8 Kids Health Headlines You Don’t Want to Miss

June 10, 2011

Keep up with kids health this summer with these 8 headlines that you don’t want to miss. From webinars to videos to school awards for health, there’s a lot going on!

1. Webinar: “Healthy Choices for School Children: Getting the Junk Foods Out of Schools”
Thursday, June 16, 2011, 12:00 – 1 p.m. EST
Click here to register.
The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act requires USDA to issue healthy nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools.

2. First Lady Targets Healthy Habits for Toddler Set
Associated Press, Nancy Benac, 06/08/2011
Michelle Obama announced a new national initiative to encourage child care centers to promote healthy eating and exercise habits starting with the littlest Americans.

3. Video: Government Role in Nutrition Guidelines
CSPAN “Washington Journal”, Libby Casey, 06/06/2011
Maya Rockeymoore and Walter Olson talk about the role of the federal government in setting nutrition guidelines for schools, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included new White House dietary recommendations that replace the old food pyramid with a plate visual, obesity, and school meal requirements.

4. Teens Don’t Need Sports and Energy Drinks, Pediatricians Say
Time “Healthland”, Alice Park, 05/30/2011
In a new report, the nation’s pediatricians are advising teens not to down sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade unless they’re actually playing sports and to forgo energy drinks like Java Monster, Red Bull and Full Throttle altogether.

5. Online Video Workshop Series:Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity in Physical Education: James Sallis, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University; Kenneth Dyar, Coordinator of Physical Education at Delano Union School District; and Jane Russo, Superintendent of Santa Ana Unified District.

6. Is Frequency of Shared Family Meals Related to the Nutritional Health of Children and Adolescents? Amber J. Hammons, PhD, Barbara H. Fiese, PhD http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/6/e1565.abstract

7. Alliance for a Healthier Generation to Honor Schools on June 13. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program will honor more than 250 schools for their work creating healthy environments for students and staff. The event will stream live online on Monday, June 13 from www.HealthierGeneration.org.

8. HealthierUS School Challenge: Last week in the Dallas Independent School District, 154 schools received the gold and bronze awards; the greatest number in a single district.

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