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A Patchwork of Progress

November 10, 2011

Outlines changes in childhood obesity and overweight rates in California between 2005 and 2010 by county. Considers implications of regional variations, including public policy options for promoting healthy diets and physical activity.

Food Environments Near Home and School Related to Consumption of Soda and Fast Food

July 20, 2011

Outlines how retail food environments affect adolescents' consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and fast food, including county-by-county variations. Discusses implications for health outcomes and policy recommendations improve food environments.

Adolescent Physical Education and Physical Activity in California

May 31, 2011

Based on 2007 California Health Interview Survey data, examines participation in physical education and other physical activity among adolescents ages 12 to 17 by gender and county, and implications for health outcomes. Makes policy recommendations.

Income Disparities in Asthma Burden and Care in California

December 15, 2010

Examines the prevalence of asthma by county, income, age, and race/ethnicity; impact on productivity; and how income affects insurance status, access to care, and exposure to risk factors. Calls for expanded health coverage and quality care for the poor.

Obesity and Diabetes: Two Growing Epidemics in California

August 30, 2010

Analyzes the 2001-07 increase in obesity and diabetes prevalence by race/ethnicity, age, income, education, and years lived in the United States. Outlines policy implications of the disproportionate effect on people of color, the poor, and less educated.

Bubbling Over: Soda Consumption and Its Link to Obesity in California

September 12, 2009

Based on 2005 Health Interview Survey data, examines the link between soda consumption and the prevalence of overweight and obese adults and children, geographical differences in soda consumption, and the social and environmental factors that affect it.

Teen Dietary Habits Related to Those of Parents

February 9, 2009

Based on data from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey, analyzes the correlation between teenagers' and their parents' consumption of fruits and vegetables, soda, and fast food. Makes policy recommendations for promoting healthy eating.

Many Californians With Asthma Have Problems Understanding Their Doctor

January 22, 2009

Examines the prevalence and consequences of communication problems with doctors among adult asthma patients by education, income, insurance status, English proficiency, race/ethnicity, and nativity. Recommends customized education materials and programs.

Low-Income Adolescents Face More Barriers to Healthy Weight

December 8, 2008

Examines the causes behind the higher prevalence of obesity among low-income adolescents, including unhealthy food environments, few opportunities for physical activity, and irregular family meals. Makes policy recommendations to address such disparities.

Designed for Disease: The Link Between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes

April 1, 2008

Examines the link between a community's retail food environment -- the ratio of fast-food outlets and convenience stores to grocery stores and produce vendors, with income level as a factor -- and the prevalence of adult obesity and diabetes.

California Adolescents Increasingly Inactive

April 1, 2005

Explores the health benefits of regular exercise; the extent to which adolescents in California are getting adequate levels of physical activity; and factors that affect high rates of inactivity. Provides policy recommendations.

Diabetes in California: Findings From the 2001 California Health Interview Survey

April 1, 2003

Examines the prevalence of diabetes in California, with particular attention paid to disparities between different population groups. Includes access to medical care, diabetes care and management, and identifying at-risk populations.