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News and Announcements

The latest news from HMD, including information about new reports, activities, meetings, and other noteworthy events.


News Release

Studies Support Population-Based Efforts to Lower Excessive Dietary Sodium Intakes, But Raise Questions About Potential Harm From Too Little Salt Intake
Released: 5/14/2013

Recent studies that examine links between sodium consumption and health outcomes support recommendations to lower sodium intake from the very high levels some Americans consume now, but evidence from these studies does not support reduction in sodium intake to below 2,300 mg per day, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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BMI and Shuttle Run Among Techniques IOM Report Recommends for Youth Fitness Testing
Released: 9/27/2012

Techniques ranging from running to push-ups to sit-and-reach tests have been used to measure various aspects of fitness in children and adults. However, evidence is sparse on how well some of these techniques correspond to desired health outcomes in children, fueling debate about the best fitness measures for youth.

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'The Weight of the Nation' Films Garner Two Emmy Nominations
Released: 7/20/2012

"The Weight of the Nation," a four-part documentary film series developed as part of a national obesity prevention campaign spearheaded by HBO and the Institute of Medicine in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente, has been nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. A companion short film titled "The Weight of the Nation for Kids: The Great Cafeteria Takeover" was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality, or Reality-Competition Program.

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IOM Report Identifies Key Obesity-Prevention Strategies to Scale Back 'Weight of the Nation'
Released: 5/8/2012

America's progress in arresting its obesity epidemic has been too slow, and the condition continues to erode productivity and cause millions to suffer from potentially debilitating and deadly chronic illnesses, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Infográfica en Español (PNG, HTML)
  • Infographic (PNG, HTML)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Purchase the Infographic (HTML)
  • Recommendations (PDF)
  • Take Action: What Can You Do To Combat Obesity? (HTML)
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IOM Executive Officer Co-Authors Book on Fighting the Forces That Make Americans Obese
Released: 4/24/2012

A new book co-authored by Judith Salerno, Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine, examines the forces driving the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and offers practical tips to those who want to make healthier choices in spite of these pressures.

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Obesity Crisis Takes National Spotlight as IOM and Partners Issue Films, Book, and New Report
Released: 4/23/2012

Starting the first week of May, a series of new materials and activities by the Institute of Medicine, HBO, and other organizations aim to galvanize national attention and spur action on America's obesity crisis. Key elements of this national initiative include a documentary film series on obesity's causes and consequences, a companion book to the series, and the release of a new IOM report that identifies best strategies to speed progress against the epidemic.

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IOM Partners in 'The Weight of the Nation,' A New National Initiative to Confront Obesity Crisis
Released: 1/13/2012

As obesity continues to diminish the quality of people's lives and raise health care costs, the Institute of Medicine is pleased to join HBO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente in developing "The Weight of the Nation," a new national campaign tackling the obesity crisis.

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IOM Elects 65 New Members, Five Foreign Associates
Released: 10/17/2011

The IOM announced the names of 65 new members and five foreign associates on October 17 in conjunction with its 41st annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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IOM Report Sets New Dietary Intake Levels for Calcium and Vitamin D To Maintain Health and Avoid Risks Associated With Excess
Released: 11/30/2010

Most Americans and Canadians up to age 70 need no more than 600 international units (IUs) of vitamin D per day to maintain health, and those 71 and older may need as much as 800 IUs, says a new IOM report.

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  • DRIs for Calcium and Vitamin D (HTML)
  • Infographic (PDF)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
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FDA Should Adopt Risk-Based Approach to Food Safety and Take Steps to Prevent Foodborne Illnesses More Effectively
Released: 6/8/2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's abilities to discover potential threats to food safety and prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness are hampered by impediments to efficient use of its limited resources and a piecemeal approach to gathering and using information on risks, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

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  • Recommended Risk-Based Approach (HTML)
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  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
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