With extra weight, kids’ hearts change shape

October 27, 2014

By Kathryn Doyle There are noticeable differences in the shape and function of hearts among obese and normal-weight adolescents, researchers say. “We do not know if (these changes) are clinically […]

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Chef-made meals can increase participation school lunch program, raise vegetable consumption

October 22, 2014

Gourmet pizza in school? According to a new Food and Brand Lab pilot study, published in Appetite, chef-made meals can increase participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) by […]

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Obesity rates reach historic highs in more U.S. states

October 20, 2014

Rates of adult obesity increased in six U.S. states and fell in none last year, and in more states than ever— 20— at least 30 percent of adults are obese, […]

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Put the physical in education

October 17, 2014

By Gretchen Reynolds When confronted with an overly active child, many exasperated teachers and parents respond the same way: “Sit still!” It might be more effective, though, to encourage the […]

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Family meals could protect teens from obesity in adulthood

October 15, 2014

By Catherine Griffin A simple, family meal each day may reduce the risk of obesity in teens. Scientists have found that family meals during adolescence were protective for overweight and […]

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Researchers: Link between repeated antibiotic use in early childhood and obesity

October 13, 2014

By Ariana Eunjung Cha When a parent carrying a screaming toddler with a middle-ear infection or other common ailment shows up, many pediatricians instinctively reach for their prescription pads. Despite […]

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Gap in diet quality between wealthiest and poorest Americans doubles, study finds

October 10, 2014

By Tracie McMillan The diets of low-income Americans have worsened in the past decade, even as the diets of the wealthiest Americans have improved, according to a new study that […]

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USDA backs healthy incentives

October 9, 2014

USDA is firmly committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to a safe, healthy, adequate, and affordable diet. Unfortunately, our nation is facing an unprecedented nutrition crisis, with far […]

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After-school exercise yields brain gains

October 6, 2014

By Tara Haelle Regular daily exercise appears to improve children’s attention and multitasking skills, according to a new study. Elementary school-age students who participated in an after-school program with plenty […]

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Food cravings are stronger, but controllable, for kids

October 3, 2014

Children show stronger food cravings than adolescents and adults, but they are also able to use a cognitive strategy that reduces cravings, according to new research published in Psychological Science, […]

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