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Health E-Review: July 22, 2013

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.

Shape Up Somerville: New Evidence Shows Community Wide Interventions Can Reduce Child Obesity Rates

New evidence from Tufts University suggests that community-wide lifestyle interventions can reduce child obesity rates. The evidence came from an analysis of data from the "Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart Play Hard" community health intervention launched in 2011 in Somerville, Massachusetts. The program targeted elementary school children in grades 1-3 and the adults in their daily environments - including teachers, parents, and local media. Lifestyle changes included nutrition education in schools, healthier meals at schools and restaurants, and in- and after school physical activity programs. 

After two school years, an analysis showed that school children in Somerville had gained less weight and were less likely to be overweight or obese than children in two similar communities. This provides evidence that community-wide interventions involving everyone from parents to businesses - can make an impact on child obesity.

The initiative was designed and implemented by researchers at Tufts, then after the first year responsibility shifted to the community. According to the original plan, the program is now running independently in the community.

Read the full article from Today's Dietitian here.

Also in Health E-Review this week: 

  • Lifestyle Modification Programs Reduce Health Care Costs For Seniors
  • Evidence Supports Exercise as a Treatment of Obesity in School Children
  • Summary of Evidence on the Prevention of Cancer
  • Exercise and Weight Loss Can Reduce Cardiac Risk Factors in Obese Older Adults  Exercise Programs Help Women Stick With Fitness

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