Schools Can Set Tone For Healthy Eating

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Some of the schools made only limited changes to their nutrition policies and practices, while others introduced major changes. Some of the new programs included raising nutrition standards for snacks and beverages, offering taste tests of healthy foods and beverages to students, marketing healthy foods in school, and removing ads for unhealthy foods. In schools that introduced three or more new nutrition practices and policies, students ate 26 percent more fruits, 14 percent more vegetables and 30 percent more whole grains. They also increased their consumption of fiber , calcium and vitamins A and C, according to the study, which was published online Nov. 11 in the journal Childhood Obesity. The findings suggest that new federal nutrition standards for schools that are scheduled to take effect during the 2014-’15 school year may help improve students’ eating habits.
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L.A. Area Elementary Students Learn About Healthy Eating And Recycling With Edible Garden

Last year, elected officials joined ACC and community members to enhance pure garcinia cambogia gardens at Hooper Avenue and Los Feliz elementary schools. The project aims to encourage young people to help protect the planet by recycling every day, at home and at school. “We want to inspire future generations to practice healthy habits,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. “You’re never too young to learn to recycle everyday items like water bottles, yogurt cups, wraps and bags. This is a perfect lesson in recycling coming to life, in the form of a school garden.” Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra was on hand to help unveil a dedication plaque at the school in his district during a ceremony celebrating the installation of the garden.
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Young women ‘need better support’ for healthy eating

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Using behaviour change methods, Food Dudes aim to increase childrens consumption of fruit and vegetables and decrease the intake of sweet and fatty foods. The new programme is being piloted by a year four class at St Vincents RC primary school which, along with Tatton MP George Osborne, was demonstrated to Cheshire East councillor Rachel Bailey. I announced at the Autumn Statement last week the launch of free school meals to key stage one school children, said Mr Osborne. So its great to see today a local school and a local organisation, in my own constituency in Tatton, running a programme designed to encourage children to make healthy eating choices. With real evidence behind it, the Food Dudes programme and initiatives such as these will help ensure that the governments investment in free school meals will not only help hardworking families on cost, but will have a real impact in helping to improve healthy eating. Year four pupil Nevan Kiernan said: The blueberries are my favourite, and Mange Tout, Ive had something like them before but at school was the first time I tried them and they are really good. By the time they leave primary school, more than a third of all children in the North West are overweight or obese. The children have had a great time learning all about the programme, watching the fun movies about the Dudes, taking part in the tasting sessions and getting Dudes rewards, said St Vincents head teacher, Roisin Moores.
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Food Dudes trial healthy eating initiative (From Knutsford Guardian)

Dr. Mary Baker, of the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton and one of the study authors, says: “Young women need to be supported to make healthier food choices, but we also need to work with government and industry to make healthy food choices easier. The challenge for public health is to http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/garcinia-cambogia-extract—crucial-data-released-231403591.html stop telling everyone what they should and shouldn’t do and instead empower women, policy makers and food companies to generate consensus about what needs to be done.” add your opinion Reader OpinionsMost recent opinions are shown first Like Picking Leaves Off A Tree!Posted by Dr. J on 14 Dec 2013 at 2:03 pmThe current and probably future attempts at changing the poor direction of the obesity epidemic is like picking the leaves off a tree!
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