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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 6, 2012

Aug. 31, 2012, HHS News Release September marks the start of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a time for us to encourage America’s children to develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime. All kids deserve to experience the positive health benefits of daily physical activity and healthy eating, and have those opportunities available to […]

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Call for papers on advancing obesity prevention

September 5, 2012

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health (NIMHD/NIH) recently announced a call for papers for a special theme issue on obesity prevention called “Advancing Obesity Prevention: Quality Improvements, Emerging Models, and Best Practices.” The issue will be published in the Journal […]

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USDA celebrates the start of a healthier school year for America’s kids

September 4, 2012

Aug. 29, 2012, USDA Press Release Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon announced on Aug. 29 that America’s students will see healthier and more nutritious foods in the cafeteria as they return to school this year. The new nutrition standards for school meals, implemented as a result of the historic […]

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Webinar focuses on community changes to combat AI/AN obesity, related health issues

August 28, 2012

A recent webinar on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health focused on efforts to combat obesity and obesity-related health issues facing AI/AN people using approaches to foster sustainable community changes to promote healthy eating and active living. It was hosted by the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP).

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Study shows healthy school lunches don’t cost more

August 27, 2012

Aug. 23, 2012, San Antonio Express By Don Finley and Lindsay Kastner In 2006, three middle schools in the San Antonio ISD made some radical lunchtime changes. They took french fries off the menu and cheese off the burgers, added baby carrot sticks and more whole grains. Even the breading on chicken nuggets got the whole grain treatment.

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Cartoon stickers may sway kids’ food choices: Study

August 23, 2012

Aug. 22, 2012, Reuters For children who turn up their noses at fruits and vegetables, slapping a cartoon face on a healthy snack may make those choices more appealing, according to a U.S. study.

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Antibiotics too soon may set babies up for obesity: Study

August 21, 2012

Aug. 21, 2012, ABC News By Dr. Shari Barnett Giving your baby antibiotics too early may increase their chances of being overweight in childhood, new research suggests. Specifically, infants exposed to antibiotics during the first six months of their lives are 22 percent more likely to be overweight between the ages of 10 months and 3 years […]

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Doing the math to fight childhood obesity

August 15, 2012

Dieters often use online calorie calculators to stay true to their weight-loss plan. Translating the concept to the population health arena, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health created the Caloric Calculator (CaloricCalculator.org) to help policymakers, school district administrators, and others assess the potential impact of health policy choices on childhood obesity.

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Kids pick nutritional Happy Meal when no toy offered with less healthy option: Study

August 14, 2012

Aug. 12, 2012, Global News By Sheryl Ubelacker Children are far more likely to pick a healthier fast-food meal when promotional toys are offered only with those menu options and not with less nutritional fare like burgers, fries, and a pop, a study has found. Canadian researchers set out to see which McDonald’s Happy Meals that […]

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Junk food laws may help curb childhood obesity: Study

August 13, 2012

Aug. 13, 2012, Huffington Post By Lindsey Tanner Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off. The results come from the first large national look at the effectiveness […]

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