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Obesity increases cancer risk

It has long been known that obesity increases our risk for cardiovascular disease.  New research is confirming that obesity also increases our risk for developing cancer.  A recent study in the United Kingdom and published in the Lancet revealed that high body mass index (BMI) greatly increases risk for many common cancers.  BMI and weight [...]

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What is Project Play?

Remember when your parents would kick you outside and say, “Just go outside and play.” Sadly the trend of children being active and “just playing” is going in the wrong direction. Recreation programs have been cut, physical education classes have been on the chopping block and childhood obesity is at an all-time high. There is no [...]

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Colon Cancer and Obesity

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Some colon cancers can be prevented. A new study by the National Institute of Health found that obesity can change the inside of the colon, which can lead to colon cancer. More research is needed to better understand these changes and [...]

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Childhood obesity impacts families

Childhood obesity is a major concern impacting many families today. Most children today are not engaging in the recommended one hour of physical activity each day, and the majority of food companies target children with poor quality food filled with added sugar, unhealthy fats, and chemicals. In addition to lack of exercise and an excess [...]

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Impact of obesity during pregnancy

“Women do gain weight during pregnancy and that is healthy for both mom and baby,” says Dr. Mary Schultz, M.D., an OB/GYN with Agnesian HealthCare.  As a nation, however, our waist lines are expanding and starting a pregnancy overweight or obese can be a concern.  The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ report, “Obesity in [...]

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Ten New Thoughts about Childhood Obesity

Parents can often be heard saying, “I just want my child to be happy and healthy.” While there are so many factors that go into those loaded terms, weight is not one that is often openly discussed. People are often uncomfortable talking about weight. And, historically, people have often believed a popular myth that children [...]

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True or False? Regular aerobic exercise…

True or False:  Regular aerobic (target heart rate dependent) exercise allows your heart to beat stronger, pump more blood each beat and decrease the number of beats at rest. If you said true, you are right! The only way to exercise the heart muscle is by pushing the heart rate up with cardiovascular exercise. Generally [...]

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Diet, Exercise, & Sleep

Fact. Those who get less sleep have a decreased metabolism and tend to eat to help stay awake. Many shift workers (primarily third shift) have weight issues because they are limited on the hours they can sleep, and when they are awake, they eat to keep themselves awake. “By getting more sleep and watching calorie/food [...]

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Obesity by the Numbers: Shocking New Stats

  Shocking new statistics were recently released in the journal BMC Public Health [International Science Times]. Humans are more than 17 million tons overweight and the extra weight is the equivalent of having an extra 242 million people on the planet. It may seem inevitable that you will be joining this group someday, but here [...]

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Stay healthy tips for families

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic affecting everyone’s hometown, all parts of the United States, and across the world. Childhood obesity occurs when a child’s weight is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. The extra pounds that begin in childhood may lead to future health complications such as diabetes, [...]

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