One Texas elementary school plans to build a teaching kitchen to help students learn by cooking -- thanks to a five-year grant from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and his foundation. Brian Kish, president of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, says the kitchen is a part of national program that will "allow children from all walks of life to prepare for their futures and fully immerse themselves in nutrition and food education."
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One Ohio school district will use USDA funds to operate a summer meal program for both resident and non-resident students. "The reality is that many of our students rely on the fresh meals we are able to serve them during the year," says Superintendent Charles Smialek.
Foods with natural sugar, such as fruit, are a more healthful choice than processed foods with added sugars, such as granola bars, according to registered dietitian Kara Shifler Bowers. "Natural sugars in fruit are different because fruits carry fiber as well as many antioxidants and vitamins such as A and C," Bowers said.
A CDC report showed that US women ages 15 to 44 had a birth rate of 59 births per 1,000 women in 2018, a record low since tracking began, with births to teens ages 15 to 19 also reaching a record low, while the fertility rate dropped by 2% from 2017 to 2018. However, researchers found that preterm birth prevalence has increased for four years straight and reached just over 10% in 2018.
In children born to adolescent mothers, the prevalence of underweight and stunting is 10 percentage points higher compared to children born to adult mothers, according to a study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. The findings, based on 2016 survey of data from 60,097 mother-child pairs in India, also found that maternal education, socioeconomic status and weight were linked to the association of teen pregnancies and child stunting.
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