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Tag Archives: childhood obesity

How communities foster healthy lifestyles

Communities across America that are getting involved to promote healthy lifestyles. For example, Summerville, MA began a program, Shape Up Summerville, which at first targeted elementary school children, 44% of whom were overweight. With grants from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and philanthropic groups, the researchers had schools replace french fries, candy, […]

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Teaching thinking before drinking: How sodas in school spell trouble for our kids

Given the number of children who are overweight or obese, I wasn’t surprised when the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that children be screened for high cholesterol beginning as early as 9 to 11 years of age. It’s not surprising because the health consequences of high cholesterol — such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer […]

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It’s the Sugar that Makes Apple Juice Scary for Most Parents

Ever since Dr. Oz’s show on the arsenic content in apple juice, everybody’s talking about the dangers of this sweet fruit juice. But it’s not the trace amount of arsenic that we should be worried about — it’s the sugar and calories. Did you know a glass of apple juice — or orange or grape […]

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There’s No Pill To Replace A Healthy Lifestyle

Earlier this week National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute issued new guidelines for testing cholesterol levels in children. They recommended all children ages 9 to 11 should be screened at least once for high cholesterol. The new recommendations were spurred by the increase in childhood obesity which is accompanied by high cholesterol and heart disease […]

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Break The Habit Of Using Food As A Reward

f we have any hope of our children living longer and healthier lives than us, we must do something about childhood obesity. One in three children are obese and obese children are likely to be obese adults, with chronic diseases like diabetes and at risk of dying ten years or more before their time is […]

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