The U.S. government ushered in the new year with a brand-new set of food and exercise suggestions for the American public. The guidelines form the basis of recommendations the government uses to develop future programs and policies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to incorporate key recommendations from the guidelines when it updates the current Food Guide Pyramid la...
The U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) is giving more than $5.1 million to help older adults maintain a level of independence in their communities. Most of the grants (16 new and six continuing) will be spent on providing access to health and supportive services and on removing barriers to those services. Some grants will also improve the overall quality of life for retirement community residents....
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced a new Medicare coverage policy that could make it easier for beneficiaries to receive weight loss treatment. Under the plan, anti-obesity interventions would be made available “if scientific and medical evidence demonstrate their effectiveness in improving . . . health outcomes.”
Acknowledging obesity as a global epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed its Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health at the annual Health Assembly in Geneva.
According to a WHO press release, the new policy addresses
two of the major risk factors responsible for noncommunicable
diseases (NCDs), which now account for 60% of global deaths. NCDs include cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity-related conditions.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has launched a new program to support health and physical activity for the 6 million American children and youth who have disabilities. Supported by more than 50 national organizations,
the initiative is being led by the HHS’ Office on Disability in collaboration with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS).
If proposed legislation passes, you might discover a new hiking trail
or recreation center in your community. The Get Outdoors (GO) Act would establish a permanent source of annual funding for local governments, states and federal agencies to encourage physical
activity and recreation in urban, suburban and rural areas. Introduced in April by Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Don Young
(R-AK), the legislation seeks to provide $3.125 billion per year, derived from offshore energy production revenues, for the following purposes:
How many times have clients asked you about over-the-top weight loss products they saw on television? Usually the product manufacturers make outlandish claims that you itemize and debunk. It’s not always easy, however, to convince clients that a pill doesn’t work when they’ve already been exposed to very persuasive arguments from well-produced infomercials. You can’t keep your eye on every bad claim.
More evidence is stacking up against dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Over-the-counter DHEA capsules and creams have been hyped to battle everything from low sex drive to heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Many athletes and bodybuilders also use the supplement in their efforts to gain muscle mass.
The national institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a 5-year strategic plan entitled "Promoting Quality Science in Dietary Supplement Research, Education and Communication." The new strategies, developed by the NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), cover the government's goals and initiatives for the period 2004-2009. These include ongoing evaluation of existing ODS programs, needs for new programs and prioritization of resource allocation.
Dietary supplements will now be subject to government scrutiny in Canada, under the country’s new Natural Products Regulation law. Products such as herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals and homeopathic medicines will now be licensed and labeled with the license numbers. Labels will also list directions for use; any health claims; medicinal and nonmedicinal ingredients; and any contraindications or adverse effects. The new law will be phased in over 2–6 years.