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lettersCORC Lobbies for Better School Food
The CORC has joined with a broad coalition of organizations, including the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Food for Lunch, and Slow Food Los Angeles, to lobby for better school food in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As part of these efforts, the CORC has collected over 500 handwritten letters from district students expressing their requests for improved school food, to be delivered to new Superintendent Dr. Deasy. One of the first milestones in this campaign was Dr. Deasy’s recommendation to the Board to remove flavored milk in the district, beginning this coming Fall.

Click here for coverage of the announcement, and here to see a letter from a LAUSD student. Click here to download a lesson plan for students to voice their opinions and here to send an e-mail to the Superintendent and the Board regarding school lunch.

CORC Director Michael Goran and Research Associate Emily Ventura are the authors of an Op-Ed in the LA Times about the amount of added sugar in school breakfasts and lunches throughout Los Angeles schools. The amount of added sugar in a school breakfast alone is sometimes higher than the World Health Organization's recommendations for daily consumption of added sugar.

Two new studies from the Childhood Obesity Research Center published in Diabetes and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrate that Hispanics may be predisposed to developing fatty liver disease, which can lead to cirrhosis, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Hispanic children who carry the PNPLA3 gene variant (GG) tend to have increased liver fat, a relationship which is exacerbated with high sugar consumption.

For a video on these outcomes, please click here.

New Study Shows Higher Fructose Content of Popular Drinks

A new study from the Childhood Obesity Research Center reports that sugar content in many popular sodas and sweetened beverages may be much higher than what is reported on the nutrition label, and that fructose levels may be nearly 20% higher than popularly assumed. Although the additional calorie intake from sugar consumption is concerning, the higher level of fructose in these beverages is especially worrisome as higher fructose consumption has been associated with a higher risk for metabolic disease.
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Congressional Summit on Childhood Obesity

On September 10, USC hosted ‘Childhood Obesity: A Call to Action’, a summit held in cooperation with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Over 325 political leaders, researchers and advocates convened to discuss the underlying complexities of this issue, promising new strategies for prevention and treatment, and opportunities for collaboration and legislation. The expert panel presented a unique opportunity for leaders in various disciplines to share their ideas and perspectives, and included presentations from CORC’s director Michael Goran and several other researchers from USC.

To learn more about this childhood obesity summit, please visit:

Photo: Michael Goran (right) with Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (Image credit Steve Cohn)


Interventions cut diabetes risk in Latino youth

Strength training, circuit training and modified carbohydrate nutrition programs can be effective interventions to combat obesity and diabetes risk in Latino youth, according to a new publication from the Childhood Obesity Research Center published in the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity. These programs showed that strength training improved insulin action by 45% in Latino boys, and nutrition programs (independently, in combination with strength training, or with circuit training) improved glucose control in boys and girls. Furthermore, a circuit training class reduced all adiposity measures by approximately 3% in Latina girls.

Co-Authors of this study are Jaimie N Davis, PhD; Emily E Ventura, PhD; Gabriel Q Shaibi, PhD; Courtney E Byrd-Williams, PhD; Katherine E Alexander, MS; Amanda K Vanni, MPH; Matthew R Meija, MPH; Marc J Weigensberg, MD; Donna Spruijt-Metz, PhD, and Michael I Goran, PhD.

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 2010 marks the first annual National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and we’re thrilled that this issue is getting strong national attention and the support of First Lady Michelle Obama. Nationwide over one in three children in the US is either overweight or obese, but these rates are even higher in minority children, where in some communities one in every two children is overweight.

For more information about childhood obesity awareness month, or ways to:

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