5@5: Half of US adults on track to be severely obese by 2030 | Grocery delivery aids food deserts

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December 19, 2019

2 Min Read

By 2030, nearly half of all US adults will be obese, experts predict

New research indicates that severe obesity will become as common in 2030 as regular obesity was for U.S. adults in the 1990s, meaning nearly half of all U.S. adults will fit into this category. The condition is affected by both race and income, with around a third of non-Latino Black Amercians and 31.7% of adults living below the poverty line expected to struggle with severe obesity over the next decade. Read more at The Los Angeles Times... 

How online grocery delivery could help alleviate food deserts

A pilot program that allows SNAP recipients to use their benefits to pay for online groceries is making it easier for residents of food deserts to access fresh, healthy fare. But a new analysis from Yale University has also found that while the program could be an effective mechanism for those in urban food deserts, rural areas are still tough to accomodate. Read more at NPR...

FDA approves fish oil-derived drug for use preventing heart attacks, strokes

A fish oil-derived drug has been approved by the FDA for medical use to "reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients." A large late-stage study revealed that the drug, called Vascepa, reduced the risk of heart attack by 25% compared with a placebo. Read more at The Wall Street Journal...

In the future, office design plans will prioritize employee wellness

Workplace wellness is the next big thing in the battle against employee burnout, and forward-thinking employers would do well to take notes from companies like Facebook and Google. Office layouts and amenities are, according to one expert, "integral to hiring and retention." Open offices, more plants, decompression spaces and social zones are four areas to start. Read more at Well and Good...

Burger King is giving delayed travelers free Impossible Whoppers

Burger King is making efforts this holiday season to boost sales of its already incredibly popular Impossible Whopper by giving out free plant-based patties to anyone within a U.S. airport whose flight was delayed. The alternative burger has been driving an unprecedented amount of growth at the chain, according to CEO José Cil.  Read more at CNN...

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