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January 9, 2013 : TIME Healthland
What mice can tell us about obesity and genetics
Alexandra Sifferlin
While our eating habits certainly play a role in how much we weigh, according to NIH-supported research our rodent cousins confirm that some of our risk for obesity is written in our genes.

January 8, 2013 : UCLA
Genes and obesity: Fast food isn't only culprit in expanding waistlines -- DNA is also to blame
Susan Thomas
In a new NHLBI-supported study, UCLA scientists discovered that body-fat responses to a typical fast-food diet are determined in large part by genetic factors, and they have identified several genes they say may control those responses.

December 20, 2012 : Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Physicians admit feeling under qualified and lacking necessary education to treat obesity
According to a new NHLBI-supported study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, primary care physicians agree they may not be the best health care professionals to give weight related counseling.

December 15, 2012 : MedPage Today
Obesity hormone linked to pancreatic cancer
Michael Smith
Low levels of the obesity-related hormone adiponectin are associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, according to NIH-supported research.

December 3, 2012 : NIH News in Health
Don’t just sit there! Move for your health
Had an exhausting day? Think you deserve to kick back and relax? You might want to think again. Research suggests you should move for your health!

July 26, 2012 : Boston University School of Medicine
BUSM study identifies adenosine receptor's role in regulating high fat diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes
A recent study led by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) demonstrates that the A2b-type adenosine receptor, A2bAR, plays a significant role in the regulation of high fat, high cholesterol diet-induced symptoms of type 2 diabetes. The findings, which are published online in PLoS ONE, also identify A2bAR as a potential target for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

December 10, 2009
NIH Launches Program to Develop Innovative Approaches to Combat Obesity
The National Institutes of Health is launching a $37 million program that will use findings from basic research on human behavior to develop more effective interventions to reduce obesity.

August 19, 2009
NHLBI Awards Recovery Act Funds to Support Study of Parents' Role in Adolescent Eating and Activity Behaviors
A study examining the role of parents and the home environment in adolescents' food intake, physical activity, body image and weight control behaviors, is among the research grants awarded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

March 24, 2009
NIH's We Can! Partners With Subway Restaurants To Expand Movement To Prevent Childhood Obesity
The National Institutes of Health's We Can! program has partnered with Subway Restaurants to reach families throughout the United States and beyond with practical tips and tools to help children and their parents maintain a healthy weight and prevent overweight and obesity.

February 25, 2009
Heart-Healthy, Reduced-Calorie Diets Promote Long-term Weight Loss
Heart-healthy diets that reduce calorie intake—regardless of differing proportions of fat, protein, or carbohydrate—can help overweight and obese adults achieve and maintain weight loss, according to a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.

June 11, 2008
Give Dad the Gift of Good Health for Father's Day this Year
The U.S. Department of Interior and the National Institutes of Health's We Can! program—a national education program to help children maintain a healthy weight—are encouraging children and families to get outside and play at a nearby national park or national wildlife refuge this weekend and beyond.

April 15, 2008
We Can! Joins National Call for Reducing Screen Time During Turnoff Week
Turnoff Week, April 21-27, is an excellent time to start limiting recreational screen time and boosting physical activity and healthier living, and We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) is working with the Center for Screen Time Awareness and other national and community organizations to raise public awareness about the negative impact of excessive screen time.

March 13, 2008
After School Programs Can Increase Physical Activity of Adolescent Girls
Afterschool programs can modestly increase the amount of physical activity among girls in middle school, according to new results from the Trial of Activity for Adolescent Girls (TAAG), a multiple site, community-based study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.

March 11, 2008
Personal Counseling and Web-Based Strategies Show Modest Success for Sustaining Weight Loss, According to NHLBI Study
Adults who lost weight in a six-month program were able to keep at least some of the weight off for 2.5 years with the help of brief monthly personal counseling, according to a new study from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.

November 29, 2007
Acting U.S. Surgeon General Galson, NIH Director Zerhouni Announce Expanded Efforts to Address Nationwide Childhood Overweight Epidemic
A new partnership between the National Institutes of Health's We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) program and the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) will expand efforts to address the epidemic of childhood overweight. In addition, three major cities – Boston, Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas – will be designated as We Can! Cities.

November 2, 2007 : NIH News in Health
Heft for the holidays: How to hold off those extra pounds
While research shows that most people don’t gain as much weight as they fear they will over the holidays, many can’t seem to lose their holiday pounds afterward. The extra weight can build up over the years and contribute to obesity later in life. Why not make this the year you reverse the trend and stop gaining weight over the holidays?

April 25, 2007
NIH Launches We Can! City Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established the We Can! City Program to assist towns and cities across the nation in mobilizing their communities to prevent childhood overweight. The first three cities to be selected for the program are South Bend, Indiana; Gary, Indiana; and Roswell, Georgia.

March 2, 2007 : NIH News in Health
What is healthy eating? How to follow all that advice you hear
You want to live longer. You want to feel healthy, energetic and vigorous as you age. Your doctor says you should start eating better. You’ve heard that before, of course, but do you know what it really means?

January 8, 2007
NHLBI Media Availability: Overweight Girls at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
Results from the NHLBI Growth and Health Study of more than 2,300 girls suggest that girls as young as age 9 who are overweight are at increased risk for short-term and long-term problems that increase the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.

December 18, 2006
NHLBI Offers 2007 Keep the Beat Calendar - A Gift for a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health is offering a 2007 Keep the Beat Calendar to guide you through 12 months of eating well, staying active, and keeping your life in balance.

August 8, 2006
NHLBI Offers Complete Guide to Physical Activity for a Healthy Heart
To help people jump-start and maintain a physical activity program for their heart, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed a new publication.

April 21, 2006
April 24-30 Is TV-Turnoff Week -- We Can! Offers Families Tips and Resources to Help Them Turn Off the TV
TV-Turnoff Week (April 24-30) is an excellent time to take steps to wean your family from the screen and adapt a healthier way of life. The We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has resources for parents, teachers, and community organizations to help children and families reduce the amount of time spent watching television, playing video games, and participating in other leisurely "screen time" activities.

November 18, 2004
Portion Distortion Web Site: Learn How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain by Watching Portion Sizes
New additions to the 'Portion Distortion Interactive Quiz' section of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) Web Site show the difference in size and calories between portions offered 20 years ago and what is often a standard serving today.

October 30, 2003
Keep the Beat: A New Collection of Heart Healthy Recipes -- Just in Time for the Holidays -- from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Add some healthy dishes to your holiday table this year with the help of a colorful new cookbook from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

July 3, 2003
Reducing Nationwide Obesity Stars in Neighborhoods
Children, adolescents, and adults reported adopting healthier behaviors—such as choosing heart-healthy foods more often—after participating in a Hearts N' Parks program, according to a new report on the community-based lifestyle initiative.

September 4, 2002
NHLBI Study Finds Dramatic Decline in Physical Activity Among African-American and White Girls
Both African-American and white girls experience a dramatic decline in physical activity during adolescence with the greatest decline occurring in black girls, according to a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

March 15, 2001
New Tools for Health Care Providers and the Public to Combat Overweight and Obesity
A "practical guide" to help health care providers manage the treatment of their overweight and obese patients, an online interactive menu planner, and consumer tips on behavior change for weight management are some of the new tools being unveiled by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) this month to help tackle America's battle of the bulge.

November 30, 1999
Sodium Intake Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease Death in Overweight Persons
A diet high in sodium increases the risk of heart disease-related mortality in overweight individuals, according to a study published in the December 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

July 15, 1999
"Hearts N' Parks" — An Innovative North Carolina Program To Prevent Heart Disease Launched
Hearts N' Parks Y2K, an innovative program designed to promote the adoption of heart healthy behaviors among North Carolina children and their families, will be launched at a special media event in Charlotte on Thursday, July 15th, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

January 26, 1999
Simple Lifestyle Changes Boost Physical Activity/Cardiovascular Health
Small lifestyle changes that increase moderate-intensity physical activity are as effective as a structured exercise program in improving long-term cardiorespiratory fitness and blood pressure, according to a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

June 17, 1998
First Federal Obesity Clinical Guidelines Released
The first Federal guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults were released today by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in cooperation with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

June 12, 1998
Press Conference on First Federal Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines
You've heard about body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and risk factors. Now hear the whole story. Find out why overweight and obesity are a critically important health issue for the American public.

June 3, 1998
Statement on First Federal Obesity Clinical Guidelines
The first Federal guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults are scheduled to be released on June 17 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in cooperation with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

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