September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Approximately one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for life-threatening and costly health problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The problem is not distributed evenly across the population: childhood obesity among preschoolers is more prevalent among children of color and Continue reading

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The American Heart Association’s New Recommendations on Added Sugar for Children

Last week the journal Circulation published the American Heart Association’s scientific statement “Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children”. They’ve taken a bold new position on sugar consumption: children should consume less than 6 teaspoons of “added sugars” a day, and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week. Bolder still, Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – 7/20/16

Breastfeeding gaps between white, black, and Hispanic mothers in the US Chapman University has published research on how breastfeeding rates differ among white, black, and Hispanic mothers. The study looked to see if ethnic and racial disparities in breastfeeding could be explained by differences in the use of formula in hospitals, family history of breastfeeding, Continue reading

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Updates to the Nutrition Facts Label

On May 20th, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration finalized the new Nutrition Facts label, which will be required for use on most packaged foods by July 26th, 2018. Overall, public health and nutrition professionals are pleased with the updates as the new labels should make it easier for consumers to make healthy, informed decisions Continue reading