Mich. schools to promote nutrition through gardening | Nonprofit funds garden, cooking lessons at Va. school | Teacher is honored for work with Fuel Up to Play 60
April 25, 2012
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HBO series focuses on national obesity epidemic
A new HBO documentary series on obesity, "The Weight of the Nation," shows scenes from schools in Texas, and part three of the four-part series, "Children in Crisis," is focused on childhood obesity. The series, which will be available for free on the network's website beginning in mid-May are part of a public education campaign. In the series, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs discusses the importance of physical education in schools and school meals also are addressed. TexasTribune.org (Austin) (4/24)
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Mich. schools to promote nutrition through gardening
Detroit schools plan to use a federal grant through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to fund a Garden Collaborative, which will provide garden-based education at 45 schools. Participating schools also will have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables for their meals. Each garden site will include a Farm to School Learning Center. The Huffington Post (4/24)
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Nonprofit funds garden, cooking lessons at Va. school
The nonprofit Fit4Kids has funded a program at a Virginia elementary school in which students learn about nutrition by working in a school garden and taking cooking classes. This is the first school garden that Fit4Kids has helped to fund, and there are plans for five more gardens in 2013. Students recently planted tomatoes, basil and lettuce, and eventually officials hope the garden produces vegetables that can be used in school cooking lessons. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (4/21)
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Teacher is honored for work with Fuel Up to Play 60
An elementary-school health and physical-education teacher in Florida has been named the state's Program Adviser of the Year for helping to lead her school's Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Michelle Sirounis said in this interview that her school provided students with backpacks filled with nutritional information, fitness equipment and literature, including a book to log food intake. The school also incorporated fitness through dance, including a flash mob. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (4/21)
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Tallahassee Earth Day puts focus on healthy lifestyles
Earth Day activities in Tallahassee, Fla., focused on healthy lifestyles and outside recreation, including flash mob dancing, disc golf and tennis. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare gave out dietary tips, and other health groups offered food samples and smoking-cessation information. Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (4/22)
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Chefs talk kitchen comfort, style
Along with the culinary expertise that flavors their signature dishes, chefs develop their individual styles when it comes to what they and their staffs wear to stay comfortable in the kitchen and still look stylish. Denver chefs Elise Wiggins, Jorel Pierce and Tyler Wiard talk about the looks they prefer for themselves and their kitchen staffs. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (4/24)
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Wi-Fi scale helps users track weight information
Fitbit recently confirmed the commercial availability of its Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, which allows users to upload and track their weight data on the company's website. The device, which will be offered at stores including Best Buy, also enables users to receive motivational badges and create weight-loss plans. MobiHealthNews.com (4/23)
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

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Studies support child health benefits of regular family meals
A review of 68 reports that studied the link between family meals and child health showed they led to higher intakes of fruits and vegetables, fiber, foods high in calcium and vitamins, Rutgers University researchers reported at a nutrition conference. Data also showed children who ate more meals with their families consumed fewer unhealthy items, such as soda. United Press International (4/23)
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Childhood obesity rates drop in Mass.
Obesity prevalence among children younger than 6 in eastern Massachusetts was steady from 1999 to 2003 but significantly dropped from 2004 to 2008, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers assessed electronic medical record data of almost 37,000 children from 1999 to 2008 and found that those on Medicaid had smaller declines in obesity prevalence, compared with children covered by other health plans. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (4/23), The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (4/23)
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Tenn. schools to address needs of students with health concerns
As part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, the Memphis, Tenn., school district has pledged to take several steps to ensure students with health impairments -- such as food allergies, asthma and diabetes -- are evaluated for programs and services under Section 504 of federal disability law. Among the steps: Officials will notify parents of their obligations and ensure the timely identification, evaluation and placement of students who have health-related concerns that may affect major life activities. Education Week/On Special Education blog (4/23)
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