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September 1, 2016 2:23 PMCategory: Health Equity

August Health News

Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease.

Please see below for select stories from August:


newspaper8/1/2016 – Order Lunch Early, Lose Weight Later?
You might be able to cut your calorie intake by ordering meals before you’re actually hungry, a new study suggests. Researchers examined the lunch orders of 690 employees using a corporate cafeteria and 195 university students choosing catered lunch options.

8/1/2016 – Fat May Not Hike Heart Attack Risk: Study
In a study that challenges a commonly accepted belief, Swedish researchers contend that obesity may not increase the risk of heart attack or premature death. Their study of identical twins looked at cases where one twin was overweight or obese and the other was trimmer.

8/3/2016 – Average American 15 Pounds Heavier Than 20 Years Ago
There’s no doubt about it: Americans are getting heavier and heavier. But new U.S. estimates may still come as a shock — since the late 1980s and early 1990s, the average American has put on 15 or more additional pounds without getting any taller.

8/10/2016 – Obesity May Be Bad for the Brain, Too
Could too much weight be bad for the brain as well as the belly? New research suggests that being overweight or obese may trigger premature aging of the middle-aged brain. The study centered on how carrying excess weight might affect the brain’s white matter, which facilitates communication between different brain regions.

8/10/2016 – Regular Exercise: Antidote for Deadly Diseases?
Getting lots of exercise may reduce your risk for five common diseases, a new report suggests. Researchers analyzed 174 studies published between 1980 and 2016, and found that people with high levels of weekly physical activity had a lower risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

8/11/2016 – U.S. Kids Don’t Make the Grade on Heart Health
Most American children fall short of ideal heart health, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. An analysis of 2007-08 federal government survey results found that about 91 percent of youngsters did not have healthy diets. Those between the ages of 2 and 19 get most of their calories from simple carbohydrates such as sugary drinks and desserts.

8/15/2016 – Exercise Not an ‘Antidote’ to Too Much Sitting, Heart Experts Say
Even if you exercise regularly, too much sitting can still be bad for your heart, a leading cardiologists’ group warns. The American Heart Association (AHA) also says that too many people are spending far too much time on chairs and sofas, period.

8/16/2016 – Heart Health May Hinge on Easy Access to Fresh Food
People who can’t shop for fresh food close to home are more likely to have early signs of heart disease, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from nearly 6,000 adults who had an initial heart CT scan and several follow-up scans over 12 years. The availability of fresh food near their homes was key to the condition of their arteries, according to the study published Aug. 15 in the journal Circulation.

8/19/2016 – ‘Business Diet’ a Bad Deal for the Heart
The typical “social business diet” — heavy on red meats, sweet drinks, processed snacks and booze — takes a toll on the heart, a new study finds. In the go-go world of business meetings and nonstop travel, healthy home-cooked meals often give way to unhealthy fare consumed on the road. This ups the risk for atherosclerosis, a slow but steady clogging of the arteries, the researchers say.

8/23/2016 – Soda Consumption Falls After Special Tax in California City
Consumption of soda and other sugary drinks fell by more than a fifth in low-income neighborhoods of Berkeley after the California city became the first in the U.S. to introduce a special tax last year, according to a study published Tuesday.