Tipping The Scales: Examining Obesity in New Hampshire http://nhpr.org en Good News About Childhood Obesity http://nhpr.org/post/good-news-about-childhood-obesity <p>Starting in the 1980s, public health experts began sounding the alarm: Americans were getting way too heavy.&nbsp; And of special concern: children, and the particular impact of obesity on them: increased risk for both short and long term ailments such as heart disease, type two diabetes, and a host of social and psychological problems.&nbsp; Today, it’s been 30 years, and childhood obesity rates have doubled since those first warnings, with doctors saying this problem early in life also closely predicts whether a child will have a healthy weight into adulthood, and a five times greater cha Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 44799 at http://nhpr.org Good News About Childhood Obesity Playing Tag Against The Rules At Nashua School http://nhpr.org/post/playing-tag-against-rules-nashua-school <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">An elementary school in Nashua is reminding parents and students that playing &quot;tag&quot; violates the school&#39;s longtime &quot;no contact&quot; rule for recess games.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:26:42 +0000 Associated Press 36521 at http://nhpr.org Would A Mirror In The Chip Aisle Encourage YOU To Buy Veggies Instead? http://nhpr.org/post/would-mirror-chip-aisle-encourage-you-buy-veggies-instead <p>With <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html">more than a third</a> of Americans classified as obese, behavioral scientists are experimenting with ways to ‘nudge’ grocery shoppers away from the chips and dip aisle and into the produce section.</p><p><strong>Michael Moss</strong> is investigative reporter for the <em>New York Times</em> and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/dining/wooing-us-down-the-produce-aisle.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">wrote about</a> research going on in American Supermarkets.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:44:05 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34590 at http://nhpr.org Would A Mirror In The Chip Aisle Encourage YOU To Buy Veggies Instead? Some School Vending Machines Are Cutting Back On Sugary Drinks http://nhpr.org/post/some-school-vending-machines-are-cutting-back-sugary-drinks <p>Part of the effort to curb child obesity in the US has been to rethink vending machines – in particular, those offering sugary drinks at schools. The theory is that students make healthier choices when they have healthier options in front of them.</p><p>And new research from Dartmouth College shows the contents of those machines are changing – less sugar, more bottled water. But not every school is changing in the same way.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:39:31 +0000 Brady Carlson 34306 at http://nhpr.org The Government Vs. Obesity (Rebroadcast) http://nhpr.org/post/government-vs-obesity-rebroadcast <p>Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to ban super-sized sugary drinks in New York City was thwarted by a judge recently, but he plans to appeal. Its brought up the question, once again, of how much of a role should government play in the fight against obesity. Supporters of this approach say it's such a serious problem that government needs to get involved, but others say these efforts amount to a nanny state and that personal responsibility is the best approach.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 30314 at http://nhpr.org The Government Vs. Obesity (Rebroadcast) Why We Love Tiny Packages Of Treats http://nhpr.org/post/why-we-love-tiny-packages-treats <p>You know those individually wrapped chocolates that you find in office candy jars and Halloween sacks ?&nbsp; Turns out, the troublesome need to unwrap chocolates makes them hard to eat in certain settings, like the car, which is why some years back, Hershey released <a href="http://www.hersheys.com/reeses/products/reeses-peanut-butter-cups/reeses-minis.aspx">Reese’s Minis</a>, small, resealable bags of candy designed to be snarfed on the go. Wed, 08 May 2013 15:13:23 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27087 at http://nhpr.org Why We Love Tiny Packages Of Treats The Government Vs. Obesity http://nhpr.org/post/government-vs-obesity <p>Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to ban super-sized sugary drinks in New York City was thwarted by a judge recently, but he plans to appeal.&nbsp; Its brought up the question, once again, of how much of a role should government play in the fight against obesity. Supporters of this approach say it's such a serious problem that government needs to get involved, but others say these efforts amount to a nanny state and&nbsp; that personal responsibility is the best approach.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 24296 at http://nhpr.org The Government Vs. Obesity Study: Childhood Obesity Rates Decline In N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/study-childhood-obesity-rates-decline-nh <p>For the first time in recent years, obesity rates have gone down in New Hampshire children. The Centers for Disease Control’s first national <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html">study</a> on childhood obesity finds that 14.2 percent of preschool-age children in the state are obese, down from 15.6 percent in 2003.</p><p>José Montero, Director of Public Health Services at the New Hampshire Department Of Health and Human Services, sees the decline as modest, but encouraging.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:26:49 +0000 Alison Kuzmickas 20148 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth 01.12.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-01122013 <p>The best and brightest segments from our daily program.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:16:01 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 20015 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth 01.12.2013 Are We Obsessed with Obesity? http://nhpr.org/post/are-we-obsessed-obesity <P>The slew of recent articles on obesity&nbsp;are nearly unanimous in agreement that there is a health crisis in the United States. <A href="http://www.abigailsaguy.com/"><STRONG>Dr. <STRONG>A</STRONG>bigail Saguy</STRONG></A><A href="http://www.abigailsaguy.com/">,</A> UCLA sociologist, takes a different perspective, saying there is no such medical consensus around the <EM>need </EM>to lose weight. In her latest <A href="http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Wrong-Fat-Abigail-Saguy/dp/0199857083">book</A>, she argues that our negative association with obesity is a deliberately framed viewpoint—and not necessarily a healthy one.</P> <P></P> <P> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:13:42 +0000 Brady Carlson 19909 at http://nhpr.org Are We Obsessed with Obesity? N.H. Ranks Third In Overall Health http://nhpr.org/post/nh-ranks-third-overall-health <p></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 21:56:22 +0000 Todd Bookman 18281 at http://nhpr.org Overcoming Obesity in the Granite State http://nhpr.org/post/overcoming-obesity-granite-state <p>Tuesday on the Exchange, we look at a study that shows a rise in obesity in New Hampshire. And we'll see what can be done to tip the scales in the opposite direction.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 14856 at http://nhpr.org Overcoming Obesity in the Granite State To Get Kids Eating Vegetables, Get Them Growing Vegetables http://nhpr.org/post/get-kids-eating-vegetables-get-them-growing-vegetables <p></p><p>Any parent can tell you that sweet foods are an easier sell to kids than, say, sprouts or salad. But with more than a quarter of New Hampshire&nbsp;<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/study-finds-262-new-hampshire-adults-obese" target="_blank">struggling with obesity</a>, researchers at Keene State College are working on innovative ways to get children as young as three years old hooked on vegetables.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 14447 at http://nhpr.org To Get Kids Eating Vegetables, Get Them Growing Vegetables Study Finds 26.2% of New Hampshire Adults Obese http://nhpr.org/post/study-finds-262-new-hampshire-adults-obese <p></p><p>A national study released today ranks New Hampshire the 17<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;slimmest state.&nbsp;</p><p>The '<em><a href="http://www.healthyamericans.org/report/100/" target="_blank">F as in Fat</a>'&nbsp;</em>report is produced by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It finds that last year, 26.2% of Granite Staters were obese, up slightly from 2010 figures.</p><p>The study also found that more than 12% of high school students in New Hampshire are obese.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:54:57 +0000 Todd Bookman 13121 at http://nhpr.org Study Finds 26.2% of New Hampshire Adults Obese Fine Dining...at Hardees http://nhpr.org/post/fine-diningat-hardees <div><p>Since spring of this year, our S<em>hifting the Balance</em> series has explored how environmental and social factors affect the way people eat…and how those factors play in to America’s obesity epidemic.&nbsp; A <a href="http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/outreach/fastfood.html">recently published </a>study in <em>Pyschology </em>reports demonstrates how setting the right mood at meal time can help diners cap their calories.&nbsp;</p></div><p></p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:37:18 +0000 Taylor Quimby 12589 at http://nhpr.org Fine Dining...at Hardees