Jan 18 2012

Public Health News Roundup: January 18

New Studies Find Obesity Rate Holding Steady

Two new studies released yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that in 2009 and 2010, about one in three adults and one in six kids and teens were obese. The rates, reported by researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics represent no change from 2007 and 2008 figures and only a slight increase among specific demographics over rates from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Read more obesity news.

NIH to Fund Four Centers on Child and Teen Learning Disabilities

The National Institutes of Health is providing funding for four centers in different parts of the U.S. to conduct research on the causes and treatment of learning disabilities in children and adolescents. Read more on disability.

DOT Provides $40 Million in Funding to Help Improve Conditions at National Parks, Forests and Refuges

The Department of Transportation is allocating $40 million to help provide safe, convenient access for visitors to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, and modernize aging transportation infrastructure. Projects range from redesigning and widening the Nauset Bicycle Trail at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts to purchasing new buses to transport visitors between Sausalito and the Muir Woods National Monument in California. Read more on transportation and health.

Tags: Disability, Environment, News roundups, Obesity, Public and Community Health, Transportation