Concord, NH - A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) has found modest declines in obesity among 2- to
4-year-old children from low-income families, a dip that CDC researchers
say may indicate that the obesity epidemic has passed its peak among this
The study reviewed height and weight measurements of 27 million children
who were part of the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition
Program, including more than 20,000 preschoolers annually enrolled in the
New Hampshire WIC Program in the Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services. The study was based on data
from 30 states and the District of Columbia and covered the years from 1998
to 2010. The national rate of children who were obese declined to 14.9
percent in 2010, down from 15.2 percent in 2003, after rising between 1998
In New Hampshire, the rate of children in the WIC Program who were obese
declined to 14.2 percent in 2010, down from 15.6 percent in 2003. Rates of
overweight also decreased to 17.1 percent in 2010, down from 19.4 percent
in 2003. Obesity is defined as BMI-for-age equal to or greater than the 95
th percentile, and overweight is defined as BMI-for-age between the 85th to
“The declines in obesity and overweight among these children are modest,
but it is encouraging to see a change in the right direction,” said Dr.
José Montero, director of Public Health at DHHS. “We are hopeful that this
is a sign that one of New Hampshire’s health problems may be reversing
course, at least among children.”
Several reasons are speculated for the changes, including:
Breastfeeding, which often leads to healthier weight gain for young
children, has increased in New Hampshire since 2000. The percentage
of 6-month-olds still being breast-fed increased to 22.7 percent
among children born in 2010, up from 18.0 percent among children born
Breastfeeding of infants from low-income families in New Hampshire
has risen over the years. In 1984, only 47 percent of infants from
those families had ever been breast-fed, compared with 71 percent in
The amount of money spent nationally on food marketing to children
has declined by nearly 20 percent from 2006 to 2009, with the biggest
drop in television advertising, according to the CDC.
Changes in the WIC Program foods, including less fruit juice and more
fruits and vegetables, which began in late 2009 may also have a
slight effect, which will be evident in future years.
The full CDC report is available at
http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html. To learn more about the NH
WIC Program, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/index.htm
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Concord, NH - A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and
Should Washington, DC impose a New York-style Bloomberg soda ban? There's an effort in the D.C. Council to make that happen, which CEI's Michelle Minton describes in the Washington Examiner. Minton criticizes the nanny-state implications of this sort of government control and disputes the claim that limiting the size of sugary drinks will do anything to reduce obesity. And many of us are concerned that this ill-founded policy will spread to other cities.
Let me know if you would like to speak with Michelle Minton on this developing news story, or perhaps forward to your contacts who would be interested?
CEI Communications Director
The Washington Examiner
First, it was Mayor Michael Bloomberg telling New Yorkers what's good for them by banning large sodas. Is a Bloomberg-style schoolmarm mentality now coming to the nation's capital?
A formal proposal has yet to be introduced, but people living and working in the city should keep an eye on D.C. Council members who have said they would like to have a New York City-style ban on large sugary drinks. As experience shows, bans and taxes in this vein do little or nothing to alter consumer behavior, and stretch the definition of government's legitimate role.
At a recent debate, Councilmen Michael Brown and Vincent Orange said they supported limiting the size of sugary drinks in D.C., along the lines of the measure adopted in New York City this year. Councilwoman Mary Cheh also supported the idea. Lawmakers who promote such "nudging" policies argue that they're not taking away choices, but merely shaping consumers' "choice environment." After all, obesity is a crisis and everyone knows soda is a major cause, right?
Not exactly. There is no consensus among researchers about the link between soda consumption and obesity. Many studies have come out asserting a strong link between sugary beverages and weight gain, whereas others have shown either a weak link or no link at all. > Read the full commentary at Washingtonexaminer.com
Concord, NH - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has
highlighted the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human
Services’ (DHHS) Obesity Prevention Program (OPP) for the implementation of
the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP
SACC). NAP SACC is a self-assessment tool to help child care programs
improve healthy eating and physical activity for preschool children. It was
developed by the University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion
and Disease Prevention and is one of three programs identified by The White
House Task Force on Childhood Obesity to address obesity in early
Healthy habits start early. Because of the large numbers of children
who attend child care, it is a logical place to start healthy habits by
providing healthy food and daily active play. Child care participation in
NAP SACC is voluntary. Child care programs complete the self-assessment to
decide where they want to focus their efforts.
“NAP SACC works because it gives child care programs the flexibility
to decide where they want to make changes and when they are ready to
begin,” said José Montero, Director of the Division of Public Health
Services at DHHS. “Once small changes are made, programs often move on to
more challenging issues.”
After completing the self-assessment, the early-care staff meets with
a NAP SACC consultant provided by the Obesity Prevention Program. Next
steps include developing an action plan, drafting policies, and deciding
how to implement improvements. Examples of changes made by child care
programs include making drinking water available indoors and out; updating
menus to include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; serving skim
milk to children age 2 and older; and increasing opportunities for active
The NAP SACC consultant also delivers staff training to support the
To date, 15 child care programs serving more than 1,200 preschoolers
in the State have adopted policies resulting in more active play and
healthier food offerings. “If child care centers can maintain and improve
policies over time, then more and more children will benefit,” said Dr.
Montero. Additional NAP SACC efforts are underway in the state this summer.
To read the CDC article, visit
www.cdc.gov/obesity/stateprograms/statestories.html . For more information
about NAP SACC or the NH Obesity Prevention Program, contact the program at
(603) 271-4551 or visit the website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/obesity.htm
March 14, 2012
Waste, fraud and abuse will never drain our Treasury the way unnecessary bureaucracies and unsustainable entitlement programs do.
Thanks to James O'Keefe and Project Veritas, see hidden camera video of voter fraud being committed and you will know that it is something that happens on a regular basis.
Besides melting the ice caps, raising sea levels, and melting the Earth, now everyone's least favorite gas will make you fat, too.
With national attention focused mostly on Jindal's proposal to expand the New Orleans school voucher program into a statewide effort for Louisiana, the media has largely missed out on the other reform proposals that are just as significant.
March 15, 2012
Daily Caller: $230 million had flowed in obesity prevention grants to 30 states as part of the "stimulus" found its way to influence peddlers who lobby local governments for higher taxes.
Hear from ALG Counsel Nathan Mehrens on a new bill to stop some ridiculous ideas that come from bureaucrats in big Washington, DC buildings. A Kentucky Congressman is looking to "REIN" in regs.
Ultimately, the outrage of Game Change is not just that it demeans Sarah Palin but that it insults conservatives and the intelligence of its viewers.
Today on March 15, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - which the U.S. funds-are meeting to approve another $36.7 billion bailout of Greece.