Thursday, October 11, 2012
The $4.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control will be put towards reducing health inequities in communities of color.
Boston received a multi-million dollar grant to improve overall health and reduce obesity and hypertention among black and Latino residents of Boston. The $4.6 million grant, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was only awarded to two cities in the entire country, Boston and Los Angeles. The grant allows participation in the three-year REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) program. Mayor Thomas Menino said Boston was one of the first cities to address health disparities among diverse communities, and that he's "determined to stay at the forefront." “I’m so proud of the work we’ve done to build strong partnerships to continue to improve the health and wellness of our city,” said Menino. “It …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Dr. Helen Carter is no longer accepting patients who weigh over 200 pounds or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. What do you think about her new rule?
Should doctors be able to institute weight limits for patients as a way of avoiding injuries, or is this discrimination against people who may need help? The question stems from Dr. Helen Carter, a Worcester-based doctor is no longer accepting new patients who are obese, according to WBUR—specifically, patients who weigh over 200 pounds or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. Carter told WBUR that her new policy is "self-preservation," instituted because another doctor in her practice had been seriously injured pulling out the exam table foot rest for a patient who weighed 280 pounds. The policy isn't discriminatory, Carter told WBUR, because patients have access to other doctors in the area, including some facilities that cater to …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Boston University and the city put teenage obesity in the crosshairs.
The City of Boston has teamed up with Boston University to embark on a $1.2 million campaign to help combat teenage obesity, Channel 5 WCVB reported. According to the school, this program will be based out of the Blackstone Community Center, where The B.U. Health, Fitness and Wellness Program will provide training, nutrition counseling and wellness programs to local teens. The university will invest $1.25 million over the next five years into this program, which is set to begin next year.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
If we recognize that eating disorders are related to obesity, lawmakers in Boston and in Massachusetts can help more kids at risk.
“Mommy, I’m fat,” says my daughter, all 40-something lbs. and 40-something inches of her. I see a perfectly smooth belly, and a body that is all little-kid taut. She looks in the mirror and manages to stick out her tummy a bit farther by arching her back. “You’re not fat,” comes my truthful response. It's a conversation that goes on. As much as kids are their parents’ parrots, I hope my child is not copying my own body concerns – since I have my metabolism and city walking to thank and I’m not overweight. But to blame her behavior on any media is all too easy. Yet talk about fat we will – from Michelle Obama to Tom Menino, Disney World to City Hall, the conversation is hard to escape. Half of the adults and a third of Boston’s children are…