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NIH: Obese adults at increased risk of dying young

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

  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

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?

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]