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May 2, 2012
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  • Districts plan program to teach students to be healthy consumers
    Schools in two Colorado districts plan to launch a new wellness program in the fall, in which fifth-grade students learn about nutrition through classroom lessons and promotions with local businesses. The 5th Gear Kids program will teach students to balance calories with exercise, monitor portion sizes and read nutrition labels. Students also will receive identification cards that allow them to earn points for buying nutritious food and make them eligible for promotions at businesses, including health clubs. Education News Colorado (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Students get moving for national physical-education week
    Schools nationwide plan to celebrate National Physical Education and Sport Week -- which kicked off Tuesday -- with events that embrace the theme "Let's Move in School." Today, West Virginia is hosting "Let's Moveapalooza West Virginia," and 66,000 students statewide are expected to participate in a dance at the same time. Students in New York and Kansas today will perform cultural dances from around the world, and Virginia students on Sunday will demonstrate archery, Zumba and line dancing to their communities. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. schools shift from "stealth health" to salad bars
    Salad bars will be installed in 11 school cafeterias in a Colorado district -- paid for through grants. Linda Stoll, executive director of Food and Nutrition Services for Jefferson County Public Schools, said the salad bars are a reversal for the district, which previously tried "stealth health" to get students to eat healthy food, by hiding it in unhealthy food. "Now we're trying loud and proud and put those vegetables out there where the kids can see 'em," she said. KDVR-TV (Denver) (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Active video games are part of president's fitness challenge
    The President's Fitness Council has launched the Active Play Presidential Lifestyle Award (PALA)+ Challenge, a program in which participants are encouraged to record their physical activity while playing video games. The award requires students to be physically active for at least an hour a day, five days a week, for six out of eight weeks and to commit to one new eating goal for six of the eight weeks. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dietitians say they follow their own advice
    Dietitians say they follow the nutrition advice they give to clients, such as eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, balancing meals and snacks, and practicing moderation. Registered dietitian Jennifer Klein says she supports reaching a healthy balance of foods, "so even when I indulge in something decadent I don't really consider it falling off the wagon." Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Obesity costs are on the rise in the U.S.
    The costs of the rising rate of obesity in the U.S. for government, businesses and individuals is greater than previously estimated and is spurring efforts to find solutions to the obesity epidemic. Research estimates that obesity-related absenteeism costs employers up to $6.4 billion a year while presenteeism due to obesity comes in at about $30 billion a year. A new study calculated $190 billion annually in additional medical spending as a result of obesity, higher than previous estimates. Reuters (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food insecurity may increase childhood-obesity risk
    Low-income mothers with babies younger than 6 months who reported being food insecure showed controlling feeding practices -- such as food restriction and pressuring -- which might increase the risk of childhood obesity, a study revealed. Researchers also found that food-insecure mothers were more likely than non-insecure counterparts to be worried that their child might become overweight. The results were presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting and will be published in Pediatrics. Yahoo!/Asian News International (4/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Schools need timely, standard nutrition information, official says
    Julie Harsh, the food-service director in a Michigan district, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for changes in the way manufacturers share food nutrition information with schools. At issue, Harsh said, is that schools are unable to get nutrition information they need in a timely, standardized way -- which is particularly problematic as schools' prepare to implement new federal school nutrition standards. The Saline Reporter (Mich.) (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
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