Severe Child Obesity Tripled Since 1999

(CNN) — It appears the childhood obesity problem is ballooning upward. A new study from JAMA Pediatrics says the percentage of overweight and obese children in the U.S. has been rising over the past 15 years. Severe childhood obesity rates have nearly tripled since 1999, according to the researchers. The Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading »

Hip Hop Helps Kids Fight Obesity

(CNN) — Hip hop is helping school kids fight obesity. A program called Hip Hop Public Health is showing school children music videos that make it cool to be healthy. “I see music as the bridge between health education and the streets,” said Dr. Olajide Williams, NY-Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center. It’s the brain child of … Continue reading »

School Program Encourages Healthy Eating

EUGENE, Ore. — September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the obesity rate has remained steady in Oregon, it’s still a problem sweeping the nation. One local school is taking a unique approach to tackling the issue. The MLK Education Center is an alternative school that’s taking steps to ensure that its students … Continue reading »