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Tennessee Tipping the Scales Against Childhood Obesity

 

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is receiving recognition for new requirements designed to promote good health in state licensed child care agencies.

The National Resource Center (NRC) for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education cited those changes in a report https://nrckids.org/files/Final.ASHW.2018.Report_8.19.19.pdf ranking Tennessee’s regulations as the most supportive of obesity prevention in the country.  This is the first time Tennessee has topped the NRC’s annual report and it marks a substantial improvement from the state’s previous 39th ranking.

A new report ranks the state number one in the nation for child care licensing regulations that support healthy weight practices.

A new report ranks the state number one in the nation for child care licensing regulations that support healthy weight practices.

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Three Tennessee Schools to Receive $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers

 

Tennessee Selected by National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced today the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), with Chairman Jake Steinfield, has selected Tennessee for its 2018 DON’T QUIT! fitness campaign.

“I am incredibly grateful to Jake Steinfeld and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils for helping improve the health and lives of children in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “Encouraging our children to be physically active now can lead to a lifetime of good habits and help them grow into healthy adults. I thank Jake and his team for this generous opportunity.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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American Heart Association Statement on New World Health Organization Report “Ending Childhood Obesity”

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX   The following statement is from Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, on a report on strategies to address rising global obesity rates.

Nations around the world should view the ECHO report as a wakeup call to aggressively address the childhood obesity epidemic using every recommendation possible. Children should be surrounded by healthy food and drinks and opportunities to play and be active.

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American Heart Association’s Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ returns in September

 

A Healthy Family Starts At Home And It Starts With You

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – The American Heart Association wants families to feel they can, and are fully equipped to, make healthy choices in the home and within their everyday activities – without throwing schedules completely off or leaving wallets empty.

Today, about one in three American kids is considered overweight or obese. To help raise awareness and make parents and caregivers more conscious of their lifestyle choices during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ will help them take the “controls” back, leaving them feeling empowered to make small moderations in their lifestyle that will lead to bigger, heart-healthy changes down the road.

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American Heart Association reports Women’s age at first Menstrual Cycle linked to Heart Disease Risk

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Women who had their first menstrual cycle at age 10 or younger, or age 17 or older,  may be at higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and complications of high blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Women’s age at first menstrual cycle linked to heart disease risk. (American Heart Association)

Women’s age at first menstrual cycle linked to heart disease risk. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says ruling with an iron fist could make your child pack on pounds

 

American Heart AssociationSan Francisco, CA – If you’re rigid with rules and skimpy on affection and dialogue with your kids, they have a greater chance of being obese, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014.

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Tennessee Titans Paid a Surprise Visit to Clarksville’s Northeast Middle School

 

Bill Larson and Jerry Blessing of the Tennessee Titans contributed to this story

Clarksville, TNFuel Up to Play 60The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System played host to a visit from the Tennessee Titans and Tennessee State Parks at Northeast Middle School on Wednesday as part of the NFL’s Play 60 Initiative.

Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with an impressive roster of partner organizations which in Tennessee includes the Tennessee State Parks, American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee and is focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.

Jerry Blessing the Tennessee Titans Community Relations Coordinator and Safety Jordan Babineaux talking to the kids at Northeast Middle School

Jerry Blessing the Tennessee Titans Community Relations Coordinator and Safety Jordan Babineaux talking to the kids at Northeast Middle School

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Tennessee Titans and Tennessee State Parks Partner on NFL Play60 Campaign

 

NFL Play60 Campaign Encourages Young People to Lead Healthy Lifestyles

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – This spring Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Titans are partnering in a number of unique ways as part of the NFL Play60 effort, encouraging kids to stay active, eat healthy and become more physically fit – all while enjoying one of Tennessee’s great 53 state parks.

Tennessee is the first state park system to participate in the NFL Play60 campaign, which features outreach into local schools and communities to engage children with messages and activities that promote outdoor experiences, the natural world, healthy lifestyles and fun.

Front Row (L to R) Tennessee Titans Executive Vice President Don MacLachlan, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau; Back Row (L to R) Department of Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner, Titans Third-Year Tight End Jared Cook and Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill.

Front Row (L to R) Tennessee Titans Executive Vice President Don MacLachlan, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau; Back Row (L to R) Department of Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner, Titans Third-Year Tight End Jared Cook and Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill.

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It’s back to school time – help your kids get an “A” in smart eating

 

Tips for eating healthy in and out of school

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN  – “Back to school” this month in Middle Tennessee also means “back to eating on a school schedule.” And that in itself can be a challenge for kids – much less making healthy food choices while they’re at it.

With the high incidence of childhood obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and even stroke, making those healthy choices is important, starting as early as possible. Good nutrition, healthy living and prevention are all central to the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life movement – and that includes kids, too.

Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snacks

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Nontraditional cardiovascular risk factors common in overweight black youth

 

American Heart AssociationChicago, IL – Doctors should screen for non-traditional cardiovascular risk factors when assessing heart disease risk in overweight black adolescents, according to a new study from a Memphis researcher released at the American  Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions today in Chicago.

Childhood obesity is linked to the development of cardiovascular disease and death in adulthood. However, black youth are not routinely assessed for cardiovascular risk factors. «Read the rest of this article»

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