Childhood obesity en CMU Start-Up Aims For Healthier Kids <p>The Allegheny Health Department reported that 30% of school age kids in the county are obese or overweight, and a new Pittsburgh start-up aims to address this issue with animated characters shaped like food and 6 years of research at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). &nbsp;</p><p>Fitwits combines stories, games, and instructions for parents and professionals on how to deal with the sensitive subject of obesity.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 13:29:17 +0000 Jess Lasky 31889 at A Conversation on Food and Physical Education for Allegheny County Students <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The major components of living a healthy life are learning about and eating healthy food and the importance of physical fitness.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With 54 schools in the Pittsburgh Public School System and nearly 26 thousand students, getting them fed requires planning and adherence to government guidelines for nutrition.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In some cases, the food for Pittsburgh public schools is prepared offsite, at a facility in the South Side.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Curtistine Walker, director of food service for Pittsburgh Public Schools explained “the only schools that receive meals from the satellite site, or I guess you could call it our plant, are those schools that don’t have full service kitchens and right now, there’s probably about 20 that don’t.”</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:25:27 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27024 at A Conversation on Food and Physical Education for Allegheny County Students The Diet Industry is Big Business <p>As obesity rates rise in the United States, so too do the amount of citizens <a href="">annually</a> attempting to diet. Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, says <a href="">studies</a> show at any one time, America has an estimated 108 million people on diets.</p><p>She notes that most are women, most make four or five attempts per year to diet and an overwhelming majority are trying to <a href="">lose weight</a> by themselves, without a plan or program.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:38:03 +0000 Katherine Blackley 15903 at The Diet Industry is Big Business Treatment for Obesity Calls for Lifestyle and Cultural Changes <p>Following the American Medical Association’s <a href="">reclassification</a> of <a href="">obesity as a disease</a>, physicians are hopeful about the slew of positive opportunities that could come to the one in three Americans <a href="">classified as “obese.</a>”</p><p><a href="">Dr. Esa Davis</a>, a practicing physician with UPMC Division of General Internal Medicine, notes that this change will allow for primary care offices to have more discussions with patients about obesity and hopefully allow for “broader insurance coverage for weight loss programs and nutritional services” as well as “increased funding for research and intervention programs.”</p><p>But why are there more obese people in 2013 than ever before? Davis points to the increased availability of nutrient-dense food and a decrease in physical activity.&nbsp; This decrease has extended to schoolchildren where exercise is not always part of the daily routine.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:50:15 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12402 at Treatment for Obesity Calls for Lifestyle and Cultural Changes Reclassification of Obesity as Disease Prompts Questions about Treatment <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On Tuesday, the <a href="">American Medical Association</a> officially re-classified obesity <a href="">as a disease</a>. Experts are now saying this <a href="">recognition</a> will enable doctors to better treat the 1 in 3 Americans who struggle with obesity. It is hoped health plans will create more products to help patients manage their weight and broaden the coverage for those in need. <strong><a href="">Dr. Esa Davis</a></strong>, a practicing physician with <a href="">UPMC</a>, joins us to discuss the changes this re-classification will bring to the healthcare system.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:24:08 +0000 Katherine Blackley 11881 at Reclassification of Obesity as Disease Prompts Questions about Treatment