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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, September 2013

By | September 5th, 2013|Prevention|

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and is a great time for us to take stock of where we are in the "Winnable Battle" of combatting obesity. Last month, we got some good news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that obesity rates in children and adults are leveling off after decades [...]

Childhood Obesity: Turning the Tide?

By | August 15th, 2013|Prevention|

We finally got some better news from the childhood obesity public health front this week.  Tuesday’s CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that childhood obesity rates are stabilizing or decreasing slightly across the country.  In fact, 19 states had a significant downward trend in obesity prevalence among low-income preschoolers.  There was no change in [...]

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Healthier School Lunches

By | July 11th, 2013|Prevention|

There are more than 100,000 schools in the United States and last week, the USDA said that for the first time, they'll be ensuring that food sold in those schools will be held to stricter limits on fat, calories, sugars and sodium.  This means all foods sold in schools, from the cafeterias to the vending machines.  It's the result [...]

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Snack Time

By | February 12th, 2013|Prevention|

We’re one step closer to winning the battle of childhood obesity.  The USDA just released the new “Smart Snacks in School” proposal to provide national standards geared towards increasing healthy food options in vending machines and snack bars. As required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the USDA is striving to help improve [...]

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Menu Labeling & the ACA

By | October 4th, 2012|Affordable Care Act, Prevention|

You might have noticed that more and more restaurants and fast food places are starting to put calorie and other nutrition information on their menus.  That’s not a coincidence or accident- they’re getting ready for the upcoming menu nutrition labeling requirements in the Affordable Care Act.  Section 4205 of the new law requires restaurants with [...]

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New Proposed Food Labeling Rules

By | April 20th, 2011|Prevention|

The FDA issued proposed regulations regarding calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, retail food establishments, and vending machines this week. They’re inviting the public to comment on the new rules at: http://www.regulations.gov.  Their objective is to provide information so that consumers have more information when they make their own food choices [...]