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BPA Bombshell: Industry Database Reveals 16,000 Foods with Toxic
Chemical in Packaging - EWG has
created the first easily, searchable database of nearly 16,000
processed food and drinks packaged in materials that may contain the
hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A, or BPA.
Now is Time to Fight for
Better School Food - "If you are what you eat, then I'm fast,
cheap and easy." When Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse fame, saw that
line on a bumper sticker, she wondered, "Is this really what we want
the destiny of our nation to be?"
Free Lunch Isn't Cool, So Some Students Go Hungry
- Although Francisco Velazquez, a 14-year-old freshman
with spiky hair and sunglasses, qualifies for a free lunch at Balboa
High School here, he was not eating. The stigma of accepting a
government lunch, while others are paying for food from a different
menu, is a problem many school districts across the country have
been quietly confronting with mixed results, education and school
nutrition officials said. San Francisco school officials are looking
at ways to encourage more poor students to accept
government-financed meals, including the possibility of introducing
cashless cafeterias where all students are offered the same food
choices and use debit cards or punch in codes on a keypad so that
all students check out at the cashier in the same manner.
Urges Cutback in Soda Consumption - According to a review
article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the typical
12-ounce soda has 150 calories and the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of
sugar, mostly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. Drinking one
soda a day can lead to a one-year weight gain of 15 pounds. The review
also questions the role of high-fructose corn syrup, which is used to
sweeten soft drinks in the United States, while sucrose is used in
Europe. Although the two sweeteners contain the same amount of
calories, chemical differences have led some to theorize that fructose
may cause greater weight gain and insulin resistance by elevating
Alliance for a Healthier Generation Gives Educators Tools to Transform
School Health Environments - 202 schools from 12 states have
been chosen to be part of a joint effort by the Clinton Foundation and
the American Heart Association to raise healthier children. A key
component of The Alliance for A Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools
Program is the provision of direct support and assistance to schools
to help them assess their current school environment, develop action
plans and implement changes that will make their school environments
healthier. “School is where our children spend their days and where
they learn habits that stay with them for life,” said Risa
Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation. All schools nationwide can apply for recognition
and receive online tools and resources by going to
http://www.healthiergeneration.org/. The Alliance's Healthy School
Builder will be available on August 11.
The Alliance for a
Healthier Generation - In May 2005 the Clinton Foundation and
the American Heart Association partnered to create a new generation of
healthy Americans by addressing one of the nation’s leading public
health threats: childhood obesity through The Alliance for a Healthier
Generation. The Alliance focuses on preventing childhood obesity and
creating healthier lifestyles for all children. The Alliance effort
will focus on four key areas: industry; schools, healthcare
professionals and kids.
Getting The Brainpower Flowing - One
unusual theory of school improvement holds that schools hinder
learning because they frequently lack natural light and sufficient
access to water. One Baltimore principal has installed numerous water
coolers in his middle school classrooms, although he now is struggling
to pay for them. According to Laurence Martel, "One of the liabilities
the modern child is facing is chronic dehydration." And contributing
to the problem, he said, are sugary breakfasts, fluorescent lighting
and sodas filled with sugar and caffeine. He said a school in Idaho
that put water in classrooms saw a substantial reduction in special
Improve Behavior, Schools Say - Jamie Oliver's drive to rid
schools of junk food has produced a big improvement in children's
behavior, teachers say.
Schwarzenegger Urges Passage of Food Bills - Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger is promoting legislation that would encourage healthier
food and drinks in schools, including a bill that would extend a
statewide ban on soft drinks from lower grades to high schools.
Poor Health Habits Reason For Grade Gap - Obesity, poor
nutrition and lack of physical fitness may partially explain why
Hispanic and American Indian students in New Mexico don’t perform as
well as their Anglo peers. Recently released data from Harvard
University’s School of Public Health found a strong correlation
between poor nutrition and health and low achievement, state Secretary
of Education Veronica García told a group of teachers in Santa Fe.
Taking Fatty Acid Supplements Could Improve Behavior and School
Performance in Kids With Developmental Coordination Disorders -
Researchers from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom
studied whether supplementing kids' diets with certain fatty acids
could improve symptoms of Developmental Coordination Disorders. They
found the fatty acid supplements didn't affect a child's coordination
or motor skills, but after taking the fatty acid supplements, children
experienced significant improvements in reading, spelling, and
behavior. Children who continued to take the fatty acid supplements
until the 6-month mark tested more than a year ahead of their previous
reading level and more than 6 months ahead of their previous level of
Vetoes Junk Food Bill - The governor vetoed a bill Tuesday that
would have banned most soft drinks and junk food from Connecticut
schools. Soft drink companies had lobbied fiercely against the bill,
and schools expressed concerns about losing revenue from sales.
Connecticut Schools Target
Junk Food - Connecticut is on the verge of adopting the most
far-reaching ban in the country on soda and junk food in public
schools, in an effort to curb rising rates of childhood obesity.
Senate OKs Junk Food Ban - Starting next year, Arizona's
elementary and middle school students could be eating healthier. A
bill expected to land on the governor's desk shortly would ban the
sales of soft drinks, candy and gum during the school day beginning in
July 2006. High schools would be exempt.
Junk Food Bill Gains Weight With Senators - A bill to curb junk
food sales in Arizona's public schools gained more steam and teeth
after a Senate panel decided Wednesday to add high schools back on the
Schools Get by Without Junk Food - No
revenue loss shown in 5-month test of ban. Schools can make as much
money selling healthy foods as they can pushing sugar and fat on
students, according to a nutrition study released today by the Arizona
Department of Education.
Kraft to Cut Back on Snack Ads Targeting Kids - Kraft Foods
Inc. (KFT) Wednesday said it would stop advertising products like Oreo
cookies and Kool-Aid beverages to children younger than 12 as it works
to deflect criticism that such foods contribute to childhood obesity.
'Grab-and-go' Cart Gets Kids Eating -
It's not just OK for pupils to eat on the run when they arrive at a
middle school here each morning. It's encouraged.
For about 20 minutes before homeroom, a "grab-and-go" food cart is
parked near the principal's office. Pupils can grab a bagel, muffin,
cold cereal and fresh fruit, throw them into a paper bag, and take
them to their desks. [Login/registration required to view article.]
Girls Fight For Healthy Eating at School
Williamston, Fowlerville Schools Giving Kids Healthy Snack Options
- Justin Dartt, 16, a junior at Fowlerville High School, is
not happy about the new healthy snack machines at his school.
Fowlerville and Williamston high schools are piloting a state program
this year aimed at getting students to eat and drink healthier.
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website that offers a wealth of useful information on herbs and
Children In Crisis:
Nutritional Therapy Gives Youngster a Weapon
in the Battle Against Rage
- Like a child reciting his favorite video game titles,
Dylan DeGlopper meticulously lists the foods he can't have: anything
with wheat or white flour; flavored popcorn and potato chips; anything
enhanced with smoky seasoning. The no-nos go on and on. "I was ornery
and cranky," he said recently, four months after starting a
gluten-free diet. "I feel a lot better than I did when I was eating
normal stuff. Now with this, I feel a lot more mellow."
Principles vs. Profits - They're not quite the scary androids
of I, Robot, but snack and soda vending machines in South Florida
schools are nearly as controversial. They're seen as villains by
nutritionists fighting childhood obesity, as saviors by principals
seeking extra cash to pay for band uniforms, class trips and senior
Leadership Connections Focus on Nutrition:
Appleton Central High - The Progressive Policy
Institute’s 21st Century Schools Project Bulletin reports that the
Appleton Central Alternative [Charter] High School in Wisconsin got
rid of burgers, fries, pizza, and other fast food six years ago and
replaced them with a more nutritious lunch menu. Grades and attendance
are up, more students are graduating, and discipline problems are
School Nutrition Targeted - Heber Valley students still could
get pop and candy at school, but it could be slim pickings under a
revised nutrition policy proposal. Meanwhile, other districts are
looking at what's for sale in student vending machines. Granite is
urging schools to cut back on junk food. And Jordan and Nebo are
studying nutrition in schools, which could lead to treat restrictions
or other rules.
No More Fizzy Sodas in Schools - Starting
next week, city students won't have Coke or Pepsi to cool off with at
school. The school district's soda ban takes effect July 1. Approved
in February, the policy prohibits the sale of all carbonated soft
drinks to students. Only 100 percent fruit juice, water, milk and
flavored milk will be sold to students in cafeterias and from vending
machines. Students in grades 9 through 12, however, will still be able
to buy electrolyte-replacement sports drinks from machines near sports
facilities. [Source: Philly.com, 6-22-04]
Food Director Becomes Hero in Obesity Fight -
When student nutrition directors gather for conferences, Ed
Wilkins is the oddball. He's a man in a field dominated by women, has
roots in business rather than nutrition, has no children of his own
and, at 6 feet, 5 inches, he towers above the others. But that pales
beside his resolve to ensure that San Francisco's public schools never
sell students another empty calorie.
California PTA Stands Up for Healthy School Food
- A resolution addressing the childhood obesity crisis,
sponsored by the San Francisco PTA and called "Healthy Lifestyles for
All Children," was approved by a majority of the 2,718 voting
delegates at the California State PTA's 105th annual convention
earlier this month in Long Beach, Calif. Total attendance at the
convention, held May 3-6, was more than 5,400.
Bernero "Junk Food" Bill
Gets 23 Co-sponsors - Michigan State Sen. Virg Bernero
(D-Lansing) scored a minor political victory today when he introduced
his "no junk food in schools" bill with 23 co-sponsors, including
eight Republicans senators. That's the good news for him.
Study: Schools Cutting Soda
Lower Obesity - School programs
discouraging carbonated drinks appear to be effective in reducing
obesity among children, a new study suggests — the first research to
document that such programs work.
Crisis Inspires Ideas for Fundraising Without Food - With
obesity reaching epidemic levels among children, schools nationwide
are struggling with concerns about junk food sold on campus.
Meanwhile, PTAs and other parent groups are beginning to worry about
the amount of fundraising that involves selling sweets and other
unhealthy foods. In response to those concerns, a free guide to
non-food fundraising ideas is now available online.
Supports Junk Food Purge - "It's a tidal wave of garbage
masquerading as lunch." - MI State Senator Virg Bernero Michigan
Surgeon General Kimberly Dawn WISDOM said today she applauds Sen. Virg
Bernero's (D-Lansing) effort to dump the Doritos and Twinkees from
school cafeterias in favor of apples and carrot sticks.
FDA Orders Veal Producers to Stop Giving Calves Growth Hormones -
The Food and Drug Administration, aiming to keep sex hormone
supplements out of consumers' veal, is warning veal farmers to stop
giving calves certain hormones to promote their growth.
Produce, Decoded - Those little
stickers on fruits and vegetables at the supermarket aren't just for
the checkout clerk to find the price. You can use the numbers to
figure out how the produce you're buying has been grown. A sticker
with four digits means the food was conventionally grown. Five digits
starting with an 8 indicate genetically engineered produce (the food's
genetic material has been altered), and five digits starting with a 9
means the food was organically grown (without the use of most
conventional pesticides or synthetic fertilizers). Don't worry if you
can't remove all the sticker adhesive - it's required to be safe to
eat. [Source: Neena Samuel, Reader's Digest]
Bernero on Fat
School Kids - Unsuccessful in his attempts to ban pop machines
in schools, Sen. Virgil Bernero (D-Lansing) is back with a plan to
limit the intake of fat on the school cafeteria line. "We have an
obesity epidemic," complains Bernero, who will introduce legislation
to outlaw all food containing more than eight grams of fat.
Preparing Bill to Tax Pop -
Legislation that would tax bottled and canned soft drinks sold in
grocery stores will be introduced shortly after the Legislature
returns to session next week, said Sen. Virg Bernero (D-Lansing). The
measure, if adopted, could raise as much as $100 million.
Pediatricians Push for
Healthier School Food in Florida
- Schools may sift out sugar; Proposal would add
juice, cut soft drinks. Visit an area high school or middle school,
and you’ll discover that the student body is getting super-sized.
WA Washington Post Column:
Inundated With Junk Food
at School -
One regular feature of school mornings at our house involves
what my wife and I like to call "the daily
debate". The disputants are our two
primary-school kids, and the issue is whether to have them order lunch
in the cafeteria or for us to pack one instead.
Sale of Junk Food at School Banned - The Los Angeles Unified
School District decided Tuesday to secede from Candyland. Its 713
campuses next year will be kicking out Twix, Snickers and M&Ms in
favor of more healthful treats, such as nuts, baked chips, fruit
snacks and pretzels.
School's Victory Over the Battle of the Bulge - Students at
Aptos Middle School in San Francisco are not exactly celebrating that
their school has been purged of unhealthy foods.
Fast Food is King
at Arroyo High - If You're a student at Arroyo High School in
San Lorenzo, and you must have a Whopper, french fries and a Coke for
lunch, you won't have to go far to satisfy your fast-food cravings.
Girls Need Big
Breakfast? - Girls need a more filling breakfast than
boys if they are to do their best in school tests, according to
researchers in Northern Ireland.
Parents, Officials Urged
to Improve School Foods - Tool Kit
Gives Advice for Replacing Soda & Junk Food with Healthier Drinks &
Snacks. Parents, teachers, and school
administrators should work to improve the nutritional quality of the
meals, snacks, and drinks available to students, according to the
nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The
nutrition-advocacy group today released its School Foods Tool Kit—a
comprehensive manual that provides practical advice for improving
Health Groups With Junk-food Ties - Knight-Ridder Newspapers'
Washington Bureau is the latest victim of deception by paid advocates
for the junk food industry masquerading as independent experts on
diets. A recent K-R article quoted dietitian Dr. Susan Finn, chair of
the benevolently-named American Council for Fitness and Nutrition
insisting that junk-food-stocked vending machines in schools play no
role in the child obesity crisis.
Vitamin D Deficiency in
Teens Called Epidemic - In some ways,
Leon Jordan is a pretty typical teenager -- he doesn't get much
outdoor exercise, prefers movies and video games, and won't drink
milk. Those habits contributed to a vitamin D deficiency that has
helped weaken the 18-year-old's bones and left him prone to fractures.
San Francisco Schools
Banish Junk Food - Students will soon
say goodbye to snack bar lunches consisting of nachos or colossal
hamburgers washed down with Cokes in bucket-sized containers. When
school opens this week, San Francisco will begin implementing arguably
the healthiest food regimen of any school district in the nation.
Junk Food Ban
Sought for Schools - The Arizona
State Board of Education may ask school districts to voluntarily ban
unhealthful food in an effort to combat childhood obesity. The board
will discuss a proposal Monday that would prohibit schools from
selling soda, gum and certain candies at school and school-sponsored
A Full Stomach Leads
to Better Learning, Schools Say -
More children than ever before are getting their breakfast and lunch
at county public schools, thanks to a pair of programs that seek to
ensure that no child has to go through the school day hungry.
Becomes Sour on Sweets in School - Policy aims to reduce
Celiac Specialties of Chesterfield Twp. Serves Gluten-free Baked Goods
for People with a Complex Food Allergy - Janet Armil is elated.
For the first time in more than seven years, she can walk into a
bakery and buy anything she sees in the shop's well-stocked cases -- a
coffee cake for the weekend, crunchy almond biscotti to dunk in
coffee, rolls for sandwiches or an absolutely luscious carrot cake
spread with cream cheese icing.
on Seattle Suit Over
Sodas - Local school
systems are examining ways to offer more nutritious choices in their soda
machines as a Seattle school board faces litigation over a soft-drink contract.
Junk Food Out,
Profits in at San Francisco Middle School - At a time when
lawsuits and controversy are shaking up the junk food industry, a San
Francisco middle school cafeteria has replaced unhealthy menu items
with wholesome choices -- and in the process has become one of the
most profitable middle school cafeterias in the San Francisco Unified
Newspaper Wants Stronger Soda Ban - Sacramento Bee blasts
California assembly committee for weakening school soda ban bill.
for more healthy foods in schools - They cheered the move
against soda in Philadelphia.
Schools Urged to Dump
Coke - Seattle Public Schools should
dump the Coca-Cola company or at least give the district's students
options for buying healthy beverages. That's the message that more
than a dozen area residents had for School Board members last night at
a public hearing.
York City Schools Banish Junk Food - New York City Cuts Back
Fat and Sweets in School Meals.
Street Journal: Embattled soda
industry fights back with sugary "dairy drink." - New dairy drinks target teens.
Senate OK's school soda ban -
Child advocates' crusade moves to Assembly.
Cola, and Sweets, Oh My! -
As the U.S. Congress prepares to do its first review of school-lunch
legislation in five years, critics are charging that school lunch in the US is a
mess --the only good news being that the way kids eat in school "is getting so
bad that people are finally paying attention."
Bill Would Require
Milk Vending Machines in Schools -
"...the increased rate of obesity among
adolescents and diabetes among children indicates students are
drinking too much pop."
District may ban daytime sodas in middle schools -
Soda-pop sales to middle-school students during the
school day would be banned under a proposed extension of Coca-Cola's exclusive
contract with the Seattle School District.
claims kids don’t drink much soda -
The soft-drink industry vigorously promotes not just school vending
machines but also controversial “pouring rights” contracts, under
which a school or district sells one company’s products exclusively.
"The school system is where you build brand loyalty," declared John
Alm, president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises,
quoted in the April 6, 2003, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Rid of Junk Food in Your Kid's School -
Download a free, online guide describing how parents can get
rid of junk food in schools.
San Francisco Middle School Banishes Cafeteria Junk Food
Aptos Middle School is well under way on a pioneering pilot
project to eliminate junk food sold at the school and replace it with healthy
choices. The changes have led to improved student behavior after lunch,
teachers report, and revenues at the school's Beanery cafe have risen.
Too thirsty for knowledge
- Pupils at Westdene bring water bottles to school.
Candy or Healthy Kids? -
Children and teens have little defense
against the lure of soft drink advertising. Despite published health
risks of soda consumption, soft drink moguls like the Pepsi-Cola Group
continue to grow and prosper. During recent years, soda companies have
gained access to children attending public schools by entering into
exclusive contract agreements with local school districts.