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Maryland House Approves $1 Million for 'Food Desert' Help

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Salad Days in Minneapolis Schools: Leafy Greens Are Making Their Mark

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Kids Win As King County Schools Fight Obesity

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Soda Wars Bubble Up Across the Country

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. 
Categories: Childhood Obesity

When Farm-to-School Hits Home: Organizers Hope Healthier Diets Reach Families

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Heavy Kids May Suffer Worse Elbow Fractures

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Reading, Writing, Catching and Dancing

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

New Ingredients in Fight Against Childhood Obesity

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...
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Schools Must Get Physical, Healthy (Opinion)

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...
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Could Taxing Soda Create Jobs?

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...
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Students Who Lose Recess Are the Ones Who Need It Most (Opinion)

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Field Poll: Kids Eating, Exercise Heavier Concern

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Nike and Park District Team Up to Play

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...
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Road to the Right Track Fitness, Health Program for Allston-Brighton Youth to Mark First Year

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...
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Among Kids, Soda Is Out, Energy and Coffee Drinks Are All the Buzz

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 08:51
Kids are drinking less soda, but more coffee and energy drinks, according to a recent study.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Statewide Network Pushes After-School Efforts

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Utah County Schools Earn Nutrition Honors

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Cash or Credit? How Kids Pay for School Lunch Matters for Health

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Report: Mississippi's Health 'in Critical Condition'

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity

Obesity May Shorten Lives by Almost 4 Years: Study

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.
Categories: Childhood Obesity