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Even Short Bouts of Activity May Help Kids' Health

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THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Even brief spurts of exercise may benefit children, researchers report. Their study of 28 healthy, normal-weight children found that doing three minutes of moderate-intensity walking every half hour over three hours of sitting led to lower levels of blood sugar and insulin, compared to another day when the children sat for three hours straight. On the day the children took brief walks, they did not eat any more at lunch than on the day they remained seated for the entire three hours, according to the study published online Aug. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The findings suggest that brief bouts of activity during otherwise inactive periods could help protect children against type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, the U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers said. "We know that 30 minutes or more of moderate physical ... Read more

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Healthier School Meals Offered Across U.S., Feds Finds

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THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Most U.S. schools are offering healthier meals that feature more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and less salt, a new government study reports. "School meals are healthier now than ever before. We've made real progress, but there is much more to do to help American children make food choices that will keep them healthy throughout their lives," U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. Since students consume nearly half of their daily calories at school, school meals are an important source of nutrition for kids, the agency noted. CDC researchers looked at 14 years' worth of data to see if schools are implementing U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition standards issued in 2012. The investigators found a significant increase in the number of schools providing healthy meals. For instance, ... Read more

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Oldest Sister at Greater Risk of Obesity, Study Contends

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – Firstborn girls are more likely to be overweight or obese in adulthood than their younger sisters, results of a new study suggest. Firstborns had 29 percent greater odds of being overweight and 40 percent greater odds of being obese than sisters born second, the researchers said. In addition, firstborns were also slightly taller. "This is the fourth study we have done to characterize the health risks of firstborn in four different populations," said lead researcher Dr. Wayne Cutfield, a professor of pediatric endocrinology at the Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland in New Zealand. "If you look at the health risks of those that are firstborn, you find that firstborns are more insulin resistant than later borns, which is a risk factor for diabetes, and they have higher blood pressure than later borns," he said. However, the new study is an ... Read more

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Many Kids Tossing Fruits, Veggies in Trash Since New U.S. School Lunch Rules

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – More fruits and vegetables ended up in the garbage after the U.S. government introduced a rule requiring fruits and vegetables to be included with school lunches, a new study finds. What's more, the amount of fruits and vegetable eaten by kids actually dropped since the introduction of the law. In less than a month, Congress will vote on whether to reauthorize the controversial U.S. Department of Agriculture program mandating healthier school lunches. For the study, researchers reviewed nearly 1,500 digital photographs of student lunch trays taken during multiple visits to two elementary schools in the Northeast before and after implementation of the USDA program. Forty percent to 60 percent of the students at the schools qualified for free or reduced-cost lunches. After the program took effect in 2012, students did put more fruits and vegetables on their ... Read more

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American Kids Growing Fatter Than Their Canadian Cousins

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TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 – American kids have a harder time controlling their weight than their counterparts to the north, a new U.S. study indicates. About 17.5 percent of U.S. kids aged 3 to 19 are obese, compared with 13 percent of Canadian children the same age, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These findings could open up an exciting new field of obesity research, given that the United States and Canada share a common language and quite a bit of culture, said Peter Katzmarzyk, a professor of pediatric obesity and diabetes at Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. "There are a number of factors that could be contributing to this difference, but no one's really done a study to uncover what those factors are," said Katzmarzyk. "It gives us an opportunity to explore why these differences are and ... Read more

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Many Parents Put 'Food Pressure' on Their Kids, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 – New research finds that parents of overweight kids are more likely to restrict their children's food intake – a potentially bad idea – if they themselves are carrying extra pounds. By contrast, mothers and fathers are more likely to pressure their kids to eat more when both parents and children are normal weight. Neither pushing food nor restricting it is a good idea, said study author Jerica Berge, an associate professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. "Prior research has shown that they may have unintended effects such as a child becoming overweight or obese, or engaging in eating behaviors such as bingeing or purging," she said. Childhood obesity is also linked to a number of health problems, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The researchers analyzed results from two 2010 ... Read more

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Progress Slows Against Heart Disease Deaths for Adults Under 55, Study Shows

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MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – There has been a sharp drop in heart disease death rates among Americans 65 and older in recent decades, but declines in death rates are slowing in those younger than 55, particularly women, a new study says. The findings appear Aug. 24 in the journal Circulation. "We think that these trends are not related to differences in treatment and hospitalization, but rather to a lack of effective preventive strategies for young people, particularly women," senior author Dr. Viola Vaccarino, professor and chair of epidemiology at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, said in a news release from the journal. One expert cardiologist agreed. "This is a true wake-up call – as much as progress is being made, we are falling behind in a group of young women who should be aggressively treated, managed and where prevention is essential," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, ... Read more

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Exercise May Be Good Medicine for Irregular Heartbeat

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MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – Exercise appears to help control an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation in obese people, a new study finds. Australian researchers found that "cardiorespiratory fitness" reduced the risk that this potentially dangerous heartbeat will return by as much as 84 percent – even more than losing weight. Cardiorespiratory fitness refers to the ability of the heart and lungs to supply oxygen to the body during sustained physical activity. "This study adds to a growing body of evidence that aggressive risk factor management with increased physical activity should be an integral component of management of atrial fibrillation," said lead researcher Dr. Prashanthan Sanders, director of the Center for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Atrial fibrillation, the most common abnormal heart rhythm, affects about 2.7 million Americans, ... Read more

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Exercise Best Bet Against Diabetes for College Graduates

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MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – Exercise is more likely to help prevent diabetes in college graduates than in those with less schooling, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2012, and found adults with a college degree who were physically active were 6 percent less likely to have pre-diabetic symptoms or elevated blood sugar levels than those who weren't active. For adults who only had some college, a high school diploma or who never finished high school, being physically active reduced the risk of pre-diabetic symptoms by just 1 percent. Overall, being physically active reduced the risk for full-blown diabetes, but this, too, varied by education level. The likelihood of having diabetes was 2.5 percent among college graduates who were physically active and 4.4 percent among those who were inactive. Rates among adults ... Read more

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Weight Loss Fights Liver Condition, No Matter How It's Done

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FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 – Weight loss can improve liver health of obese or overweight people, whether excess pounds are shed through lifestyle changes or weight-loss surgery, a pair of studies finds. Both studies involved people with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an aggressive disease characterized by fat in the liver. It affects 2 percent to 5 percent of Americans, and can lead to permanent liver damage, according to the study published in the August issue of the journal Gastroenterology. "While the underlying cause of NASH is unclear, we most commonly see this condition in patients who are middle-aged and overweight or obese," Dr. Giulio Marchesini, of the University of Bologna, Italy, and colleagues wrote in an editorial accompanying the studies. "These two large prospective cohort studies strengthen the evidence that, no matter how you lose weight, weight loss improves liver ... Read more

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Doctor's Support Boosts Weight Loss, Study Shows

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FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 – Doctors play an important role in helping people lose weight, a new study finds. Weight loss was double on average for obese patients who felt they had the most helpful doctors compared to those who felt their doctors were less helpful, researchers said. The study involved 347 obese people who took part in a two-year U.S. government-funded clinical trial on weight loss. At the end of the trial, participants filled out surveys that included questions about their relationships with their primary care doctors. Patients who gave their doctors the highest ratings on helpfulness during the trial lost an average of 11 pounds, compared to just over 5 pounds for patients who gave their doctors the lowest helpfulness ratings. The study was published Aug. 21 in the journal Patient Education and Counseling. The findings could lead to the development of weight-loss programs ... Read more

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Healthy Breakfast Is Essential for Kids

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FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 – Kids who skip breakfast will be nutritionally short-changed all day, an expert says. "Growing bodies and developing brains need regular, healthy meals," Carole Adler, a dietitian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said in an agency news release. The morning meal doesn't have to include traditional breakfast foods. Give children foods they like, as long as you maintain a healthy balance, she said. For example, they might like leftovers from last night's dinner or a turkey sandwich to start their day. If your child loves sugary cereals, she suggested mixing a bit of that with a whole-grain, nutrient-rich healthier type of cereal. "Nothing has to be off the table altogether, and sometimes just a taste of something your kids like is enough to keep them happy," Adler said. Try to provide a breakfast that includes protein, fat and carbohydrates to keep children ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Kids Active

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-- Regular exercise helps keep children fit and healthy, and is a great way to use their boundless energy. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Offer your child a variety of playtime equipment to help keep the youngster moving. Let the child decide what he or she enjoys doing during playtime. Plan family activities that promote exercise, such as bike riding, playing catch or kicking a soccer ball. Be a good role model by getting plenty of exercise yourself. Always supervise your child while the youngster plays outdoors. Read more

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9 Factors You Can Control May Be Key to Alzheimer's Risk

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THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Up to two-thirds of Alzheimer's cases worldwide may stem from any of nine conditions that often result from lifestyle choices, a broad research review suggests. Those include obesity (specifically, high body mass index, an indication of obesity, in midlife); carotid artery disease, in which plaque buildup narrows major neck arteries and slows blood supply to the brain; high blood pressure; depression; being frail; being poorly educated; having high levels of a naturally occurring amino acid known as homocysteine; and (specifically among those of Asian descent) being a smoker and/or having either type 2 diabetes. The implication: Taking steps to minimize or eliminate such conditions might reduce the long-term risk for developing Alzheimer's, a brain disorder that affects memory and thinking. It is the most common form of dementia among seniors. "The current ... Read more

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Eating on the Run Might Mean Eating More Later

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THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Eating "on the go" may thwart people who are watching their weight, new research suggests. The study, involving three groups each with 20 women, tested the effects of various forms of "distracted" snacking – eating while walking, watching TV or having a conversation. It found that among women who were currently dieting, eating while moving had an undesirable effect: They ate substantially more than other dieters a short time later. It's not clear what the findings, from an "artificial" lab study, could mean for weight-conscious people, the researchers said. "In the real world there are many other factors – such as [food] availability, mood and peer pressure – that influence what and how much we eat," said lead researcher Jane Ogden, a professor of health psychology at the University of Surrey, in England. "But," she added, "the results from this study ... Read more

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