Health 2006

Thursday, July 13, 2006

25th Birthday!


Today, July13th, I am officially 25!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

New York’s Obesity Crack-Down



New York City’s war on obesity has intensified, thanks to a number of City officials.
Recently, Councilman Joel Rivera of the Bronx announced his plan to reduce New York’s increasing obesity numbers. He has recommended that the city use zoning laws to limit the amount of fast food restaurants in certain areas where obesity is ubiquitous. There appears to be a high concentration of fast food restaurants in low-income areas, and Rivera believes this is contributing to the obesity rates.
According to a 2004 Centers for Disease Control survey, 58 percent of New York adults were overweight, while in 2003, 28 percent of New York high school students were at risk for becoming overweight, or already were. Additionally, the CDC found that 33 percent of 2- and 5-year-olds from low income communities were overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. The city has made efforts to alleviate the problem of obesity, which reduces life expectancy, as well as increases the risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. School lunches have been changed and family fitness programs have been implemented. Full article.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Canadians face the same problems as we do

This terrific video explores ways to reduce obesity in children.
Take a look and you won't be sorry!!!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Access to Physical-Activity Facilities



Both physical activity and dietary intake are important components in weight loss and control. Regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of dying of coronary heart disease, decreases the risk of colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Environmental issues such as proximity of athletic facilities, street design, density of housing, availability of public transit, access to pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly transportation routes, and the availability of safe outdoor spaces play significant roles in promoting or discouraging physical activity. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services strongly recommends the creation of, or improvement of access to, places for physical activity, combined with informational outreach activities. Despite the proven benefits of physical activity, more than 60 percent of American adults do not get enough physical activity and more than a third of young people in grades 9 through 12 do not regularly engage in physical activity vigorous enough to provide health benefits. In 2001, only half of high school students participated in any physical-education classes and less than one-third participated in physical education on a daily basis. A number of initiatives have begun through federal, state, and local governments to reverse this trend. While many of these programs involve educating consumers about the importance of physical activities, some are focused more directly on providing means for people to become more active in their daily lives.
For more information visit http://www.nhpf.org/pdfs_bp/BP_Obesity_7-03.pdf

Friday, July 07, 2006

WINDOW GUARDS SAVE LIVES!

I wanted to post about obesity and podcasts, after Wednsday's terrific presentation, but I have almost reached the burnout, so I decided to post about window guards, because information about this topic presented itself while I was multitasking at work.

Properly Installed Approved Window Guards are Required by Law in any Residence with a Child 10 Years Old and Younger. Owners and managing agents of multiple-dwelling buildings are legally required to install window guards in apartments where children 10 years of age or younger reside. Additionally, tenants are required to inform their landlord when they have children ages 10 and younger living in their apartment.

If children 10 years or younger live in your apartment, OR if you provide child care services in your apartment, you must:

Inform the landlord of that fact.
Let the landlord come in to install window guards.
Not take down window guards once they are installed.
Not make alterations to window guards.
Not remove any part of a window guard.


For more information please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2006/pr056-06.shtml

Thursday, July 06, 2006

WEST NILE VIRUS IN NYC


The first signs of West Nile virus (WNV) in New York City during the 2006 mosquito season have been detected in the Old Town section of Staten Island. Therefore, all of us, should follow these simple steps in order to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

Repair or replace all screens that have tears and holes.
Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property.
Dispose of containers that can collect standing water.
Make sure roof gutters drain properly and rooftops are free of standing water.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.
Vases are prohibited in cemeteries during West Nile virus season.
Use an approved mosquito repellent when outdoors in areas where mosquitoes are active.
For more information about WNV visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wnv/wnvhome.shtml

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Gastric bypass surgery can help obese teenagers

Bypass surgery is very controversial topic. Some people say that it is very risky and you shoudn't go for it, others promote it as the best way to manage the obesity. In fact, if you are considering a bypass surgery as an option to control your weight, you should discuss all negative and positive sides with your doctor. Also, you should consider one of the following conditions:

You have been obese for at least 5 years.
You do not have a history of alcohol abuse.
You do not have untreated depression or another major psychiatric disorder.
You are between 18 and 65 years of age.

This is the latest article I found, San Francisco, 06/30/2006 :
"Obese teenagers who had surgery to shrink the size of their stomachs on average lost nearly half their body weight in the four years after the procedure, according to a study presented on Thursday at a medical conference.
Researchers from the Hospital Sao Camilo in Brazil also said that laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery eliminated high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes in the teenage patients who had those conditions.
The study involved 42 teenagers ages 13 to 18 whose average weight fell from 260 pounds (118 kg) before surgery to 135 pounds (61 kg) four years later. Sixteen of the youths with hypertension and three with type 2 diabetes were free of those diseases 50 days after surgery.
The study comes amid growing concern about rising levels of obesity among teenagers and an increasingly heavy adult population, predominantly in the United States.
Additionally, in the United States one in 50 adults are diagnosed with morbid obesity, a condition imposing an estimated $117 billion annually in costs on the country's health care system.
Morbid obesity is a disease marked by high level of body fat and when a person is at least 100 pounds (45 kg) overweight.
The study on how teenagers fared after the stomach surgery was presented at an American Society for Bariatric Surgery conference in San Francisco.
Other studies at the conference reported gastric bypass surgery helps reduce the risk of heart disease by half for the morbidly obese, and that the risk of dying from morbid obesity is up to 85 percent greater than the risk of dying as a result of the stomach-reduction surgery".
For more information visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_35467.html