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‘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]
Can eating breakfast make you healthier? Swedish study says yes.

Swedish study says breakfast is good for you

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]

United Way awards $10,000 to Get Healthy CT

The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has awarded $10,000 to Get Healthy CT (, 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

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
Bridgeport Department of Health intern Jackie Johannes, of Southbury, plants peppers with six-year-old Kate Horton, of Bridgeport, in the new community garden at the Ralphola Taylor Community Center in Bridgeport  Tuesday, May 24, 2011. The center will host cooking classes in the new year as part of a region-wide effort to get people in better shape.

Make a pledge to get fit in 2014

Get Healthy CT is encouraging the public to resolve to make 2014 the year of eating well and getting active. The coalition, whose mission is to reduce obesity in the greater Bridgeport and New Haven regions, is offering a Healthy Eating Pledge and a Physical Activity Pledge to help area residents get fit and stay […] [Read More]
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Avoid holiday food temptations with tips from Get Healthy CT

Between tonight and tomorrow, you’ll likely be offered a variety of festive treats, from Christmas cookies, to rich holiday appetizers, sumptuous side dishes and luxurious non-cookie desserts. To help fight holiday temptation, but still have a good time, Get Healthy CT — an anti-obesity coalition serving greater Bridgeport — has a host of tips on […] [Read More]
Categories: General, health, obesity