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In the News: Hammock and Zhang Labs Target Obesity-Enhanced Colon Cancer

Bruce Hammock is a UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology with a joint appointment at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bruce Hammock, a distinguished professor of entomology with the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology who holds a joint appointment with...

Bruce Hammock is a UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology with a joint appointment at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bruce Hammock is a UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology with a joint appointment at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bruce Hammock is a UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology with a joint appointment at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Co-authors Bruce Hammock (center) with Jun Yang (left), a lead co-author and Sung Hee Hwang. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Co-authors Bruce Hammock (center) with Jun Yang (left), a lead co-author and Sung Hee Hwang. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Co-authors Bruce Hammock (center) with Jun Yang (left), a lead co-author and Sung Hee Hwang. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:53 PM
Focus Area Tags: Health Innovation

UCCE advisor says the obesity tide may be turning

Terri Spezzano loads fresh fruit and vegetables in an afterschool 'farmers market' in Turlock.
Rates of obesity are leveling off and nutrition experts are hoping rates will decline this decade, says Terri Spezzano, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Stanislaus County. Spezzano was featured in the Modesto Bee's "Monday Q&A" today.

Spezzano shared tips about increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet and the importance of developing a regular exercise routine.

The mother of two young sons, Spezzano said they sit down together on Sundays with grocery store ads and plan the week's meals.

"We love the summer because it is so much easier to get fresh fruit and vegetables," Spezzano said. "We grow our own vegetables and go to the farmers' market on Saturday and that helps us plan meals also."

The Fresno Bee sought information from UCCE for a front-page story that appeared Monday about food waste. Americans throw away 90 billion pounds of food a year, the newspaper reported.

Ginnie Nash, UCCE nutrition education program manager, suggested buying only what you need. It sounds obvious, writer Bethany Clough acknowledged in the article, but buying too much is one of the biggest sources of food waste.

"We get busy. It's tough," Nash said. Plan meals on paper and see what's in the refrigerator and cupboard before going shopping.


Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2013/06/16/2765911/uc-cooperative-extension-adviser.html?story_link=email_msg#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2013/06/16/2765911/uc-cooperative-extension-adviser.html?story_link=email_msg#storylink=cpy
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 9:02 AM
Tags: Ginnie Nash (1), nutrition (70), obesity (22), Terri Spezzano (1)

The weight of the nation

The film 'Children in Crisis' encourages parents to take action to fight obesity and overweight.
UC Cooperative Extension in Tulare County offers a free screening of a film that addresses the increasing level of overweight and obesity in the United States, reported the Visalia Times-Delta.

The film, titled “Children in Crisis,” is the third part of the HBO series “The Weight of the Nation." The film will show at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Agriculture Building Auditorium, 4437 S. Laspina St., Tulare.

Obesity is an on-going issue in Tulare County, Cathi Lamp is quoted in the article. Lamp is the UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Tulare County for nutrition, family and consumer sciences.

She is no stranger to the health issues that plague the county’s children. Lamp has been part of campaigns to stop people from drinking sugary drinks and to encourage healthful eating habits as well as incorporate physical activity into their lives, the article said.

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Tags: Cathi Lamp (2), obesity (22)

UCCE takes part in obesity prevention task force

A group of about 40 San Joaquin County professionals meet regularly to share ideas and strategies for combating obesity and overweight, afflictions that effect the majority of the county's residents, according to an article in the Stockton Record.

UC Cooperative Extension advisor Anna Martin is the interim facilitator of the Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force, which first convened in August 2009. Other members of the task force represent health and human services agencies, hospitals, school districts, the County Office of Education, University of the Pacific, health insurers, collaboratives such as Healthy San Joaquin and Select San Joaquin, the regional air district, nonprofit agencies such as Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin and Women, Infants and Children programs.

A recent meeting featured guest speaker Genoveva Islas-Hooker with the Fresno-based Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program.

She said that in many of the targeted neighborhoods where the obesity-prevention program is active, primarily in unincorporated rural areas, people cannot drink the water and have to turn to processed beverages.

"A 20-ounce bottle of water is $1.99 versus a 44-ounce sugar drink that costs 79 cents. We need to stop pushing soda consumption," she said.

Inexpensive soda contributes to the obesity epidemic, experts say.
Inexpensive soda contributes to the obesity epidemic, experts say.

Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Tags: Anna Martin (3), obesity (22)

UCCE launches Northern California obesity study, 'Naturalist' program

Access to clean, cold water helps create a healthy school environment.
UC Cooperative Extension nutrition researchers are in the process of selecting five schools each from Shasta and Butte counties to pilot a nutrition and extension program that university researchers will study to learn how to motivate kids to choose healthy habits, the Redding Record Searchlight reported.

The project is funded with a $500,000 grant from UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.

"We are going to support the school(s) to develop a stronger wellness program that rewards healthy eating and physical activity," said Concepción Mendoza, UCCE advisor in Shasta County, nutrition, family and consumer sciences.

UC Cooperative Extension specialist Patricia Crawford, nutrition, told reporter Joe Szydiowski that people's palettes depend on four criteria: easy to get, cheap, tastes good, and heavily advertised.

Those combine to provide a strong push for people to eat unhealthy food.

"We have to go against the forces to reach out and get foods that will make us healthy," she said. One of the best ways to do that, Crawford said, is by providing students with easy access to cold, clean water.

The program could be extended to the state and national level if it's successful after the two years of study.

UCCE offers 'California Naturalist' program in Truckee

Aspiring naturalists may enroll in a 40-hour course this summer at UC Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station near Truckee to receive classroom and field training in science, problem-solving, communication and community service, according to the Sierra Sun.

The 'California Naturalist' course fee of $350 includes course instruction, a PDF textbook, graduation certificate, website support and registration as a UC "California Naturalist."

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

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