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There is a standard set of urban planning tips for communities looking to reduce childhood obesity and increase physical activity: build your neighborhoods on a connected grid pattern, install and maintain sidewalks, and provide access to public transit and parks within walking distance.
During the run-up to a presidential election we expect to hear campaign promises about national security, trade agreements, debt, budget cuts, and other perennial hot topics. This year, however, a seemingly small potatoes topic has emerged: the high cost of child care.
In 2012, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an in-depth study of the health and budgetary effects of raising the excise tax on cigarettes. We commented on this study in our blog about the complex economics of disease prevention and longevity.
This past fall, an announcement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) indicated that the venerable organization was considering modifying its screen time standards for children.
New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Offer an Opportunity to Reset the Table for All Children’s Health
Food is a matter of health equity.
Every day, millions of U.S. children spend time in before- and afterschool care or early child care.
The Institute of Medicine reports that students in kindergarten through 12th grade get only four to six hours of nutrition education per school year.
When it comes to our health, how much responsibility is ours—making healthy choices and avoiding behaviors that promote poor health—versus society’s to make these opportunities available and affordable to us?
Helping Americans eat smart and maintain a healthy weight is one of the strategic priorities of the U.S.
Parents and teachers share a common desire to make sure that the children in their care get balanced meals with adequate helpings of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and other meal components.
November is National Diabetes Month and stakeholders across the country are working to bring awareness to the causes of diabetes and ways to prevent and manage the disease. One common misconception is that diabetes is only a disease of older adults caused by obesity and poor diet.
If your memories of school include sitting on the sidelines at recess watching the other kids play as a consequence for not finishing your homework, or if the thought of taking up jogging brings back unhappy memories of forced punishment laps around the track, take heart that school districts are working to take the use of physical activity as punishment out of the school day.
We’ve known for a while that a where people live, learn, work, and play can have a bigger impact on their health than genetics or medical care.
With the current obesity crisis affecting at least 35% of Americans, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) to improve health literacy and food choices among the American population.
This Minority Health Month, we should remember disparities among racial and ethnic groups are of particularly great concern.
Having worked with a variety of groups over the years, my experience has led me to believe that there is not a singular path to establishing a sense of community.
There seems to be much discussion these days related to how best to promote healthy eating among low-income populations participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other food assistance programs.
I was trying to cleverly stretch the image of moving care interventions “upstream” all the way to the “headwaters of health.”
Researchers found a significant decrease in obesity rates among preschool aged children; specifically, 8 percent of children ages 2–5 years were obese in 2011–2012, down from 14 percent in 2003–2004
The recent passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (also known as the Farm Bill) provides a new opportunity to examine the intrinsic relationship between agriculture and nutrition.
In the first part of this article, we looked at some of the reasons why childhood obesity is more prevalent in rural areas than in urban areas.
In recent years, researchers have found that children living in rural areas are more likely to be overweight or obese than children living in urban areas.
Childhood obesity rates among some groups of children have declined for the first time in 30 years
Football and healthy, local food are unusual bedfellows. But this Thanksgiving, the importance of good food and Fair Food Network captured the national spotlight during the Detroit Lions halftime show featuring Lions’ alum Barry Sander, an NFL legend and hero to generations of kids in Detroit and beyond.
This fall, when parents of children returning to District of Columbia schools discovered that recess had been cut to 15 minutes a day for elementary schools, they protested, citing the importance of free play and activity for child development. The schools, pressed for time, were only able to carve out an additional 5 minutes for recess.
Summer is often an idyllic time where the pressures of school are reduced, fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant, and time for recreation increases. However, for many children, summer time represents a loss of academic progress, reduced access to nutritious food, and a reduction in physical activity opportunities.
Menu labeling legislation, which would require large chain restaurants to provide nutrition information directly on the menu or a menu board, is a promising policy in the fight against adult and child obesity.
Double Up Food Bucks for the Win-Win: Healthy Food Incentives Boost Healthy Food Access and Local Economies
Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) project is offering a monetary incentive to SNAP recipients to spend their food assistance benefits on fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at their farmers’ markets.
If we really want better “health” outcomes, the road to daily physical activity (for the sheer joy of it) for the young (and probably for us all) is through play.
The private industry and the nation’s food and beverage companies have a vital role to play in improving children’s health and helping children and parents to make healthier food choices.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy and education activities.
Exergaming As Physical Activity: How Effective Are Exergames at Increasing Physical Activity in Youth?
Researchers are testing “exergaming” to see if combining screen time and physical activity can provide a boost to the physical activity levels of youth.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report that shows a dramatic rise in the number of individuals diagnosed with diabetes in U.S. states and territories.
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Afterschool Settings: How Standards Are Facilitating and Impeding Progress in Obesity Prevention Efforts
For school-aged children, afterschool programs are an important setting to provide healthy environments that encourage healthy eating and physical activity.
I am really disheartened by, and frankly angered by, our constant, ego-based, superficial responses to our “body problems.”
WIC Works: A Safety Net Program that Provides Critical Family Support and Promotes Personal Responsibility
The best example of a program that provides both cash benefits in time of need and support for increased personal responsibility is the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Altarum is involved with the Y-USA and has learned a number of lessons from partnership experiences.
KaBOOM! was honored to join First Lady Michelle Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and local elected officials from across the country, in Philadelphia to announce public and private sector commitments to support the goals of Let’s Move!.
The Weight of the Nation: Bringing Researchers, Policymakers and the Public Together to Address the Issue
This year, public health stakeholders have launched three key communication pieces to refocus the problem of obesity.
Federal transportation spending priorities are set by a bill that authorizes and governs these funds but the last transportation bill expired in 2009.
The 2013 SNAP-Ed guidance marks a milestone in SNAP-Ed with re-structuring of the program based on enactment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296).
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.
In the midst of an unstable economy, many communities are beginning to recognize what a select number of cities have known for decades: joint use agreements work.
A recent study conducted by Altarum Institute and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that WIC participants overwhelmingly accepted the new food package.
Obesity is a rapidly growing concern in the United States—no pun intended. In 2010, about one-third (33.8 percent) of adults in the U.S., and approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents were considered obese.
With the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the United States Department of Agriculture will be revising the nutrition guidelines for the Child and Adult Care Food Program for the first time in decades.
It seems as if we are moving in the direction of proclaiming things fearful that past generations simply considered a part of growing up.
High rates of chronic diseases are among the biggest drivers of U.S. health care costs and they are harming our nation’s productivity.
Opportunities to play are disappearing for today’s youth across the board, and the misconceptions about rough and tumble play, in particular, place this particular type of play at a further disadvantage.
Service learning presents an amazing opportunity to include children and youth in efforts to deal with the public health crises that are obesity and the play deficit.
Play offers children a unique opportunity to face issues of social justice head on, while also providing them space to work through a myriad of scenarios that highlight just how aware children are of the disparities we face.
Today marks the 2,000th playground build for KaBOOM! Like many nonprofits, KaBOOM! exists to solve a problem—the play deficit.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 created the Prevention and Public Health Fund to prevent illness and promote the health of all Americans.
Regardless of the diversity of profession, culture, or even social economic status, when adults share their play memories threads of commonality begin to materialize.
The reality for many Americans is that they would be willing to make that walk if they had access to a park or playground within walking distance from their homes.
Obesity is one of the most challenging health crises the country has ever faced. Two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and teens are currently obese or overweight, putting them at increased risk for more than 20 major diseases.
A remarkable few do stand on behalf of the issue at hand. What is it that turns these individuals from passive bystanders into everyday heroes?
Major media are abuzz discussing the benefits of play, the consequences of its removal, and how parents and communities can work to actively restore play for their children.
Why is it that we adults quickly sacrifice children’s opportunities to play in the name of achievement, safety, or changing times?
Solving the obesity epidemic in this country isn’t as simple as it sounds, according to a report by Trust for America's Health.
WIC is really about primary prevention. WIC is also taking on a very important role in fighting an epidemic that poses one of the greatest new threats to childhood health: obesity.
Earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her signature policy initiative: the Let’s Move campaign.
Increasingly, transitional nations – which have long fought to simply maintain adequate nutrition among their populations – are being forced to confront a rising tide of obesity among certain sectors of their populations.
One perverse side effect of the stalled national health reform legislation is that popular, commonsense provisions tucked in the bills get stuck too. That includes the restaurant menu labeling requirement.
The Safe Routes to School Program addresses only primary, elementary, and middle schools, which is why I introduced the Safe Routes to High School Act (H.R. 4021) last November.
Dr. David Kessler, as you’ve probably heard, is out with a terrific best-seller called The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.
Last May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution naming May “National Bicycle Month,” giving federal recognition to our most efficient form of transportation.
Our uncoordinated non-system results in consequences that are harmful to our most vulnerable – our children – and this harm has long-term implications throughout one’s life.
The Mission Projects are a significant new endeavor for Altarum, one that is key to extending reach and impact beyond what we can do in client-funded work alone.