Posts Tagged ‘obesity solver’
Dr. Oz Visits U.S. High Schools to Launch HealthCorps Program to Fight Childhood Obesity
Monday, October 25th, 2010
Dr. Mehmet Oz is taking initiative and traveling around the United States to launch his HealthCorps program and promote health through nutrition and exercise. Dr. Oz is currently trying to launch his HealthCorps program in Sacramento to fight childhood obesity.
According to an article from allvoices.com, The HealthCorps is being initiated locally at Burbank High and Sacramento Charter High School. The program is modeled after the Peace Corps. It is designed to recruit college graduates who have deferred medical school enrollment to coordinate HealthCorps for two years at a high school. The program at Sacramento’s Luther Burbank High School is being run by Chioma Enweasor, a graduate of Pomona College. She will teach 10 classes a week as well as operate an after-school club and oversee health-related events.
The City of Alexandria, Virginia Seeks to Obtain $90,000 to Help Fight Childhood Obesity
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
The City of Alexandria, Virginia is trying to secure $90,000 to help fight childhood obesity. Officials said they would use the money to make minor upgrades to playground equipment and to encourage urban gardening. However, the new play areas that the cityâs parents said are needed to help their children slim down will have to wait, according to an article in the Washington Examiner.
According to the article, the city has applied to Kaiser Permanente for the funding and intends to use the money to hire a consultant to assess the cityâs playgrounds. Additionally, the money will go toward the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority to promote urban gardening. About 43 percent of Alexandria children between the ages of 2 and 5 are either overweight or obese, according to an Inova Health Systems study. About 25 percent of all Virginia residents are considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“There’s this potential that the next generation could actually have a shorter life span than the current generations that are older, and that would be a first in human history,” said Dr. Stephen Haering, Alexandria’s health director.
Restaurants Should Not Take All The Blame â Education Needs To Be A Priority For Childhood Obesity
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
An article onÂ thestir.cafemom.com sharedÂ opinionsÂ aboutÂ the recentÂ activitiesÂ surrounding Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
Kim Conte,Â explained that whileÂ restaurantsÂ do have a responsibility to keep people healthy, they are not the main source of blame. Â Americanâs need to be better educated onÂ nutritionÂ and the negative effects of overeating.
“I agree that restaurants do have a responsibility to help in the effort to reduce obesity rates and get Americans eating healthier â after all, one-third of all meals today are eaten outside the home.Â But this call to arms â whether itâs coming from Obama or the PCRM â needs to be in tandem with public education on how people also share in the responsibility of making healthy food choices for themselves and their families.â
Conteâs opinion comes from aÂ newly releasedÂ video created byÂ theÂ Physicians Committee for Responsible MedicineÂ and Michelle Obamaâs speech toÂ restaurantÂ owners,Â urging them to offerÂ healthierÂ options on menus.
Yahoo! Finance Posts ObesitySolvers.com Press Release: Cutler Responds to Federal Trade Commissionâs 48 Subpoenas Issued to Companies Marketing Food to Children & Adolescents
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
A recent press release from obesitysolvers.com which highlighted Bob Cutlerâs responseÂ to the Federal Trade Commissionâs 48 subpoenas issued to companies marketing food to children and adolescents was posted by Yahoo! Finance.
According to the press release, Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), said that the federal government should not be able to limit the rights of advertisers, consumers or anyone who wants to choose what they want to eat.
“The U.S. government is marching again to restrict our rights. These subpoenas are a sure way for the government to restrict advertisers. The result of this effort will undoubtedly be government intervention and potential regulation,” Cutler said.
First Lady Asks Restaurant Owners to Promote Healthy Menu Options for Childhood Obesity Awareness Month September 2010
Monday, September 13th, 2010
OnÂ The Hill: The Washington Scene, a new articleÂ reported that First lady Michelle Obama urged restaurant owners to re-think their menus in a speech to the National Restaurant Association in Washington D.C.
âYouâre responsible for one-third of the calories our kids get on a daily basis,â she said. âThe choices you make determine whatâs listed on the menus, whatâs advertised on billboards and whatâs served on our plates.â
The First Lady suggested owners offer a wider variety of healthier choices, as part of her âLetâsÂ Move!â campaign, as well as offering examples of how restaurants can promote healthier choices by small recipe changes.
NannyStateLiberationFront.net Reports U.S. Medical JournalSays: Obesity âCrisisâ Is Fattening Big Government
Friday, September 10th, 2010
According to a recent blog post from www.nannystateliberationfront.net, a new report appearing in an American medical journal says the federal government is exploiting the nationâs obesity âcrisisâ to âextract more money from taxpayers and to expand government.â
âThe articleâs authors note that nanny state bureaucrats have already failed in their attempts to meet self-imposed goals for reducing obesity, perhaps, because they are targeting food sources that pose no proven risk to Americansâ waistlines.
Michael L. Marlow, Ph.D. and Alden F. Shiers, Ph.D., both economists at California Polytechnic State University, write in theÂ Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons that the federal government has erred in its decision to use âsin taxesâ as its weapon of choice to win the war on obesity. The primary target of these sin taxes is sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), despite empirical studies that do not show a clear, if at all existent, link between SSBs and obesity, the authors state:
âIt is sheer folly to single out a specific food or beverage as the âcause of obesityâ when common sense indicates that obesity is a product of genetics, hormones, food choice, exercise or lack thereof, and the basic equation: Calories consumed minus calories expended = weight gain or weight loss. If one eliminates soda pop from his diet, while consuming 10,000 calories per day and expending 1,000 calories per day in exercise, that individual will gain weight. Moreover, if government interventions somehow reduce soda consumption, it is likely that substitution will take place, such as eating more food or simply adding more sugar to home-brewed iced tea. Effects on weight are thus ambiguous at best.ââ
The University of Minnesota receives $7 million Federal Grant to Create a Chilhood Obesity Center
Friday, September 10th, 2010
According to an article from startribune.com, The University of Minnesota recentlyÂ receivedÂ a$7 million federal grant to create a childhood obesity center in an effort to transform the exercise and eating habits of Minnesota families.
“Researchers will use the grant, announced Thursday, to connect families with health advocates in medical clinics, enroll them in classes about healthy foods and active lifestyles, and improve their access to healthful foods and recreation opportunities.
While U researchers have tried these approaches individually, they’ve never wrapped them all around families at once. The goal is to address the multiple social factors that can lead to obesity: lack of access to parks and walking trails, poor food options in low-income neighborhoods and excessive amounts of television and screen time.
These and other influences have fueled a startling increase in American obesity in the past three decades, as well as related health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and even preterm births. The share of children ages 12 to 19 who are overweight has tripled in the United States since 1980. The last survey of Minnesota high school seniors in 2007 found 13 percent of males and 5 percent of females were overweight. Two out of every three Minnesotans are now overweight or obese.”
Ecochildsplay.com Quotes Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), in a Recent Article
Friday, September 10th, 2010
Ecochildsplay.com recently quoted Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), Â in a recent article: SF Mulls Over Ban on Toy Marketing for Unhealthy Food Despite Opposition
In the article, Cutler is quoted discussing the restaurant industryâs opposition to the Toy Ban. âThis Toy Ban is only the first such move to blame restaurant owners for providing what consumers want to eat. âWe have heard that a ban will be forthcoming on your ability to offer other marketing incentives next: no anniversary specials for married couples if the food is not healthy by law; no free birthday treats for kids celebrating a birthday unless it is healthy by law; and no discounts on bundled meals if the combo is not healthy by law,â said Cutler.â
Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), Reviews his Stance on The Kidsâ Meal Toy Ban in an Interview with QSR Magazine
Friday, September 10th, 2010
QSR Magazine recently interviewed Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), about his stance against the Kids Meal Toy Ban.
Cutler was asked a series of questions regarding his personal and professional opinion regarding the Toy Ban. When asked if he is only fighting the Toy Ban because his business could lose money if it was passed, Cutler responded:
“Weâre a law-abiding company that has been providing services to restaurants for 23 years. Itâs really more of the potential liability that surrounds the issue of moving the First Amendment out of its interpretation by courts and putting that interpretation into the hands of the Federal Trade Commission. Then the FTC would be able to establish the First Amendment rights of marketers. Quite candidly, the concern has transitioned from a business one to one more of advocacyâour Constitutional First Amendment rights.
Initially you can say thereâs a business basis for our concerns, and thatâs true. But our customers are going to sell kidsâ meals in one iteration or the other. Theyâre going to have to change what those meals are, and weâre going to be a part of that. But, from my perspective, this group is working to have our first amendment rights managed and approved by a government agency. And the threat of that is so beyond belief, I just canât sit here as a citizen and a business owner and go down without speaking out against it.”
President Obama Declares September âChildhood Obesity Awareness Monthâ
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Yesterday, President Obama declared Â September 2010 as âNational Childhood Obesity Awareness Monthâ to draw attention to the fact that one out of every three American children are now considered overweight or obese.
“One of the greatest responsibilities we have as a Nation is to safeguard the health and well-being of our children. We now face a national childhood obesity crisis, with nearly one in every three of America’s children being overweight or obese. There are concrete steps we can take right away as concerned parents, caregivers, educators, loved ones, and a Nation to ensure that our children are able to live full and active lives. During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, I urge all Americans to take action to meet our national goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.”
This proclamationÂ also mentioned First Lady, Michelle Obamaâs, âLetâs Move Campaign,â an initiative to combat childhood obesity at every stage of a child’s life, as well as the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which includes a number of important tools for fighting and reversing the rise of childhood obesity, Including that all new health insurance plans will be required to cover both screenings for childhood obesity and counseling on nutrition and sustained weight loss, without charging any out of pocket costs.
Read entire proclamation.