State of Obesity
We know that living at an unhealthy weight increases the chances of getting numerous obesity-related diseases, such as type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. The Robert Wood Foundation recently updated state specific statistics in their report entitled "The State of Obesity." The report shows that the CT adult obesity rate has steadily climbed since 1990, when it was at 10%, to today where it is over 26%.
Success for the Healthy Incentive Program
Launched in April 2017, the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) provides a 100 percent incentive – a dollar-for-dollar match – for each SNAP dollar spent on targeted fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs statewide.
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Help make healthy drinks the default in NYC
You do your best to eat healthy, and if you’re a caregiver, you want the same for your family. Unfortunately, many kids’ meals come with sugary drinks, such as fruit drinks with added sugar, sports drinks, and soda, which are a major contributor to the increasing rates of diabetes and heart disease.
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Healthy Snacking Just Got Easier in Jackson
Last month, the City of Jackson announced a progressive approach to improving its workplace environment through procurement guidelines designed to drive healthier eating habits. These guidelines will provide strong nutritional standards for public facing vending machines and will update the nutritional standards to ensure all employees and residents have access to healthier options and improve food served at public events. This policy change has earned the City of Jackson the Community Health Leadership recognition from the American Heart Association.
Moms Meet Up in Brooklyn for Advocacy
On October 1st, the American Heart Association joined MomsRising in Brooklyn for another in their series of ‘Mom’s Meet-ups,’ this one focused on advocacy and story-telling. The morning was spent sharing stories from advocates in the field who are making a difference in their neighborhood, despite significant obstacles. The AHA believes firmly that we all have personal stories to share when it comes to our nutritional habits. Food – and our food habits – can not only impact our health, it defines our families, our culture.
New Yorkers Attend White House Briefing
Continuing the Fight!
Specific Sugar Limits for Kids Urged
Best of the Worst
Vermont was just ranked one of the best states in the nation this month in terms of obesity by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. But upon taking a closer look, it’s not something to be proud of as Vermont is really just the best of the worst.