News on Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity

T. Morgan Dixon (left) and Vanessa Garrison, founder of GirlTrek.
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Research Feature
Vanessa Garrison and T. Morgan Dixon know a ton about fitness. Between the two, they’ve hiked, walked, biked, and run more miles than they can ever begin to count. But nine years ago, when the two college buddies founded GirlTrek, now the largest public health nonprofit for African American women and girls in the United States, their first thought...
Elderly woman is doing gentle, light exercises in a garden.
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News Release
Light physical activity such as gardening, strolling through a park, and folding clothes might be enough to significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular disease among women 63 and older, a new study has found. This kind of activity, researchers said, appears to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease events such as stroke or heart failure by up...
Elderly woman standing up at the kitchen counter, with a glass of orange juice, vegetables and an apple.
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News Release
A new study has found that the longer older women sit or lay down during the course of a day—and the longer the individual periods of uninterrupted sitting—the greater their risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke. But reducing their sedentary time by just an hour a day appears to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases...
doctor with clipboard and patient
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News Release
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have identified a potential molecular target for reducing obesity-related inflammation. Researchers have known that overeating (that is, excess calorie consumption) by individuals with obesity often triggers inflammation, which has been linked to such diseases as asthma and Type 2 diabetes. In their...
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Research Feature
During the past 30 years, the prevalence of childhood obesity has more than doubled among children ages 2-5 and has almost tripled among children ages 6-11 and adolescents ages 12-19. Approximately 12 million, or 17 percent, of U.S. children and adolescents are now considered obese. And although obesity rates are stabilizing, Hispanic, African...