Appearing to buck national trends, the prevalence of severe obesity among school children in New York City was down by almost 10 percent in the 2010-11 school year from 2006-07, researchers reported last month. The study, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, measured the height and weight dimensions of approximately 947,765 children attending public schools ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade.
A landmark new study examining the burden of stress on the lives of Americans is making headlines and pushing the importance of physical activity even more into the media spotlight. The NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health “Burden of Stress in America Survey” was conducted from March 5 to April 8, 2014 and surveyed approximately 2,500 respondents.
According to a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the first time in decades, obesity rates among preschoolers are falling in many states. This implicates small but significant declines in obesity among low-income preschoolers, found in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands from 2008 to 2011.