Ala. district donates leftover food to students | District takes proactive approach to meal debt | Disordered eating more likely in young teens with social media use
December 6, 2019
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Ala. district donates leftover food to students
Ala. district donates leftover food to students
Untouched leftover food in school cafeterias in an Alabama district will be donated to students who receive free and reduced-price lunches. Beginning in January, school nutrition workers will sanitize items left after the meal service, including prepackaged muffins and fruit, and leave them on a share table for students to take home at the end of the day.
WBRC-TV (Birmingham, Ala.) (12/5) 
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District takes proactive approach to meal debt
A Texas school district is launching a Lunch Buddy program to address students' unpaid meal debt. The program, which will receive donations from parents and community members, will cover the costs of meals when students are unable to pay.
KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (12/5) 
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Nutrition & Wellness
Disordered eating more likely in young teens with social media use
Young adolescents with Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Snapchat accounts, but not girls who had Facebook and Instagram, scored significantly higher in a test measuring disordered eating thoughts, while those with more social media accounts had higher scores for disordered eating thoughts and behaviors, according to an Australian study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Researchers also found elevated prevalence of disordered eating behaviors, as well as weight and shape overevaluations, among boys with Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat and among girls with Tumblr and Snapchat.
Healio (free registration) (12/5) 
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Trends & Research
CDC examines tobacco product use among US youths
CDC researchers found that 1 in 3 high-school students, or 4.7 million teens, and nearly 1 in 8 middle-school students, or 1.5 million adolescents, used a tobacco product during the past 30 days, and e-cigarettes were the tobacco product most commonly used for the sixth straight year. However, the findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that about 58% of youths said they were seriously thinking about stopping tobacco use, and 57.5% had stopped tobacco product use for at least a day in an effort to quit.
CNN (12/5),  HealthDay News (12/5) 
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WHO, CDC report on increase in measles cases, deaths
WHO, CDC report on increase in measles cases, deaths
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The World Health Organization reported that measles cases around the world rose from 7,585,900 in 2017 to 9,769,400 in 2018, while measles-related deaths increased from 124,000 to 142,300 during the same period, with most deaths involving unvaccinated children. Meanwhile, a CDC study in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that although yearly global measles incidence and deaths dropped between 2000 and 2018 and vaccination prevented 23.2 million deaths during that period, the number of infections and deaths have increased since 2016.
Reuters (12/6),  Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (12/5) 
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Policy Watch
Groups call for FTC investigation of child online data collection
The Federal Trade Commission should look into how digital media companies target advertisements to children, as well as their child online data collection and storage practices, a letter sent by a group of consumer associations stated. The letter did not mention specific companies, but organizations, such as Amazon and Disney, likely would be included in the review, said Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.
CNBC (12/5),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/5) 
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