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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Kids’ health initiative aims to fight obesity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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, Uncategorized|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 […]

Teaching Gardens teacher to attend White House Easter Egg Roll

Kim Aman has always loved helping kids understand and enjoy the outdoors. Three years ago, the special education teacher helped add the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program to the elementary school where she works.

The teacher at  Moss Haven Elementary in suburban Dallas says Teaching Gardens has helped her spread the word […]

Childhood obesity rates leveling off, despite long-term increases

Childhood obesity rates leveled off during a 14-year period between 1999 and 2012, according to research published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics. But the rate of severe obesity increased, especially in Hispanic girls and black boys, according to the study.

The study indicated that rates […]

Iron-fist style of parenting more likely to lead to obese kids

 

Children whose parents are rigid with rules and skimpy on affection and conversation have a third greater chance of being obese than kids whose parents are more generous with affection and dialogue, according to new research released Wednesday.

The “iron fist” style of parenting led to a 37 percent higher […]