News & Reports 3/29/10


man holding newspaperThis week, we examine the translation of scientific research into popular media by highlighting a recently-published study and the resulting press surrounding it:

Original article:

Physical Activity and Weight Gain Prevention  (Source:  Journal of the American Medical Association)  Researchers analyze the link between physical activity and weight maintenance among a cohort of middle-aged women followed for thirteen years.


Samples of press that followed:

Fighting Fat in Middle Age Takes Hard Work (Source:  NPR)

Women Should Exercise An Hour a Day to Maintain Weight, Study Says (Source:  LA Times)

To Avoid Weight Gain, Women Need to Workout a Lot (Source:  Chicago Sun-Times)


How can the public health community ensure that consumers are hearing the appropriate messages?  Share your thoughts.