Not all fat is made the same. Scientists have observed that fat cells in an obese person produce more molecules called adipokines, which catch the attention of the body’s immune system, causing them to invade fatty tissues. The flood of immune cells normally reserved for fighting infection can lead to disease-causing inflammation and the kinds … More ›
Researchers at the University of Georgia debated the causes of obesity at this semester’s Issues in Information panel, attended by about 30 students at the Zell B. Miller Learning Center. As reported in the Red and Black, panelists Mary Ann Johnson, Louise Wicker and Ellen Evans tackled topics like the taste and cost of food, exercise … More ›
Veterinarians and animal researchers are seeing an alarming number of overweight pets and are advising owners to take extra steps to keep their pets healthy, Meanwhile, a new group of specialists in Athens is becoming concerned about obesity and unhealthy numbers on the scale. In a special issue on fitness and health, the Athens Flagpole … More ›
University of Georgia researchers are looking at how game playing can increase academic performance. An article in Athens’ weekly Flagpole describes how UGA researchers are working with students at Chase Street and Fowler Drive elementary schools to improve academic performance through exercise that includes making decisions, creating strategies and problem solving. “Adults may be able … More ›
Postdoctoral student Colette Miller and graduate student Parisa Darkhal were award winners at the poster competition that was part of this year’s SEC Symposium, “Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge,” held in Atlanta in September. The two were among six students selected from more than 80 entries, who were awarded honors … More ›
College students may not gain the much-dreaded “freshman 15″ but they do gain weight during their years in school, according to a UGA study. As reported by Reuters Health, researchers found that young adults gained an average of about 3.5 pounds (about 1.6 kg) over their college careers with a relatively small gain during the … More ›
A multidisciplinary team of University of Georgia faculty is partnering with the Clarke County School District is providing a new after-school enrichment program aimed at improving the children’s health and stimulate their learning in reading and mathematics.
Gary LeFeuvre, executive director of Athens MOVE magazine, pays tribute to the recently deceased University of Georgia Obesity Initiative director, Clifton Baile. View article here. To help support the fulfillment of Dr. Baile’s vision, Athens MOVE will feature an article about one program or study from the UGA Obesity Initiative in each issue. Learn more about … More ›
Spinach artichoke dip with multigrain bread, corn salad with lime vinaigrette, taco roll ups and fruit kabobs are not teenagers’ usual lunch fare. But thanks to a new summer day camp called Health Matters, Athens-Clarke County teens and their parents now have a taste for healthy and nutritious foods. As part of the ongoing effort … More ›
Are you willing to help combat obesity in Georgia? University of Georgia Extension needs interested Georgians to test the new Walk Georgia website by registering for the program and logging physical activity online.