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Mild Zika outbreak could cost $183 million
Cost of Zika outbreak in the United States could be high
Hopkins researcher says mild Zika outbreak could cost at least $183 million
A New Hope: Vaccine Supply Chains Get More Attention
Overweight kids are costing America billions
More physical activity among children will save America billions
Modest increases in physical activity for U.S. kids could save billions in future costs
Here's How Much Children's Physical Inactivity Is Costing You
Child’s Play Is Good for All of Us
Modest increase in physical activity would save $22 billion in lost wages, medical costs
Getting Kids To Run Around Would Save The U.S. Billions
Modest increases in kids' physical activity could avert billions in medical costs
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Here's What's Meant By Shannen Doherty's Breast Cancer Being In Remission
Napercise: Why Nap For Free When You Can Pay For It?
Crash Test Dummies: Here's What The Obesity Epidemic Is Doing To Them
Medical Schools Vary in Quality of Obesity Education
Look What Happens When You Pay Attention To Neglected Tropical Diseases
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Didn't Get Enough Time To Do What He Wanted
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Serena Williams May Be Pregnant, But Her Career's Not Over By A Long Shot
In Berkeley, Soda Tax Is Doing What It's Supposed To Do
How One Medical School Is Dealing With Too Much Information
Amy Schumer's Swimsuit Cover Has Nothing To Do With A 'Fat' Agenda
Obesity And Diabetes Kill More Than Initially Thought, According To New Study
The Data Show Hospitals Need To Do Better At Protecting Your Personal Data
Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Reportedly Wants NFL To Stop Banning Marijuana
Tyra Banks Removes Age Limits For 'America's Next Top Model'
Mattthew Perry Reveals Another Reason Why You Shouldn't Bully Others
The Science Behind Louis C.K.'s Love Of Naps
2017’s Fattest Cities in America
Here's America's Third Leading Cause Of Death And What Trump's Budget May Do
Study Re-Emphasizes: If You Want To Advance Science, Try Explaining It More Simply
Actor Dr. Ken Jeong Answers (And Mocks) Medical Questions On Twitter
Stop Wasting Doctors' Time And Resources By Overtesting Them
Study: Whole-Body Vibration May Reduce Weight Like Running On A Treadmill, But...
Bill Gates Is Right: USAID Is Not Just Foreign Aid, It Aids The U.S.
The New Wonder Woman Movie Trailer And The Battle Over Her Armpits
Subway Uses Lab Tests To Try To Show Its Chicken Isn't Soy
Three New Studies Suggest Gender And Racial Bias In Medical Training
Time To Get Rid Of The Daylight Saving Time Switch
Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge Out Indefinitely With Heart Issue
Now Zika May Cause Heart Problems In Healthy Adults
Ubisoft's Dig Rush Video Game May Become Just What The Doctor Ordered
Study: 8 Gallons Of Pee In An Average Public Pool
Nearly One In Five LinkedIn Members Say Health Insurance Affected Job Choice
CDC Findings Warn You To Check If Your Child Is Drinking Hand Sanitizer
Subway Denies Report That About 50% Of Its Chicken Is Not Really Chicken
Here's What's On The WHO's New Most Dangerous Superbugs List
This Picture Shows What's Really In Nutella
Study Shows That Doctors Make Better Hospital Leaders
Oscar Nominee Gift Bag Includes Some Weird Wellness Products
Study Shows Major Limitations Of Websites That Rate Doctors
How Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Iodine Advice May Affect You
KIND CEO Daniel Lubetzky Pledges $25M To Fight Unhealthy Food Industry Influence
To Model Viki Odintcova: That Photo Was Really Not Worth Risking Your Life
Bill Gates Warns Of Epidemic That Could Kill Over 30 Million People
How Kyrie Irving Saying The Earth Is Flat Affects Your Health
Dear Robert Kennedy, Jr.: Here Are Two People You Can Give $100,000
Zika Testing Mistakes Require Re-Testing Of Over 400 Specimens
Scarlett Johansson Doesn't Think It's Natural To Be Monogamous. What Does The Science Say?
If You're Not Happy During Valentine's Day, You're Not Alone
Take These 'Most Dangerous States For Online Dating' With A Grain Of Salt
Health Tips That Helped 63-Year-Old Christie Brinkley Make SI's Swimsuit Issue
Study Says The Oldest Child Is The Smartest
The Study That Said Female Doctors Are Better Than Male Doctors
This Is What 39-Year-Old Super Bowl QB Tom Brady Eats
Study Suggests That Immigrant Doctors Provide Better Care Than U.S. Medical Graduates
Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Says Burn Your Bra
How Fast Food Wrapping And Packaging Can Be Bad For Your Health
Does Your Baby Really Need That Monitor?
Roger Federer And Serena Williams Show That Age Is Just A Number
FDA: Toxic Belladonna In Homeopathic Teething Product
Helping Women With A Number One Problem
Medical Schools Need To Teach More About Obesity And Nutrition
If You Witness Bullying Or Assault, Do Something... Or You'll Be Affected, Too
Woman Dies From Bacteria Resistant To All Antibiotics: Why Don't More People Care?
10 Ways Michelle Obama Promoted Physical And Mental Health As First Lady
10 Health Problems That The Outdoors Can Help Prevent And Treat
Despedida, Dr. Dunstan
Top 10 Biggest Health Stories (And Cliffhangers) of 2016
Carrie Fisher Hospitalized After Cardiac Arrest On Airplane
USDA Clarifies What 'Sell By' And 'Best If Used By' Food Labels Really Mean
Pokémon GO Is Going, Going, Gone As A Physical Activity Fad
Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford Dislocates Finger: What Does This Mean?
Are Chiropractors Backing The Anti-Vaccine Movement?
Breakthrough Awards Give Scientists Some Celebrity Treatment, But It's Not Enough
Stephen Hawking Is Right But Also Wrong About Obesity
Remember This New Potential Benefit of Sex
Food Fight: Breitbart News Asks Readers To Boycott Kellogg's Products
High Schoolers Punch Martin Shkreli In The Face, Figuratively
15 Tips To Cook Turkey Safely And Make America Gravy Again
Fake News, Other Trends Make Scientific Publishing A Growth Industry
Kaley Cuoco Admits To Plastic Surgery: Why Don''t Others?
Surprise Medical Bills: Why They Occur And What To Do
Using Dirt On Your Phone To Get The Dirt On You
Patriots' Rob Gronkowski May Have A Punctured Lung
5 More Locations Pass Soda Taxes: What's Next For Big Soda?
'60 Minutes' Interview: What Donald Trump Said About Healthcare
'Save The Planet' Really Should Be 'Save Humans'
World Pneumonia Day: Progress But Also 5 Troubling Trends
What Trump's Victory Says About America's Mental State
Changes In Medical Resident Work Hour Limits Doesn't't Solve Big Problems
University tries out ban on sweetened beverages
Will Chicago Cubs' Win Lead To More Babies?
Is California Proposition 61 Really The Right Treatment For Rising Drug Prices?
An Overlooked And Growing Market: People With Disabilities
Depressing News About Birth Control Hormones For Both Men And Women
Was Glenn's Violent Death On 'The Walking Dead' Too Much?
Cleveland Indians Fans: Unhealthy And Healthy Ways To Deal With Disappointment
What Donald Trump, Richard Branson And Salma Hayek Say About Trump And Getting Revenge
Model Katie May's Death Raises More Questions About Chiropractors
Olympian Missy Franklin's Solution To Improving Your Body Image
What Do The Presidential Debate And Constipation Have In Common?
Donald Trump Could Become The First Orange President
Amanda Seyfried Has OCD, Which May Not Be What You Think
Adults Not Getting Vaccinated Cost The U.S. $7.1B In 2015
Did Flight Attendant Realize That Young Black Women Can Be Doctors Too?
Contaminated Devices May Lead To Deadly Infection After Open-Heart Surgery
Survey: 57% Of Americans Favor Marijuana Legalization
30 Ways To Boost How Many Steps You Take Each Day
The One Thing To Do To Stop The Obesity Epidemic
Donald Trump's Sniffling Continues: Here Are The Possible Causes
Sniffles Don't Necessarily Mean Cocaine Use But Are On This List Of Possible Signs
The Reality: Second Presidential Debate Leaves All These Questions Unanswered
Is It Fair To Ask People To Give Up Meat?
There May Be Differences In How Democrat And Republican Doctors Care For Patients
Spotting Fake Celebrity Endorsements Of Diet And Health Remedies
Important Difference: Measles Elimination In Americas Does Not Mean Eradication Or Extinction
Here's How To Punch Martin Shkreli In The Face
Trump Vs. Clinton Round One: The 400-Pound Hacker And Other Health Issues
This Coffee Has An Ingredient Similar To Viagra
Doctors Wasting Over Two-Thirds Of Their Time Doing Paperwork
Continuing 9/11 Legacy: Lung Disease, Cancer, Mental Health Conditions, and Other Diseases
The Science Behind Obesity
Hookworm infection exerts high health and economic burden
Time To Change The 15-Minute Limit For Doctor Visits
These Blood Suckers Cost $2.5 Billion to $138 Billion Each Year
Doctors Wasting Over Two-Thirds Of Their Time Doing Paperwork
Wells Fargo Ad Underestimates Both Artists And Scientists
How Vaccines May Become Like Pants: Tailor Made For You
FDA Is Cleaning Up Antibacterial Soap
Are Vaccines Getting To Where They Need To Go?
Selena Gomez Takes Break From Her Career Due To Lupus
Smallpox Could Return Years After Eradication
Tom Brady Gets Cut: How Can Others Avoid The Same Fate?
How Serious Is Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo's Latest Back Injury?
Donald Trump Says To Hillary Clinton: 'You're Tired!'
Australian Olympic Footballer Shows Captain How To Drink Water
$81 Million in Zika Funding: Winners And Losers
Lessons From A Terrifying Olympic Bicycle Crash
The Beginning Of The End Of Candy Bars As We Know Them?
In Plastic Surgery, Brazil Gets The Silver Medal
Yes, Philadelphians Are Swimming In Garbage Dumpsters
Zika Epidemic Worse Than Reported
In Rio, Olympic Record 42 Condoms Per Athlete
Peter Thiel Is Out For Younger People's Blood
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Zika Has Officially Reached The U.S. Mosquito Population
Hospitals Say 'Pokemon Go Away'
Seven Misconceptions About The Global Obesity Epidemic
Here's The Scoop About Gelato Vs Ice Cream Vs Frozen Yogurt
Here's Why You Should Care That Beer Will Have Nutrition Labels
If Hunting For Pokémon Is Your Physical Activity, You Better Be Doing A Lot Of Hunting
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The Science Behind Slurpees And 'Brain Freeze'
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Be Careful About What Your Wearable Is Telling Others
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Could Brain Research From The Past 15 Years Really Be Wrong?
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Should You Care About Pubic Hair?
How To Make Your Summer Barbecue Healthier
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Student Awarded Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
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Pilot Project Receives Over $2 Million in Additional Funding
Drones Could Be Cheaper Alternative To Delivering Vaccines in Developing World
First tobacco taxes, then sugar taxes. Is salt next?
Too Little Folate During Pregnancy Linked To Childhood Obesity
CDC's Zika Tally will Likely Never be Accurate because of Late Start
Banning Russia From The Olympics Helps Russian Athletes
Could Canceling The Olympics For Zika Do More Harm Than Good?
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Senator Ben Cardin Shows The Urgency And Scientific Approach Needed For Zika
Urgent Need For Protection Against The World's Deadliest Animal
The Dirt On Swimming Pools And Hot Tubs
What’s really concerning about the discovery of an antibiotic-resistant bug (hint: it isn’t what you’ve heard)
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Getting Children More Physically Active Could Save Well Over $50 Billion
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Do The Major FDA Nutrition Label Changes Go Far Enough?
Pharmacokinetics Could Save Maria Sharapova
Kim Kardashian's Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss Is Not 'Reality'
Serena Williams Shows Why You Should Not Eat Dog Food
Thank Your Mother For Your Health
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Very Profitable Nonprofit Hospitals...But Where Are The Profits Going?
Trump's And Sanders' Immigration Plans Would Shake The Biomedical World
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Worldwide human and economic costs of norovirus are huge
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Better to get your flu shot in the morning
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2016’s Fattest Cities in America
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Grocery Stores Taking More Active Roles in Health Promotion
Automating Daily Tasks Could Be Bad For Your Health
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Scott Kelly: A Giant Step For Health And Medicine?
The Best Way to Keep Weight Off
Girl Scouts: Cookie 'Pushers' Contributing To Obesity?
Will Air Pollution Lead to Weight Gain?
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Olympic Champion Benita Fitzgerald Mosley Named CEO Of Laureus USA
No reason to delay labeling
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Should You Eat Poop To Lose Weight?
The Pet Obesity Epidemic: What If Your Pet Is Overweight?
Staying Safe And Healthy During The Snow Storm
We need a whole systems approach to tackle obesity
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The hazards of trying to make flu shots mandatory
Can Secondhand Smoke Lead To Weight Gain?
The 10 Biggest Mistakes You Make When You're Trying To Lose 50-Plus Pounds
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Doctors need more training to address obesity
Are New York’s High-Salt Menu Warnings Really Necessary?
So, You Ate Too Much...What Do You Do Now?
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Feed The World...Healthy Food
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New Global Obesity in Public Health course taught by GOPC faculty
The Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins University is changing the way the world addresses the global obesity epidemic with a new systems approach.
Because the obesity epidemic is the result of a complex system of factors, from individual behaviors to international economic policies, it requires a systems approach—one that has transformed other fields and industries such as manufacturing, meteorology and transportation. The systems approach means better understanding and addressing all of the systems (e.g., biology, behavior, social networks, environment, culture, economics and policy) associated with diet, physical activity, metabolism and obesity.
Headquartered in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the GOPC brings together a mind meld of experts from disciplines that have traditionally worked on obesity (e.g., nutrition, psychology, epidemiology and biology) with experts new to obesity (e.g., computer science, marketing and engineering) to bring innovative methods and tools and to tackle this major global epidemic.
The GOPC works with decision makers around the world to develop sustainable obesity prevention interventions and policies on a domestic and global level. In order to effectively unite science to policy, the GOPC is connected to the leaders who can turn knowledge and research into action and policy change.
Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins
Check out the steps the GOPC is taking to prevent and control the major epidemic of obesity.
The GOPC works with partners from around the world in efforts to develop sustainable programs, projects, policies and solutions.
The GOPC develops and utilizes state-of-the-art computational models and various big data analytics to address obesity prevention and control.
A problem so persistent, complicated, systemic and global requires innovative, systems thinking and solutions.