obesity http://www.kplu.org en Youth Obesity Drops in King County For The First Time In Years http://www.kplu.org/post/youth-obesity-drops-king-county-first-time-years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After years of flat rates, obesity among adolescents significantly dropped in King County between 2010 and 2012. Public health authorities credit prevention efforts at school.</span></p><p>A handful of school districts in the county made a special effort to push fitness. Some had students track their own nutrition, others invested in top-notch physical education programs or healthier lunch options. Federal stimulus money paid for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work programs.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13903 at http://www.kplu.org Youth Obesity Drops in King County For The First Time In Years Health mystery: Wash. bucks national trend, now less active http://www.kplu.org/post/health-mystery-wash-bucks-national-trend-now-less-active <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s some truth to Washington’s image as a </span>mecca<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for the physically active. When it comes to exercise, several counties in the state rank in the top 50 out of more than 3,000 counties in the country. But that ranking hides a less flattering trend.</span></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9305 at http://www.kplu.org Health mystery: Wash. bucks national trend, now less active Study: Residents of walkable areas don't always walk more http://www.kplu.org/post/study-residents-walkable-areas-dont-always-walk-more <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(80, 0, 80); line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">Having a </span>walkable<span style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(80, 0, 80); line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"> neighborhood has become a hot selling point for real estate. It’s also supposed to be better for your health — if it gets you out moving more.</span></p><div class="im" style="color: rgb(80, 0, 80); line-height: normal; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">But a study in Seattle suggests people don’t necessarily walk more just because they live in a walkable area.</span></p></div><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8119 at http://www.kplu.org Study: Residents of walkable areas don't always walk more Should the Washington PTA be partnering with McDonald's? http://www.kplu.org/post/should-washington-pta-be-partnering-mcdonalds <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">When you think healthy eating for kids, you might not picture a Happy Meal. But local McDonald’s franchises and the Washington PTA are teaming up to encourage kids to make healthy diet choices. That’s touched off controversy among some parents.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7287 at http://www.kplu.org Should the Washington PTA be partnering with McDonald's? Do calorie-counts on menus reduce the urge to super-size it? http://www.kplu.org/post/do-calorie-counts-menus-reduce-urge-super-size-it <p>If you tend to ignore the calorie listings on menus, you’re not alone. The extra info at King County restaurants is proving of limited value in the fight against obesity. On the other hand, some restaurant chains are toning down the message to super-size it.</p><p>Chain restaurants in King County – that’s mostly fast-food chains, plus some coffee shops such as Starbucks – are something of a test case. Along with New York City, they were the first in the country to be required to post a calorie-count for each item on their menus.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:12:30 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6773 at http://www.kplu.org Do calorie-counts on menus reduce the urge to super-size it? Watch out: Half of Washington residents could be obese http://www.kplu.org/post/watch-out-half-washington-residents-could-be-obese <p>Washington state is not immune from America’s obesity epidemic. A new study looking at where the trends are headed on weight-gain shows half the population headed for obesity by the year 2030.&nbsp;</p><p>Currently, <a href="http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/brfss/display.asp?cat=OB&amp;yr=2011&amp;qkey=8261&amp;state=WA">26.5% of Washington residents are already considered obese</a>. That’s a step beyond overweight, using the standard measurement of body-mass-index (BMI).&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 01:22:20 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6397 at http://www.kplu.org Weight loss for a big prize - is it a gimmick? http://www.kplu.org/post/weight-loss-big-prize-it-gimmick <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever thought about losing weight, it helps to have a prize, as 1,400 people in Pierce County can tell you. They&rsquo;re in a contest that ends this week &ndash; similar to TV&rsquo;s Biggest Loser reality show &ndash; with <a href="http://www.piercecountymatchup.com/">winners getting a $10,000 prize</a>.</p><p>It may seem like a gimmick. But scientists say it has a solid foundation.</p><p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 00:45:13 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5222 at http://www.kplu.org Weight loss for a big prize - is it a gimmick? Obesity epidemic may have peaked in U.S. http://www.kplu.org/post/obesity-epidemic-may-have-peaked-us The nation's obesity epidemic appears to have hit a plateau, according to the latest federal data released Tuesday.<p>Obesity soared in the U.S. during the 1980s and 1990s, doubling among adults and tripling among children. That raised widespread alarm and debate about the causes and possible solutions. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:36:53 +0000 Rob Stein 3770 at http://www.kplu.org Healthy food costs is barrier to a better diet among poor http://www.kplu.org/post/healthy-food-costs-barrier-better-diet-among-poor <p>Eating a nutritious diet appears to mean spending a bit more on your groceries. That means poor people face an extra challenge trying to eat well, according to a new study of about 1,100 King County residents.</p><p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:12:06 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2246 at http://www.kplu.org Healthy food costs is barrier to a better diet among poor Follow-up: $800,000 ad campaign designed to help us choose healthy http://www.kplu.org/post/follow-800000-ad-campaign-designed-help-us-choose-healthy <p>Why spend $800,000 to advertise what seems like common knowledge?&nbsp; That smoking is bad for you, that eating nutritious foods is better than a diet of fast-food and physical activity is a good idea?</p><p>Because too many of us have trouble following those golden rules.</p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:17:53 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2214 at http://www.kplu.org Follow-up: $800,000 ad campaign designed to help us choose healthy Setting aside sugary drinks, at least on Sundays http://www.kplu.org/post/setting-aside-sugary-drinks-least-sundays <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-966070.mp3</p><p>The effort to reduce obesity is taking aim once again at sugary drinks.&nbsp; A coalition of health groups is asking the public to try-out &ldquo;<a href="http://sodafreesundays.com/">Soda-Free </a><a href="http://sodafreesundays.com/">Sundays</a>.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:51:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1282 at http://www.kplu.org Setting aside sugary drinks, at least on Sundays Menu labels having no effect? Evidence from Taco Time http://www.kplu.org/post/menu-labels-having-no-effect-evidence-taco-time <p>Being a pioneer in adding calorie and nutrition labels to menus at fast-food restaurants has made King County a good place for researchers to visit.</p><p>A team based at Duke-National University of Singapore has been watching consumers at Taco Time restaurants, both in King County and in other counties, and found that adding all that info to the menus appeared to have no impact on people's choices. They published their results today in the <em>American Journal of Preventive Medicine</em>.</p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 21:59:06 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 535 at http://www.kplu.org Washington residents smoking less, but they're fatter http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-residents-smoking-less-theyre-fatter <p>Washington state ranks 11th among all states in overall health according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.americashealthrankings.org/yearcompare/2009/2010/WA.aspx"> annual survey&nbsp;</a>&nbsp; "America's Health Rankings."&nbsp; The survey is produced by the American Public Health Association, the United Health Foundation and Parnership for Prevention using data from a number of sources including the Centers for Disease Control.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 18:36:26 +0000 Paula Wissel 311 at http://www.kplu.org Washington residents smoking less, but they're fatter Sweetened beverages target of health campaign http://www.kplu.org/post/sweetened-beverages-target-health-campaign <P>Voters may have repealed taxes on sodas, but that’s not scaring away public health leaders.&nbsp; They’re urging parents to keep their kids away from sodas and other sugary drinks this holiday season.&nbsp; It’s part of an overall effort to combat obesity.&nbsp;</P> <P> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:23:10 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 218 at http://www.kplu.org Sweetened beverages target of health campaign