To Combat the Childhood Obesity Epidemic, States and Territories Leverage School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies

November 01, 2018|4:43 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Earlier this month, ASTHO released “Preventing Childhood Obesity Through Healthy Communities,” a new episode in its Public Health Review podcast series. The episode, featuring leaders from CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity and the Tennessee Department of Health, highlights the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic and discusses ways to reduce climbing obesity rates by increasing access to healthy foods and promoting physical activity. Read More »

Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center Tackles Childhood Obesity

May 14, 2018|12:32 p.m.| Community Health and Prevention Team

State health leadership can play a key role in the prevention of childhood obesity by partnering with educational systems, community stakeholders, and the private sector to implement cross-cutting programs. The Yale University Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC) is tackling this issue through Community Health Opportunities Organized with Schools at the Epicenter (CHOOSE), a multi-partner and multi-level intervention for communities in Connecticut. CHOOSE is a five-year Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) intervention, funded by CDC, designed to improve nutrition, physical activity, cooking skills, academic performance, and body measurements in school-aged children and ultimately all members of target Lower Naugatuck Valley communities. Read More »

Arkansas Launches 10-year Plan to Reduce Obesity

October 16, 2015|1:24 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The plan provides a framework of research-based strategies to guide community efforts to reduce obesity. These are accompanied by recommendations for efforts at the state level. Read More »

Tool Uses Twitter to Measure State-By-State Trends in Exercise and Calorie Consumption

August 06, 2015|10:43 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

A new tool uses individuals’ public tweets to measure trends in calorie consumption and expenditure across state lines. Read More »

Menu Labeling: Ignorance Does Not Lead to Bliss

June 04, 2015|10:43 a.m.| Michele Darling

ASTHO strongly supports the FDA regulations requiring restaurants and other food vendors to post calorie counts for all foods and beverages sold. Read More »

Study: Positive Messaging May Be a Better Way to Change Consumers’ Food Choices

May 29, 2015|9:40 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

When trying to change consumer behaviors, promoting healthy options may work better than discouraging unhealthy ones, new research from Cornell indicates. Read More »

New Report Shows Possible Link Between Neighborhood Noise and Obesity

May 27, 2015|4:19 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A recent study shows a potential connection between neighborhood noise and abdominal obesity incidence. Read More »

State Health Departments Reach Out to Young and Old in Celebration of National Public Health Week

April 07, 2015|4:51 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

It’s National Public Health Week, which runs from April 6 to April 12, and state health departments are celebrating by connecting with their constituents to promote this year’s theme "Healthiest Nation 2030.". Read More »

New FDA Menu Labeling Rules Provide Both Challenges and Opportunities for Public Health and Industry Stakeholders

April 02, 2015|11:53 a.m.| Kristen Lewandowski

Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Network Director Amy Meinen discusses how the new FDA calorie menu labeling regulations are inspiring conversations between public health entities and the food industry. Read More »

University of Michigan Study Shows Stronger Link Between Obesity and Genetics

February 12, 2015|5:08 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A University of Michigan study supports the idea that obesity may be due more to biological predisposition than personal choices. Read More »

FDA Approves New Device to Treat Obesity

January 14, 2015|4:58 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The FDA announces the approval of a new weight loss device to treat obesity, the first such device to have been approved since 2007. Read More »

Almost Half of U.S. Kids Experience Childhood Trauma with Potential for Long-Term Health Repercussions

December 12, 2014|12:12 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Nearly half of U.S. kids have experienced at least one traumatic event that may impede their healthy development, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers report. Read More »

FDA Announces New Menu and Vending Machines Labeling Requirements

November 25, 2014|4:48 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The FDA announced today that they have finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments, entertainment venue chains, and vending machines. Read More »