U.S. health lags behind peer nations

This morning in the Providence Journal appeared an article summarizing research done by Steven H. Woolf that points to new concerns about Americans who are living shorter lives and who are generally in worse health than citizens of other wealthy nations. An extensive report released this week by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine pointed to nine health areas in which Americans came in below average. They are:
*** Infant mortality and low birth weight
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Childhood Obesity and Teen Weight Loss in MA

A new year resolution worth considering: Get your kids off the couch. You ask, how is this possible? Like anything else the kids have learned their “couch occupying” behavior over time, so it is not practical to think that to undo, or “no couch time” is an appropriate fix. Instead, think of modifying that behavior by strongly encouraging alternative activities for a period of time each day. For example, when you are at home with ...

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A Calorie Killer, Do You Remember Jumping Rope?

For all our weight loss seeking readers out there, here is the challenge of the day:

Can you imagine grabbing a jump rope for you and your child and going out to the drive way or garage and trying to jump rope with them for 10 minutes? Such simple fun, but yet a bonding experience that will be remembered for a life time. Imagine doing it with them for a few weeks, months or a year? What will ...

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Childhood Obesity, To Cure in a Generation

A Tufts University trustee and former CEO of Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Dolan Peter and his wife Katie have donated $1million to a national initiative known as ChildObesity180, which he is chairing at the Friedman School, at Tufts University.
ChildObesity180 (www.childobesity180.org) seeks to become a major catalyst for prioritizing and driving the necessary systemic changes to reverse the trend of childhood obesity within a generation. Founded in 2009, ChildObesity180 draws on the expertise and reach of senior decision makers from the ...

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BMI & CHILD OBESITY DANGERS

Do you wonder why your child is overweight or obese? Pediatricians have found that childhood obesity is generally caused by a combination of unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise. Secondarily, genetics and lifestyle can have an impact on the child’s health. Risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, occur more often with overweight children.
Type 2 diabetes which is normally considered an adult disease has increased dramatically in children that ...

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Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move” Campaign (Providence Journal 1/15/12)

EDITORIALS
Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” Campaign
By Eriene-Heidi Sidhom

On Tuesday, February 9, 2010 First Lady Michelle Obama announced her campaign, Let’s Move,in an effort to combat the growing problem of childhood obesity.1 The campaign’s goal is ambitious, to say the least: eliminate childhood obesity in a single generation so that today’s kids grow up to be adults of a healthy weight. 2

The Problem at Hand

Childhood obesity must be addressed both because it negatively impacts our children and because we ...

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