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December 11, 2017
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Study considers effects of recess before lunch
Study considers effects of recess before lunch
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A study of some schools in Texas finds that students who participate in recess before lunch may eat more of their food and perform better in school. Ector County Independent School District Director of School Nutrition Katy Taylor says some schools may factor the study's findings into scheduling next year.
Odessa American (Texas) (12/10) 
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Calif. schools pitch in to feed students, families affected by fires
When California fires forced 265 Los Angeles schools to close, three San Fernando Valley schools were designated as sites where students and families could get food, and campuses not affected provided dinners after classes ended. Reseda High School focused on shelf life and nutrition when putting together food trays that included fruit punch, raisins, bananas, sunflower kernels and sunflower seed butter, whole-grain crackers and fat-free chocolate milk.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/9) 
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Nutrition & Wellness
Food allergies can be stressful for children, parents
Parents and caregivers of children with food allergies should never assume that food is safe, and should ask questions and read labels, said registered dietitian Blair Mize, who has two children with food allergies. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Leslie Schilling says school celebrations, restaurant dining or even visits to a friend's house can be stressful and frustrating for children with food allergies and their parents.
U.S. News & World Report (12/8) 
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Trends & Research
CDC reports rising flu activity
CDC researchers reported higher-than-average influenza activity, which began increasing early last month, especially in the South, with the predominant strain being influenza A (H3N2). Widespread activity has been reported in Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Virginia during the week ending Dec. 2, according to a study in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
CNN (12/8),  Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (12/8) 
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Depression in late adolescence may increase high-school dropout risk
A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that older adolescents with depression had a more than twofold higher likelihood of dropping out of high school, compared with those who recovered from earlier depression or those without depression. The findings also showed higher rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder among dropouts and at-risk peers, compared with average students.
Reuters (12/8) 
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Policy Watch
CHIP program for low-income children could end
CHIP program for low-income children could end
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Lawmakers in Congress have proposed some short-term fixes to provide funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program. Without a long-term solution in place, some state leaders are considering whether they should notify families that the services will end.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12/11) 
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