Not So Fast, Mayor Bloomberg! New York City’s Ban on Supersized Soda is Reversed!

Sugary DrinksMarch 11, 2013 – In an effort to help curb the obesity epidemic, Mayor Bloomberg proposed a ban on selling sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in York City restaurants and the proposal  was approved by the New York Board of Health.   But today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams reported that the ban was reversed by the New York State Supreme Court.  Continue reading “Not So Fast, Mayor Bloomberg! New York City’s Ban on Supersized Soda is Reversed!”

Aspirin May Help Prevent Skin Cancer

MelatoninMarch 11, 2013 – We have all heard of the many benefits of the humble, over the counter aspirin for relieve of simple aches and pains to reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes and even to reduce the risk of colon, breast and liver cancers.   Well a new study shows that we can add yet one more important benefit of this wonder drug.  NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams reported on a new study that shows a regular dose of aspirin may reduce a woman’s changes of developing malignant melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Continue reading “Aspirin May Help Prevent Skin Cancer”

Our America with Lisa Ling. Childhood Obesity In The South. Causes and Solutions.

Briana - 12 years old 347 pounds
Briana - Wants to lose 100 pounds

1-29-2013 Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network’s  Our America With Lisa Ling aired an episode called ‘Generation XXL’ which focused on the childhood obesity epidemic in America. She reported that for the first time in history, our children may have shorter life spans than their parents. She reminds us of the sobering statistics that it is estimated that over 12 million children in America are considered obese, a number that has tripled in the past 30 years.  One in six of America’s kids are considered to be obese.  So how did we get here?

She tries to find the answer by traveling deep into the heart of Southern America, the hardest hit region of America’s childhood obesity epidemic.  We meet a 100 pound 4 year old, a 347 pound 12 year old, and a community that found working together was the solution for their obesity problems. Continue reading “Our America with Lisa Ling. Childhood Obesity In The South. Causes and Solutions.”

Spinach Recalls. Salmonella, E-Coli, Listeria. What Can We Do?

Spinach

11-7-2012  The news wires have reported yet another recall from that innocent, healthy salad green full of vitamins, minerals and cancer preventing antioxidants.  This time Fresh Express Incorporated is recalling their 9 oz packages of Spinach with a Use-by Date of November 7 and Product Code of S299B25 (upper left corner of package) due to a possible health risk from Salmonella There has been no reports of illness or consumer complaints as of this date, however random sample testing under regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, showed a positive result for Salmonella in an isolated instance. As a precaution, Fresh Express customer service representatives have contacted relevant retailers to verify the recalled product is removed from inventories and store shelves.   Continue reading “Spinach Recalls. Salmonella, E-Coli, Listeria. What Can We Do?”

Do TV Childhood Obesity Ads Help Kids Lose Weight? TV Experts Say Yes And No!

Georgia Anti-Obesity Campaign10-09-2012 On a recent Dr. Oz Show, one topic of discussion was the state of Georgia’s anti-obesity campaign where the controversial ads came under fire.  The state of Georgia defended the ads saying,  ”More straight talk and less sugar coating” is needed to help the obesity crisis.  While some in Georgia feel ”We need to fight obesity, not obese individuals.” Should we shame kids about being over weight to get them to lose weight, The Power of Embarrassment?  Dr. Oz contacted Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta, who sponsored the ads.  They said “The ads were intended to raise awareness in Georgia of the medical crisis facing our children and families – and we achieved our goal.  But, with 75% of parents of overweight/obese kids still in denial about the medical risks possibly facing their child, our work has not ended.”
Continue reading “Do TV Childhood Obesity Ads Help Kids Lose Weight? TV Experts Say Yes And No!”

ABC World News. Childhood Obesity. Georgia Fights Back. But Have They Gone Too Far?

1-2-2012  ABC World News with Diane Sawyer reports on an anti-obesity campaign launched by the state of Georgia aimed at bringing attention to the childhood obesity crisis in that state.  But is seems that the blunt, in-your-face messages  directed at kids in TV ads and billboards are raising eyebrows and even outrage.  ABC’s Steve Osunsami examined the issue and reported that health experts behind the startling ads say that is exactly what the state of Georgia needs.  “More straight talk and less sugar coating” the crisis.

Osunsami reports that nearly 40% of Georgia’s children today are obese or overweight.  Some even diagnosed with hypertension in the first and second grades.   Georgia feels that the parents of these overweight kids are not recognizing that this is a serious problem and hopes these TV ads and billboards rouse parents to action.  Continue reading “ABC World News. Childhood Obesity. Georgia Fights Back. But Have They Gone Too Far?”

ABC News: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak From Tainted Injections. Several Deaths!

Meningitis Outbreak10-05-2012 ABC News has been reporting on this health alert through Good Morning American and ABC World News programs.  The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) reports of an outbreak of fungal meningitis caused by contaminated steroid injections for back pain treatments.  So far, there has been reported 47 cases in seven states with five deaths! The source of contamination has been traced back to a pharmacy in Massachusetts,  The New England Compounding Center, which has since closed down its operations. But the CDC is still worried that the outbreak may spread because more than 17,000 vials of this medication was shipped to 75 clinics in 23 different states! Continue reading “ABC News: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak From Tainted Injections. Several Deaths!”

US Government. Childhood Obesity. A Threat To Our National Security. Government, Schools, Families, And Kids Themselves Are Called To Action.

US Flags - National Security09-25-2012 C-Span broadcast a conference from the National Press Club held by Mission: Readiness.   Amy Taggart, its National Director, explained that Mission: Readiness is a nonprofit organization of over 300 retired generals and admirals who are greatly concerned that childhood obesity poses a real threat to our long term national security. Four of these distinguished retired military leaders and an officer from the Department of Defense speak about why childhood obesity and the unhealthy options in school cafeterias has an impact on national security. They tell of the organization’s efforts to influence change on the government, school and community levels and the progress already being made. Continue reading “US Government. Childhood Obesity. A Threat To Our National Security. Government, Schools, Families, And Kids Themselves Are Called To Action.”

ABC World News: New Study Says Organic Food Has The Same Nutritional Value. Why Pay More?

Is Organic Worth The Money9-3-2012 The ABC World News Consumer Watchdog segment investigated the question, “Is the higher cost of organic foods worth it?”  ABC’s Sharyn Alfonsi says No! She says that a new study shows that going organic may not be worth the sometimes 50% increased price tag. She said that Stanford researchers went through 200 previously published studies to find out if organic produce was more nutritious.  What they found was that organic vegetables scored equal on vitamin and mineral content as conventional produce.  But is organic food safer? Continue reading “ABC World News: New Study Says Organic Food Has The Same Nutritional Value. Why Pay More?”