Health Alert: 'Standing Up to Childhood Obesity by Not Sitting as Much in School'

Saturday health alert with Andrea Roane

Today’s health alert focuses on the young and more mature with conversations about “Standing Up to Childhood Obesity by Not Sitting as Much in School,” lowering the first year dropout rate in college and “Standing Up to Falls.”

Health officials say prolonged sitting is of major causes of the childhood obesity. Nearly 17 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese, and another 15 percent are overweight.

It greatly increases a person's risk for obesity, metabolic issues and chronic disease.

A change in philosophy to incorporate standing desks in all classrooms could have a major positive impact on public health.

Want to lower first year dropout rates in college? Give homesick students a dog.

Results from a new study indicate that homesick students are more likely to stay in school if they receive pet therapy.

The therapy would include a once a week, 45 minute session interacting with dogs, their handlers, and other students involved in the session.

On September 24, from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Sibley Medical Building, there’s an event for “Standing Up to Falls.”

The event will teach visitors about the problems caused by vision loss that contribute to millions of falls each year.


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