• wild rice with onion, celery, and spinach
  • exercise
  • oatmeal pancakes
  • walking
  • roasted chicken
  • kids
  • zucchini bread
  • market
  • lettuce cups
  • overnight steel-cut oats
  • pb&j muffins

News & Events

03.31.2014

Hunger is linked to obesity in children

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02.27.2014

Child and adult obesity rates remain high, but decline in 2- to 5-year-olds

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01.21.2014

Americans are eating healthier and cutting down on calories

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01.05.2014

If they eat it, so will I: how social groups affect eating behavior

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11.20.2013

New guidelines urge doctors to treat obesity more aggressively

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11.08.2013

Family dinnertime habits may help fight obesity

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10.21.2013

Using low-calorie sweeteners may help with weight control

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09.30.2013

A report card on America's diet: how are we doing?

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08.20.2013

Obesity rates in adults holding steady but still high overall

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08.09.2013

Obesity rates down among preschoolers from poor families

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07.31.2013

Growth spurt may help some kids outgrow obesity without losing weight

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07.29.2013

High blood pressure risk rising in children and teens — obesity and excess salt linked to increased risk

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07.12.2013

Physical activity and obesity rates county by county

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06.23.2013

Poll says schools should lead the way in preventing obesity

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06.11.2013

Studies find Americans cutting back on sugary drinks and sweets

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05.21.2013

Obesity ranked by job: transportation workers take top spot, doctors least obese

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05.05.2013

Study offers strategies for handling all-you-can-eat buffets

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04.16.2013

Improving nutrition in school competitive foods does not lead to long-term financial loss

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03.10.2013

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report

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02.17.2013

Kids need recess at school — here's why

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02.05.2013

Obesity facts and fiction — can you spot the difference?

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01.30.2013

Social media may help beat childhood obesity

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01.22.2013

Health effects of childhood obesity don't wait until adulthood

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01.06.2013

Study finds a little excess weight may not increase risk of early death

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12.17.2012

When counting daily calories, keep tabs on alcohol

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11.21.2012

Diabetes rates rise dramatically across the U.S.

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11.11.2012

Leisure-time physical activity extends life

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10.14.2012

More studies link sugary drinks and weight gain

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09.30.2012

Adult obesity projections for 2030: soaring rates threaten America’s health

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09.09.2012

Key strategies to maintain weight loss after menopause

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08.23.2012

More Americans are walking

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08.15.2012

From Mississippi to Colorado, US obesity rates remain high

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08.06.2012

Nutrition and health organizations take a stand on sweeteners

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07.17.2012

Study finds three key strategies can boost your weight-loss success

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06.03.2012

New York City Plans to Ban Supersized Sugary Drinks

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05.13.2012

HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation tackles America’s obesity epidemic

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04.19.2012

Weight control is not as simple as energy in = energy out

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04.10.2012

SUA supports farm bill nutrition priorities

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04.03.2012

CDC’s WHO growth chart training is online

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03.30.2012

Online games sway kids’ snack preferences

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03.18.2012

Kids get more calories from added sugars in foods than drinks

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02.10.2012

It's not just size but color that affects how much you put on your plate.

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01.26.2012

AHA suggests that parents should be involved in treatment programs for obese children.

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01.15.2012

American Cancer Society releases updated nutrition and physical activity guidelines

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01.03.2012

January is the most popular month for ads on weight loss products and services. With so many enticing options for slimming down, choosing the one that will work the best can be daunting.

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Welcome to Shape Up America!

Founded in 1994, Shape Up America!® is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization committed to raising awareness of obesity as a health issue and to providing responsible information on healthy weight management. Take a journey through our website to find information and ideas to achieve a healthy weight for you and your family. If you are a health professional, you will find resources to assist your clients and patients with their efforts to attain and maintain a healthy weight.

Spring Suggestions from Chef Joanna

As the weather warms up, and with Easter, Passover and spring brunches around the corner, we look to celebrate the table with freshness and color. With enticing herbs and spring produce like asparagus, carrots, beets, and strawberries, naturally healthy options look delicious! Check out some of the spring recipes below to enjoy nature's bounty.

SUA Advisory Board Members at ICO 2014

Shape Up America! congratulates its esteemed science advisors on their presentations and recognition at the International Congress on Obesity 2014 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 17-20. Judith Stern, Sc.D., R.D. presented scientific posters and Steven Blair, P.E.D. presented the Award Plenary session at which time he received The Population Science and Public Health Award.

Help Us Get America Moving in 2014 and Beyond

Please consider giving $10, $20, or any amount you can to help us continue on our mission to fight obesity and help all Americans reach a healthy weight. Shape Up America! is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Just click below to make a secure donation using PayPal, or send a check to Shape Up America!, P.O. Box 149, Clyde Park, MT 59018. We do not sell or trade your donation information to other parties. For more information, please read our privacy policy.

TO DO: If you started the enrollment process before March 31, complete your enrollment ASAP!

Go to healthcare.gov for more information. You can learn about your options and whether you qualify for reductions on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

Open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014 but if you started the process previously, you can still complete it and avoid a penalty on next year’s income taxes. Go to healthcare.gov today or call toll-free at 1-800-318-2596.

The Danger of Too Much Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a period when both mother and baby need protection. Yet in America, at least half of all pregnancies are unplanned. More and more men and women are entering pregnancy either overweight or obese. During pregnancy, overweight women face serious health risks including high blood pressure and diabetes that are harmful to both mother and baby.

The infants born to overweight or obese mothers (and fathers) are fatter at birth and they face a higher risk of obesity by the age of 4.

All of these risks increase if the mother gains too much weight during pregnancy.

To protect the health of pregnant mothers and guard against the risk of childhood obesity, please learn about the new weight gain guidelines.


Read more about weight gain during pregnancy

Sign Up for Our New Weekly Tips

Shape Up America! and organizations such as BariMD along with industry announce a campaign to reach 500,000 patients to motivate them to not give up on their ongoing commitment to maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. Sign up today to receive a weekly tip by email!

Remembering C. Everett Koop

A fond remembrance of the founder of Shape Up America! by the president and CEO, Dr. Barbara Moore.


C. Everett Koop — In Memoriam

New education materials for people with joint pain and excess weight

Shape Up America! through our membership in the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (www.oaaction.org) has created pamphlets to assist individuals affected by excess weight and who are experiencing joint pain or have been diagnosed with arthritis to take action steps to improve their joint pain. These pamphlets detail how excessive weight affects joint pain/arthritis, the benefits of losing weight on joint pain/arthritis, and how to make healthy lifestyle changes. They are available in color and black and white and at different sizes for easy reading.


OAAA Weight Management Resources

Warning About Taking Qsymia® Before or During Pregnancy

If you are currently taking Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) and you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you should stop taking this medicine immediately and contact your health care provider. Use of Qsymia during pregnancy will put your baby at higher risk for developing certain birth defects.

Use the following link for further information:
FDA Qsymia medication guide

Breaking News: FDA Issues Warning About Weight Loss Supplements

On June 17, 2013, the FDA issued warnings about several potentially hazardous products, including: Paiyouji Plus, Fat Zero, Fruit & Plant Slimming, Extreme Body Slim, Bethel 30, XIYOUJI QINGZHI CAPSULE, and MAXILOSS Weight Advanced Blue.

For more information about these warnings:
FDA Public Notification about Tainted Products

Dr. Barbara Moore Talks About Childhood Obesity

Recently Dr. Barbara Moore, the president of Shape Up America!, shared her expertise on childhood obesity as part of a video series produced by Kids in the House, an online parenting resource. Use the links below to view this important series.

One Way to Deal With Food Deserts

Houston is a great example of a city that is tackling the issue of food deserts head-on. Here's how they approached the problem:

NCES Marketplace NCES Catalog Image Map

Looking for Pedometers? Fight Childhood Obesity and Join the MOVment!

Shape Up America! and MOVband are teaming up to get people moving and help fight obesity.

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Jason Bahamundi at 2012 Ironman Arizona

UPDATE: Congratulations to Jason on a terrific year of racing triathlons in 2013. Jason started with a 70.3 race in San Juan, Puerto Rico and followed that up with his 3rd Ironman race at Ironman Texas in May. On a tremendously hot and humid day Jason raced to the 15th fastest marathon in the M40-44 age group. His 2014 season already has an Ironman race pinned down with Ironman Chattanooga in September. We wish him good luck in 2014 as he continues his commitment to living a healthy lifestyle that includes both exercise and proper nutrition.

If you wish to read more about Jason and his training and/or racing please visit his website at cooktraineatrace.com.

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