The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will commit $500 million over the next decade to target childhood obesity across the country, organization officials announced earlier this month in New York City. RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to public health
We’ve got a surefire way to improve your GPA this semester or your performance at work during these long, cold winter months. It doesn’t involve a quick fix or a miracle drug or a revolutionary new technique. All it takes is a little old-fashioned physical activity – an idea we’ve believed in all along and an one that science is beginning to prove more and more.
With eleven million people currently battling eating disorders and the average onset as early as nine years old, the numbers are staggering. We often look to female athletes for possessing the most powerful — and many times, the most beautiful bodies — of all women. It would seem certain that these athletes would be immune…
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.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in U.S. adult women and certain risk factors like excess weight, smoking and high blood pressure are known to increase lifetime risk of developing it. But now, new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that, from age 30, physical inactivity has the biggest…
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! To do our part in raising awareness of the troubling disease, we have compiled some facts and statistics about childhood obesity, its health effects and its prevention. Knowledge is power and these eye-opening figures will certainly empower you to get the girls in your life moving!
If you happened to catch a glimpse of HBO’s new four-part documentary “The Weight of the Nation” on Monday and Tuesday night this week, you may have heard a report citing the Women’s Sports Foundation. The documentary, aimed at analyzing the growing obesity problem in America in the last few decades, highlighted negative statistics about the health of our country. The program forewarned that a national crisis may undoubtedly occur if health care costs continue to rise at the same rate as current body mass indexes.
A new USA Today article focuses on WSF Board of Trustees member and Olympic gold medal winner Shawn Johnson. Read as the gymnast talks her struggle with weight and body image after post-Olympic and “normal” teenage life began to take effect.