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Tackling the Obesity Epidemic

How this socially responsible business is transforming school lunch programs across the country to attack the obesity epidemic Childhood obesity , which has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, breathing problems, some cancers, and poor self-esteem, is a particularly painful epidemic in our country. Cases of childhood obesity have tripled over the last 20 years, and according to the Center for Disease Control , approximately 17 percent of all children in the U.S. are obese.

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The Salt Wars Rage On: A Chat with Nutrition Professor Marion Nestle

Is salt bad for us? In just the past few months researchers have published seemingly contradictory studies showing that excess sodium in the diet leads to heart disease , reduces your blood pressure, or has no effect at all . We called Scientific American advisory board member Marion Nestle , a professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and the author of Food Politics , to help parse the latest thinking regarding salt and heart health

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Olympian Fitness Featuring Lenda Murray

Olympian Fitness Featuring Lenda Murray

by Philippe Matthews We’ve heard it before, but we obviously need to hear it again — America is out of shape. According to recent health and fitness studies, over 30% of all adults are considered obese — 20% to 40% over ...

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How Fortified Table Salt Could Drastically Reduce Infant Deaths in Developing Nations

Infant mortality in developing countries is depressingly high, with 3.6 million children dying each year in the neonatal period. Unlike many other global health issues, this one is easily fixable--cutting down on deficiencies of micronutrients like folic acid in women of childbearing age could dramatically reduce infant deaths. So last fall, Scientists Without Borders, a platform that crowdsources solutions to scientific problems, set out to work on the issue with a $10,000 challenge that asked entrants to solve the problem of folic acid deficiency in women throughout the developing world with simple, low-cost solutions.

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