Almost two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity in the US is also an alarming epidemic: one in three children is considered overweight to obese. In North Carolina, one in four children (5-11 years) and one in three teenagers is overweight.
On WUNC radio's "The State of Things," Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen, associate professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Mark Dessauer, communications director for Active Living by Design, discuss how living in a low income community can affect our physical fitness. To listen to the podcast, click the link below.
The COEC staff conducts obesity outreach for community and youth groups to foster understanding of the risk factors for obesity and its other implications. Much of this outreach reflects the activities developed by the COEC as a part of the workshop it developed, The Skinny on the Science of Obesity, a free 4-hour workshop for North Carolina educators about the global obesity epidemic and how to help our kids, schools and communities stay healthy. The obesity and nutrition workshops feature engaging activities and discussions about emerging scientific research at UNC-Chapel Hill. By workshop's end, participants have a greater understanding of the causes and consequences of obesity and practical ideas for integrating health and wellness into their lives. Nutrition lessons are available free to any interested organization.
Researchers at the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) conduct studies to better understand how the environment and genetics contribute to obesity and how obesity is linked to many serious health conditions. They use that research to make recommendations that individuals can take to reduce obesity. Learn more about CEHS obesity research in the Obesity and Metabolic Disease Flexible Interdisciplinary Research Group (FIRG).
Habits for a healthy lifestyle
Ten tips from UNC researchers for maintaining a healthy lifestyle to reduce your risk of disease:
Adapted from "Ten Simple Rules," UNC's Endeavors magazine, spring 2005.
For more information about community outreach on obesity, contact Neasha Graves.
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|Last updated September 04, 2013|