Category: Culture of Health

January 26, 2016

Put Oregon on the Nation’s Junk Food Map

PreventObesity.net, a project of the American Heart Association, wants Oregonians to help  show the impact of junk food marketing on U.S. kids and teens. Email your story or upload a photo: It could be the fast-food billboard near your neighborhood school, or that soda promotion that came home in your child’s backpack.

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January 22, 2016

Is that Happiness in Your Soda—or Something Else?

Soda companies claim their products equal happiness, so the Center for Science in the Public Interest built a “Happiness Stand” in the middle of a busy intersection to test the proposition. A video shows what happened next.

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January 22, 2016

“I Love This Place”: Stories of Changing Neighborhoods

Young people who make powerful videos are the force behind a new website and story-telling platform that fosters conversation about gentrification and community change, while highlighting the pride and identity that defines Albina and other Portland neighborhoods.

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January 20, 2016

Does Your Child See 400+ Candy Ads Each Year?

A child in the United States sees 485 television ads for candy every year, on average, says a recent study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut. That number is rising, despite promises by candy makers not to advertise to children 11 and under. 

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January 20, 2016

Can Stress Trigger Asthma in Kids?

Prolonged chronic stress leads to greater production of chemicals that can kick the immune system into overdrive, resulting in asthma and other health problems with lifelong consequences, scientists say. Children who struggle to breathe find it hard to play, learn and develop into healthy adults. 

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