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Urban Parks and Trails Are Cost-Effective Ways to Promote Exercise

HBNS STORY | December 8, 2014

A new systematic review in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that providing public parks and walking and biking trails is the most cost-effective strategy to increase physical activity among large populations in urban areas.

Schools Often Fail to Follow Their Own Written Wellness Policies

HBNS STORY | November 18, 2014

A wide divide exists between public schools' written wellness policies and their actual day-to-day practices, finds a new study in Health Promotion Practice.

Food Companies' Masterful Marketing at Odds With Consumers' Health

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 18, 2014 | CFAH Staff

New options from Domino's, McDonald's and Pepsi are putting consumers' food choices to the test. Do we really want nacho-chips-flavored Mountain Dew? Probably not. But health advocates will have to step up their game to compete against these marketing powerhouses...

Poor-Quality Weight Loss Advice Often Appears First in an Online Search

HBNS STORY | November 13, 2014

More than 40 percent of U.S. Internet users use online search engines to seek guidance on weight loss and physical activity. A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that high-quality weight loss information often appears after the first page of search engine results.

Few Overweight People with Diabetes Getting Recommended Physical Activity

HBNS STORY | September 9, 2014

Women and men with diabetes who are trying to lose weight are not meeting the recommended amounts of physical activity for weight loss, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Obese or Overweight Teens More Likely to Become Smokers

HBNS STORY | August 28, 2014

A study in American Journal of Health Behavior examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse finds weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking.

Neighborhoods with Healthy Food Options Less Likely to Have Overweight Kids

HBNS STORY | July 8, 2014

Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Growing Up Poor Impacts Physical and Mental Health in Young Adults

HBNS STORY | June 24, 2014

Socioeconomic adversity during childhood increases the likelihood of both depression and higher body mass index (BMI) in early adolescence, which can worsen and lead to illness for young adults, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Don't Forget the Hefty Price We Pay to Engage in Health

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 12, 2014 | Jessie Gruman

Media-fueled flip-flops and research breakthroughs on lifestyle and health behaviors are wearing down my usual patience with the provisional nature of science. Even simple dietary recommendations like lower fat/salt recommendations have become complicated as old truisms are overturned by new evidence. So I'm asking: To whom should I turn for meaningful guidance about modifying my risk for illness and boosting my health?

Life-Changing Events Can Lead to Less Physical Activity

HBNS STORY | June 5, 2014

Adults tend to engage in less leisure-time physical activity after changes in both lifestyle and physical status, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Families with Preschoolers Buying Fewer High Calorie Foods and Beverages

HBNS STORY | May 27, 2014

Families with young children are purchasing fewer high calorie drinks and processed foods, which may be a factor in declining rates of childhood obesity, finds a new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

People with Low Incomes Less Likely to Use Healthy Weight Loss Strategies

HBNS STORY | May 22, 2014

Poorer people of all ages are less likely than wealthier ones to follow recommended strategies for weight loss, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Obese Employees Cost Employers Thousands in Extra Medical Costs

HBNS STORY | May 13, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that, on average, a morbidly obese employee costs an employer over $4,000 more per year in health care and related costs than an employee who is of normal weight.

More Patient Education, Not Physician Training, Helps Control Diabetes

HBNS STORY | May 8, 2014

Teaching people with diabetes how to control their blood glucose levels, not their doctors, helps them achieve better results, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Calorie Disclosures Might Actually Improve Health

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 29, 2014 | Trudy Lieberman

I've long been a skeptic when it comes to disclosing information about how doctors practice medicine, how hospitals treat patients and what both doctors and hospitals charge for their services. But I'm dropping my skepticism about disclosing calories in food. We've been conditioned to think of some foods as healthier than others. Only labels will reveal the truth...

Doctors as Coaches, Giving Up the High Horse

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 21, 2014 | Milly Dawson

A recent conference at Harvard Medical School brought together scores of physicians who want to live healthfully themselves and to work as partners with their patients to help them do the same. I've attended many medical meetings but never one as much fun or as health promoting for participants as this one...

Weight Loss Efforts Start Well, but Lapse Over Time

HBNS STORY | April 8, 2014

Learning you have an obesity-related disease motivates many to start a weight loss program, but troubling health news is often not enough to sustain weight loss efforts, finds new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Do People Really Want to Tech Their Way to Health?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | March 25, 2014 | Jane Sarasohn Kahn

The hockey-stick growth of "wearable technology" seen at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show begs the question: Will people pay out-of-pocket for gadgets that help them measure their steps, track their sleep, quantify their calories, record their heart rate and feedback their mood? A caveat emptor to investors seeing short-term dollar signs in the digital health sector...

Parents Should Team with Kids to Encourage Exercise

HBNS STORY | March 4, 2014

Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s weight, finds a new evidence review in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

The Person Responsible for Your Health Is...

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 27, 2014 | CFAH Staff

Is it our job alone to look after our health? Or do employers, insurers, for-profit companies and the government also share some responsibility to keep us healthy? One person's nanny state is another's public health salvation. There is no shortage of examples of opposing perspectives...

African Americans' Concept of Health May Be More Than Physical

HBNS STORY | February 13, 2014

Some African-Americans rate their health as good, despite being overweight or having high blood pressure, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Contradictory Nutrition News Creates Consumer Confusion

HBNS STORY | January 28, 2014

Exposure to conflicting news about nutrition often results in confusion and backlash against nutrition recommendations, finds a recent study in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.

Sticking With Resolutions Is All About Preparation

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 27, 2014 | David L. Katz

Relevant research and conventional wisdom alike suggest that, despite their irresistible perennial tug on our collective conscience, New Year's resolutions generally have about the staying power of Champagne bubbles. In contrast, the science of sustainable behavior change tips convincingly toward "don't go until ready."

Gap in Life Expectancy Between Rural and Urban Residents Is Growing

HBNS STORY | January 23, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that rural residents have experienced smaller gains in life expectancy than their urban counterparts and the gap continues to grow.

Sedentary Lifestyles Up Mortality Risks for Older Women

HBNS STORY | January 21, 2014

Older women who spend a majority of their day sitting or lying down are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, cancer and death, finds a new study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Few Primary Care Practices Provide Effective Weight Management Care

HBNS STORY | January 14, 2014

Only a quarter of U.S. primary care physicians surveyed are doing a thorough job of helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight, finds a study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Minorities and Poor More Likely to Suffer from Restless Sleep and Chronic Diseases

HBNS STORY | December 17, 2013

The poor and minorities tend to suffer from poor sleep and chronic disease more often, but sleep does not appear to be a root cause of disease disparity, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease.

Wellness at Work

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 5, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

Is your company one of the many that are now offering "wellness programs"? Our latest Be a Prepared Patient article, Staying Well at Work, looks at a few of these programs in action and offers tips for maintaining a healthy work/life balance...

Healthy Eating...Help!

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 27, 2013 | CFAH Staff

It isn't breaking news that exercising and eating a healthy diet can help improve your overall health and fitness, but that doesn't make it any easier for most of us to follow suit. These resources from CFAH's 'Be a Prepared Patient' can help...

For Many People with Diabetes, Lifestyle Changes Trump Medications

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 21, 2013 | Milly Dawson

Three key patient engagement themes emerged from this year's 'Diabetes + Innovation 2013' conference in Washington, D.C., organized by Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School...

Reducing Obesity: It Takes a Village

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 20, 2013 | Trudy Lieberman

During my recent visit to Canada, I had a chance to meet obesity expert and medical director of Canada's Bariatric Medicine Institute, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. What he had to say was somewhat surprising...

Weight Loss Apps Lack Key Ingredients for Success

HBNS STORY | October 10, 2013

Weight loss mobile applications may work well as basic tracking devices, but need to do more to help dieters, according to a new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Parents Play a Role in Teen Eating Disorders

HBNS STORY | October 3, 2013

The ways parents or caregivers interact with children around mealtimes can have unintended consequences, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Latest Health Behavior News

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 20, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

In this weeks health news: Group exercise alleviates college stress | Maintain your weight in a matter of minutes | Education may be the key to fighting obesity | Men who binge at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Binge Eating More Likely to Lead to Health Risks in Men

HBNS STORY | September 17, 2013

Binge eating is a problem affecting both men and women however, obese men who binge are more likely than their female counterparts to have elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry.

More Education, Not Income, Fights Obesity

HBNS STORY | September 12, 2013

Higher education, rather than income, protects women in disadvantaged neighborhoods from obesity, finds a new study in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Less than 10 Minutes of Brisk Activity Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight

HBNS STORY | September 5, 2013

Short bursts of less than 10 minutes of higher-intensity physical activity reduce the risk of obesity, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Body Image Tied to Suicidal Thoughts in Young Teens

HBNS STORY | August 29, 2013

Seeing oneself as overweight or obese may be an important, independent predictor of suicidal thoughts, especially in young girls, reports a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Obesity Is a Major Obstacle for Disabled Americans

HBNS STORY | July 16, 2013

Obesity and its related health problems impacts far more people with a disability than previously reported, according to new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Lower Coronary Heart Disease Deaths By Making Several Lifestyle Changes

HBNS STORY | July 9, 2013

Programs to address multiple health behaviors, such as diet and exercise, significantly lowered the risk of a fatal heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event in people with coronary heart disease, finds a new review in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Latest Health Behavior News

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 9, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

This week in health news: Using shame to promote weight loss doesn’t work | Black nursing homes face challenges | Hispanic and Black children not getting the right asthma meds | Electronic health records not widespread

Negative Public Health Campaigns May Undermine Weight Loss Goals

HBNS STORY | June 20, 2013

Public health campaigns that stigmatize obese people by using negative images or text do not motivate them to lose weight any more than more neutral campaigns, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Parents’ Activity Unlikely to Influence Teen Fitness

HBNS STORY | May 28, 2013

Teens don’t necessarily follow in their parents’ footsteps when it comes to physical activity, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Calorie Counts on Menus Have Small but Promising Effects

HBNS STORY | May 9, 2013

Menu labeling has made more people aware of how many calories are in restaurant meals and has some people reducing their intake, according to new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Unwilling to Pay Extra for Wellness

HBNS STORY | April 9, 2013

Although most overweight adults agree that health insurance benefits designed to promote weight loss are a good idea, they don’t want to pay extra for them, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Latest Health Behavior News

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | March 7, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

Recent health behavior research news stories: Friendships Are Good for Our Health | Obesity Lowers Quality of Life in Boys | Health Centers Have High Satisfaction Rates | Diabetes + Depression Increases Risk of Death

Obesity Lowers Quality of Life in Boys

HBNS STORY | February 19, 2013

Being overweight or obese significantly reduces health-related quality of life in boys, but not girls, when compared to normal weight peers, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Larger Patients: Fewer Lectures, Better Health Care

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

If you're a heavy person, you probably dread medical visits that seem to center on weight, regardless of whether you come in for an unrelated complaint or a routine screening. Even so, don't let that stop you from getting the health care you deserve.

Commuting to Work by Car Linked to Weight Gain

HBNS STORY | January 22, 2013

According to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, urban residents who drive to work gain more weight than those who do not commute by car.

Obese Teens Have Fewer Friends, Especially Whites

HBNS STORY | July 24, 2012

Obese adolescents tend to have fewer friends at school than their peers, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease. However, the impact of obesity on friendships varies by ethnic group, with White students faring worse than Black or Hispanic students.

Being Overweight Years Before Pregnancy Linked to Bigger Babies

HBNS STORY | June 26, 2012

Women who become overweight or obese during the transition from adolescence to adulthood are significantly more likely to give birth to babies with excessive birth weights, according to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens Who Check the Scale Frequently May Have An Unhealthy Preoccupation With Weight

HBNS STORY | April 17, 2012

Teens who weigh themselves several times per week may be at risk for unhealthy weight control practices and poor psychological well-being, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Women Veterans Report Poorer Health Despite Access to Health Services, Insurance

HBNS STORY | April 10, 2012

As more and more soldiers return from recent conflicts overseas, new research reveals that female veterans experience poorer health than other women.

Quitting Smoking Results in Minimal Weight Gain

HBNS STORY | February 17, 2012

The declining rate of smoking is unlikely to be a major contributor to the recent increases in the incidence of obesity. While quitting smoking might cause some people to gain weight, the amount gained will probably be small, reports a new study in Health Services Research.

Most People Fudge Numbers on Weight and Height Surveys

HBNS STORY | January 27, 2012

When people in the U.S. are asked to provide their weight for research surveys, they underestimate their weight and overestimate their height, despite numerous public reports about increasing rates of obesity. Whites are more likely to do so than Blacks or Hispanics, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Small Steps to Big Health Change

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

We often give a chilly reception to the idea of going "cold turkey" when it comes to anything that has to do with changing behaviors and habits, even those that may be important for our health.

A New Year and a New Big Picture Look at Weight Loss?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 9, 2012 | Inside Health Care

With New Years resolutions still fresh, weight loss is all over the news, and many Americans' minds are firmly resolved to lose weight. However, their bodies and fast food restaurants may be equally determined that they fail.

Natural Surroundings Might Lower Obesity

HBNS STORY | September 1, 2011

New research from North Carolina finds that people who live in counties with better weather and more natural features like hills and lakes are more active and thinner than their counterparts.

Dieting Beats Exercise for Diabetes Prevention, Combination Is Best

HBNS STORY | August 30, 2011

A new study suggests that to prevent diabetes in postmenopausal women, dietary weight loss alone is effective while exercise alone is not effective, and both together are best of all.

Excess Weight in Young Adulthood Predicts Shorter Lifespan

HBNS STORY | August 16, 2011

Those 25-year-olds who are overweight now but think they will be fine as long as they lose weight eventually might need to reconsider.

Teen Weight Began to Rise in 1990s, New Study Finds

HBNS STORY | July 12, 2011

A new study that looks at weight change over decades finds that the obesity epidemic in teens and young adults has its roots in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when body weights began to rise. But not everyone was affected equally.

Losing Weight, Keeping It Off Might Require Distinct Skill Sets

HBNS STORY | July 5, 2011

Practices that help people lose weight and practices that help them keep it off do not overlap much.

Obese Mexican-Americans Lack Diet, Exercise Advice From Doctors

HBNS STORY | June 30, 2011

Only half of obese Mexican-American adults receive diet and exercise advice from their physicians, although obesity is on the rise for this group.

Obese Girls More Than Twice as Likely to Be Addicted to Smoking

HBNS STORY | June 21, 2011

Obese teenage girls are more than twice as likely as other girls to develop high-level nicotine addiction as young adults, according to a new study.

Most Primary Care Physicians Don’t Address Patients’ Weight

HBNS STORY | June 7, 2011

Fewer than half of primary care physicians talk to their patients about diet, exercise and weight management consistently, while pediatricians are somewhat more likely to do so, according to two new studies.

Children With Bedroom TVs Might Be at Greater Obesity Risk

HBNS STORY | April 29, 2011

A study of Hispanic children found that those with TVs in their bedrooms were more likely to be overweight. “Bedroom TVs lead to more screen time, sedentary behavior, less parental support of physical activity and increased fast food intake,” researchers found.

Infants Not Exempt From Obesity Epidemic

HBNS STORY | December 31, 2010

A revealing new study finds that obesity might begin in babies as young as nine months old.

Girls Who Start School Earlier Might Have Lower Obesity Risk

HBNS STORY | December 14, 2010

Effective strategies to fight youth obesity have been elusive. A new study suggests a simple step that might help cut the problem down to size: start school sooner.

Treating Women’s Depression Might Help Them Lose Weight

HBNS STORY | December 10, 2010

For women coping with obesity and depression, new research finds that improving your mood might be the link to losing weight.

Behavioral Feedback Boosts Online Weight Program

HBNS STORY | October 28, 2010

For Obese Teens, Weight Problems Persist Into Young Adulthood

HBNS STORY | September 7, 2010

More Walking, Cycling Linked to Healthier Weights Worldwide

HBNS STORY | August 24, 2010

From the Department of "Gosh! Why Didn't I Think of That?"

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 18, 2010 | Jessie Gruman

For every problem there is a solution which is simple, clean and wrong.- Henry Louis Mencken

Dorms With Dining Halls Might Add to Freshman Weight Gain

HBNS STORY | August 3, 2010

Early Puberty Tied to Obesity in Girls

HBNS STORY | July 26, 2010

Hormonal Contraceptives Have Mixed Success Among Overweight Women

HBNS STORY | July 8, 2010

Sedentary Behavior Puts White Women at Greatest Risk for Obesity

HBNS STORY | June 29, 2010

Severe Obesity Becoming More Common in Sixth-Graders

HBNS STORY | June 29, 2010

Large Gap in Diabetes, Obesity Screening Among U.S. Health Clinics

HBNS STORY | June 22, 2010

Parents Can Help Overweight Kids With Body Image

HBNS STORY | April 20, 2010

Teen Girls Look to Peers to Gauge Weight Goals

HBNS STORY | March 15, 2010