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School Lunches Reducing Carbs and Calories

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Starting this year, national school breakfasts and lunches will become healthier and offer more nutritious options such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.   Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed a proposed new rule that will ban trans fat, reduce saturated fat, and provide guidelines on how to limit and reduce calorie intake. 

This new rule is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that President Obama signed in December 2010.  By offering low-fat milk and cutting back the availabilty of french fries and pizza, the federal government hopes to reduce obesity, blood pressure, and diabetes in children.  Starting with school meals, vending machine options in schools will also be improved in the future.

Read more about the proposed rule:

Healthy food ideas from Parents.com:

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Watch: Elmo Visits the White House Kitchen

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Elmo loves fruits, so your child should, too!  Following President Obama’s signing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act last month, Elmo visited White House chef Sam Kass to talk about the importance of eating nutritious and healthy foods.  Watch an adorable video of the Sesame Street character in the White House kitchen:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jpT8iQESmM

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President Obama Signs the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Instead of cheese pizza, hot dogs, and tater tots on the school lunch menu, students may be offered healthier meal options such as whole wheat spaghetti, chef salad, and cantaloupe wedges.

In an effort to reduce childhood hunger and obesity, President Obama just signed a $4.5 billion bill called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  Under the new law, more public school kids (an estimated 16 million) will have access to food, especially nutritious food options, through school lunches and vending machines. Water will also also be available for free during meals. 

In addition, foster children will now be provided with free meals and schools will be reimbursed more for meeting nutritional standards, a reimbursement that will help schools in low-income, high-poverty districts.  Plus, government funds will be provided to schools for programs that will educate kids on fitness and dietary guidelines and how to form healthy habits.  Even breastfeeding moms will benefit from the new bill–the government will provide more funds to state agencies that can demonstrate an increase in breastfeeding.

While funding for the bill spans over a 10-year period, the effort to make sure every child in America stays healthy and well-fed will be an ongoing effort.

Read more about the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act:

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupSledding can send kids slip-sliding into injury, study says
Whether they’re gliding on plain plastic saucers or high-tech snow tubes, children and teens on sleds account for at least 20,820 injuries in the United States each year, according to a first-ever analysis of U.S. emergency room reports. (MSNBC)

Brain scan ‘best thing so far’ for detecting autism
The way autism is diagnosed could become less subjective by using a brain-imaging-based test that is being developed by researchers and that, in early trials, was 94 percent accurate. Autism is now diagnosed through a symptom-based test: A health-care provider observes a patient for the characteristics outlined in the psychology reference book, “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV.” (MSNBC)

Women exposed to BPA may have trouble getting pregnant
Mice that were exposed to tiny amounts of the common chemical in the womb and shortly after birth had no problems getting pregnant early in their reproductive lives, the study found. But the animals were less likely to get pregnant as they aged compared to animals that had not been exposed to BPA, and they gave birth to smaller litters as time wore on. (MSNBC)

Breast test furor fades but anger lingers
Patients, physicians and major medical organizations fought back (“I want my mammograms!”) when the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended that women with average breast cancer risk begin biannual mammograms at 50. The American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology (although some would argue that radiologists have financial incentive in frequent screenings) and other organizations have continued to support women getting yearly mammograms from 40 onward. (CNN)
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