Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention in Children and Families

This core focuses on the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the prevention of obesity in children and families through nutrition and physical activity.

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Physical Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention in Children and Families

  • OSU receives $4.7 million grant for obesity study
    Nutrition specialists say the real challenge is getting teens to make the necessary lifestyle changes as they become young adults. ”If they do go to the fast food restaurant how do they make better choices even if other people aren’t,” says Melinda Manore, a Professor of Nutrition at OSU.
  • Preventing Obesity in High Risk Families
    Obesity has become the number one health concern in young Americans, and Land-Grant universities are collaborating on innovative research and extension efforts to help reverse this trend. Since obesity was first declared a public health concern in 1952, the number of overweight or obese U.S. citizens has reached epidemic levels.
  • Weighty Matters: More children obese in rural areas
    Children living in rural areas are at a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese, and researchers at the Oregon State University Extension Service are about to launch a three-year program to find out why and figure out ways to change it.
  • Healthy kids make good students
    Estacada will become one of several testing grounds over the next three years as the Oregon State University Extension Service works to de-code how local communities influence child health and wellness.

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