CDC: Five Minutes or Less for Your Health: Encourage Health through Play, 11/28/2014

November 28, 2014

CDC Five Minutes or Less for Your Health: Encourage Health through Play

With September officially National Childhood Obesity Awareness month and the weather still warm, encourage your kids to get their recommended one hour of physical activity by playing! Now that school is back in session, they’ll be itching to burn off that energy, and what better way to recognize National Childhood Obesity Awareness month by helping your kids adopt healthier habits, in a fun way? Encourage active games, such as soccer, basketball, or even playing …

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AARP: Extreme Restaurant Meals, 10/17/2014

October 17, 2014

Extreme Restaurant Meals


As we know, fast food and even sit down restaurants are known for packing calories in most of their meals.  While restaurant chains are responding to people’s desire to eat healthier foods and are offering lower calorie choices, they are still offering increasingly higher calorie meal options than previous years.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has been “awarding” restaurants each year who offer the meal choices with the highest calories.  When CSPI began doing this in 2007, it was …

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CNN HEALTH: Even a 5-minute run can help prevent heart disease, 10/16/2014

October 16, 2014

Even a 5-minute run can help prevent heart disease

How often do you run? A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that running, even for a few minutes a day can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. The researchers studied more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period, looking at their overall health, whether they ran and how long they lived.

The results showed that compared to non-runners, those who ran …

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MAYO CLINIC: What’s wrong with fast weight loss?, 9/15/2014

September 15, 2014

What’s wrong with fast weight loss?

Often times when people begin a diet, they expect to see results right away. The truth is, sustainable weight loss takes more time and is not a quick process. When trying to lose weight, it is recommended that you lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. This rate may seem slow, but it will help you maintain your weight loss in the long term. When you lose weight at the recommended rate, you will burn more fat, which is what …

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The Health Gap Presents at Two National Conferences

August 29, 2014

The Health Gap Presents at Two National Conferences

Since the inception of the Health Gap, its leadership has traveled the country sharing its revolutionary, grassroots approach to addressing health disparities with healthcare professionals, nonprofits, and civic leaders. This past month, the Health Gap presented its work at two national conferences: The National Medical Association’s Annual Convention (NMA) and the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network Conference (AACORN).

At the NMA conference, President and CEO Dwight Tillery gave a talking entitled, “The Prescription for Community Participation: How It Is Done,” which was a comprehensive …

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RWJF: Obesity and Siblings, 08/19/2014

August 19, 2014

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Within-Family Obesity Associations

In a recent study shared by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, researchers have found that there is a strong link in obesity among same-gender siblings in two-child households. It has been found that younger children are more likely to be obese if their elder sibling is obese as well. This shows that influences among sibling relationships may be different than parental influence when talking about obesity status. The study observed socio-demographics among the families in the study, as well …

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HUFFINGTON POST: Is Obesity a Socially Transmitted Disease?, 08/14/2014

August 14, 2014

Is Obesity a Socially Transmitted Disease?

Although eating out with friends and family has many social and emotional benefits, it also may take a toll on your waistline. According to recent research published in the Journal of American Nutrition and Dietetics, what we eat and how much we eat is highly influenced by those eating with us. In this study, when participants were told that others were eating a low-calorie food, the participants also ate more low-calorie food. The same held for high calorie options: …

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MAYO CLINIC: Waist size may be a predictor of life expectancy, 6/26/2014

June 26, 2014

Waist size may be a predictor of life expectancy

Believe it or not, there are other ways to monitor your health at home besides stepping on a scale. Waist circumference is a simple measurement that can be done at home with a measuring tape. Waist circumference can be an indicator of excess abdominal fat which can be associated with diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. Researchers have found that men with a waist circumference of 43 inches were at a 52% greater risk of …

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HUFFINGTON POST: Setting the Table for a Healthy Workforce, 6/12/2014

June 12, 2014

Setting the Table for a Healthy Workforce

Many of us know that what you eat can impact your health.  But did you know it also has an effect on your performance at work?  People who don’t eat enough nutritious food have trouble concentrating and making good decisions and are at greater risk for workplace accidents.  People who do get enough healthy food during the work day are much more likely to rate their performance at work as “good” or “excellent”.

Americans who work full-time eat …

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USA TODAY: USA’s Health Improving: Hawaii First, Mississippi Last, 2/23

February 23, 2014

USA’s Health Improving: Hawaii First, Mississippi Last

USA Today recently released America’s Health Rankings 2013 Annual Report from the United Health Foundation, in which all fifty states are analyzed and then ranked with a particular score based on data from twenty-seven measures of health. These multiple measures of health include a variation of categories such as tobacco and alcohol abuse, exercise occurrence, premature birth rates, public health funding, rates of cancer and heart disease, prevalence of diabetes, obesity rates, crime rates, and much more. The …

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Health Gap Selected to Present at 2014 Active Living Research Annual Conference

November 05, 2013

The Center for Closing the Health Gap announced today that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, selected the organization by review committee as a presenting workshop partner at the Active Living Research (ALR) Annual Conference in San Diego on March 9, 2014.

The workshop is entitled “Telling a Story: Using Photovoice as Part of a Community-based Participatory Research Community Needs Assessment.” Developed as an original workshop by the Health Gap, it is …

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August 14, 2013

It’s best to start with the question “what is a food desert?”
A food desert is a neighborhood or area where its residents have little or no access to healthy, fresh foods. This lack of accessibility is a major barrier to those in the community who are trying to live healthier lifestyles.

A National Issue
The Cost of Obesity is High
CDC’s Recommended Strategies to Prevent Obesity
Food Access & the Grocery Gap
Efforts Underway!
Next Steps…

A National Issue

There are 23.5 million Americans living in designated food deserts (USDA, 2009). An alarming …

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June 18, 2013

Americans consume 25% more calories today than in the 70s, so it’s easy to dismiss obesity as a disease of luxury, but this isn’t true. Academic Earth explains obesity as a class issue enabled by American food policies.

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