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Retiring Senate champion introduces legislation to keep our children healthy

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy on February 12th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Senator Tom Harkin (IA) recently announced that he would not be seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2014, ending a tenure of public service that began in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974, followed by election to the U.S. Senate in 1984. Senator Harkin can be cited as a champion of many important health issues – the Americans with Disabilities Act, embryonic stem cell research and medical research funding – to name just ...

Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Infographic

Posted by Will on September 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The long-term health effects of childhood obesity are staggering. Later in life, obese or overweight children have an increased risk of several types of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoarthritis. Prevention of obesity through healthy lifestyle choices is key to rolling back this serious threat to children and their parents. To mark ...

New Approaches Necessary to Counteract Growing Childhood Obesity Rates

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 12th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Childhood obesity is on the rise and has garnered more attention with the recent release of an Institute of Medicine report and the HBO documentary “The Weight of the Nation.” Current research stresses the need for action in counteracting growing obesity rates—including strategies specifically targeting pregnant women, infants and toddlers. In the U.S., 10% of preschoolers are obese and another 10% are overweight. Obese preschoolers are likely to be obese throughout their childhood. Studies have found ...

High Calorie Content in Apple Juice Poses Health Risk

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on December 6th, 2011 | No Comments »
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There have been recent headlines about arsenic in apple juice, but leading experts say the real problem is the juice’s high sugar and calorie count. Nutritionists believe the popularity of apple juice, combined with its lackluster nutritional values, is adding to the childhood obesity epidemic and tooth decay. Some nutritionists say other juices can be just as harmful. Despite being fortified with vitamins in an attempt to balance out high calorie content, these juices can still ...