PHA Introduces End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge

Oct. 22, 2012, Progressive Grocer

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and honorary chair Michelle Obama to end the childhood obesity crisis within a generation, is inviting anyone with a great idea for how eradicate this pressing public health issue to enter the End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge. The winning idea will receive $10,000 for funding, as well as expert financial, business, and marketing advice to turn concept into reality. Continue reading

Proximity of convenience stores and parks impact children’s weight status

Children living within a one-fourth mile of convenience stores have almost twice the odds of being overweight or obese while those living within a one-half mile of a park have less than half the odds of being overweight of obese according to new research presented Oct. 30 at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual conference. Continue reading

Slimmer future for heavy kids who get help early

Oct. 29, 2012, Reuters

By Frederik Joelving

Weight-loss programs can help even very young children slim down, and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of success, according to a pair of new studies.

“What they are showing is a pretty consistent trend that if we were to intervene early, we could really have an effect on changing the trajectory of weight gain in children,” said Dr. Elsie Taveras, a pediatrician at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, who co-wrote an editorial on the findings. Continue reading

AJPM launches a second round of the Childhood Obesity Challenge

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJMP) in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a second round of the Childhood Obesity Challenge — an online competition for innovators of all backgrounds to submit promising solutions the childhood obesity epidemic.

Round 2 seeks submissions focusing on innovative policies aimed at reducing childhood obesity, as well as strategies for getting these policies adopted and applied to schools, institutions, municipalities, or other organizations. Continue reading

NCCOR members lead continuing education session on PE and nutrition in schools at APHA conference

On Sat., Oct. 27, NCCOR members Sarah Lee and Allison Nihiser from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are co-leading a pre-conference Learning Institute at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual conference with colleagues from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), including NCCOR’s April Oh. The session, titled, “Applying Science-Based Guidelines and Policy Data to Change the Nutrition and Physical Activity Environment in Schools,” discusses evidence-based guidelines for school-based nutrition and physical activity and resources available to help schools achieve an environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity. Continue reading

Economic conditions may trump genetics when battling obesity

Oct. 23, 2012, MedicalXpress

In a first-of-its-kind study that shows environmental conditions can be more influential than genetics, Virginia Tech researchers have found that the cost of food  — not someone’s genetic makeup — is a major factor in eating fattening food.

The study, which was recently published in the Open Neuroendocrinology Journal, suggests that economic environments could be altered to help counteract the obesity epidemic plaguing more than one-third of Americans. Continue reading

President Clinton announces fitness collaboration to fight childhood obesity

Oct. 21, 2012,

By Yvonne Mazzulo

In an effort to expand the way physical activity is delivered to millions of children and youth across the country, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation announced on Oct. 21 a national fitness campaign to get kids moving with BOKS, an initiative of Reebok, celebrity trainers Bob Harper, Tara Stiles, Billy Blanks, and global fitness brand Zumba Fitness along with the support of President Bill Clinton. Continue reading

Presentation materials from IOM’s public workshop on physical activity in schools now available

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) held a public workshop, “Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools: Perspectives on Successes, Barriers, and Opportunities” on Sept. 20, 2012. Its purpose was to provide the IOM with viewpoints from individuals in academia as well as practitioners of physical activity and physical education programs in the school environment. The presentation slides and agenda from this meeting have recently been released and are now available to the public. Continue reading

Nestle and General Mills to cut sugar in kids’ cereals outside of United States

Oct. 14, 2012, Huffington Post

By Emma Thomasson

Nestle SA and General Mills Inc. will cut sugar and salt in the children’s breakfast cereals they jointly market outside North America, the latest attempt by major food companies to respond to health concerns. Continue reading