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Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:22
Legislation encouraging vendors to make local fruits and vegetables more available in “food deserts” moved through the House and on to the Senate on Friday.
Thu, 02/20/2014 - 08:02
With the help of the True Food Chef Council — more than two dozen top culinary talents — Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Nutrition Services is transforming lunch into a chef-driven experience.
Thu, 02/20/2014 - 07:57
The obesity rate among students in poor King County school districts dropped significantly after those schools adopted programs promoting exercise and healthier eating, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thu, 02/20/2014 - 07:55
Soda and other sugary drinks are popping up on city and state dockets across the nation, as lawmakers attempt to curb America’s consumption of certain beverages.
Wed, 02/19/2014 - 08:03
Ella Kadletz came home from school recently and made what is probably an unusual afternoon snack for a fifth-grader: hummus and veggies.
Tue, 02/18/2014 - 08:07
Obese children who break their arm just above the elbow are more likely to suffer complex fractures and have complications after surgery than normal-weight children, according to a new study.
Tue, 02/18/2014 - 08:00
As study after study finds students who exercise regularly perform better in the classroom, school systems like Los Angeles USD are working to enhance elementary and middle school physical education programs.
Mon, 02/17/2014 - 07:58
Childhood obesity is a problem across New York, with a statewide average of nearly 18 percent of public school students overweight. With an eye toward changing behavior even before they enter school, new efforts are being brought to bear on the probl...
Sun, 02/16/2014 - 08:04
The Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, a statewide association of education and physical activity professionals, is concerned about the inadequate time dedicated toward physical education and health education in...
Thu, 02/13/2014 - 08:35
Taxing soda and other sugar-rich drinks--a measure lawmakers and voters have weighed to combat the nation's growing obesity epidemic--would have no negative effect on jobs, a study finds. Researchers at the University of Illinois (Chicago) found that...
Thu, 02/13/2014 - 07:56
If we truly want our children to function at their academic, physical and mental best, teachers need to stop withholding recess, and schools need to protect it.
Wed, 02/12/2014 - 08:59
California voters are more concerned that their kids are eating poorly or not exercising than that they're abusing drugs or alcohol or having unsafe sex, according to Field Poll results released Wednesday.
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 09:04
Since Nov. 20, [the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District] has teamed up with employees from the local Nike factory outlet store to provide physical education games and activities like dodgeball, or hula hooping every Wednesday at the youth cent...
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 09:04
A program that aims to get Allston-Brighton youths active, eating right and making “good life choices” has found success in its first year in part due to its simplicity, according to Boston Police officers who founded the initiative a year ago next m...
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 08:51
Kids are drinking less soda, but more coffee and energy drinks, according to a recent study.
Sun, 02/09/2014 - 09:01
The United Way of Tennessee is coordinating the grant-funded Tennessee Afterschool Network, aimed at improving access and the programs themselves for the thousands of children they serve.
Sat, 02/08/2014 - 09:06
Ask kids what their favorite subject is at school and some will joke "recess" or "lunch." There is good reason that lunch should be high on that list. Twenty Utah County elementary schools have earned honors for their nutrition programs.
Fri, 01/17/2014 - 00:00
Compared to kids who use cash in school cafeterias, kids who use debit cards seem to make more unhealthful eating choices, finds behavioral economist Brian Wansink at Cornell University.
Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00
The Mississippi State Medical Association and State Department of Health released their sixth annual health report for the state on Wednesday, and according to at least one physician, the state failed… But he said most of Mississippi’s worst health statistics would see dramatic improvements if Mississippi schools made healthy eating and exercise a priority.
Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00
Obese American adults die an average of almost four years earlier than those with normal weight, and middle-aged obese adults face the highest risk of an early death, a new study suggests.