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Racial disparities narrow in some areas, persist in others


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The gap between whites and minorities in the U.S. is starting to narrow in some key health areas, such as infant deaths and uninsured rates. But for blacks and Hispanics, troubling disparities persist in childhood obesity and high blood pressure, new federal data […]

Children tend to share their caregivers’ unhealthy metabolic risk factors


Children are often just like their caregivers when it comes to sharing metabolic risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and unhealthy levels of abdominal fat, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific […]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commits to Voices for Healthy Kids


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has committed $16 million in funding for the third year of Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative with the American Heart Association.

“Voices for Healthy Kids is truly a driving force of the national movement for healthier communities. We focus […]

CDC: Childhood obesity higher in U.S. than Canada


More American children are obese than Canadian children, according to a report released Tuesday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The prevalence of childhood obesity is 17.5 percent in the U.S. compared with 13 percent in Canada, the report said. Although the countries had […]

August 26th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Children, Obesity|Tags: |0 Comments

Kids’ health initiative aims to fight obesity


The American Heart Association, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Nemours Children’s Health System announced Tuesday the launch of an early childhood wellness initiative, with an initial focus on children from birth to age 5.

Pointing to the statistic that one in three U.S. children is […]

August 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Children, Obesity|Tags: |0 Comments

Poll finds most parents support higher school nutrition standards

A majority of parents favor strong national nutrition standards for food and drink sold at schools, according to a poll released Monday by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association.

In addition, the poll found that parents would also like to see salt […]

Attempts to change standards for school foods stalled

Attempts to change standards that make school foods healthier stalled out this summer in both chambers of Congress leaving the current guidelines in place as the school year begins.

While the House Appropriations Committee approved language in their version of the agriculture spending bill that would allow schools to opt […]

TedMed: Conversations about childhood obesity

Efforts to end childhood obesity are showing results, but challenges remain.

“Sadly, we are far from declaring victory,” said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown on Tuesday during a TedMed Google+ Hangout.  “While there are slight declines among young children, the rate of severe obesity is on the rise among […]

Study: Children now like nutritious lunches

Although some elementary school students complained about more nutritious school lunches when they were first introduced in 2012, they like them now, according to a peer-reviewed study in Childhood Obesity released Monday.

More than 500 public schools participated in the study with most coming from the southern region of the […]

‘Fed Up’ blames food industry for nation’s obesity

A documentary blaming the food industry and the federal government for the ongoing childhood obesity epidemic followed a group of children during a two-year period to highlight their struggles to follow dietary and exercise guidelines.

The movie Fed Up, produced and narrated by Katie Couric, was being released Friday in 15 […]