Nutrition, Obesity & Physical Activity

Obesity

A recent study examined a diverse population of nearly 300 000 patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network – 29 urban, suburban, and semirural clinics in the Philadelphia region.

Researchers found that, on average, between January 2019 and December 2020 the prevalence of obesity increased by almost 2 percentage points overall, from 13.7 percent to 15.4 percent. (In the most recent years for which national data is available, the increase has been 1 percentage point or less.)

Black and Latino children, as well as those from families with lower incomes, displayed sharper increases than children from other groups did. Such gains early in life make it more likely that children will have higher B.M.I.s when they grow up.

Physical Activity

Why should you be physically active? It’s great for you

The American Heart Association recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. You know exercise is good for you. But have you ever considered why it matters?

“Physical activity can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.”

Elaine Auld, CEO of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

March is National Nutrition Month®

National Nutrition Month® is a time to promote the benefits of eating a healthy diet and actions people can take to make healthy living easier. Helping to gain access to healthy foods and encourage small changes to daily routines can make a big difference for overall health.