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The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has been linked to risks for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease 1-3 ; therefore, a compelling case can be made for the need for reduced consumption of these beverages. Sugar-sweetened beverages are beverages that contain added, naturally derived caloric sweeteners such as sucrose (table sugar), high-fructose(More)
Food access among low-income populations has long been a concern in the United States. Recent research on the geographic dimensions of access has focused on economically deprived areas with little retail food activity, referred to as 'food deserts.' We illustrate concepts of urban food access in this descriptive case study from post-Katrina New Orleans. We(More)
A hospital‐based initiative to support a mother's decision to breastfeed Background  Breastfeeding is a healthier choice than infant formula for mothers and babies. o Breastfeeding reduces a mother's risk of breast and ovarian cancers. o Breastfeeding reduces an infant's risk of ear, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, and asthma, and promotes(More)
Socioeconomic status is associated with mortality, yet does not fully explain health disparities. This study analyzed data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN), in the USA, to identify neighborhood-level factors associated with premature mortality. 1990 US Census data and mortality data from Chicago were merged with data(More)
INTRODUCTION Obesity is a public health problem that is due in part to low levels of physical activity. Physical activity levels are influenced by the built environment. We examined how changes in the built environment affected residents' physical activity levels in a low-income, primarily African American neighborhood in New Orleans. METHODS We built a(More)