Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Aging in Shape a Pitt Program That Keeps Seniors Svelte

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Aging in Shape a Pitt Program That Keeps Seniors Svelte

Article excerpt

It isn't easy to shed weight, despite the many programs out there for doing so. That's why success of the MOVE UP campaign against obesity is encouraging.

In all, 11 groups of about 10 people each are enrolled in the program by the University of Pittsburgh Prevention Research Center. Instead of preventing older adults from eating food they enjoy, the program encourages exercise and shows how to watch calories and portion sizes.

Reports of the program's success are especially welcome in the wake of a new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that 35 percent of men and 40 percent of women suffer from obesity. That compares to 15 percent of women and 11 percent of men worldwide, according to 2014 World Health Organization data.

The Pitt program offers weight management techniques more affordable than bariatric surgery or drugs, which patients sometimes need but insurance companies are reluctant to cover. …

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