Childhood Obesity Posts

If You Care About Children’s Health, We’ve Got Good News

From Colorado to Cherokee County, South Carolina, several places have seen declining childhood obesity rates. Each community has a unique story. But there are some common themes.

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WARNING: That Drink Contributes to Type 2 Diabetes

Do warning labels on sugary drinks (e.g., soda, energy drinks, and fruit drinks like Capri Sun and SunnyD) deter parents from buying them for their kids? Researchers have been investigating that question, and the results are in.

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Our Creative Portfolio

Videos, graphics, gifs, Twitter, blog posts, websites – these days, there are so many ways to communicate beyond traditional media, and Burness does ‘em all. To showcase some of our recent creative work, we’ve put together a new creative portfolio.

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School Meals Are Healthier―and Kids’ Reactions Might Surprise You

This fall will mark the start of the fourth school year in which schools are using updated nutrition standards for school meals. Because the standards have been in place for a few years now, we’re starting to get research results about its progress. The verdict? Lots of good news.

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What Will Stop the Rising Trend of Obesity in America?

Imagine the challenge for the millions of parents who live without access to healthy, affordable foods or in neighborhoods where it’s not safe for their kids to play outside. Consider that U.S. food and beverage companies spend nearly $2 billion each year targeting kids with ads, apps and websites promoting junk foods, sugary drinks and other unhealthy fare. How do we turn the tide?

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Is Summer a Bummer for Kids’ Health?

It’s June, and that means school is letting out for millions of kids – but according to a new brief from Active Living Research, those of us who associate summer vacation with healthy activities are out of touch with the reality of summer break for today’s children. Recent research shows that children gain up to three times as much weight during summer break as they do during the entire school year.

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RWJF Makes Historic Commitment to Kids’ Health

Building on a $500 million pledge made in 2007, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced yesterday that it will commit an additional $500 million over the next ten years to help all children grow up at a healthy weight.

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Signs of Progress Toward Reversing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

On July 9, more than 250 people gathered in the gym of the National Capital Y in Washington, D.C., to hear from leaders representing four states and five cities or counties recording declines in their childhood obesity rates.

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Early Declines in Childhood Obesity Rates May Propel the National Movement

For thirty years, childhood obesity rates have been on the rise. Nearly one in three young people in the U.S. is overweight or obese. But The New York Times reported some encouraging news: childhood obesity rates are dropping in some cities and states.

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Junk Food Is Widely Available in U.S. Schools—but New Standards Are Coming Soon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced healthier new standards for school meals. Soon, students will find more fruits, vegetables and whole grains on their cafeteria trays, and these meals will be subject to stricter limits on calories and salt.

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