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CT gets more than half a million to fight chronic disease

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $580,808 in grant awards to Connecticut to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The awards will strengthen state and local programs aimed at fighting these chronic diseases, which are the leading causes of death and disability in […] [Read More]
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Anti-obesity group emphasizes importance of whole grains

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For September, Get Healthy Connecticut, the regional health coalition that supports healthy eating and physical activity, is providing a wealth of information to help area residents shop for, prepare and eat whole-grain foods to gain the maximum health benefit. The group’s website, GetHealthyCT.org, offers a variety of easy recipes using whole grains, including eight high-fiber […] [Read More]
Categories: nutrition, obesity

A quarter of Connecticut adults are obese

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The bad news: About a quarter of the state’s adults are obese, and that number has risen steadily over the past few decades. The good news: Connecticut is still doing better than a lot of its fellow states. That’s according to the annual “State of Obesity” report from the Trust for America’s Health and the […] [Read More]
Categories: obesity

Number of dentists might affect obesity rates

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The fight against obesity in the United States may have some unexpected allies — dentists. New research by the Yale School of Public Health has found that counties with a higher number of dentists per capita have strikingly lower rates of obesity than their peers, even within the same state. The study, published in the […] [Read More]
Categories: obesity

Study: Obese women have problems predicting rewards

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Obese women were better able to identify cues that predict monetary rewards than those that predict food rewards, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues in the journal Current Biology. The findings could result in specific behavioral Researchers examined how 133 normal-weight and obese men and women learn associations […] [Read More]
Categories: obesity

NIH: Obese adults at increased risk of dying young

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Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to results of an analysis of data pooled from 20 large studies of people from three countries. The study, led by researchers from the National […] [Read More]
Categories: obesity

Bariatric surgery subject of Greenwich Hospital talk

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Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road, will host the talk “Bariatric Surgery: The Right Choice for You?” from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 in its Noble Conference Center. Find out if you are a candidate for weight-loss surgery, and what types of procedures are available at Greenwich Hospital. To register, call 203-863-3646. [Read More]
Categories: Greenwich, obesity
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CDC: Teen smoking drops to lowest rate since 1991

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Cigarette smoking rates among high school students have dropped to the lowest levels since 1991, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, the CDC released the 2013 results of the the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the only surveillance system designed to monitor a wide range of priority health risk behaviors among […] [Read More]

State unveils plan to fight chronic disease

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Today the Connecticut Department of Public Health released its new chronic disease prevention and health promotion plan, Live Healthy Connecticut. The plan identifies ambitious yet achievable goals in 12 priority areas, including nutrition, physical activity, obesity, tobacco, heart health, cancer, diabetes, and asthma. A comprehensive set of indicators track progress in each of these priority […] [Read More]
Members of the Pathfinders Club out of Spanish Orion Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bridgeport take a nature hike at Old Mine Park in Trumbull, Conn. on Saturday September 7, 2013.

Anti-obesity group promotes ‘Walking, Hiking and Biking Month’

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With nicer weather on the way, the local anti-obesity coalition Get Healthy Connecticut is encouraging people to get outside this month, which is Walking, Hiking, and Biking Month. From tips to trim your waistline by walking, to essential safe hiking ‘rules of the road,’ and a comprehensive database of the region’s road races, walks, hiking, […] [Read More]