Posts Tagged ‘population health’

“Fixing America’s Eating Habits” in Food Stores

December 6, 2022 — The fix is in press this week for our terrible eating habits. In Nature Medicine, Pao-Hwa Lin and Crystal Tyson review a new RCT of interventions in food stores that they believe point the way to “fixing America’s eating habits.” They write: “Today, more than half of all adults in the USA have one or […]

The Social Dimension of Physical Activity

November 28, 2022 — How important is the social dimension of physical activity? Recent modeling research published in PLOS One suggests that it’s critical. Ensela Mema and colleagues developed a mathematical model to estimate both social and non-social influences on physical activity across the population. They found that social influences were critical for maintaining physical activity or reducing sedentary […]

Has the Pandemic Made the World Less Active?

September 27, 2022 — We’re not quite done with COVID-19 – roughly 400 people are still dying daily from it in the U.S. But some of our leaders are saying the pandemic is over. Well, we’ll leave that debate to the poli-med pundits. However it’s worth noting that it looks like we’re not on track to go back to […]

Ultra-Processed Food: Quantity, Quality, Diets

September 26, 2022 — Something is up with our food supply that’s helping to drive the ever-rising prevalence of obesity. But the precise nature of the problem with the food supply is open for debate. People have many strong opinions. We’re too dependent on factory-farmed meat, say some people. Others are pushing for a food supply that promotes more […]

Searching for Effective Policies in Obesity

March 8, 2022 — From the perspective of public health, we have a tremendous burden of obesity – and it’s growing all over the world. Decades of work to bend the curve of rising prevalence has had no discernable effect. Large and persistent disparities in diet quality mirror disparities in obesity prevalence. We might be good at nudging the […]

A Rise in Blood Pressure During the Pandemic

December 7, 2021 — We’re on our way to enduring two years of this pandemic, and it’s still killing more than five thousand people daily – more than a thousand in the U.S. alone. But, as each of us has learned, that’s not all. Coping with the pandemic has brought stresses that are showing up in our physical and […]

FDA Aims to Cut Sodium in Prepared Foods by 12%

October 14, 2021 — It only took five years. But then, the U.S. government has been through a lot in those five years. Yesterday the FDA finally released voluntary guidelines aiming to cut sodium in prepared foods by 12 percent over the next two and a half years. In a joint statement, Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock and CFSAN Director […]