Diet, physical activity and clear communication key to reversing premature disease, death

Attendees of the National Public Health Information Coalition's symposium got a mouthful of healthy advice from nutrition and prevention expert David Katz about how diet, physical activity and how we communicate about them are critical to reversing rising rates of premature disease and death.
Report charts troubling trajectory of obesity epidemic

Report charts troubling trajectory of obesity epidemic

We all know that obesity rates in the U.S. are climbing in communities across the country among children and adults alike. A report out today by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation warns that if little action is taken to turn the tide on the disease soon, we could be setting...

New York City to decrease soda and sugary drink sizes in anti-obesity effort

In a decision supported by health practitioners nationwide, the New York City Board of Health today voted to enact Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sodas and sweetened drinks more than 16 ounces in many of the city’s food establishments.

Study: Cheaper food prices linked to obesity rates

Shopping at lower cost supermarkets may be closely linked to higher obesity rates, reports a study published online yesterday in the American Journal of Public Health.

Required PE in schools helps kids meet physical activity recommendations, a new study reports

As many schools eliminate physical education classes, even while childhood obesity and diabetes rates skyrocket in this country, a national study published today in the American Journal of Public Health finds that state laws that require schools to offer PE for a specific amount of time help ensure that daily physical activity recommendations among...

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A new report released by the USDA Wednesday debunks the notion that eating on the cheap means eating unhealthily.

Farm Bill draws tepid support among health, nutrition groups

The Senate Agriculture Committee begins marking up its version of the Farm Bill today. The legislation, introduced last Friday by Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), includes measures to improve access to affordable, healthy food for low-income Americans and enhance federal nutrition education programs.

Digital games emerge as new tool to foster health, exercise: Playing for health

While using game-related challenges in public health endeavors is not new, video games and avatar-based simulations are emerging as an effective way of teaching healthy behaviors. Read more about this story in the March 2012 issue of The Nation’s Health newspaper.

National Public Health Week 2012 to address disease prevention

Through this year's theme, “A Healthier America Begins Today,” National Public Health Week will focus on a holistic approach to focus on disease prevention and wellness. Learn more about how you can be involved in this year’s activities from Kimberly Moore, director of Affiliate Affairs at APHA.

New nutrition standards to bring healthier meals to our nation’s schools

Students will soon find fewer hot dogs and more apples and broccoli on their school lunch menus thanks to new federal nutrition guidelines announced Wednesday.

Happening now: APHA and National Press Foundation host diabetes event

The National Press Foundation and APHA are collaborating to host a one-day seminar today to educate reporters on the burden of diabetes in the U.S. and discuss the latest research and advocacy initiatives aimed at reducing this growing health problem.

Good nutrition comes at a higher price, says new study

Eating a healthy diet will cost you, says a study published online this week in Health Affairs. Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health looked at the impact of following federal dietary guidelines on U.S. wallets.