Child and adult obesity rates remain high, but decline in 2- to 5-year-olds
Americans are eating healthier and cutting down on calories
If they eat it, so will I: how social groups affect eating behavior
New guidelines urge doctors to treat obesity more aggressively
Family dinnertime habits may help fight obesity
Using low-calorie sweeteners may help with weight control
A report card on America's diet: how are we doing?
Obesity rates in adults holding steady but still high overall
Obesity rates down among preschoolers from poor families
Growth spurt may help some kids outgrow obesity without losing weight
High blood pressure risk rising in children and teens — obesity and excess salt linked to increased risk
Physical activity and obesity rates county by county
Poll says schools should lead the way in preventing obesity
Studies find Americans cutting back on sugary drinks and sweets
Obesity ranked by job: transportation workers take top spot, doctors least obese
Study offers strategies for handling all-you-can-eat buffets
Improving nutrition in school competitive foods does not lead to long-term financial loss
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report
Kids need recess at school — here's why
Obesity facts and fiction — can you spot the difference?
Social media may help beat childhood obesity
Health effects of childhood obesity don't wait until adulthood
Study finds a little excess weight may not increase risk of early death
When counting daily calories, keep tabs on alcohol
Diabetes rates rise dramatically across the U.S.
Leisure-time physical activity extends life
More studies link sugary drinks and weight gain
Adult obesity projections for 2030: soaring rates threaten America’s health
Key strategies to maintain weight loss after menopause
More Americans are walking
From Mississippi to Colorado, US obesity rates remain high
Nutrition and health organizations take a stand on sweeteners
Study finds three key strategies can boost your weight-loss success
New York City Plans to Ban Supersized Sugary Drinks
HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation tackles America’s obesity epidemic
Weight control is not as simple as energy in = energy out
SUA supports farm bill nutrition priorities
CDC’s WHO growth chart training is online
Online games sway kids’ snack preferences
Kids get more calories from added sugars in foods than drinks
It's not just size but color that affects how much you put on your plate.
AHA suggests that parents should be involved in treatment programs for obese children.
American Cancer Society releases updated nutrition and physical activity guidelines
January is the most popular month for ads on weight loss products and services. With so many enticing options for slimming down, choosing the one that will work the best can be daunting.
Founded in 1994, Shape Up America! is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization committed to raising awareness of obesity as a health issue and to providing responsible information on healthy weight management. Take a journey through our website to find information and ideas to achieve a healthy weight for you and your family. If you are a health professional, you will find resources to assist your clients and patients with their efforts to attain and maintain a healthy weight.
Do you need an incentive to lose weight, become more physically active, increase your energy and feel better? Are you willing to make a commitment and “stick with it” for 28 days while pursuing a cash prize? “Bet” a dollar a day for 28 days, give it your all and kick-start that diet you’ve been talking about for so long!
Why will this work? The science-based information, materials and tools housed on the shapeup.org website are always at your fingertips:
Answers to these questions and more are what will make this weight loss program work for you.
Research has shown that to make a significant change in your life, you need to change your habits for 30 days. While there are no drugs, powders, or expensive equipment to buy, paying for something seems to help many people psychologically make that investment, making it more important for you to fully participate. Your “bet” (investment) is a donation to Shape Up America!™, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness of obesity as a health issue and to providing responsible information on healthy weight management. It is also an entry into the contest to share the winnings in prize money should you achieve your goal.
Irish food may not have a reputation as healthy food, but these recipes prove that some Irish food can be healthy and tasty. Start with an Irish Lamb Stew with whole wheat Irish Soda Bread, the bread is perfect for dipping into the hearty stew. For another meal, try Colcannon, a mix of cabbage and mashed potatoes, with the leftover Lamb Stew. The Irish do it so simply, but it is really good. And what else to end the meal with, than with good old apples and cinnamon, in a wholesome Light Apple Crisp. All of us at Shape Up America!™ wish you a festive St. Patrick's day with these traditional favorites!
Do you want to take care of your own health and the health of your family? One important key to good health is having health insurance.
If you or anyone you know is uninsured, this message is for you. Even if you are fit as a fiddle today, you need to plan now for unexpected health issues that may show up tomorrow.
Go to healthcare.gov for more information. You can learn about your options and whether you qualify for reductions on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
Open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014. Go to healthcare.gov today
or call toll-free at 1-800-318-2596.
January is coming to a close, and it's time to evaluate your resolutions. How are you doing? Here are some thoughts about sticking with your program as we move into the year.
Pregnancy is a period when both mother and baby need protection. Yet in America, at least half of all pregnancies are unplanned. More and more men and women are entering pregnancy either overweight or obese. During pregnancy, overweight women face serious health risks including high blood pressure and diabetes that are harmful to both mother and baby.
The infants born to overweight or obese mothers (and fathers) are fatter at birth and they face a higher risk of obesity by the age of 4.
All of these risks increase if the mother gains too much weight during pregnancy.
To protect the health of pregnant mothers and guard against the risk of childhood obesity, please learn about the new weight gain guidelines.
Researchers have known for many years that exercise ONLY is not a particularly effective weight loss strategy. Studies show that people who exercise only to lose weight will, on average, lose about 4 pounds. On the other hand, combining diet with exercise can increase the amount of weight loss by two to three times that amount.
Shape Up America!™ and organizations such as BariMD along with industry announce a campaign
to reach 500,000 patients to motivate them to not give up on their ongoing commitment to maintaining
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Just in time for the holiday season, Christine Palumbo's Good Sense Eating column at Chicago Parent offers some ideas to help your kids learn through baking. Tips for bringing literacy and life skills into the kitchen when baking with your children make this time of year a memorable experience.
A fond remembrance of the founder of Shape Up America!™ by the president and CEO, Dr. Barbara Moore.
Shape Up America!™ through our membership in the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (www.oaaction.org) has created pamphlets to assist individuals affected by excess weight and who are experiencing joint pain or have been diagnosed with arthritis to take action steps to improve their joint pain. These pamphlets detail how excessive weight affects joint pain/arthritis, the benefits of losing weight on joint pain/arthritis, and how to make healthy lifestyle changes. They are available in color and black and white and at different sizes for easy reading.
If you are currently taking Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) and you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you should stop taking this medicine immediately and contact your health care provider. Use of Qsymia during pregnancy will put your baby at higher risk for developing certain birth defects.
Use the following link for further information:
FDA Qsymia medication guide
On June 17, 2013, the FDA issued warnings about several potentially hazardous products, including: Paiyouji Plus, Fat Zero, Fruit & Plant Slimming, Extreme Body Slim, Bethel 30, XIYOUJI QINGZHI CAPSULE, and MAXILOSS Weight Advanced Blue.
For more information about these warnings:
FDA Public Notification about Tainted Products
Recently Dr. Barbara Moore, the president of Shape Up America!™, shared her expertise on childhood obesity as part of a video series produced by Kids in the House, an online parenting resource. Use the links below to view this important series.
Houston is a great example of a city that is tackling the issue of food deserts head-on. Here's how they approached the problem:
Shape Up America!™ and MOVband are teaming up to get people moving and help fight obesity.
Help Shape Up America!™ by purchasing any product from Saving The World T-shirts. Check out the awesome t-shirts, yoga apparel, bracelets and bumper stickers!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Jason on a terrific year of racing triathlons in 2013. Jason started with a 70.3 race in San Juan, Puerto Rico and followed that up with his 3rd Ironman race at Ironman Texas in May. On a tremendously hot and humid day Jason raced to the 15th fastest marathon in the M40-44 age group. His 2014 season already has an Ironman race pinned down with Ironman Chattanooga in September. We wish him good luck in 2014 as he continues his commitment to living a healthy lifestyle that includes both exercise and proper nutrition.
If you wish to read more about Jason and his training and/or racing please visit his website at cooktraineatrace.com.
We need your help! Periodically we conduct a survey of our visitors and use the results to help guide our planning process for future programming. We really want to know what you think, and your answers will help us improve the Shape Up America! organization. Please take a few minutes to share your questions, thoughts and ideas. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential.