NCCOR Connect & Explore: Evaluating Health Care-Community Collaborations: Community-Based Programs

June 7, 2016

The health care sector is working toward engaging communities to directly address population health, including childhood obesity prevention. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 stipulates that non-profit hospitals and health systems must engage in activities to improve the health of the communities they serve. Exploring the integration of clinic-community programs is vital for moving childhood […]

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New report provides important data on health-related practices in secondary schools

October 22, 2015

Bridging the Gap has released a comprehensive report examining U.S. secondary school policies and practices related to nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention. The report, entitled School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Secondary School Results, Volume 6, focuses on students in grades 8, 10, and 12 and includes data from […]

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Physical Activity Design Guidelines for School Architecture: New tool for built environment researchers and designers

September 22, 2015

According to a 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, up to 50 percent of a child’s waking hours are spent in school. Furthermore, much of this time is spent sedentary. In efforts to decrease childhood obesity, research has increasingly focused on physical activity in the school environment. As this body of evidence continues to grow, […]

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Influence of school architecture and design on healthy eating: Key findings from systematic review

June 2, 2015

With up to 50 percent of students’ daily energy intake occurring in the school building, schools are often the focus of targeted efforts to combat childhood obesity. Recent evidence has shown that although school-based nutrition education programs may contribute to healthier eating habits, these programs are not consistently effective on their own. In response, an […]

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School vending machines ditch Oreos, Fritos for ‘smart snacks’

July 21, 2014

By Jessica Wohl The school vending machine is no longer an easy place to satisfy a snack craving. Under new national nutritional guidelines that kick in July 1, schools that are part of the National School Lunch Program can no longer sell treats such as Oreos and Fritos. The “Smart Snacks in School” program from […]

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Americans don’t want soda tax, size restrictions

May 26, 2014

By Stacey Shackford Those hoping to dilute Americans’ taste for soda, energy drinks, sweetened tea, and other sugary beverages should take their quest to school lunchrooms rather than legislative chambers, according to a recent study by media and health policy experts. Soda taxes and beverage portion size restrictions were unpalatable to the 1,319 U.S. adults […]

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IOM to host webinar about increasing physical activity and physical education in schools

April 23, 2014

Almost one year ago, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, which offered recommendations, strategies, and action steps that have potential to increase children’s opportunities to engage in physical activity at school, including before, during, and after school. However, many barriers exist […]

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Schools should not let liability concerns keep them from promoting physical activity

October 2, 2013

Kids spend many of their waking hours at school. This puts schools in a unique position to help promote physical activity and healthy habits among children. However, many schools are deterred by fears of increased risk of legal liability for personal injuries. A new article in the American Journal of Public Health outlines three school-based […]

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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 that implemented coordinated school health programs saw increases in students’ physical activity. “With support from teachers, administrators, and parents, our schools can become healthier places,” […]

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Obesity higher for kids whose schools are near fast food chains

June 10, 2013

By Michael Harper Obesity is an epidemic that affects millions around the world. What’s worse, children are often particularly vulnerable to the dangers that come with being significantly overweight. In the United States, studies show that race and socioeconomic status is a major factor in childhood obesity, with African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native-Americans being the most likely to […]

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