“We can talk while I ride the exercise bike,” he says into the phone. “I do at least 30 minutes a day.”

It just didn’t make sense to Roger Yockey. How could he be so overweight when the people that he and his wife were meeting on volunteer missions around the world had so very little? “Marilyn and I have done a lot of volunteer work in Central America, Portugal, the Caribbean, and the United States. We Read more about “We can talk while I ride the exercise bike,” he says into the phone. “I do at least 30 minutes a day.”[…]

Poll: Many adults recognize being overweight but aren’t taking action

Dec. 30, 2015—Many adults who think they’re overweight say they’d like to drop the pounds, according to a recent Gallup poll. But the results also showed that most are not making real efforts to lose weight. Packing extra pounds carries some pretty serious health consequences. Among other problems, it brings an increased risk of heart Read more about Poll: Many adults recognize being overweight but aren’t taking action[…]

Obese kids likely to stay obese in high school

Nov. 14, 2014—Want to know if your children will have weight problems in high school? Their weight in 5th grade could offer a good clue, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers found that kids who were overweight or obese in 5th grade tended to be overweight or obese in 10th grade as Read more about Obese kids likely to stay obese in high school[…]

Family meals may help kids keep from packing on pounds

Nov. 8, 2014—Healthy weight management in children isn’t just about what kids eat. A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests how they eat also may play a role in preventing obesity. The study suggests that eating together as a family can help keep kids’ weight in check. With parents searching for solutions to Read more about Family meals may help kids keep from packing on pounds[…]

When given the choice, teens don’t want to walk 5 miles for a sugary soda

Nov. 4, 2014—If you saw a sign that said you’d have to walk 5 miles to burn off the calories in a single regular soda, would you: A. Lace up your walking shoes? B. Swap the sugary drink for a low-or no-calorie alternative? If you were a teenager, such a sign might motivate you to choose Read more about When given the choice, teens don’t want to walk 5 miles for a sugary soda[…]

Register now for our upcoming Diabetes Prevention classes

Diabetes Prevention Classes * There is room in our weekly Monday (1-2pm) and Tuesday (10-11am) classes beginning on October 27th and October 28th. Registration is required by calling 249-5317. Read below to find out more about this program.* Prediabetes is a condition where the blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to Read more about Register now for our upcoming Diabetes Prevention classes[…]

Waistlines keep expanding, even as obesity rates hold steady

Oct. 4, 2014—The waistlines of American adults are expanding, according to data published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and colleagues. That may help the bottom lines of companies that make pants and skirts with elastic waists. But it’s bad Read more about Waistlines keep expanding, even as obesity rates hold steady[…]

Many overweight and obese kids think they’re at a healthy weight

Aug. 18, 2014—When overweight kids check themselves out in the mirror, what do they see? A significant percentage of them believe they’re seeing a person of healthy weight, according to an analysis published in a National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Brief. But unlike the distortion in a carnival fun-house mirror, real-world body-size misperception Read more about Many overweight and obese kids think they’re at a healthy weight[…]

Portion warning: Dish it up and you’re likely to gobble it down

Aug. 10, 2014—If you put food on your plate, there’s a good chance you’re going to eat it—nearly every last bite of it, in fact. That’s the finding of a study in the International Journal of Obesity. And in a nation where more than 1 in 3 people is obese, it’s likely to capture the Read more about Portion warning: Dish it up and you’re likely to gobble it down[…]

Life-spans shrink as Americans get fatter, researchers say

July 28, 2014—Common sense tells you that being on the high end of the obesity scale isn’t exactly healthy. Now, researchers have a rather stark statistic to back that up: Extremely obese people die 6.5 to 13.7 years earlier than people of normal weight. The large, three-decades-long study focused on people with class 3 obesity—people Read more about Life-spans shrink as Americans get fatter, researchers say[…]