December 16, 2011 Teenagers were less likely to buy a sugary soft drink if they knew it would take 50 minutes of jogging to burn off the calories. Researchers in Baltimore slapped signs on the drink coolers in corner markets to see what information would encourage healthier drink choices.
December 12, 2011 First lady Michelle Obama helps children set world record in jumping jacks. More than 300,000 people jumped to set a record for the Guinness Book of World Records on October 11 and 12, 2011.
December 2, 2011 The Partnership for a Healthier America, chaired by first lady Michelle Obama, has inked more than 20 deals with food companies from Walmart to Hyatt. The hope is that small changes to promote more healthful food within a big industry can help halt the obesity epidemic.
September 15, 2011 The company has pledged to reduce its calorie and sodium footprints with a goal of 10 percent reduction over the next five years and 20 percent in the next decade. It says its restaurants will also downsize meal portions.
August 3, 2011 Now researchers have confirmed what many parents see every day: Kids love to use electronic devices at the same time. The multitasking can make it even more challenging to figure out how much time kids are spending in front of screens.
July 19, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, should parents lose custody of a child who is obese, and Rupert Murdoch's testimony. In the second hour, what comes next after the Arab Spring, and The Pirates of Somalia.
June 27, 2011 Pediatricians are recommending that children shouldn't spend more than two hours a day plopped down in front of a computer, television or any other glowing device. And the littlest kids — those ages 2 and younger — shouldn't watch any TV at all, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
June 23, 2011 Almost 10 percent of babies and toddlers are overweight, and children's health researchers are concerned. The Institute of Medicine wants child care centers, preschools and parents to play a bigger role in keeping these young kids from gaining too much weight.
June 20, 2011 Researchers in Maine found no significant relationship between the proximity of unhealthful food stores to schools and high school students' weight. But a critic said the study was too small to answer the question definitively.
March 4, 2011 The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia want McDonald's to report to the world on what it's doing to address concerns about the health effects of fast food. The nuns are particularly concerned about children's health.
February 10, 2011 A California mom is part of a lawsuit that claims the marketing of Nutella as a healthful food is misleading. The maker of the chocolaty, nutty spread stands by its product.
February 7, 2011 Formula-fed kids who started on solid food by four months were six times more likely to become obese as preschoolers. For kids who got breast milk, there was no difference in obesity risk tied to when solid foods were introduced.