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Too many sugary drinks for kids

August 29, 2013

Most kids love sugary beverages, but parents should be mindful of how much of these beverages their kids are drinking. A recent review of studies found that drinking more sugar-sweetened […]

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CDC report shows progress in school health practices

August 28, 2013

By Allie Bidwell Over the last several years, more schools nationwide have begun implementing nutrition and health policies and requiring physical education programs, according to a report released Aug. 26 from the […]

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Obesity’s death toll may be much higher than thought

August 27, 2013

By Dennis Thompson Researchers have vastly underestimated the number of deaths caused by obesity in the United States, a new report reveals. Obesity accounts for 18 percent of deaths among […]

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NIH workshop explores ways to prevent obesity in infancy and early childhood

August 26, 2013

Intervening to prevent the development of overweight and obesity as early as possible has the potential to improve health and reduce the health care costs associated with obesity-related diseases now and […]

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Latino families in study eat more fruits and veggies, drink less soda

August 23, 2013

A successful program that increased the number of fruits and vegetables eaten and decreased sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by 50 percent among Latino children had two secret weapons, according to a […]

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Obesity risk factors may vary for boys, girls

August 22, 2013

By Kathleen Doheny While some behaviors increase the risk of obesity for both boys and girls, new research shows there are gender differences. For instance, although being on a sports […]

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Soda tax won’t curb obesity, study contends

August 21, 2013

Taxing sodas and other sugary beverages won’t help reduce obesity because consumers would switch to other high-calorie foods and drinks that aren’t taxed, a new study contends. The researchers came […]

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Study shows elementary and middle schools can get students moving, not just thinking

August 20, 2013

Despite widespread cuts to physical education classes and recess, an Indiana University study has shown that schools can play an important role in helping their students live healthier lives. Schools […]

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Obese kids more likely to have asthma, worse symptoms

August 19, 2013

By Dennis Thompson Overweight and obese kids are more likely to struggle with asthma than kids of normal weight, according to a new review of more than 623,000 children. Researchers […]

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Minority kids may need longer support to keep weight off

August 15, 2013

By Cole Petrochko A lifestyle modification program for obese minority and inner city teens effectively helped them manage body mass index and nutrition, but the benefits wore off after the program’s […]

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