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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupToddler Landon Schultz Eats Only 5 Foods or Goes Into Shock
Fallon Schultz, a 28-year-old clinical social worker from Howell, N.J., has known since her son Landon was two weeks old that something was wrong. He had horrible eczema and would scream day and night, projectile vomiting after feeding as if he were allergic to her own breast milk. [ABC News]

Bullying Issue Reaches White House Stage
In the wake of increased national attention to the problem of bullying President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the first ever White House conference on the issue Thursday. [Field Notes-MSNBC]

European Cereal Boxes Linked to Cancer Not a Danger for U.S. Consumers
A few of the brands implicated in the new study, which was conducted by toxicologists in Switzerland, also sell in the United States. This raises an urgent question: Could cereal boxes give you or your children cancer? [Yahoo News]

Happiest in Hawaii: Aloha State Tops Well-Being List
Sun and waves might be good for the soul, according to a new national survey naming Hawaii as tops in well-being among U.S. states — but the sunshine doesn’t necessarily elbow out Northern Lights and snow, as Alaska also made the top 10 happiest states list. [Yahoo News]

Pretty In Pink: ‘Mom Prom’ High School Fashions Extravaganza Benefits Charity
Forget fashion week. The coolest catwalk may not be in Paris or Milan. In Canton, Mich., women were strutting their stuff from the best of Mom Prom 2011, sashaying down aisle in their prom best. [ABC News]

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White House Will Address Bullying on March 10

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

bullying-classSince bullying (and cyberbullying) is an ongoing, escalating issue, the White House will be holding a conference call on Thursday, March 10 to address ways to prevent it. 

Yesterday, the Office of the Press Secretary shared a statement that President Obama, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services will be holding a Conference on Bullying Prevention.  The conference will be an open dialgoue for students, parents, teachers, communities, and others who have been affected by bullying or are working to stop it. 

More about bullying on Parents.com

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Let’s Move! One Year Later

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I just got off a conference call that First Lady Michelle Obama held with editors to talk about what her Let’s Move! initiative has accomplished in the year since it was launched, as well as where it’s going in the year ahead. One of the coolest goals she named for the coming year: to have 6,000 salad bars in 6,000 public schools across the country. On a larger scale, there’s the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which is designed to help eradicate the food deserts in the U.S.—places where there isn’t easy access to healthy food. This program will, among other things, provide financial incentives to grocery  chains so that they’ll open stores in communities where fresh, healthy food is lacking.

In just a few minutes (4 p.m. EST), the First Lady will be giving a speech about these things and more, including how Let’s Move! has affected her as a parent. Click here to watch it live.

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White House Supports Working Mothers Who Breastfeed

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Mothers who want to breastfeed their children at work find that office spaces are rarely conducive to privacy and support.  To make it easier for mothers to transition back to the workplace while maintaining a bond with their babies, the White House Council on Women and Girls announced yesterday that new efforts will be made to support the Affordable Care Act. 

Signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act requires that employers  provide a private place (other than a bathroom) and a reasonable break time for new moms who need to express milk and nurse their babies for up to one year.

Under the new amendment, the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor will be improving on three things to enforce the ACA:

1- Releasing a Frequently Asked Questions document and a Request for Information.  The former will provide guidelines on how companies can comply with the law while the latter will allow for public comment on the law. 

2- Delegating responsibility to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to make sure federal agencies are enforcing the Affordable Care Act in companies.

3- Providing a new online breastfeeding resource that will help nursing mothers understand the new amendments to the Affordable Care Act. Visit www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/

The White House would like to encourage companies to support breastfeeding moms because the benefits of breastfeeding include increased workplace productivity, increased company brand reputation and recruitment, increased health benefits for mom and baby (reduced risk of infection, breast cancer, obesity, diabetes, etc.), decreased absenteeism and employee turnover, and increased cost savings on company healthcare.

Read more information about the Affordable Care Act:

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President Obama Lights the 2010 National Christmas Tree

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Rockefeller Center in New York City isn’t the only place in the world with a spectacular Christmas tree.  Yesterday evening, President Obama and his family celebrated the 87th Annual National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C. by lighting the 2010 National Christmas Tree

Music artists B.B. King, Common, Maroon 5, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and more also joined the First Family.  This year, the National Tree Lighting was also sponsored by the Underwriters Laboratories, a product safety organization that recently partnered with actress Debra Messing for their “Commit a Minute to Safety” campaign to keep families safe during the holidays.

Some notable events in the National Christmas Tree timeline include:

  • 1923: A 48-foot Balsam fir tree is planted on the Ellipse and officially dubbed the National Christmas Tree.  President Coolidge is the first president to light the tree. 
  • 1945: President Truman lights the National Christmas Tree for the first time since 1941, when America went to fight in World War II.
  • 1963: The Christmas tree lighting is delayed for 30 days after President Kennedy is assassinated on November 22.  President Johnson lights the tree and General Electric (GE) designs the tree lights and decorations for the first time.
  • 1978: A new Christmas tree, a Colorado blue spruce, is found at the home of a couple living in York, Pennsylvania.  At 15 years old and 30 feet tall, the tree is transported to D.C. and planted on the Ellipse. President Carter is the first president to light the new tree. 
  • 2010: Today the tree is 46 years old and stands at almost 42 feet tall.

 

Photo courtesy of Charlie Samuels.

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