Health Alert 10-5-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

October 5, 2012 - Childhood obesity is more than just a health risk. A group of retired military leaders is now calling it a national security issue. One in four young people are now so overweight they can't join the military. That's according to a new report from the advocacy group Mission: Readiness. Part of the problem, they say is all the candy and junk food kids eat every day. The group has been working to get rid of junk food in schools. It says schools are ultimately part of the solution. The Defense Department spends an estimated one billion dollars every year on obesity-related medical for active duty members, their families and veterans.

Also, if you can't get by without your morning cup of Joe, you aren't alone. A new survey finds many professionals feel more productive at work when they drink coffee. Food preparation and service workers top the list of those needing a caffeine boost. They are followed by scientists, sales reps, marketing and public relations professionals and nurses. Dunkin Donuts and CareerBuilder commissioned the survey to tie in with National Coffee Day.

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