Chocolate milk battleground - Washington Times

Policy & Advocacy

Published: May 30, 2011

Chocolate milk battleground Washington Times She said this to a local reporter recently, describing the ongoing uproar over serving chocolate milk to schoolchildren amid concerns about childhood obesity. Bowing to public pressure, school officials in the Virginia county banned chocolate milk from … and more »

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Food advertising directed at children

Policy & Advocacy

Published: May 29, 2011

Researchers at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University have looked at food marketing and children’s diets

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Rethinkers ink pact to use local food in 37 school cafeterias

Published: May 28, 2011

By Jessica Williams, The Lens staff writer | The school ratings are out and, no, we're not talking LEAP scores. Student reformers from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, a coalition of students advocating upgrades in school food choices, on Thursday released their 2011 cafeteria ratings for nine schools. The report card, created with help from students with Tulane University's School of Public Health, was accompanied by announcement of a big victory by the "Rethinkers,"…

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Food Pyramid Replacement Coming June 2

Published: May 26, 2011

In an exclusive interview with WebMD, the USDA says the replacement for the Food Pyramid will be announced on June 2 — and that the new icon heralds a “monumental effort” to improve America’s health.

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Sedentary Jobs Helping to Drive Obesity Epidemic - U.S. News & World Report

Published: May 26, 2011

USA Today Sedentary Jobs Helping to Drive Obesity Epidemic U.S. News & World Report THURSDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) — As Americans sit — literally — in more sedentary jobs, they're packing on the pounds, and it's this inertia that's a major contributor to the obesity epidemic, new research suggests. … Workplace Cited as a New Source of Rise in ObesityNew York Times Obesity Epidemic Fuelled By Decrease In Workplace Physical ActivityMedical News Today Drop…

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20 Salads of Summer: Recipe from Michael Symon for a fresh summer salad with marcona almonds

Published: May 26, 2011

For Michael Symon, great salads go far beyond a pile of greens. And they need to earn their keep. “For me, a great salad is much more than just greens. It should be something that really highlights the season and the vegetables that are at their peak at that time,” Symon, an award winning restaurateur and Food Network Iron Chef, said in an e-mail interview. Just don’t include iceberg lettuce. Read full article >>

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Despite High Gas Prices, Americans Slow to Embrace Walking,Cycling

Published: May 24, 2011

Despite wobbling fuel prices, thickening waistlines and an avalanche of evidence lauding the benefits of physical activity, Americans have been slow to embrace walking and cycling.

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No smoking in Times Square _ plus NYC parks, beaches and public plazas under a new law

Published: May 24, 2011

NEW YORK " New York City is telling folks to butt out. A new law went into effect Monday banning smoking in 43 square miles of parks, public plazas, beaches and boardwalks in the city. The law, with a $50 fine attached, aims to protect New Yorkers from secondhand smoking in often elbow-to-elbow environments. But some health experts question whether the smoke poses a serious danger in open spaces, and critics say the city is…

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Local advocacy group announces results of street safety audits for walking and bicycling to school in New Orleans

Policy & Advocacy

Published: May 17, 2011

The KidsWalk Coalition recently released a report indicating that 60 percent of New Orleans public school areas surveyed lack safe environments for walking and bicycling to school. "Stepping to School: An assessment of neighborhood walkability and solutions for a safer, healthier New Orleans" features results of walkability surveys of the areas surrounding all public elementary and middle schools in New Orleans covering nearly 175 miles of sidewalks. The survey revealed that in total, more than…

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Survey shows New Orleans students enjoy new, healthy foods

Food Environment Research

Published: May 17, 2011

With childhood obesity on the rise, school food is under constant scrutiny. Through the leadership of the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESY NOLA), school cafeterias across the city are being transformed to promote healthy eating and balanced diets. This change begs the question: what do the students think of their new school food? For the 2010-2011 school year, the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University partnered with Tulane dietetic interns and ESY NOLA to…

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Coalitions and Networks for Active Living looking for interview subjects

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: May 16, 2011

The Coalitions and Networks for Active Living (CANAL) study is looking to interview coalition leaders about aspects of their community group to identify and examine network structures that aim to promote physical activity through environmental and policy change. The CANAL group collected information on more than 20 groups through Web site searches and Physical Activity Policy and Research Network (PAPRN) recommendations. The third phase of this research project will include a more in-depth case study…

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The cost of tobacco use in Louisiana

Policy & Advocacy

Published: May 16, 2011

Louisiana's high cancer burden is no secret. Louisianans have the 10th highest rate of lung cancer in the nation. This cancer burden is due to the fact that about one in five Louisiana adults smoke. Some quick facts about tobacco use in Louisiana: 677,000 adults in Louisiana smoke. Louisiana pays $1.47 billion annually in health care costs directly caused by smoking. 109,000 Louisiana children currently under the age of 18 will die prematurely from smoking.…

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Second Harvest Food Bank helps get food to people in need (5/15, 1 am) - The American Press (blog)

Published: May 15, 2011

Second Harvest Food Bank helps get food to people in need (5/15, 1 am) The American Press (blog) There is also the issue that we have been talking about the last couple of years and that's obesity and what it that connection with hunger, especially with low-income people. If low-income people have a tendency toward obesity " and I think recent … and more »

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Kids weigh in on Happy Meal suit

Published: May 13, 2011

We asked for your opinions on the California mom who is suing to get McDonald’s to stop selling Happy Meals because, she says, the toys make kids want unhealthful food. While many of you said it is up to the parents to say “no” to their kids, others thought the mom was right to object to the fast-food chain’s advertising to kids. Here’s a selection of your opinions: I think companies should be banned from…

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Texas school cameras will watch kids' calorie counts - Chicago Tribune

Published: May 11, 2011

CBS News Texas school cameras will watch kids' calorie counts Chicago Tribune The goal of the program is to cut down on childhood obesity by providing parents and school nutrition specialists with specific information on what types of food elementary students are eating. They will then be able to design healthy meals based on … Chub Tracker: Cameras in Schools Will Document Students' CaloriesTakePart – Inspiration to Action In Texas schools, a picture's worth 1000…

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The truth about advertising junk food to children: It works

Published: May 10, 2011

(Medical Xpress) — Children exposed to advertisements for high-calorie and nutrient-poor foods consume more unhealthy foods overall, regardless of the specific product and brand being marketed, finds a new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. The study, published in Economics and Human Biology, shows a relationship between children’s exposure to food …

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KidsWalk Coalition to announce results of street safety audits for walking and biking to New Orleans public schools

Policy & Advocacy

Published: May 10, 2011

WHAT A local advocacy organization will release a report indicating that a significant portion of Orleans Parish public schools lack safe environments for walking and biking to school. The KidsWalk Coalition will release “Stepping to School: An assessment of neighborhood walkability and solutions for a safer, healthier New Orleans.” KidsWalk Coalition is a local partnership of government agencies and public health, transportation and community organizations dedicated to improving the health of New Orleanians by creating…

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The Spread Of Social Obesity

Published: May 06, 2011

Obesity is socially contagious, according to research published in the past few years. How it is “caught” from others remains a murky area. But findings from Arizona State University researchers published online May 5 in the American Journal of Public Health shed light on the transmission of obesity among friends and family. Shared ideas about acceptable weight or body size play only a minor …

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Late to bed, late to rise makes one ... chubby

Published: May 05, 2011

A new study in the journal Obesity adds to our understanding of the link between sleep and weight. And it’s not a pretty picture for those of us who burn the midnight oil. People in the study who habitually went to bed late and got up late in the morning consumed more calories than those who went to bed and got up early. And these were not high-quality calories, either: The late-to-bed crowd ate more…

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