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November 29th, 2011
09:43 AM ET

Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Dr. Bill Frist team up to fight childhood obesity

With one in three American children obese or overweight, doctors are declaring childhood obesity a national health epidemic. The problem has gotten so severe that for the first time in our country's history, children will live shorter lives than their parents did.

Today on American Morning, Carol Costello talks with New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker and former Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist to discuss how they're teaming up to fight this urgent problem. If we don't do something to curb the childhood obesity epidemic, "we could face the greatest health challenge in a generation," Booker says.

Filed under: Childhood obesity • Health
November 29th, 2011
09:02 AM ET

Study: Soccer head butts can cause brain damage

Heading a ball can be a fun and effective way to score goals in soccer games. But a new study suggests that repeatedly head butting soccer balls can lead to brain damage - even the kind of damage seen in football concussions.

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Carol Costello and Christine Romans about how soccer players can reduce their risk of head injuries.

Filed under: Brain damage • Concussion • Health
November 23rd, 2011
11:11 AM ET

Can anxiety be good for you? TIME magazine editor on how to harness that knot in your stomach for good

Americans are a stressed out bunch. As TIME magazine writer Alice Park aptly put it: "If America were a person it would have a tension headache."

We worry about our shrinking paychecks, our longer hours at work, our growing medical bills – and Washington's inability to help us with any of these problems. But anxiety doesn't always have to be a bad thing. If anxiety is channeled properly, it can motivate us to accomplish amazing things.

Alina Cho speaks with Jeffrey Klueger, senior editor for TIME Magazine, to discuss why Americans are more stressed than ever – and how we can use that anxiety to our advantage.

Filed under: Health
November 21st, 2011
10:12 AM ET

Christy Turlington sheds light on at-risk pregnancy

She's a supermodel, wife, mother, philanthropist, and she runs her own charity devoted to maternal health. But now, Christy Turlington Burns is focusing on getting support for less fortunate pregnant woman in developing nations.

Fifteen hundred women die from pregnancy or child-birth complications every day, according to the World Health Organization. Turlington explores the issue in her new documentary "No Woman, No Cry."

Alina Cho speaks to Turlington about how she became interested in maternal health and why she decided to make this film on American Morning today.

Filed under: Health • Movies
November 17th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on being honored with Double Helix Medal, NBA lockout

He's the NBA's all-time leading scorer, a Los Angeles Lakers legend...and a cancer survivor.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was in New York this week to receive the Double Helix Medal, a prestigious award for the work he's done raising awareness for cancer research.

Abdul-Jabbar joined us on American Morning to talk about his fight against cancer and shares his thoughts on the current NBA lockout.

For more information on Kareem's work in raising awareness for Ph+ chronic myeloid leukemia, visit

Filed under: Cancer • Health • NBA • Sports
November 17th, 2011
09:52 AM ET

Pizza is a vegetable? Some in Congress think so

Did you know that pizza is considered a vegetable? Well, some members of Congress think so. 

There's a heated debate raging on Capitol Hill over a controversial new bill that would block strict health regulations for school lunches. And if some members of Congress have it there way, pizza and french fries could become staples in your children's cafeterias.

Christine Romans and Carol Costello talk with CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about how this legislation will impact our kids' health.

Filed under: Health
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