Posts Tagged ‘national childhood obesity month’

February 12th, 2012 - 10:00 am § in Food, obesity

What if a machine dictated your menu?

What if you walked up to your fridge and it didn’t open because it knew you wanted ice cream? Instead it recommends that you grab an apple. As part of its LiVe public service program, Intermountain Healthcare has installed a fake, talking vending machine at Rose Park Elementary School in Salt [...]

December 28th, 2011 - 11:38 am § in obesity

How Did I Miss This?

Thankfully NYMag’s Vulture is doing a recap of some of 2011’s best videos, otherwise I would have completely missed this amazingness created by Beyonce to help Michelle Obama’s obesity cause. Seriously, this is probably one of the best tactics I have seen used to fight childhood ob[...]

September 28th, 2011 - 8:00 am § in Food, obesity

The Subject Parents Don’t Want to Talk About

According to new survey results, parents would rather talk about sex and drugs with their kids than weight. Twenty-two percent of parents are uncomfortable discussing the risks of being overweight with their kids. For parents of kids ages 8 to 12, only sex is a more uncomfortable topic and NO topic[...]

May 8th, 2011 - 8:00 am § in obesity, Running Through My Mind

Glee Gets Message Right…Eventually

On first blush, Glee really upset me during “Born This Way.” The message was great, be comfortable with who you are, love yourself warts and all. Then however, Lauren found out that Quinn was in the not so distant past overweight, pimply and unhappy. Lauren tried to use it to her advantage and c[...]

April 24th, 2011 - 8:00 am § in obesity

How media shape the public’s thoughts on obesity

Researchers at the University of Alberta’s Health Law Institute analyzed 360 news articles from 12 newspapers in three countries. Their findings were published online in November 2010 in the Journal of Public Health Policy. The focus of the study was the media’s role in shaping public opinion[...]

March 2nd, 2011 - 9:00 pm § in obesity

Color Me Yummy!

March is National Nutrition Month®. The campaign is part of the American Dietetic Association’s effort to educate and focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices, developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.  It was started back in the 70s as a week and has exp[...]

January 13th, 2011 - 10:24 pm § in obesity

New Rules Call for Healthier Lunches

The school lunch overhaul proposed today by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is a giant leap in the right direction for tackling obesity in America. The proposed rules would gradually reduce sodium, limit starchy vegetables, ban most trans fats, require fat-free or lowfat milk, increase whole grain[...]

December 19th, 2010 - 6:11 pm § in obesity

Battling Childhood Obesity is a Partnership

This week President Obama signed a new law revamping school lunches.  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is the first major overhaul in 30 years. The act will replace junk food in school lunches and vending machines with healthier options.   In the past, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has used[...]

December 6th, 2010 - 9:53 pm § in Exercise, obesity, Running Through My Mind

All they need is 16 minutes…

The difference between normal-weight and obesity could be as simple as 16 minutes. The University of South California and the National Institute of Health looked at 3,106 children’s physical activity over 4 days and found: Normal-weight children ages 6 to 17 are moderately to vigorously active for[...]

September 22nd, 2010 - 10:06 am § in obesity

Obesity and the Common Cold?

Childhood obesity is not only an epidemic, it may be an infectious disease transmitted by a common cold virus. The study was small (only 124 kids) but antibodies for a virus called AD36–a common viral strain that is linked to respiratory ailments as well as eye infections and GI disorders̵[...]