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GRHF Announces Obesity Ad Campaign

The Greater Rochester Health Foundation has announced a new TV advertising campaign that targets the parents of overweight children.  The ads are part of a $50 million campaign against childhood obesity that the Foundation announced last year.

You can see the ads and read about the campaign at the Foundation’s “Be a Healthy Hero” website and read a D&C article about the yesterday’s announcement here – full text of the article after the jump.

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October 15, 2008 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Report Details Racial Disparities in Care

The Dartmouth Atlas Project has released a report titled Disparities in Health and Health Care Among Medicare Beneficiaries.  While disparities in care are generally associated with race and socioeconomic factors, the Dartmouth report reveals that geography also plays an important role.  The report examines geographic disparities in the rates of leg amputations (a complication of diabetes), screening for breast cancer and diabetes, the prevalence of primary care physicians, and ambulatory care vs. hospitalization rates. You can read a NY Times article on the report here.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation used the data in the report as a platform to announce $300 million in new grants to fight health disparities.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports on the Rochester numbers in the report (full article after the jump) and notes that that while progress has been made in areas such as immunizations and mammograms, disparities in diabetes care remain.  According to the most recent Monroe County Adult Health Survey, 20 percent of African Americans in the county have diabetes – more than twice the number of whites and Latinos.

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June 9, 2008 at 12:20 pm 1 comment

Exercise May Protect Against Breast Cancer

In a study that provides perhaps more evidence of the benefits of adolescent exercise, researchers found that women who were active in their teens were 23 percent less likely to develop premenopausal breast cancer than their sedentary peers.

You can read an Associated Press story on the study, which appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, here.

May 14, 2008 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

California Study Links Obesity and Food Environment

California researchers this week released a report suggesting that obesity and diabetes are more prevalent in neighborhoods with a high ratio of fast food restaurants and convenience stores to grocery stores and produce vendors.  You can see the study here and read a Los Angeles times story here (subscription required).

The authors call on policymakers to undertake small-scale retail innovations, such as adding mobile produce vendors and farmers’ markets; leverage recent changes to the federal Women, Infants and Children food package to expand the number of authorized vendors and increase capacity at existing vendors; and require restaurant menu nutrition labeling to help consumers make more informed meal choices. In addition, the authors recommend that community planners address the food environment, in part through zoning decisions designed to limit fast food restaurants in already oversaturated neighborhoods.

A smaller, but illustrative, survey of convenience stores in the southwest quadrant of Rochester conducted by SWAN and a University of Rochester student last summer revealed that lack of healthy food options for residents.

Locally, the there is an effort beginning in Monroe County to develop an agenda for policy changes that can prevent childhood obesity. This effort consists of a policy team of community leaders who represent schools, parent groups, restaurants, recreation organizations, etc.  Lead by the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency in partnership with URMC’s Center for Community Health and Department of Pediatrics, and the Children’s Agenda, the effort is considering and selecting most promising policy changes for our community.

Additionally, several community organizations have – over the last couple of years – been taking steps to bring healthier food options to city residents.  This includes new farmer’s markets, produce stands, and projects in cooperation with FoodLink and other organizations.

We will have more to report on these projects as they unfold.

April 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm 1 comment

The Dangers of Plastics and the Benefit of Exercise

The Washington Post reports that the federal the NIH appears to have reversed course and is preparing to waded into the debate over the potential health dangers of bisphenol A, or BPA, the ubiquitous chemical found in plastics. A draft report by the National Toxicology Program acknowledges that that chemical, which has been in plastic production for the past 60 years and is found in countless products, may cause cancer and other serious disorders. You can see a draft of the report here.

UPDATE: The New York Times is reporting that the Canadian government is about to declare BPA “toxic.”

USAToday has a story today on the importance of exercise on reducing belly fat. People who exercised for 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week, saw a 10% reduction in their midsection.

April 16, 2008 at 9:40 am Leave a comment

Philly Schools Cut Weight Gain

Reuters and several other outlets have run stories today on the results of a two-year effort to lower obesity in Philadelphia’s schools. The schools implemented a program developed by the Food Trust, a non-profit that works to increase access to affordable, healthy foods, which included changes in food vending machine products, student incentives for healthy eating, and lessons no good nutrition.

According to the study, which was compiled by researchers at Temple University, this approach reduced the number of overweight children by 50 percent. You can read the Reuters story here and a HealthDay story here.

April 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment


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