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community health workers, Cost Cutting, readmission rates, Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss, Primary Care, Penn Medicine, Afforable Care Act , Health Care Costs, Medicaid

Community Health Workers Lead to Better Health, Lower Costs for Medicaid Patients

As politicians struggle to solve the nation’s healthcare problems, a new study finds a way to improve health and lower costs among Medicaid and uninsured patients. Researchers at Penn Medicine showed that patients who received support from community health workers (CHWs) had 30 percent fewer hospital admissions in one year compared to those who did not receive CHW support. The results also showed reductions in cigarette smoking, obesity, diabetes severity, and mental illness.

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Exercise Incentives Do Little to Spur Gym-Going, Study Shows

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Even among people who had just joined a gym and expected to visit regularly, getting paid to exercise did little to make their commitment stick, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University.

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Obesity, Bariatric Surgery, Weight Loss, Metabolic Surgery, BMI, Weight

Opting for Weight-Loss Surgery at Lower BMIs May Be Best for Patients’ Health, Study Suggests

The struggle to escape obesity is pointing more Americans toward bariatric surgery. But a new study shows that only one in three patients who have an operation succeed in getting their body-mass index below 30, the cutoff for obesity, in the first year. The odds were better for those who had surgery while they were still below a “morbid obesity” BMI of 40.

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body weight and health, Obese Adolescents, Obesity, body weight index, Diet, Diet Quality, diet quantity

Diet Quality Matters Not Just Quantity in Mid-to-Late-Adulthood

A new study in Obesity investigated the impact of diet quality in mid-to-late-adulthood on visceral and liver fat not solely relying on Body Mass Index (BMI). Four different measures of diet quality were used to evaluate dietary intake of the multiethnic population over a twenty-year span. Maintaining a high quality diet during mid-to-late adulthood may prevent adverse metabolic consequences related to visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL).

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Childhood Obesity, Physical Fitness, UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind program, Physical Education

UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind Forms Advisory Council

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The UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind program, which fights childhood obesity by installing comprehensive fitness programs in middle and high schools, has formed an academic advisory council of leading experts in physical education, fitness and wellness.

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Obesity, Jon Maner, Florida State University

Researcher Paves New Path Toward Preventing Obesity

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People with unpredictable childhoods are more likely to become obese as adults, according to new research.

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nutrition and aging, Nutrition, Telecommunication, Research, nutrition research, Gerontology, Geriatrics

Technology That Connects Aging Adults in Rural Areas with Health Experts Improves Weight Loss

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Melissa Ventura Marra, assistant professor of human nutrition and foods in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, is part of a multistate research team that is evaluating how food security and lifestyle choices such as diet quality and physical activity affect individual health and well-being.

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Why Some Mannequins Are Turning Blue, Taking a Dive and Putting on Weight

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Women have long griped about the pencil-thin mannequins in clothing displays, saying they bear little resemblance to real women’s bodies and make shopping frustrating and depressing. But criticism is beginning to make inroads, and some in the apparel industry are introducing changes to make mannequins more realistic and inclusive, Baylor University fashion expert and author says.

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Weight Loss, medically managed weight loss, Overweight, Obese, Obesity, medical weight management, medical weight loss, Body Mass Index, BMI

Medically Managed Weight Loss: A Nonsurgical Approach to a Healthier Weight

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Weight loss, as well as maintaining a healthy weight, is a challenge that can sometimes seem insurmountable. If you are struggling with your weight, you are not alone! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70.7 percent of adults who are 20 years of age and older are considered to be overweight and/or obese. This is especially worrying because obesity can lead to a number of serious, and sometimes even fatal, health conditions.

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Endocrine Society Issues Scientific Statement on Obesity’s Causes

A new Scientific Statement issued by the Endocrine Society calls for more research aimed specifically at understanding the underlying mechanisms that make it difficult to maintain long-term weight loss.







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