childhood obesity

Hopes were dashed this week that the United States was finally making progress in the fight against childhood obesity.

Contrary to previous reports, the epidemic of fat has not abated. In fact, there's been a big jump in obesity among the nation's youngest children, according to the latest analysis of federal data, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Nagging your kids to stick to a set bedtime each night may feel like a thankless task. But here's some justification that your efforts are setting your kids up for a healthier life: A new study finds that preschool-age children who didn't have a set sleep routine were more likely to be overweight by the time they became tweens.

11:00 We Americans do almost everything electronically: Write, date, even smoke. E-cigarettes have become popular in the last 10 years, and recently use among teenagers has spiked. This hour we'll examine the health benefits and risks of this smoking alternative. We'll also take a look at Obamacare's mental health provisions, and at the mind-body connection in teens. Guests

11:00 This episode of Wellness Wednesday will feature new information correlating sunlight exposure and the prevalence of ADHD. We'll also check in with two Ohio health professionals who are enrolling volunteers in an innovative cancer study. Last, we'll talk about the success of teen mentors in childhood obesity prevention. Guests

Ohio House OKs Bill for Healthier School Food

Jun 3, 2010

A bill to attack childhood obesity by requiring healthier options in school cafeterias has advanced in the Ohio Legislature.

By a 77-21 vote, the Ohio House on Wednesday approved legislation which also would have schools do body-mass-index screenings on students.

But, as the Ohio Senate did earlier, the House dropped a mandate that schools provide students at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.

Groups representing teachers and school boards had complained that districts could not afford to implement that proposal.

Study: Urban Children Struggle On Playgrounds And Playing Fields.

Apr 28, 2010

A new Ohio State University study suggests poor kids are at not only at a disadvantage in the classroom... they lag behind their more well off counterparts on the playground as well.

OSU researcher Jackie Goodway says disavantaged children are a clear disadvantage when it comes to developing motor skills. Researchers studied nearly 500 African American and Hispanic children in head start programs and found 86% struggle on the playground and playing field alike.