The Philadelphia Inquirer: Another toll of the pandemic on kids: More obesity and type 2 diabetes

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A worrisome consequence is that kids may maintain the extra weight as they grow. “The obesity epidemic was getting worse and worse even before the pandemic,” a CHOP pediatrician said. Researchers across the country are reporting that pediatric obesity and a chronic condition that often goes with it, type 2 diabetes, have spiked since the start of the pandemic, particularly among Black, Hispanic, and low-income children. The reasons seem clear. “Efforts to reduce COVID-19 transmission have likely contributed to worsening pediatric obesity,” researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia wrote in Pediatrics in May. “Families with children have faced the difficulties…

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CNBC: Why Biden’s Fourth of July vaccination goal will fall short, according to this Wharton professor

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The country is on track to fall short of President Joe Biden’s goal of getting 70% of American adults to receive one vaccine shot by the Fourth of July. As vaccination rates plateau, companies and community groups are trying all sorts of incentives but those efforts are less effective on the population that’s still unvaccinated, according to Wharton professor Iwan Barankay. The president said he hoped Independence Day would mark a turning point in the pandemic. And yet, inoculation efforts in some states have hit a wall even as the delta variant of the disease spreads rapidly across the country. From…

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Roll Call: Medicaid beneficiaries less likely to get COVID-19 shots

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A combination of factors is keeping enrollees from getting vaccinated, even with states offering big-money incentives. A nationwide poll also showed higher levels of vaccine hesitancy among lower-income individuals. The poll, released in mid-June by the African American Research Collaborative and the Commonwealth Fund, found that 45 percent of individuals earning under $50,000 said they were both unvaccinated and hesitant to get vaccinated. That number dropped to 35 percent for individuals earning $50,000 to $79,000 and to 26 percent for those earning more than $80,000. Businesses nationwide offer vaccinated individuals everything from free beer and doughnuts to a chance at…

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PhillyVoice: Philly Vax Sweepstakes awards cash prizes to first group of winners

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The Philly Vax Sweepstakes aims to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates across the city, giving greater prize odds to ZIP codes with the lowest vaccination numbers. Philadelphia’s experiment incentivizing COVID-19 vaccination has paid off for the first 12 winners of the city’s ongoing sweepstakes, rewarding immunized city residents with cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. City officials announced Friday that the winner of one of the two $50,000 prizes is 53-year-old Daniel Silva, an Oak Lane resident, who said he had been wavering about whether or not to get vaccinated. Funding for the Philly Vax Sweepstakes is provided by the…

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The New York Times: The Pandemic Seems to Have Made Childhood Obesity Worse, but There’s Hope

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Childhood obesity has increased significantly in the United States during the past four decades. In 1980, about 5 percent of the country’s children between 2 and 19 were experiencing obesity, according to the C.D.C.; as of 2018, more than 19 percent were — and an additional 16 percent were considered overweight. Because children are far more likely to gain an unhealthful amount of weight while out of school over the summer, experts were worried last spring when in-person schooling was suspended indefinitely because of the pandemic. Black and Latino children, as well as those from families with lower incomes, displayed sharper increases…

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NBC 10: Philly Picks Winners of $50k Vax Sweepstakes as City Hits 70% Vaccinated Goal

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Twelve lucky people have been selected to win cash prizes of up to $50,000 in Philadelphia’s vaccine sweepstakes. The first of three “Philly Vax Sweepstakes” drawings took place today. If you live in Philadelphia, make sure to check your mail, e-mail and voicemail to see if you have become any richer. The winners were sent notifications as Philly hit President Joe Biden’s goal for 70% of adults to receive at least one COVID-19 shot by July 4. The city reached the milestone early, with several weeks to spare, according to Mayor Jim Kenney. Since “Philly Vax Sweepstakes” was announced two…

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Marketwatch: Free beer, tacos, cash prizes—can vaccine incentives overcome fear and mistrust?

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently unveiled the Philly Vax Sweepstakes, which will give three dozen residents cash prizes of up to $50,000, with three drawings this summer. (The first is Monday, June 21.) But there’s a catch: to win, you have to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If your name is randomly chosen from a list of every adult in Philadelphia, you’ll be contacted by lottery officials. Exciting! But if you haven’t been vaccinated, you’ll lose your chance and someone else will take the money. But in Philadelphia, if you win, you might still lose — if you haven’t been vaccinated. This detail…

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Forbes: Rhodes College In Memphis Will Charge Unvaccinated Students $1500

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While many colleges across the country are providing incentives to encourage students to get a Covid-19 vaccine, Rhodes College is charging a fee to students who are not vaccinated. The private liberal arts college in Memphis, Tennessee, informed students June 8 that those who are unvaccinated will have to pay $1,500 per semester to cover the costs of weekly testing. Unvaccinated individuals will need to test negative in the 14 days before returning to campus, wear masks indoors and socially distance from others outdoors. A decision regarding whether the fee will apply to unvaccinated employees has not been made yet….

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Politico: Million-dollar lotteries fail to cut through vaccine apathy

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State efforts to juice Covid-19 vaccination rates through million-dollar lotteries haven’t reversed the steep decline in adults seeking out shots when many pockets of the country remain vulnerable to the coronavirus. While Ohio did see a two-week bump in adult vaccination rates last month after becoming the first state to offer sizable cash prizes, the pace of vaccinations there has already fallen off. And states that followed its headline-grabbing example made some small gains without showing evidence of any comparable surge, a POLITICO analysis of federal and state data shows. State lotteries and giveaways appear to offer diminishing returns in…

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