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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]

‘Smart Weight’ program in Milford

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Milford Hospital will be having a six-week program titled “Smart Weigh” starting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 22 continuing every Monday until May 27.  Registered Dietitian Elaine Dyer will teach participants how to develop a healthy weight and nutrition plan.  The fee for the event is $60 and registration is required. To register, go […] [Read More]
Categories: nutrition, obesity

Yale study: Most people oppose weight discrimination

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Public support for policies that prohibit weight discrimination and even provide disability and civil rights protection for obese individuals has grown in the past few years, according to a new study by researchers from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The study is published online in the journal Obesity. Researchers surveyed more […] [Read More]
Categories: health, obesity
Mohammed Taher and his brother Mohammed Sayed, of Bridgeport, talk a walk together at dusk by the beach at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. The city and the surrounding area were named among the 10 fittest in a recent Gallup poll

Bridgeport-Norwalk-Stamford region one of the fittest cities, says Gallup poll

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  A Gallup poll has named a big chunk of Fairfield County as one of the 10 least obese communities in the United States. According to the poll, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area is ninth least obese metro area in the country, with only 19.6 percent of its residents being obese. The least obese community, according to […] [Read More]
Categories: health, obesity

Study: Deleting gene in mice reduces obesity, lengthens life

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Wishing there was a magic wand that could make you thinner and help you live longer? Well, that might be on the horizon — if our friends in the rodent kingdom are any guide. By deleting a single gene, researchers at Yale University were able to dramatically reduce obesity in mice while expanding their lifespan […] [Read More]

Should junk food marketing be forbidden in schools?

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Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to announce proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies. Among other things, the proposed guidelines would ensure that unhealthy foods — such as chips, sodas and the like — aren’t marketed in schools. But what do you think? Take this poll and […] [Read More]
Can eating breakfast make you healthier? Swedish study says yes.

Swedish study says breakfast is good for you

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and now a new study out of Umea University in Sweden is showing that to be true. The study, published in Public Health Nutrition, showed that adolescents who ate poor breakfasts displayed a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome 27 years later, compared with their […] [Read More]
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United Way awards $10,000 to Get Healthy CT

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The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has awarded $10,000 to Get Healthy CT (GetHealthyCT.org), a coalition whose mission is to eliminate obesity. Get Healthy CT works collaboratively with key stakeholders in the greater Bridgeport region to remove the barriers to healthy eating and physical activity. More than 100 large and small businesses and nonprofit […] [Read More]
Categories: Bridgeport, obesity

Lose Weight, Gain Health with Griffin

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Boost your New Year’s resolution to lose weight at a free weight-loss talk on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at Griffin Hospital in Derby. Eunice Lisk, MS, Griffin Hospital Exercise Physiologist, and Nutrition experts from Medi-Weightloss Clinics in Shelton will present “Lose Weight, Gain Health,” a discussion on the health implications of being overweight, […] [Read More]
Categories: Derby, health, obesity