Pets Gain Pounds, Just Like Their People

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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 ›

Play and Exercise Help Build Brains in Clarke County Public Schools

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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 ›

UGA Scores at SEC Symposium

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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 ›

“Freshman 15″ More Like 3.5, Not Just for College Students

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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 ›

After-School Program to Boost Learning

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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.

Athens MOVE to Highlight Obesity Initiative Activities

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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 ›

Campers Learn Health Eating Habits

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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 ›

Help Georgia Get Physical

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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.

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From cutting carbs to reducing sodium, weight loss tips are plentiful in the media. Even tips based on research studies often appear to contradict the findings of other studies. With an abundance of obesity research, cutting through the noise to help reduce obesity can be challenging for those involved in health communication. Ultimately, helping people … More ›

Virtual pets encourage kids to exercise

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People who own dogs may be more likely to exercise, according to a 2013 American Heart Association report. Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that virtual pets can also encourage kids to get moving. The University of Georgia researchers developed a virtual reality experience that allows children to use their own exercise … More ›