Health News Archive
 
  • Summer programs and active opportunities offer kids and families an alternative to "I'm bored." Health and the City explores ways to keep families active, safe, and healthy over the summer months.

  • Kids can lose the fitness gains they've made during the school year with an inactive summer. Since fit kids do better academically, here are fun and helpful tips on keeping your child active and healthy over the summer months - ready for the next school year.

  • Early giving for the 2018 Give to Lincoln Day begins on May 1. Two worthy causes include HealthyLincoln.org's WeCook and Belmont Community Development Project.

  • The Lincoln Journal Star column, Health and City looks at ways to stay in shape and protect the earth at the same time.

  • The latest Lincoln Journal Star Health and the City column looks at fruit juice. How much is too much? Is it just another sugary drink?

  • Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln received a national award from the American Cancer Society, one of only 7 awarded nationwide for leading the Nebraska Physicians Cancer Screening Project.

  • March is Nat'l Nutrition Month and Nat'l Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Eating healthy isn't just good for your weight and general wellness, it can help protect you against several kinds of cancers. Read more.

  • Are kids getting enough structured and unstructured physical activity in school to be healthy and learn better? Health and the City looks at the benefits of Phys Ed. to child health and academic success.

  • December's Health & the City column gives simple tips for a healthier you in 2018.

  • November Health & the city column gives tips on how to stay healthy and active during cold weather.

  • October's Health & the City column provides tips on how to fight back against holiday food excess and inactivity that starts with Halloween and goes through Super Bowl Sunday.

  • PHL's President Dr. Bob Rauner and LPS P.E. Curriculum Specialist, Dr. Matt Avey talk about the importance of fitness and P.E. to the health and academic success of LPS student.

  • Lincoln about to capture the National Bike Challenge crown; the summer food program feeds 107K kids; WIC gives out 45K diapers to babies in need; the Streets Alive! festival welcomed thousands; and more.

  • All city channels have rebranded. Lincoln's health and wellness channel is now LNKTV Health. Other city channels include LNKTV Education for educational programming and LNKTV City for government information.

  • The July 22 Health and the City column explores what's myth, what's fact about fats, diet drinks, late night eating, and more.

  • "Nudging" is a sales tactic that lowers resistance to nutritionally bad for you impulse buys at the checkout counter, and it works.

  • Some Lincoln clinics have formed an Accountable Care Organization that focuses on wellness and prevention, led by Steve Kros and Dr. Bob Rauner.

  • PHL, Streets Alive! Chooses Belmont for Festival Location

    The Belmont Neighborhood will host Streets Alive! this year and benefit from a community project in connection to the outdoor festival.

  • This month's column looks at ways to lower the risk of cancer. Also, preventing several cancers with the HPV vaccine for kids.

  • This month's Health and the City column looks at all things cycling in honor of National Biking Month. Lincoln looks to retain its title.

  • Sedentary behaviors begin to set in shortly after the ripe old age of 7, the researchers found. And contrary to what many have thought, girls are not the only ones who fall prey to less healthy living at a young age.

  • Researchers analyzing 95 studies that included 2 million people found that doubling (from 5 to 10) the servings of fruits and veggies in people's diets could prevent as many as 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year.

  • Women who ate poorly as teenagers were more likely to develop early breast cancer, researchers reported in a new study. They found women who ate the most inflammatory diet - heavy in red meat, sodas, sweet foods and white flour - were up to a third more likely to develop breast cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s compared to women who thrived on salads and whole grains.

  • New study says daily sugar-sweetened beverage intake alters human brain and behavior. Read more.

  • According to Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk we lose two hours of life for every hour we sit with too much sitting to blame for all kinds of ailments, including obesity

  • Standing up and walking around for five minutes every hour during the workday could lift your mood, combat lethargy without reducing focus and attention, and even dull hunger pangs, according to an instructive new study.

  • A diet high in saturated fats and sugars, the so-called Western diet, actually affects the parts of the brain that are important to memory and make people more likely to crave the unhealthful food.

  • A veterans organization in California took some abandoned land and in relatively short time, transformed it into a garden sanctuary of healing for local veterans and an exciting place of learning and growing for the children.

  • A sugar industry group paid for studies that underplayed the role that added sugars play in heart disease, researchers reported Monday.

  • Lincoln breastfeeding rates are improving thanks to the Lincoln Community Breastfeeding Initiative and its Community Breastfeeding Educators.The program employs a culturally diverse group of breastfeeding women to provide peer-to-peer support to immigrant and minority women, helping them overcome the fear, stigma and challenges of breastfeeding.

  • Community Crops has brought good nutrition to the heart of the city with their mobile farmer's market. The Veggie Van will offer fresh, locally grown produce at 23rd & O Sts., serving neighborhoods where access is limited.

  • Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln has announced the date, Sunday, Sept. 25, for this year’s annual free outdoor movement festival, Streets Alive! Streets Alive! encourages people to get off the couch, go outdoors and move up and down a stretch of city blocked off from traffic. Visitors can bike, skate, walk, stroll, wheel (any kind of human powered traffic) or even dance their way down a two-mile route lined with exhibitors and entertainers. Streets Alive! is a child, dog and wheelchair-friendly event.

  • Critics call their promotion a flimsy distraction from their unhealthy food and low wages, claiming McDonald’s has a long history of playing up its role as socially responsible neighbor to the African American community while contributing to their health problems. Read more.

  • The House voted Friday to make it easier for you to avoid the harsh truth of how many calories you're devouring as you scarf down that pizza.

  • Jack in the Box has removed sodas from their kids' menus, joining others like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, and Applebee’s which have all made similar moves, along with Subway and Panera, which never had soda on their kids’ menus.

  • Public health advocates say food ads should be tightly regulated. They say food companies use them to entreat us to indulge in fattening products and they link our obesity epidemic to unhealthy foods we see on TV.

  • The ALDI supermarket chain announced this week that it would swap out sweet treats, junk food, and similarly unhealthy impulse buys in the checkout lane for healthier fare like trail mixes, dried fruit, and granola bars.

  • The marketing of energy drinks is highly aggressive and targeted at teens. An Alberta Children's Hospital study suggests that energy drinks could make some teens more susceptible to diabetes. Researchers call for strict enforcement of an age limits for purchasing.

  • When it comes to recess and the importance of play and physical activity, too many schools ignore the current research. Instead of treating recess as an important, in fact crucial, part of a student's day, some schools still act as if recess is a privilege bestowed on well-behaved, compliant students. They use recess as a bargaining tool and withhold it as a form of punishment.

  • Three interventions that reduce childhood obesity - an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages; elimination of the tax subsidy for advertising unhealthy food to children; and nutrition standards for food and drinks sold in schools outside of school meals - are projected to save more than they cost to implement.

  • It really is harder to lose weight than ever before – and not just because of poor eating habits and inactivity. A new study identifies 6 things that also contribute to our expanding waistlines, including processed foods and "sugar highs".

  • Even though most anti-obesity soda tax campaigns have failed , they have accomplished something larger - they have reminded people that soda is not a very healthy product. They have echoed similar messages coming from public health researchers and others — and fundamentally changed the way Americans think about soda.

  • According to the CDC childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and teens in the past 30 years. That's why Lincoln Public School officials say they're taking the initiative to end this ongoing problem. This school year nutrition specialists are doing research as part of the Smart Lunchroom Movement which is based on a study by Cornell University. Nutrition experts say the goal is to decrease food waste and encourage children to drink more milk and eat more vegetables.

  • PLAY IN THE STREET _ Streets Alive! FREE outdoor movement festival is back on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1-5PM this year hosted in the Clinton, Hartley, and East Campus neighborhoods. The festival offers health/wellness info, music, dance, fitness, and food along a 2 mile traffic free route.

  • Children who don’t get enough sleep might be more tempted by food, a new study suggests. Five-year-olds who slept less than 11 hours a night were more eager to eat at the sight or reminder of a favorite snack, compared to those who slept longer, researchers reported in the International Journal of Obesity.

  • Workplaces that encourage healthy lifestyle practices are tied to fewer obese employees among millennials, according to a new study.

  • New survey says the vast majority of school nutrition and food service professionals want our kids to be served healthy, nourishing food at school. But now it’s clear that parents, guardians and caregivers feel the same way.

  • KIDS IN UNSAFE NEIGHBORHOODS can still experience the great outdoors and develop healthy nutrition habits at the same time with school gardens. Read about what this school in Dallas is doing

  • A new study by LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center points to the lack of physical activity as the number one predictor of childhood obesity. Lead author, Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, says what makes this study unique is that it was conducted in 12 countries around the world. "Now we really understand that if you focus on physical activity that this should work regardless of the culture, regardless of the environment."

  • Cities in which residents are physically active have a big advantage over their more sedentary rivals, with better economic productivity, higher property values and improved school performance, as well as a healthier population.