Students at Chicago's Gary Comer College Prep get a high-powered workout as well as nutrition education as part of the school's program to fight obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Teacher Orlandus Thomas developed an aerobics program that emphasizes students' ability to "practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks" and combined it with classes on cooking, diet and nutrition.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., has plans for a $6 million kitchen that will allow it to provide patients with room-service-style, custom-made meals. Jamie Nicolosi, director of nutritional services, says patients will heal better when they can get the food they want when they want it.
A U.S. study found that severely obese adults who undergo bariatric surgery have a higher suicide rate in the years after the procedure compared with the general population. The reason for the higher suicide rate is unclear, but researchers say pre-existing depression or other mental health conditions might play a role. The surgery itself is not thought to be a contributing factor.
An analysis of 22 studies found no evidence that pregnant women who drank even three to four cups of coffee per day had a higher risk of preterm birth than those who avoided caffeine. Researchers said the findings do not mean caffeine is entirely safe during pregnancy, only that moderate amounts do not appear to affect preterm birth.
About 35% of children ages 5 and up who have food allergies get bullied or teased about it, according to study data. Researchers said along with the mental toll for these children, there also is a risk that bullying could result in a dangerous allergic reaction.