Category Archives: Childhood

Physical Activity in an Urban Environment and Associations with Air Pollution and Lung Function

In new work published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society we analyzed the links between where children are physically active and their exposure to air pollution and lung function.  Physical activity is associated with increased ventilation because of … Continue reading

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A SMART START: A Symposium on Preventing Childhood Obesity

On April 16th the Mailman School is presenting an afternoon long symposium, “A SMART START:  A Symposium on Preventing Childhood Obesity“, focused on prenatal and early childhood determinants of obesity.  This symposium is part of a month long series of … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Fast Food Restaurants, Economic Investment and Adolescent Obesity

Many researchers, public health officials and policy makers suggest that neighborhood characteristics may influence dietary and physical activity patterns and thus influence obesity risk.  Because of the evidence that fast food consumption is linked to obesity, researchers interested in neighborhood … Continue reading

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Obesity among Children from Low Income Families in NYC

Our recent paper in published in the journal Preventive Medicine looks at obesity among children in a means-tested preschool program in New York City.  Among the 11,562 children from low income families enrolled the program in 2004, 16% were overweight and 24% … Continue reading

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20% of New York City Public School Children were Obese during the 2007-08 School Year

Our analyses of data from 624,204 public school children (kindergarten through 12th grade) who took part in the 2007–2008 New York City Fitnessgram Program show that prevalence of obesity was 20.3%, and the prevalence of overweight was 17.6%.  This research … Continue reading

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