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Rethinking the Happy Meal? Small prizes may get kids to pick up fruits and veggies at school.

Rethinking the Happy Meal? Small prizes may get kids to pick up fruits and veggies at school. | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
Giving kids a little prize might encourage them to choose the healthy food options at school.
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Great ideas for schools to promote fruit and veggie consumption.

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Don’t Take Your Vitamins

Don’t Take Your Vitamins | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
When it comes to antioxidants, more is not always better.
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Great article to demonstrate need for FDA regulation on vitamins!

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More gym for kids means less chance of obesity, Cornell study says

More gym for kids means less chance of obesity, Cornell study says | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
More physical education in kindergarten through fifth grade means less chance of obesity , especially for boys, researchers say.
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This says it all "And in the five years after implementation of No Child Left Behind law, evidence shows that 9% of school districts decreased gym time."

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New Study: Does Better Recess Equal a Better School Day in Portland? | The Lund Report

New Study: Does Better Recess Equal a Better School Day in Portland? | The Lund Report | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
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A Spoonful of Tax (Makes Obesity Go Down)

A Spoonful of Tax (Makes Obesity Go Down) | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
California is suffering from an epidemic of obesity. We need meaningful, evidence-based changes in our consumption and activity patterns.
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Parents, food service directors debate snacks sneaking into kids’ diets at school

Parents, food service directors debate snacks sneaking into kids’ diets at school | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
Candy, soda, some chips could be banned under new school snack rules, but some say it isn’t enough.
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Jessica Vega's curator insight, April 23, 2014 8:18 PM

Most school have junk food for sale but recently they are trying to change and make students eat healthy. for example some schools are getting rid of sodas and just have walk, juice, and milk for students 

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Study says Howard's health and wellness policy needs work

Study says Howard's health and wellness policy needs work | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
The revisions to the health and wellness policy for Howard County schools are good, but they could be better if the system wants to be word-class in all aspects, according to a study released last month by a local nonprofit dedicated to health in...
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Raising Successful Children

Raising Successful Children | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
Unnecessary intervention makes your child feel bad about himself (if he’s young) or angry at you (if he’s a teenager.)

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Challenge Success: COURAGEOUS PARENTING by Madeline Levine, Ph.D.Put On Your Own Mask First: A New Year’s Message To Parents

Challenge Success: COURAGEOUS PARENTING by Madeline Levine, Ph.D.Put On Your Own Mask First: A New Year’s Message To Parents | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it

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Lenore Skenazy: 'Lean In' and the Era of the Inconvenienced Mom

Lenore Skenazy: 'Lean In' and the Era of the Inconvenienced Mom | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Lenore Skenazy asks: How can you devote yourself to a career when you're busy being a helicopter parent?

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U.S. Releases Nutritional Rules for Snacks at Schools

U.S. Releases Nutritional Rules for Snacks at Schools | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
The guidelines encourage schools to offer low-fat and whole-grain snacks or fruits and to limit sugary drinks.
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This is great BUT, snacks available at elementary schools are often brought in for birthdays and class parties. This needs ot be addressed as well.

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How One Man Tried To Slim Down Big Soda From The Inside : NPR

How One Man Tried To Slim Down Big Soda From The Inside : NPR | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
Public health expert Derek Yach surprised nutrition advocates when he joined PepsiCo six years ago. He got the company to cut salt, sugar and fat from some popular products like chips and soda. But critics say he did more harm than good.
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Teaching Kids How To Play at Recess

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Every schoolchild who’s ever squirmed in his seat, anxious for recess to arrive, can sympathize with students in Chicago. This year, many public schools in that city are scheduled to have recess for the first time in three decades.

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Report: Nation's kids need to get more physical

Report: Nation's kids need to get more physical | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
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IOM recommends health and PE as core subjects in school! Yay!

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Many Fronts in Fighting Obesity

Many Fronts in Fighting Obesity | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
Simply focusing on sugar will do little to quell the rising epidemic in the United States.
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Great stats on eating out and frozen yogurt!

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Adults consume 13% of calories from added sugars

Adults consume 13% of calories from added sugars | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
The intake has declined over the past decade, but it's still higher than American Heart Association recommendations.
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MIAMI: School lunches: The new battlefront in the war against obesity | Food | Macon.com

MIAMI: School lunches: The new battlefront in the war against obesity | Food | Macon.com | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
Around him, many kids in the Sunset Park Elementary cafeteria in South Miami-Dade, Fla., were gingerly nibbling at fresh vegetables from the new salad bar, encouraged by hovering parent volunteers and teachers.
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Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Teaches Kids about Healthy Eating and Physical Activity | Kaiser Permanente News Center

Live productions involving music, puppets and plays are effective ways of teaching young children about the importance of eating healthy and being physically active, an independent study of Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Program found.
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Fruit, Not Fries: Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices : NPR

Fruit, Not Fries: Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices : NPR | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
Even if you give kids a more healthful school lunch, you can't force them to eat it. You can, however, make small changes to layout and presentation that will make options like fruits and vegetables more appealing to kids, say behavioral economists.
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What teachers really want to tell parents

What teachers really want to tell parents | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
A principal who was loved and adored by all told me she was leaving the profession because " I just can't deal with parents anymore; they are killing us."

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America Is Safer Than Ever, So Why Are Parents So Scared?

America Is Safer Than Ever, So Why Are Parents So Scared? | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
Don't our kids deserve the same great memories and fond experiences of freedom and play that we had?

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Can exercise games help fight child obesity?

Can exercise games help fight child obesity? | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
— Todd Miller thinks the only way to solve the childhood obesity crisis in this country is with a revolution. He's just not sure it should be a "Dance Dance Revolution."
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Rules call for swing to healthier snacks in schools

Rules call for swing to healthier snacks in schools | Supporting Healthy Schools | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Snacks sold in U.S.
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