Parents less ready to change physical activity behaviors for overweight children

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A recent study led by Dr. Kyung Rhee found that parents are more likely to make changes in their overweight child’s diet than physical activity behaviors. This finding is slightly problematic since parent involvement is critical in helping overweight children lose weight, and both changes in diet and physical activity behaviors are necessary. It turns out that it’s not that …

American Children Consume an Excess Amount of Salt

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nine out of ten American children eat more sodium than is recommended.  2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that children eat less than 2,300mg per day, but the CDC determined that children ages 6-18 eat an average of 3,300mg of sodium per day before salt is added at the table. Identified as …

Community Gardens Initiatives can Increase Healthy Lifestyles among Asian Pacific Americans

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In 2012, APA Healin’ (Asian Pacific Americans – Healthy Eating & Active Living in Our Neighborhoods), a health collaborative launched by the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) performed a community needs assessment in Asian Pacific American communities in NYC. This needs assessment identifies themes in how the built environment effects physical activity, access to healthy foods, and …

Disparities in Diet Quality Persist

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  Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that on average the quality of Americans’ diet improved between 2005 and 2010. However, the researchers also found that the gap in the diet quality between low-income and high-income Americans increased, and overall a decline in diet quality among the poor. Researchers attributed this difference in diet quality to differences …

TEDMED Great Challenges Discussion on Childhood Obesity

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TEDMED, a program that produces health and medicine-related talks in the popular TED Talks format, has created a year-round series called, “The Great Challenges Program.”  The Great Challenges Program focuses on problems in health and medicine, such as childhood obesity, that cannot be fixed with a simple cure and requires multidisciplinary understanding to be resolved. Most recently, an interactive online …