childhood obesity

More than 32 percent of Hoosiers are obese according to the latest assessment in the so-called State of Obesity Report.

The annual report from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks Indiana 10th worst in the country for obesity. It was 15th last year.

A food desert is a neighborhood with low, or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables, or dairy and meats.

It is a growing national problem, and in Indiana 59 percent of counties have food deserts.

Some state lawmakers have proposed legislation to fight the problem.

But Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan found much of the work remains with non-profits and community organizations.

It’s after school at IPS 58, a grade school in Indianapolis.

Race Across USA

A Purdue professor has returned from a more than 3,000-mile trek across the United States.

Bryce Carlson says the Race Across USA involved running a marathon a day for nearly five months, along a course from Huntington, California to Washington, D.C.

He was one of a group of 12 core runners who took part in the challenge, which was designed in part to gather research on how the body reacts to extreme exercise.

Carlson says as hard as running a marathon a day was on participants, they learned quickly how to make adjustments to lessen the impact.

Purdue Professor To Run 3,080 Miles For Research And Charity

Dec 10, 2014
Race Across USA /

A lot of people have “running a marathon” on their bucket list.

But how about running a marathon a day for five months straight?

That’s just what a group of runners, including a Purdue professor, is planning to do starting January 16th.

Biological anthropologist Bryce Carlson says the Race Across USA is designed to raise awareness about childhood obesity as well as gather research on the biological and behavioral responses to extreme physical activity.

Former U.S. surgeon general speaks at Purdue

Mar 27, 2013
Photo provided by Purdue University

A former U.S. surgeon general thinks three things are needed for people to be healthy.

Dr. David Satcher says those are individual support, community involvement and good public policy. He outlined those points during a talk at Purdue Tuesday night.

Satcher says schools can play a major part in fighting the childhood obesity epidemic.

“We now know that children who are physically active and eat breakfast learn better. We can even document what happens to the brain when children are physically active.”

Families United for Kids' Health

Jan 28, 2013

A local health care provider is developing classes to help combat childhood obesity. Dietitians from Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health will lead the Families United for Kids’ Health program.

Registered Dietician Renee Tilt is organizing the effort. She says it is open to families with children between the ages of five and ten who are overweight or obese.

Tilt believes involving parents and caregivers will increase the likelihood of success. They will cover nutrition, physical activity, and behavior changes.

Purdue Extension participates in childhood obesity study

Dec 18, 2012

Developing ways to combat childhood obesity is the goal of a study involving Purdue Extension.

"Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity," helps community health coalitions to identify things that could be contributing to the problem, such as lack of easily accessible playgrounds or grocery stores.

The project involves two counties each from Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Getting your kids to eat healthy

May 3, 2012

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Clinical Dietician Anna Busenburg, of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, about getting kids to eat healthy meals.

You may contact her with questions at (765) 502-4232.

Links to websites Anna mentions:

February is National Heart Health Month

Feb 9, 2012

The month of February is associated with Valentine’s Day and there are hearts everywhere this time of year, but how often do you think about your own heart health?

Anna Busenburg is a clinical dietician with Franciscan Saint Elizabeth Health in Lafayette. She says with February being National Heart Month, you need to be reminded to love your heart!

American Heart Association

Heart Disease Facts