventing and controlling childhood obesity.

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Minnesota hospital group releases infographic, report

July 18, 2012

July 16, 2012, Kids’ Health Blog The Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota developed an infographic titled “The Weight of Childhood Obesity.” The graphic cites statistics and preventive measures from multiple sources, including the Minnesota Department of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety, various journals, and the Institute of Medicine.

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HIA: Students more likely to buy healthier lunches if there are nutritional standards for snacks, drinks

June 27, 2012

June 26, 2012, Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project News Release Updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools could help students maintain a healthy weight and increase food service revenue, according to a health impact assessment (HIA) released today by the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Health […]

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New research suggests that neighborhood environment impacts child and parent obesity rates

April 25, 2012

Two new companion studies from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggest that living in a healthy environment can have a positive impact on you and your child’s waistline. The first of these studies describes the development of innovative GIS-based constructs for physical activity and nutrition environments. A follow-up study validates these measures by finding […]

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Measurement of the food and physical activity environments

April 1, 2009

April 2009 Given the high rates of obesity prevalence in the United States and around the world, research interest has grown regarding the effects of the community food and physical activity environments on individual diet and activity behavior. Robust measures of these environments are required in order to assess any effect. Measurement of food and […]

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