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Weight loss with a helper in Family Healthcast

Also, ads helping smokers quit
Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 1:20 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - We have two interesting research projects that provide us information for our Friday Family Healthcast.

A new study finds the CDC’s “Tips from Former Smokers” ad campaign, which focuses on “real life” health effects, has helped increase quit rates.

Researchers looked at national survey data from U.S. adults who smoked between 2012 - when the campaign was launched - and 2018.

The say the ads are linked to over 16 million quit *attempts, and one million sustained quits.

In another recent project, new research suggests heart attack survivors are more likely to lose weight when their spouse joins the effort.

The study followed 400 heart patients taking part in lifestyle intervention programs that allowed partners to join for free. Those whose partner participated lost more weight than those without a partner.

Experts say changing habits is more difficult when only one person is making the effort.

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