childhood obesity http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news: Detroit Police changes, childhood obesity, and custody case http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-police-changes-childhood-obesity-and-custody-case <p><strong>Detroit Police Department prepares for big changes</strong></p><p>Detroit Police Chief James Craig intends to introduce a large departmental reorganization, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-police-chief-promises-massive-reorganization-revives-gang-intelligence">reports </a>Michigan Radio’s Sara Cwiek.&nbsp; Craig announced last week that he will restore a version of the department’s gang squad. &nbsp;Many administrative jobs will be filled by civilians so that more officers can return to field work.</p><p><strong>CDC says obesity down among Michigan children</strong></p><p>According to a new Center for Disease Control study fewer Michigan children qualify as obese.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/report-obesity-rate-michigan-pre-schoolers-improving">reports</a> that the obesity rate among low-income preschool children dropped from 13.9% in 2008 to 13.2% in 2011.&nbsp; Michigan ranks fifth in the nation for obesity rates.</p><p><strong>Michigan Supreme Court returns custody to foster family</strong></p><p>The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered that four children be returned to their foster family,<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-says-children-custody-battle-will-stay-foster-family"> reports</a> Michigan Radio’s Rick Pluta.&nbsp; Custody was awarded to their grandmother last year by the Michigan Court of Appeals because state law gives automatic preference to relatives when parental rights are terminated.&nbsp; The Supreme Court said that the children should be returned to the foster family until it makes a decision whether to hear the appeal. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:00:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13910 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit Police changes, childhood obesity, and custody case Report: Obesity rate of Michigan pre-schoolers improving http://michiganradio.org/post/report-obesity-rate-michigan-pre-schoolers-improving <p>There is some good news in Michigan’s battle with obesity.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Fewer Michigan children qualify as obese.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>More than 30% of Michiganders are considered obese.&nbsp;&nbsp; Michigan ranks as the 5<sup>th</sup> fattest state in the union.</p><p></p><p>But there may be hope for the future.</p><p></p><p>A new Centers for Disease Control report finds a slight decline in obesity rates for “low-income” pre-school children in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The rate dropped from 13.9% to 13.2 % between 2008 and 2011.</p><p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:31:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 13904 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Obesity rate of Michigan pre-schoolers improving Stateside: Michigan is now fifth most obese state in America http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-michigan-now-fifth-most-obese-state-america <p>It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of Michigan residents will be obese by 2030.</p><p>But don’t throw your salad out in reckless abandon just yet.</p><p>There is hope for your waistline, said Dr. Tom Peterson.</p><p>Director of Quality, Safety and Community Health at DeVos Children’s Hospital, Peterson helped organize <a href="http://www.shapemichigan.com/">ShapeMichigan</a>.</p><p>According to Peterson, obesity is a relatively new problem. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:38:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10760 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Michigan is now fifth most obese state in America Study: Michigan teens smoking and drinking alcohol less http://michiganradio.org/post/study-michigan-teens-smoking-and-drinking-alcohol-less <p>Teenage alcohol and cigarette use is down across the country, and Michigan is no exception.</p><p></p><p>That's according to the state's Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which collects information on Michigan high school students.</p><p></p><p>Though many risky behaviors are on the decline, obesity remains the state's biggest health concern, when it comes to students.</p><p></p><p>Kyle Guerrant helped with the study. &nbsp;&nbsp;He says the success of the anti-tobacco campaign could help reduce other health concerns.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:38:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10565 at http://michiganradio.org Why is lack of exercise the number one health concern for kids? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-lack-exercise-number-one-health-concern-kids <p>Kids don't get enough exercise, and it's really bad for their heath. That's what many adults told a national survey. Lack of exercise was number one on the list of <a href="http://mottnpch.org/reports-surveys/top-10-child-health-concerns-exercise-obesity-smoking-lead-list">top-ten child health concerns</a> according to the survey conducted by <a href="http://www.mottchildren.org/">C. S. Mott Children's Hospital</a>. Obesity and smoking rounded out the top three health concerns for kids.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 02:42:09 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 8739 at http://michiganradio.org Why is lack of exercise the number one health concern for kids? Childhood health poll: Americans most concerned about inactive, obese children http://michiganradio.org/post/childhood-health-poll-americans-most-concerned-about-inactive-obese-children <p>People in the United States are more concerned about the physical fitness of their community's children than any other health issue.</p><p>That was the finding of a University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital poll on children’s health.<br><br> When asked about the nation's most pressing childhood health concerns, 39 percent of adults listed "not enough exercise," trailed by "childhood obesity" with 38 percent.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:55:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8733 at http://michiganradio.org Childhood health poll: Americans most concerned about inactive, obese children A new HBO series addresses the nation's obesity problem http://michiganradio.org/post/new-hbo-series-addresses-nations-obesity-problem <p>Michigan ranks tenth in the country, when it comes to the number of people who are overweight or obese. It&#39;s an issue that affects many of us personally, and it affects society as a whole.</p><p>A new HBO, documentary series called&nbsp; <a href="http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/"><em>The Weight of the Nation</em> </a>takes an in-depth look at this epidemic. It&#39;s in partnership with the Center for Disease Control &amp; Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.</p><p>John Hoffman is an HBO producer who worked on the documentary. The documentary recently screened in Detroit. He says, &quot;We&rsquo;ve got to engage the entire nation in addressing obesity. Almost 70% of adults and a third of children are overweight or obese, and the costs are just going to bankrupt our health care system. Our national security is threatened when one quarter of recruits can&rsquo;t qualify for our military service because they are overweight or obese&hellip;so, we are trying to sound the loudest possibly alarm in every community that this has got to become a priority.&quot;</p><p>Obesity seems to hit minorities and poor people especially hard. Hoffman says it&#39;s a matter of economics and not race.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 21:55:02 +0000 Kyle Norris & Mercedes Mejia 7443 at http://michiganradio.org A new HBO series addresses the nation's obesity problem Health advocates say state should go beyond “personal responsibility” http://michiganradio.org/post/health-advocates-say-state-should-go-beyond-%E2%80%9Cpersonal-responsibility%E2%80%9D <p>Some health advocates say Governor <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Rick Snyder</a> was not bold enough in his <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/state-state">State of the State</a> speech on fighting <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/childhood-obesity">childhood obesity</a>. Governor Snyder mentioned a program in his speech last week that would teach parents about proper nutrition for young children to help combat childhood obesity.</p><p>Katherine Knoll is with the Midwest chapter of the American Heart Association. She says kids need direct instruction on how to control their weight, and that should take place in school.</p><p>&ldquo;Just as we don&rsquo;t expect them to know how to read when they enter school, we don&rsquo;t expect them to know how to balance that calories-in-calories-out equation, and we need to work with them on that,&quot; Knoll says.</p><p>Knoll says she hopes the state Legislature will approve a measure that would require all kids in elementary and middle school to have physical education twice a week.</p><p>A spokeswoman for Governor Snyder says the governor wants to take a comprehensive approach toward tackling obesity. She says the administration expects to hear soon from the Department of Community Health on details of an obesity-fighting plan. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:03:38 +0000 Laura Weber 5895 at http://michiganradio.org U of M poll finds parents worry about childhood obesity and illegal drug use most of all http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-poll-finds-parents-worry-about-childhood-obesity-and-illegal-drug-use-most-all <p>A new poll from the University of Michigan shows parents have a growing concern about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childhood_obesity">childhood obesity</a> and <a href="http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/top-ten-national-poll-0815">illegal drug use</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children&rsquo;s Hospital has been asking parents for five years what&rsquo;s their greatest health concern when it comes to their children.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Obesity has topped the list since it started.&nbsp; But this year illegal drug use tied for the top spot.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 17:28:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 3759 at http://michiganradio.org U of M poll finds parents worry about childhood obesity and illegal drug use most of all