UNC-CH to lead $34 million effort to see if girls can become more fit

CHAPEL HILL - Obesity has reached all-time record levels in the United States for both sexes and all ages, and, over time, the result will be more heart disease and other illnesses such as diabetes, most doctors agree.

One reason for this epidemic of obesity is what some call "the couch potato syndrome." For example, half of all adolescent girls in this country fail to exercise vigorously enough to maintain their health long-term, according to national studies.

Now a new research effort called the Trial of Activity in Adolescent Girls (TAAG) will see if it's possible to reverse at least part of that disturbing trend in girls. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and six other universities have just been awarded grants totaling more than $34 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to support the TAAG project.

Dr. June Stevens, associate professor of nutrition at the UNC-CH schools of public health and medicine, is principal investigator for the study's coordinating center. The overall goal will be to improve girls' fitness levels to promote health and reduce their risk of obesity. "When girls hit middle school, many of them stop being physically active," Stevens said. "We want to find out if it's possible to prevent that decline in physical activity and to keep girls active and fit."

Researchers at the other six universities each will recruit six public schools and match them with two local programs such as clubs and athletic leagues that can offer structured physical activity for a total of some 3,000 seventh-grade girls. Using various fitness tests such as treadmills and activity monitors, investigators will learn how fit the girls are at the beginning and the end of the project two years later. That will show if such programs can increase activity and fitness and keep them at acceptable levels.

The coordinating center will make sure the study is done the same way at each site, prepare study materials and gath

Contact: David Williamson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. UNC-CH School of Social Work receives grant to prevent violence
2. CDC funds will enable UNC-CH to help minimize domestic violence in flood areas
3. UNC-CH public health specialists confirm Norwalk-like virus caused Seawell illnesses
4. UNC-CH study finds N.C. outpatient heart rehabilitation programs mostly under-used
5. UNC-CH, Duke AIDS experts, patients to update epidemic, describe new support
6. 90 high schools will participate in UNC-CH head injury study
7. UNC-CH wins $42.1 million federal contract to study drugs for schizophrenia and Alzheimers
8. National Cancer Institute awards UNC-CH $5 million for unique prostate cancer studies
9. Annual UNC-CH study shows state gaining health providers, but big imbalances remain
10. UNC-CH nutrition expert says nation should regulate some diet supplements
11. National Cancer Institute to support statewide UNC-CH colon cancer study

Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/13/2018)... ... ... Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services Team is currently in Marianna, Florida — one ... serve hurricane survivors with water, food, baby products, hygiene kits, flood buckets, tarps and ... supplies are in motion to Florida. , Convoy’s walk-up and drive-thru distribution ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... CHURCH, Va. (PRWEB) , ... October 11, 2018 ... ... and services, today announced the acquisition of J.Lodge, an industry leader in contact ... story —a lifelong survivor of a debilitating medical condition—J. Lodge supports alternative work ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... ... October 11, 2018 , ... Four ... vulnerable to manipulation,” warns former U.S. Department of Homeland Security deputy assistant secretary ... and How We Can Stop it. , Pointing to the ability of Russian ...
(Date:10/6/2018)... ... October 06, 2018 , ... Why is that some people gain weight under ... visible? San Luis Obispo nurse practitioner , Carol Rowsemitt, PhD, RN, FNP-C, says, ... human primitive body response and little to do with will power.” She understands this ...
(Date:10/6/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... October 06, 2018 , ... ... local and international clients in Miami. , Haute Beauty, well known for ... Feliz as a leading aesthetic surgeon and our newest addition to the Haute ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/16/2018)... ... 2018 , ... Cameras and monitoring are top-of-mind when people think about home ... key role in a family’s health and well-being. That’s why Home Expert Danny ... “Safe At Home” satellite media event today. , Lipford and Wolf connected with ...
(Date:10/16/2018)... ... , ... AMGtime will be exhibiting at the LeadingAge Annual ... 1940, AMGtime will showcase time, labor management, and scheduling solutions including cloud and ... Skilled Nursing Facility module . , Designed to appease common pain points that ...
(Date:10/13/2018)... ... October 12, 2018 , ... ... July 7, 1987 which was used in the Lockheed F22 Aircraft. Today, he ... controlled and uncontrolled AF-Arrhythmia, which can lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD). , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: