Furthering fitness in South Georgia

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Community leaders are making efforts to promote health in one of Georgia’s most obese counties – Burke County – according to an article published last week in The Red & Black. Burke County has an obesity rate of 36 percent, and 31 percent of its residents aren’t physically active, according to this year’s County Health Rankings. … More ›

Go local: community leaders key to decreasing obesity in Georgia

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The obesity challenge is a statewide problem, but it requires local solutions. The UGA Obesity Initiative has been involved in efforts to decrease obesity in Georgia’s Clarke County and Colquitt County. Gaining the support of local leaders was crucial to these efforts, UGA’s Debbie Murray told the Red & Black in an article published last … More ›

Obesity rates in young children down …. somewhat

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The rate of obesity in young U.S. children has fallen 43 percent in the last decade, according to reports last week by the New York Times, the Washington Post and a variety of other outlets. That’s encouraging news for a country making efforts to reduce childhood obesity through programs like Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. … More ›

Trotting with the Dawgs

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Winter may have meant less exercise for some, but with spring around the corner, a 5K may be just the way to get moving again. UGA alumni and friends will pound the pavement together during the Seventh Annual Dawg Trot 5K on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8 a.m. Runners and walkers will follow the … More ›

Walk Georgia is back

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If you missed the chance to traverse the state last fall, join your fellow Georgians in tracking your weekly workouts this spring. Walk Georgia is a fitness program sponsored by UGA Cooperative Extension. Individuals or four-person teams log their physical activity online for 12 weeks. The time spent burning energy is translated into miles “walked” … More ›

Virus may play role in obesity and bone loss

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A sinister virus is creeping up to young, impressionable cells and influencing them to turn into insidious globs of fat. Or so scientists think. The idea that viruses are invading cells and making people fat is controversial. Researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) are adding to a growing pile of evidence linking a virus … More ›

Obesity Week Keynote Highlights Fat Cell Browning

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Fat, exercise and a molecule with a peculiar name took center-stage in the Obesity Week 2013 keynote by Bruce Spiegelman in Atlanta last week. Recent experiments indicate that molecule, called “meteorin-like,” can cause calorie-storing fat to more closely resemble a type of fat that actually burns calories. The two types of fat are known as “white … More ›

UGA researchers present at ObesityWeek

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Atlanta was the place to be last week for obesity researchers and doctors. Over 20 University of Georgia faculty and students joined researchers and health professionals from around the world at ObesityWeek, a conference that joined the annual meetings of The Obesity Society and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Nearly 25 UGA … More ›

No perfect diet

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A variety of diets can be successfully used for weight loss, according to a USA Today article on the new obesity treatment guidelines released Tuesday. The goal should be to burn more calories than consumed, regardless of whether that’s achieved through a diet low in fat or low in carbohydrates. The guidelines, prepared by the … More ›