World's biggest chocolate bar is used in nutrition lessons
A Maryland elementary school recently was selected by World's Finest Chocolate to receive a visit from the world's largest chocolate bar -- a 12,000-pound piece of chocolate. Officials said the program is intended to teach students about proper nutrition and portion sizes in a memorable way. Students received a regular-size portion of chocolate and a jump rope as part of the program. The Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.)
QR codes on exercise trail teach Va. students about fitness
Chesterbrook Elementary teachers created an exercise trail for the McLean, Va., school using Quick Response codes that students scan with a smartphone to get instructional videos at stations along the path. Physical-education teacher Jay Levesque said, "I can sit right here in the middle and kind of oversee everything and I know the kids are getting instruction ..." WUSA-TV (Washington, D.C.)
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University food pantry helps fill student nutrition needs
West Virginia University is among several colleges that have opened a food pantry on campus to help students get enough to eat. WVU's Jacqueline Dooley said elementary and middle schools have reduced-cost lunches for students, and their financial problems do not go away when those students enter college. Demand for food at the pantry is at an all-time high, officials said. WDTV-TV (Bridgeport, W.Va.)
Managing carbohydrates is key to diabetes diets, experts say
Diet can help treat diabetes by regulating blood glucose, and while carbohydrates are a major concern, they should be managed, not eliminated, experts said. University of Maryland diabetes educator Catherine Brown says there is no need to swear off an occasional sweet treat as long as total carbohydrates stay within set goals. Certified diabetes educator Marion Franz says cutting back total calories helps with blood glucose levels as well. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)
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Virginia governor signs emergency epinephrine bill
All public schools in Virginia will be required to provide epinephrine auto-injectors and have trained personnel to administer them to children with serious allergic reaction, according to a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Bob McDonnell. The bill was prompted by the death of 7-year-old Amarria Johnson after she suffered a severe allergic reaction while at school. WTVR-TV (Richmond, Va.)
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