Caution urged on new population survey detailing Asian American obesity rate

Dr. George King, chief scientific officer at Joslin Diabetes Center. (Image courtesy of Joslin Diabetes Center.)
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The Centers for Disease Control recently released the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey with additional data briefs on hypertension, cholesterol and obesity among adults in the U.S. by age, gender, race and ethnicity. This detailed national survey of health characteristics, for the first time, includes important health status and information on Asian Americans. Continue reading

HFCS in manufactured food may lead to health issues, study says

Have you ever thought about your high blood sugar being linked to daily intake of soft drinks and processed foods? A study published in Metabolism May 2012 issue shows that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener commonly used in manufactured foods and beverages, may link to a variety of health issues such as diabetes and metabolic effects. Continue reading

Mayor Menino announces Boston Moves for Health will team with Weight Watchers for innovative pilot program at health centers

On behalf of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, joined Daniel Boockvar, Weight Watchers International, Inc.’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations, to announce a new program that will offer discounted Weight Watchers memberships to eligible Boston residents. As part of Mayor Menino’s Boston Moves for Health initiative, Weight Watchers, a leader in weight management services that has helped millions of people worldwide, will work with Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Mattapan Community Health Center, and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to provide steeply discounted weight loss and weight management services for up to 1,000 qualifying participants beginning in January. Continue reading