Obesity rates showed a statistcally significant decrease in 31 states and three territories and increased significantly in four states among 2-to-4-year-olds, enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infatns, and Children (WIC) from 2010 to 2014, according to a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
November 11, 2016 Obesity Screening in Doctors' Offices Should Begin at Age 6
Pediatricians and other clinicians should routinely check the body mass index of children starting at age six to identify patients who would benefit from weight counseling programs, according to new draft guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The taskforce report found that programs that last for at least 26 weeks are the most effective.
July 8, 2016 Children Enrolled in CACFP Eat Healthier Foods
More nutritious foods were provided in childcare centers participating in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) than in centers that did not participate, according to a study published in BMC Nutrition that examined child care facilities in Rhode Island. Researchers pointed to CACFP nutrition guidelines for why those facilities were more likely to serve more nutritious food; they concluded that “stronger guidelines supporting both food and activity would bolster policies for childcare centers and improve the nutrition and physical activity environments in this setting.”
A posting on trialect is soliciting applications for Weight Watchers International Obesity Research Grants. Weight Watchers has created the Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant. There are three grant funding mechanisms for which researchers anywhere in the world are invited to apply. Grant mount ranges from $25-50,000 USD. They are:
Weight Watchers International Grant
Obesity Research - Early Career Grant Challenge
Obesity Research - Early Career Research Grants
Toddlers who eat more snacks after a filing meal are more likely to gain body fat and develop obesity, particularly children who choose sweet-tasting snacks, according to a study published in Pediatrics. Researchers determined that children who consumed more calories at 27 months, and those, who showed more of a preference for sweet snacks, were more likely to have higher BMIs at 33 months of age. Read more here.
Tired teens may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors, a new study found.
“Although insufficient sleep contributes to injury risk directly by slowing reaction time, impairing ability to pay attention, or causing a driver to fall asleep, this study provides evidence that some of the increased risk associated with insufficient sleep might be caused by engaging in injury-related risk behaviors,” authors said in the report “Sleep Duration and Injury-Related Risk Behaviors Among High School Students – United States, 2007-2013” (Wheaton AG, et al. Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. April 8, 2016, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6513a1.htm?s_cid=mm6513a1_w).
April 7, 2016 Obesity in Samoa: A Harbinger for Other Nations?
The highest rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes can be found in Samoa. Many attribute genetics as a factor, however, epidemiologist Stephen McGarvey argues cultural and economic changes are at the root of the issue. This article dives into the similarities of other nations including Brazil and India, as well as possible solutions.
A bill that would require health warning labels to be placed on sugary drinks (HB 2798) has been introduced in the Washington House of Representatives, and referred to the chamber’s Health Care & Wellness Committee. A similar bill introduced in Hawaii last year (HB 1438 / SB 1270) has been re-referred to the Commerce, Consumer Protection & Health and Ways and Means committees. A recent study published in Pediatrics showed that health warning labels sugary drinks would make parents less likely to buy them for their children.
February 1, 2016 Call for Abstracts: 2016 AAP National Conference
The focus for this year's poster session is early obesity prevention. Please consider submitting an abstract. Special consideration will be given to those abstracts submitted by physicians in training at any level. Date: October 22, 2016 Location: San Fransisco, CA Click here to submit an abstract.
January 21, 2016 RTRN Small Grants Program
A strategic goal of the RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN) is to improve minority health and to reduce ethnic and geographic disparities in health by providing modest funding for inter-institutional clinical and translational science projects across the 18 RCMI grantee institutions. To achieve this goal, a continuing RTRN initiative is the Small Grants Program. For the upcoming funding cycle, clinical and community research proposals on obesity and metabolic syndromes, as well as research on diseases and co-morbidities associated with obesity, are particularly encouraged.
Letter of Intent Due Date: February 15, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time
Application Due Date: March 15, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time
The annual special issue on "The Effect of Early Life Factors and Early Interventions on Childhood Overweight and Obesity 2016," will be published in Journal of Obesity in July 2016. Find the Call for Papers here. The Speical Issue is open to both original research articles as well as review articles.
November 6, 2015 Call for Papers Childhood Obesity
New ideas and initiatives are needed for understanding the factors that predispose or lead to obesity in these populations (bioogical, behavioral, and ecological). New analyses that enable us to understand why previous programs have not been successful (especially mediation and moderator analyses), and for innovative programs that deliberately attempt to minimize previous recognized problems and take new approaches to better serve these populations are needed. The deadline for manuscript submission is March 15, 2016. For more information click here. Submit here.
The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research invites investigators to contribute original research articles that will directly inform the further development of a Youth Compendium of Physical Activities. The articles will be published in a special, open-access supplemental issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health in 2016. Click here for more information.
October 15, 2015 Hawai'i Health Data Warehouse Website is Up and Running
Access information on hundreds of health measures for residents of the state. View data by geography and demographics to understand how health behaviors and outcomes differ acrsoss our diverse population. Use the interactive data tool to query the data directly to find the exact information you need. Click here to be directed to the site.
September 8, 2015 Underwater Dreams (Screening)
Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (HST)
President William McKinley High School Auditorium 1039 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814
The film is a modern David versus Goliath story of a low-income high school robotics team that takes on MIT... and wins! More than this triumph, the film weaves duo narratives of the challenges undocumented students face pursuing an education and the transformation that happens to a school when a handful of students push beyond expectations. The screening is free.
Connect & Explore gives you the chance to get new research highlights first. Learn how innovative strategies proposed by the new model might be facilitated by the Affordable Care Act, with its emphasis on prevention and new systems for care delivery.
Join us at 4 pm, Eastern, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, for the one-hour event. Our guest is:
•William H. Dietz, Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, The George Washington University
This event is free but attendance is limited, so tell a friend and register today!
The 2016 conference theme, "Equity in Active Living", explores opportunities to ensure that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic background, level of education, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and/or cognitive ability, have access to safe and enjoyable places to be physically active. Location: Hilton Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA. Abstract submission deadline: August 28, 2015. Click here for more information.
Up to five grants of $50,000 and six fellowships with $15,000 in seed grant funding were announced by Duke University and the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR Center).
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides funding to selected schools to serve fresh fruits and vegetables to students throughout the school day, outside of meal periods. By participating in the FFVP, schools are able to enhance their nutrition education efforts by introducing children to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and increase their consumption of produce. Click here to find more information and download applications. Application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015.
October 7, 2014 HŪLILI: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being CALL FOR PAPERS, VOL. 11
Hūlili (bridge or ladder) brings together ancestral knowledge of the past and current issues that affect Hawaiians today. Hūlili highlights theory, practice, and research on Native Hawaiian issues from such diverse disciplines as education, health, sociology, culture, and economics. Articles from emerging and established voices emphasize the importance of native people telling native stories to preserve native values and ways of knowing. To be considered for Vol. 11, please submit papers by October 31, 2014, to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>. Due on October 31, 2014
The Na Pua Noeau Ke Ola Mau Scholars Program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester. The Scholars Program supports Native Hawaiian students attending either the University of Hawaii at Hilo or the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who are currently majoring in or intend to major in a healthcare field. Eligible students may receive stipends to assist with community service or internships and/or research projects in respective healthcare fields. Click here for website.
July 21, 2014 Consortium Resources Request for Applications
In an effort to provide a “home” for investigators in the field of child health disparities research, the DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities is establishing a Child Health Disparities Consortium (hereafter referred to as “the Consortium”). Deadline: September 15, 2014. To download form, click here.
To cap off our 2013-14 summer series of Great Challenges Hangouts, TEDMED is hosting a special live online discussion on July 22, 2014. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will join some of the nation’s top health and research leaders to take measure of the progress and challenges in our ongoing struggle with childhood obesity. Click here to RSVP.
Nemours is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Nemours developed this toolkit in 2014 to provide examples of obesity prevention initiatives and strategies in rural communities to help advance the field and spread what works.
Two new fact sheets released by Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, show that while obesity rates may be leveling off in some sectors of the American populace, rates among African American and Latino youths remain significantly high. Both African-American and Latino youth are more likely to be overweight and obese than their White peers.
“Fruits and vegetables consumption are inversely associated with the risk of stroke,” according to a study published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association. A research review covering 20 studies examining more than 760,000 people worldwide found the risk of stroke decreased by 32 percent and 11 percent for every 200 grams of fruits and vegetables consumed, respectively.
April 29, 2014 Why Education Matters to Health
Why is education such a major factor in shaping health? The links are tied closely to income and to the opportunities that people have to lead healthy lives. Factors like social networks, early childhood experiences, and the type of neighborhood you live in all play a role in connecting education levels to health outcomes.
This is the second brief in a four-part series by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health’s Education and Health Initiative. Read more here.
The AAP and ACOG conclude that there may be some benefits of water immersion for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies during the early stages of labor, but there is no evidence this practice improves perinatal outcomes. The safety and efficacy of underwater birth has not been established, and it should be considered an experimental procedure that should not be performed unless under the context of an appropriately designed clinical trial with informed consent. Immersion during labor and delivery should not prevent or inhibit necessary equipment such as maternal or fetal monitoring from being used. - See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/Health-Experts-Determine-Water-Births-Have-No-Proven-Health-Benefits.aspx#sthash.fZjg3FEm.dpuf
The Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) highlight—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of public health policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce important health problems. This report focuses on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity and briefly describes why they are a public health problem, both for Hawaii and the United States as a whole. It also provides an overview of solutions (i.e., evidence-based or expert-recommended policy and practice options) for addressing nutrition, physical activity, and obesity and reports the status of these solutions in Hawaii.
In 2008, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) convened the Commission to Build a Healthier America to help us find better ways to improve the health of our nation. The Commission—a national, nonpartisan group of leaders from both the public and private sectors—issued 10 sweeping recommendations aimed at improving the health of all Americans.
They found that to improve the health of all Americans we must:
- Invest in the foundations of lifelong physical and mental well-being in our youngest children.
- Create communities that foster health-promoting behaviors.
- Broaden health care to promote health outside of the medical system.
To read more, click here.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new project aimed at improving health data collection for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The information will be collected through the National Health Interview Survey, which is conducted by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
As a way to increase the number of Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander households included in the survey, the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey uses the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which collects data on approximately 3 million households in the United States annually. To read more, click here.
Eating an overall heart-healthy diet and being physically active is critical for preventing heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases according to a new lifestyle guideline. This eating pattern is compatible with nutrition therapy for other medical conditions. Primary care physicians should adapt the heart-healthy dietary plan to an individual’s caloric requirements, personal and cultural food preferences and nutrition therapy for other medical conditions such as diabetes, the guideline states.
11 November 2013 Acidic Diet Tied to Diabetes Risk for Women
A diet high in acidic foods -- meat, fish, and sodas, for instance -- may put some women at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, researchers found.
In an analysis of data from the E3N-EPIC cohort, French women with higher scores on a measure of dietary acidity had about a 70% greater risk of developing diabetes than those whose diets were more alkaline, Guy Fagherazzi, PhD, of Gustave Roussy Institute in Villejuif in France, and colleagues reported online in Diabetologia. Click here to read more.
05 November 2013 Delivery System Science Fellowship Cycle Now Open!
Now in its third year, the DSSF provides a paid post-doctoral learning experience to help researchers gain more applied experience conducting research in delivery system settings. This year, we have expanded our program and have fellowship placements available at 10 prestigious host sites across the country. Applications will be accepted through January 14, 2014, with anticipated start dates between July and August 2014. Students and researchers with an interest in conducting research in delivery system settings are encouraged to apply; please visit AcademyHealth’s website http://www.academyhealth.org/dssf for application materials.
The American Heart Association issued the following comments on a recent article published by the British Medical Journal focusing on a study of the impact of sugar sweetened drink taxes.
04 November 2013 School Snack Infographic
This report done by the NPD group weighs in the various snacks consumed by two different youth groups. Between 6-12 year-old youths and 13-17 year-old youths, the two common snacks were observed to be fresh fruit and potato chips.
30 October 2013 JAMA Theme Issue on Diabetes - Call for Papers
To coincide with the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in June 2014, JAMA will publish a theme issue on diabetes research. Our goals are to inform readers about the latest research in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and to provide useful reviews of the current state of basic and clinical science underlying diabetes treatments. We invite manuscripts that address the identification and management of this complex chronic disease. We are especially interested in clinical trials of prevention, treatment, and delivery of care for people with diabetes. Care requirements and treatment goals for diabetes vary by age, and we welcome studies of patient populations of any and all ages, from children to the elderly. We encourage authors to submit reports of original research, review articles, and Viewpoints for consideration for this theme issue. We are particularly interested in reports of randomized clinical trials that represent advances in the treatment of diabetes and interventions aimed at prevention. Authors who are interested in submitting a manuscript for the diabetes theme issue should indicate this in the cover letter accompanying their manuscript submission. Manuscripts received before January 15, 2014, will have the best chance of consideration for the theme issue. Click here for more information.
Open to all accredited public, private, charter, or home schools in the State of Hawaii. Contest to be tiered based on grade levels.
Entries to focus on the following in a localized, thought-provoking way: Diabetes Awareness/Prevention
Children, Teens, and/or Families living with Diabetes
Provide education/information on available resources for persons living with
Diabetes (Type 1 and/or Type 2).
:15/30 second PSA (excluding :10 second slate); maximum 4:3 interlaced 29.97 fps 720 X 480 (preferred) 640 X 480
Intent Forms due: January 18, 2014; Video Entries due: February 8, 2014.
Winners to be announced and highlighted on March 15, 2014, Queen Kapiolani Park at the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes event.
Click here for full all the guidelines.
As part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Seminar Series, Steven Gortmaker, a professor for the Harvard School of Public Health and member of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research Envision project, is presenting findings from a series of papers examining the cost-effectiveness of four childhood obesity interventions. The presentation will take place on Tues., Nov. 12 from 10am-11am EST at the CDC. Click here to read more.
16 October 2013 Partnerships for Improving Lifestyle Intervention (PILI) ‘Ohana
PILI ‘Ohana is a community-academic partnership promoting healthy lifestyles. PILI `Ohana is happy to offer Partners in Care (PIC), a diabetes self-management program.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and would like more information on how to control diabetes, contact PILI 'Ohana. You must be:
o At least 18 years old
o Physician-diagnosed type 2 diabetes, and
o Baseline hemoglobin A1c >8%.
o Either Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Chuukese, Filipino, or of any other Pacific Islander ethnicity
If you think you may meet the study requirements and are interested in participating, please contact Ephrosine at 848-8000 ext. 229.
01 October 2013 RWJF Childhood Obesity Policy Update
Government Shuts Down; Effect on Federal Nutrition Programs Mixed
The federal government shut down at midnight following the expiration of a continuing resolution, with Congress and the Administration unable to reach a new funding agreement at the start of the 2014 fiscal year. The effect of the shutdown on federal nutrition programs varies; according to the Department of Agriculture, federal funding will continue for school meals and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but will cease for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
23 September 2013 AHRQ SPECIAL WEBINAR: Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) special webinar, on childhood obesity prevention programs will be held Thursday, September 26 at 3:00 p.m. EDT (2:00 p.m. CDT and 1:00 p.m. PDT). This event is open to AHRQ's Effective Health Care (EHC) Program National Partnership Network members and their colleagues.
Presenter Youfa Wang, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., will summarize findings from an AHRQ-funded comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of childhood obesity intervention programs conducted in high-income countries. The webinar will also provide insights about how health care professionals can apply these findings to their everyday practice. Dr. Wang is the principle investigator and over 20 other experts have contributed to the project.
Seats are limited, RSVP here: https://childhoodobesityprograms.eventbrite.com
Questions for Dr. Wang? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, September 25. Questions sent prior to the webinar will receive priority during the Question & Answer portion of the agenda.
In August 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report, “Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress,” which outlined an actionable plan for measuring the nation’s progress in obesity prevention efforts. In developing the report, the IOM relied heavily on two tools developed by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) — the Measures Registry and Catalogue of Surveillance Systems. Click the link above to read more.
Data from over 200,000 adults and children ‘provides evidence’ that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages promotes weight gain, says a new meta-analysis from heavyweight Harvard researchers.
11th Annual Professional Education Symposium
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 11:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (program begins at 12:15 p.m.)
The Queen's Conference Center at The Queen's Medical Center
This symposium is designed for primary care physicians, pharmacists, dietitians, nurses, certified diabetes educators, and other health professionals with an interest in diabetes. *Continuing education credits will be provided. For more information, please view this Flyer or click here.. For pre-registration, please contact us at 808-947-5979 or email Lawrence "LJ" Duenas at email@example.com.
June 24, 2013 Scientists Find New Tool to Measure Sugar Consumption
Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks identified a new tool that can dramatically improve the notoriously inaccurate surveys of what and how much an individual eats and drinks. Their research is published in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Nutrition.
June 18, 2013 AMA Backs Disease Classification for Obseity
The AMA adopted policy that recognizes obesity as a disease requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention. “Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans,” said AMA board member Patrice Harris, M.D. “The AMA is committed to improving health outcomes and is working to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, which are often linked to obesity.”
By Alexandra Sifferlin. All it takes is one can of soda to increase risk of type 2 diabetes by 22 percent, according to a new study. In the study published in Diabetologia, researchers studied diet and drinking habits of about 28,500 people from Britain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, Italy, and the Netherlands over a period of 15 years. Those who consumed a 12-ounce serving of a sugared-beverage on average daily — about the size of a soda can — had a greater risk of developing diabetes compared to people who drank a can once a month or less. Read more here.
Don’t promise your child that if only he lost weight, he wouldn’t be bullied or teased. A study published in the journal Obesity by researchers at the University of Hawaii showed that stigma around obesity often persists even after someone loses weight. See http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/feeling-bullied-by-parents-about-weight/ and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22395810
This Toolkit provides useful resources to impact receptive and expressive language development by introducing a variety of strategies and tools to support pediatricians in promoting their patients' development and future school success.