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 October:
October 3, 2016 – More Research Cites Salt’s Potential Health Risks
Conventional wisdom says too much salt is bad because it can lead to high blood pressure. And now a new 25-year study finds that salt — even just a bit — may increase your risk of premature death.
October 5, 2016 – A Better Diabetes Test?Industry-funded researchers say they’ve developed a way to improve the accuracy of a standard diabetes test.
October 6, 2016 – U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations
The United States lags behind other advanced nations when it comes to infant mortality and the life expectancy of its citizens, according to a comprehensive review of global health statistics.
October 7, 2016 – Healthy Living May Mean More Healthy Years for Seniors
Seniors who eat healthy, exercise regularly, keep a trim waistline and stay away from smoking can look forward to more disability-free years, a new study finds.
October 7, 2016 – How ‘Mindful Eating’ Can Keep Kids Slim
Most childhood obesity-prevention programs stress calorie counting and exercise. But one pediatrician likes to emphasize an approach called “mindful eating” instead.
October 7, 2016 – Target Fast-Food Combo Meals to Cut Sugary Drinks for Kids
Children and teens are more likely to have sugary drinks if they get fast-food combo meals that come with a beverage, a new study suggests. The findings suggest that uncoupling sugary drinks from combo meals may help reduce kids’ calorie intake, the researchers said.
October 11, 2016 – You Need to Take an ‘Unsick’ Day
Wouldn’t it be great to go the doctor for a check-up or to the dentist for a cleaning without stressing about taking time off to do so?
October 12, 2016 – World Health Officials Want Super-Size Tax on Soda and Sugary Drinks, but are Countries Ready to Swallow that?
The World Health Organization is backing a controversial remedy to reverse the global rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes – a 20% to 50% soda tax.
October 16, 2016 – 1 in 4 College Students is Hungry: Survey
Hunger is a surprisingly common problem among U.S. college students, a new report suggests. Researchers surveyed nearly 3,800 students at eight community colleges and 26 four-year colleges in 12 states. The study revealed that nearly half the students were food insecure and almost one-quarter were hungry.
October 19, 2016 – Exercise May Help People Who Already Have Memory Loss
Older people who have memory and thinking problems may get a slight benefit from exercise, a new study suggests. People who exercised showed some improvement on a test of thinking and memory skills compared with those who didn’t exercise, the Canadian researchers found.
October 19, 2016 – National School Lunch Program Serving Up Healthier Fare
U.S. school lunch guidelines introduced a few years ago are improving students’ eating habits, a new study suggests.
October 19, 2016 – HHS Calls for More Funding and Data-Sharing to Improve Public Health Efforts
Public health leaders are lauding HHS’ call for money and data to drive stronger health initiatives that take into account social determinants.