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August 18, 2011
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  • Short lunch periods may lead to obesity, experts say
    A survey from the School Nutrition Association found that elementary-school students have 25 minutes for lunch and middle- and high-school students have 30 minutes, but only about 10 to 15 minutes is available for eating. Experts said this could contribute to childhood obesity because healthy foods take longer to eat, children tend to eat their favorite foods first and people generally consume more calories and feel hungrier sooner when they eat quickly. USA TODAY (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physician says adult wellness helps fight childhood obesity
    Pediatrician Dr. Mark Roberts of Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children's hospitals in California is targeting the adult population as a means to combat childhood obesity, because children learn dietary and activity behaviors from their parents. Long Beach has contracted with Incentahealth to offer cash rewards to employees who lose weight. Initially, 900 people signed up and even though the number of active participants is down to fewer than 200, Roberts says he is encouraged because participants on average lost 8 pounds through the first six months of the year. Health Data Management (8/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: College students have poor nutrition habits
    Male college students consumed only about five servings of fruits and vegetables a week, while female students only ate about four weekly, according to a study. Compared with males, female students had better nutrition records, including fewer skipped meals and increased likelihood of reading food labels, researchers said. However, the study found that more than 30% of calories consumed by both males and females came from fat, which is more than recommended by dietary guidelines. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CDC launches campaign against HIV
    The CDC next week will launch the "Testing Makes Us Stronger" campaign, designed to tout the benefits of early HIV testing, in Atlanta, Baltimore and three other cities. Officials hope that through strategies such as online and prints ads, social media sites, and outreach programs the campaign will boost testing and awareness among high-risk groups. HealthNews.com (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kansas schools to adopt Finnish anti-bullying program
    Researchers at the University of Kansas are preparing to implement a Finnish anti-bullying program called KiVa in schools in Lawrence, Kan., as early as the 2012-13 school year. The pilot program addresses bullying through a holistic strategy that focuses on the peer environment and includes even those who are not victims or perpetrators of bullying. One study found that bullying incidences in one school year dropped 50% after schools in Finland created the program. Kansas City infoZine News (8/17), United Press International (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teens assess whether Buffalo neighborhoods are active-friendly
    A group of teenagers visited two disadvantaged neighborhoods in Buffalo, N.Y., to assess how well the areas encourage walking, biking and other physical activities. Buffalo is one of 50 cities participating in the Healthy Kids Healthy Communities initiative that shows local policymakers ways to encourage young people to be active and adopt healthy lifestyles. The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Illinois allows school nurses to administer epinephrine
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn approved a bill to authorize public and private school nurses to administer epinephrine auto-injectors on students suspected of having anaphylactic shock. The new law also authorizes schools to stock the auto-injectors for use by students who can self-administer the medication. Patch.com/Wheaton, Ill. (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register now for the NCE and save
    Early bird registration for the 2011 AAP National Conference & Exhibition ends Sept. 2. Register online or by fax to save and receive your badge and tickets by mail (continental U.S. and Canada). Online registration at standard rates is available until Oct. 7, or register onsite Oct. 14 through Oct. 18 at the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, north lobby. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care
    On July 1, the Section on Adoption and Foster Care merged with the Task Force on Foster Care and relevant parts of the Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care to form the Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care. It is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and youths in foster care, kinship care and those who have been adopted. Check out the new Council website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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