Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

MEDFORD, Ore. — September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and health experts are using the opportunity to help educate kids and parents about healthy habits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 17 percent of kids in the United States are obese. It also says children who are overweight as preschoolers are more … Continue reading »

High Obesity Rates in Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — 60 percent of people in Lane County are obese or overweight. That’s according to new numbers from Lane County Public Health. Lane County Public Health says the numbers aren’t as surprising as you might think, even in a county that is known for being active and having access to fresh produce, there … 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 »

Obesity Rate Remains at 15 Percent

EUGENE, Ore. — A new national study found obesity rates have recently declined among low income preschoolers in about half the US, but Oregon isn’t part of the trend. Researchers analyzed the weights and heights of 12 million children ages two to four, from 2008 to 2011. Several western states including California and Washington saw … Continue reading »

Healthy Snacks Come to Amazon Pool

EUGENE, Ore. — Say goodbye to typical snacks like nachos and ice cream at local community rec centers. Places like Amazon Pool are going healthy. The Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth (LCHAY) is partnering with the City of Eugene to help bring nutritious snacks to community centers because of the increase in obesity among … Continue reading »

Oregon Obesity Rates Increase

By Nha Nguyen EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority says the obesity epidemic is getting worse in our state. A recent study says obesity rates jumped 121 percent among adults since 1990. Researchers blame lack of physical activity and poor nutrition. Local organizations say it’s a tough issue to fight despite growing awareness. “We … Continue reading »