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Estudiantes plantan brócoli en Garden on the Corner de la Escuela Primaria Garfield. El programa tiene como objetivo brindar a los estudiantes de la escuela la oportunidad de desarrollar hábitos más saludables para toda la vida.

Con los niveles de obesidad creciendo en los Estados Unidos, más expertos están analizando cómo pueden prevenir el colesterol alto en la juventud para ayudar a evitar serios problemas de salud en el futuro. Read more»

Students plant broccoli in Garfield Elementary School’s Garden on the Corner in central Phoenix on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. The program gives students an opportunity to develop healthier lifelong habits.

With childhood obesity levels on the rise in the U.S., more experts are looking at how to prevent high cholesterol in youth to help avoid serious health problems later in life by recommending parents take their children for early testing and work to increase activity while reducing screen time. Read more»

The drop in U.S. life expectancy of 1.8 years from 2019 to 2020 was the biggest one-year drop in more than 75 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arizona life-expectancy numbers for 2020 are not yet available, but the state rate has been declining in recent years.

U.S. life expectancy fell by an “unprecedented and shocking” 1.8 years between 2019 and 2020, a dramatic drop that experts say can only partly be blamed on the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

Despite heightened concerns over obesity’s health dangers, Congress only provides the CDC with 31 cents per U.S. resident for grants to support state-based obesity-prevention programs.

The effects of obesity account for a large share of the nation's health care spending, but funding for obesity prevention and control has been inadequate for decades, and the pandemic has thrust longstanding racial and economic health disparities into bold relief. Read more»

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Sister Robin Haines, left, has been supplying her community in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with fresh, healthful food. 'We’ve been able to bolster people not just physically, but also mentally and spiritually,' she says.

Even before COVID-19, America faced a crisis of poor nutrition – spurred by government policies and discrimination against people of color and aggravated by widespread food insecurity – and those underlying factors allowed the disease to decimate poor communities. Read more»

As of Sept. 10, youth made up 10% of cumulative COVID-19 cases in the U.S. but 12.7% of Arizona cases, according to the most recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

Arizona has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 in young people in the nation – driven in part, experts say, by a large population of children of color, who are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make them susceptible to the disease. Read more»

Of the 25 states with sizable enough Indian populations to study, Arizona posted the highest rate of obese or overweight Native American adults in 2013, a recent report says.

Four of five adult Native Americans in Arizona were obese or overweight in 2013, the highest rate in the nation among states studied in a new report. Read more»

Arizona’s adult obesity rate of 26.8 percent in 2013, was up only slightly from the year before, and ranked Arizona 34th among states in terms of obesity rates.

Obesity rates among Arizona adults appear to have stabilized after years of steady increases, according to a new report, which said 26.8 percent of Arizonans were obese. But state health officials said the obesity rates among minority groups remained high. Read more»

The wide sidewalk on Mill Avenue in Tempe is one feature that experts say promotes walking in that area.

With sedentary lifestyles contributing to a national epidemic of obesity, state health officials are looking to local governments to plan communities that encourage residents to be more active. That includes incorporating ways to promote daily exercise in general plan updates. Read more»

Students take part in a physical education class at Payne Junior High School in Queen Creek.

PE isn’t a required course at Payne Junior High, part of the Chandler Unified School District, and Arizona state law doesn’t require students at this grade level to take it. But for the roughly 700 students who take it as an elective here, it’s an intense workout. Each class is an hour and 12 minutes, two to three times a week. There is no sitting down in class; it’s constant movement. Read more»

Traditional candy and dry fruit are seen for sale at a market in Mexico. Mexico's lower house approved a tax on junk foods to fight the country's growing obesity problem.

Mexico's many junk food mavens will soon be plunking down more pesos to pack on the pounds. The lower house of congress has approved a 5 percent tax on fatty foods and soft drinks — a levy widely known here as the “Bloomberg tax,” referring to New York City's outgoing fat-fighting mayor — in an effort to combat a spreading obesity pandemic. Read more»

Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, makes a point during an interview Wednesday with Cronkite News Service. Sheila Sjolander, assistant director, public health services, is at left.

Combating a national obesity epidemic 20 years in the making requires more than just passing out brochures, Arizona’s top health official said Wednesday. Read more»

Patrons of a taco stand in Mexico City, 2009.

It may be the fattest of the world's major countries. But with 45.5 percent poverty, millions of Mexicans struggle to eat. Read more»

Arizona had the seventh-highest percent of obese teens in the nation in 2011, according to a new report. It was the only Western state in the top 10 for childhood obesity that year.

Arizona had the seventh-highest rate of obesity in 2011 for children ages 10 to 17, says a new report unveiled Thursday. Arizona was the only Western state to rank in the 10 worst — the rest were in the South or the Midwest. Nearly 20 percent of Arizona youth were obese, compared to a high of 21.7 percent in Mississippi and a low of 9.9 percent in Oregon. Read more»

This is not a question larded with ethnic prejudice but a widely debated medical mystery. A recent study confirmed it: American Latinos tend to have health outcomes that in many cases are equal or better than those of non-Hispanic Whites – including lower death rates, fewer mental disorders, and higher survival rates from heart disease and other medical conditions. Read more»

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