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October 4, 2016 1:28 PMCategory: Health Equity

September 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 September:


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9/1/2016Tapping Apps and the Internat Really Does Rev Up Heart Health
Let’s get digital. Many people who tap the internet and their mobile devices for help getting healthy have successfully lost weight, quit smoking and started drinking less, according to the American Heart Association.

9/2/2016 – Parents Can Play Key Role in Setting Healthy Habits for Kids
Encouraging your kids to eat right, exercise and limit screen time may not be enough to instill healthy habits. You also need to lead by example, researchers suggest. “Although any support parents can give is good, we found children were more likely to meet guidelines if parents were giving active, engaged support,” said study author Dr. Heather Manson.

9/7/2016‘Glycemic Index’ May Be Too Unreliable to Manage Diabetes: Study
Glycemic index values of the same foods can vary widely and may be an unreliable indicator of blood sugar response, according to a new study. The glycemic index was created to show how fast blood sugar rises after eating a specific type of food, the study authors said. It’s considered a tool to help people with diabetes control their blood sugar

9/8/2016 What’s Regular Exercise Worth? Maybe $2,500 Per year
Trying to decide whether you can afford the time and money to start an exercise routine? Maybe this will help: A new study finds that the average adult with heart disease who exercises regularly can save $2,500 annually in health care costs. Even healthy people without heart troubles can expect to save about $500 per year by working out regularly, the report found.

9/8/2016Sugary Drink Warnings Hit Home With Teens
Health warning labels can steer teens away from sugary drinks, a new study suggests.”The average teen in the United States consumes at least one sugar-sweetened beverage every day, which could  account for more than twice the recommended daily serving of sugar,” said study lead author Christina Roberto.

9/13/2016Sugar Companies Shifted Focus to Fat as Heart Harm: Study
Analysis of 50-year-old documents suggests the sugar industry manipulated research to play down the harmful effects of sugar on the heart, a new study says. The sugar industry paid Harvard University nutrition scientists to build a case against saturated fat and cholesterol as primary causes of heart disease while downplaying the negative health effects of sugary foods and beverages, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

9/15/201650 Communities Receive $10,000 Seed Award to Improve Health
Public health investments are paying off for 50 U.S. communities, literally. Today, APHA, the Aetna Foundation and the National Association of Counties, in collaboration with CEOs for Cities, announced support for community health innovations by naming finalists for their co-hosted, $1.5 million Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge.

9/15/2016  Diet or Exercise: What’s Best for the Middle-Aged Heart?
If you’re a middle-aged couch potato in serious need of boosting your heart health, is it better to exercise or diet? New research says dieting, exercising or a combination of the two can all get the job done about equally well as long as you lose some weight. But the study authors added that exercising in tandem with dieting is probably the best way to go.

9/15/2016Tighter Blood Pressure Control Could Save 100,000 U.S. Lives: Study
Engaging Americans at high risk for heart disease in aggressive efforts to lower their blood pressure could save more than 100,000 lives a year, a new analysis indicates.

9/15/201631 Million Older Americans Aren’t Getting Enough Exercise
More than one-quarter of Americans over 50 don’t exercise, a new federal report estimates, increasing their risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. “Adults benefit from any amount of physical activity,” said study co-author Janet Fulton. “Helping inactive people become more physically active is an important step towards healthier and more vibrant communities.”

9/16/2016Severe Obesity and Heart Failure
Severe obesity appears to be an independent risk factor for heart failure, a new study suggests. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore reviewed data from more than 13,000 American adults, average age 54. After accounting for other risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, the researchers concluded that severe (morbid) obesity was a stand-alone risk factor for heart failure.

9/19/2016Carrot-Stick Approach: A Way to Get Folks to Eat More Veggies, Fruits
Giving low-income Americans discounts on fruits and vegetables while disallowing sugar-sweetened soda and treat purchases may improve their diets, a new study suggests.

9/19/2016Healthy Diet May be Key to Kids’ Reading Skills
Healthy eating may offer young children an unexpected benefit — it might help them become better readers, a new study suggests.

9/21/2016Around the World, Holidays Bring Added Pounds
All that feasting between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can mean widening waistlines for Americans. But they’re not alone: New research shows that holidays in Germany and Japan pose the same challenges.

9/22/2016What’s in a Name? What Every Consumer Should Know About Foods and Flavors
Many foods or beverages are flavored—but how can you tell where those flavors come from?
For example, if you’re digging into a bowl of cereal that has the word “maple” on the package, and even images of maple leaves, you may think you’re eating a product that contains maple syrup. But not so fast—the taste may come from added flavors.

9/22/2016Do Open Floor Plans Invite Overeating?
Open-concept living spaces are all the rage right now, but new research suggests that such easy access to the kitchen may lead to overeating.

9/23/2016Smart City Planning Can Cut Deadly Diseases, Improve Air Quality
Cities that promote walking, bicycling and public transportation can expect a drop in chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, a new study suggests.

9/23/2016Healthy Diet as Teen, Less Weight Gain as Adult
Teens who eat right may gain less weight later on, researchers report. Encouraging more young people to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins and whole grains while limiting sugar, red meat and processed foods could have a positive long-term effect on obesity rates, investigators found.

9/28/2016FDA Asks Public: What is ‘Healthy Food’?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants Americans to help it clarify the meaning of “healthy” on food labels. The agency is seeking this public input as it redefines nutritional claims on food labeling.