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Health promotion efforts in schools really do improve health

Published: Apr 24th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Can school efforts really persuade kids not to smoke, spur teens to exercise and get little ones to eat more fruits and veggies? Yes, if these efforts are part of a schoolwide program that promotes healthy behaviors on multiple fronts, according to the results of the most comprehensive study on the effects of these programs completed to date.

UF/IFAS part of $4.9 million national child obesity study

Published: Mar 17th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida students will create obesity prevention programs for their peers and later, for high school students, as part of a $4.9 million federal research and extension grant awarded last week.

Stressful experiences have big, immediate effects on children’s health

Published: Mar 12th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Science has shown that children who experience stressful events are more likely to face poor health outcomes as adults, but new research shows the effects may show up much sooner — in fact, almost immediately.

Designated drivers don’t always abstain, UF study finds

Published: Jun 10th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Maybe better call that cab, after all: A new University of Florida study found that 35 percent of designated drivers had quaffed alcohol and most had blood-alcohol levels high enough to impair their driving.

New book tackles myths, misperceptions about marijuana

Published: May 9th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than half of Americans now think marijuana should be legalized, according to survey results the Pew Research Center released in April. But could an inaccurate understanding about modern marijuana and the dangers it poses — particularly to adolescents — be skewing people’s opinions on the subject?

Presidential search, London band trip among top 2012 stories

Published: Jan 1st, 2013

This year has been another busy one for news at UF, but some stories were more popular than others. Here’s our list of the Top 10 based on unique pageviews.

ADHD drugs do not raise risk of serious heart conditions in children, study shows

Published: Oct 31st, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children taking central nervous system stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin do not face an increased risk of serious heart conditions during treatment, according to a new University of Florida study that confirms findings reported in 2011. Published in the British Medical Journal in August, the study contributes to a decade-long clinical and policy debate of treatment risks for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

Farmers’ market phonies raise ire of some customers — but not all, UF researchers say

Farmers’ market phonies raise ire of some customers — but not all, UF researchers say

Published: Sep 25th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doing business with a farmers’ market phony selling non-local food might bother some shoppers, but not all, according to a new University of Florida study.

Obesity higher in rural America than in urban parts of the country, UF researchers, colleagues find

Obesity higher in rural America than in urban parts of the country, UF researchers, colleagues find

Published: Sep 14th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The occurrence of obesity in rural areas of the U.S. is significantly higher than in urban areas, a new study from University of Florida researchers and colleagues has found. Forty percent of rural residents are obese, compared with 33 percent of urban residents.

UF study shows long-term drug abuse starts with alcohol

Published: Jul 10th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Alcohol — not marijuana — is the gateway drug that leads adolescents down the path toward more serious substances, a new University of Florida study shows.