Obesity rates are above 15 percent in all but one of the 189 communities surveyed by Gallup and Healthways, despite the goal set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 program.
In fact, according to their survey, the U.S. obesity rate as a whole rose to 27.1 percent, which is the highest rate recorded nationwide since Gallup and Healthways began tracking in 2008.
The 2011 Gallup-Healthways Well-being results are out. There was very little difference in the results from 2010 to 2011. In terms of residents’ well-being, Hawaii grabbed the number one spot for the third year in a row. West Virgina residents reported the lowest well-being this year. The Well-being Index scores are calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, 100 being ideal well-being. The states are “graded” in six categories to create their total score. Hawaii scored 70.2 while West Virgina scored 62.3. The nation as a whole scored 66.2.
Throughout the country, the western states continue to have the highest scores, while the southern states score the lowest. The six categories that are measured include life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behavior, and healthy access.
Fans of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution are looking forward to season 2 to start mid-season. Although ABC.com offers very little information, it has been reported that they have ordered another six episodes for season 2 of Food Revolution, which recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Show.
This season, Jamie will take on America’s second largest city, Los Angeles, California. The focus will include people of all ages in schools, offices, homes, and restaurants in L.A. Will the residents of Los Angeles respond differently to Jamie’s education about processed food and cooking lessons than the citizens of Huntington, West Virginia, who were offended by his ‘help’? L.A. certainly has a different reputation, but an obesity problem does exist in Los Angeles.
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution from Fresh One and Ryan Seacrest Productions is loosely based on Jamie’s UK series, Jamie’s Ministry of Food and Jamie’s School Dinners, which helped reshape school food in Great Britain. Jamie is the author of several best-selling cookbooks, and his newest cookbook Jamie’s America: Easy Twists on Great American Classics and More! will be released by Hyperion in October. (more…)
Americans should be thrilled that Jamie Oliver has skipped the pond, but not everyone seems to be. After using one of his television series to reshape the school lunch program in the United Kingdom, the celebrity chef is coming stateside to help change what has been deemed the unhealthiest city in America, according to governmental surveys, in a new series on ABC called “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.” Huntington, West Virginia (population 50,000) has an adult obesity rate of 50% and leads the nation in incidences of diabetes and heart disease.
There’s an interesting initiative in West Virginia to combat child obesity. Schools are trying to sub healthier versions of the usual junk food they serve. It’s well intentioned, but it’s not without critics, since some think that kids will grow up not knowing how to make healthy choices when an adult isn’t tricking them into eating healthier.