Los Angeles, CA – According to a new report released, reductions in summer school – up to 70% in many school districts - due to the state budget crisis mean that 300,000 children who ate lunch at school last July will have severely reduced access to free, nourishing lunches this summer.
The summer lunch program is particularly critical for the state’s 2 million children who rely on free breakfasts and lunches at school during the regular school year. Child hunger is highest during… Continue
Added by Nicola Edwards on July 30, 2009 at 10:00am —
In California, almost 25 percent of children aged 2 to 5 are overweight or obese and at risk of a host of severe chronic health conditions and poor social and developmental outcomes. These chronic diseases yield a heavy impact on the state’s rapidly escalating health care costs. Nationally, obesity among preschoolers has tripled in the past 30 years with little sign of slowing. While policymakers have focused on improving school meals, many children are showing up to school already at an… Continue
Added by Nicola Edwards on July 29, 2009 at 12:36pm —
Who knew that obesity prevention could be a part of economic stimulus? Is the Obama administration actually making the connection??? e.g. investment in public transportation = obesity prevention, more fruits and vegetables into school lunches = obesity prevention, encouraging grocery stores to sell more fresh produce in poor communities = obesity prevention. Who knew?
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Added by Maya Hagege on July 29, 2009 at 11:00am —
Did you know that food has two different kinds of carbs, simple and complex?
Apparently simple isn't so good for you while complex is. Most people don't even know about these two different kinds of carbs but they go on to have these so called "carb diets." There's nothing wrong with a carb diet but it can be dangerous if you don't know what kinds of carbs to eat.
Check out this article to learn more about carbs.… Continue
Added by Krystal on July 27, 2009 at 9:21pm —
By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard, Ap Medical Writer
WASHINGTON – Obesity's not just dangerous, it's expensive. New research shows medical spending averages $1,400 more a year for an obese person than for someone who's normal weight. Overall obesity-related health spending reaches $147 billion, double what it was nearly a decade ago, says the study published Monday by the journal Health Affairs.
The higher expense reflects the costs of treating… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 27, 2009 at 2:00pm —
California's legislature passed a budget on July 24 to close a $23.1 billion deficit. The final budget includes $15.5 billion in program reductions. Many of the cuts come from reductions in health and human services, including a huge hit to Healthy Families. There are no new revenues in the package. The budget now goes to the Governor, who has said publicly he will sign.
While some may consider this good news as the state, having run out of money, has been issuing IOUs, the final… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 25, 2009 at 3:32pm —
Americans paid $3.4 billion for 730 million packages of hot dogs and sausages in supermarkets last year, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council. The industry is against requiring cancer warning labels.
The suit, by a group that promotes a meat-free diet, seeks to require cancer-risk labels on processed meats. Nutrition experts say foods that go along with the hot dog may be more dangerous.
By Jerry… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 25, 2009 at 3:28pm —
Before some people develop full-blown diabetes, their blood sugar is above normal, but not high enough to qualify for a diagnosis of diabetes.
This condition is called pre-diabetes, the American Diabetes Association says.
Normally, a person's blood sugar (glucose) is 100 mg/dl or below. When it rises to between 100 mg/dl and 125 mg/dl, a person has pre-diabetes. Once a blood test determines that blood sugar is 126 mg/dl or higher, diabetes is diagnosed, the ADA… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 25, 2009 at 3:23pm —
ATLANTA - Nearly 36 percent of black Americans are obese much more than other major racial or ethnic groups and that gap exists in most states, a new federal study finds.
About 29 percent of Hispanics and 24 percent of whites are obese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Overall, about 26 percent of U.S. adults are obese.
Racial differences in obesity rates have been reported before, and health officials were not surprised to see larger… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 25, 2009 at 3:20pm —
However, the same report finds that the news is not all bad: The childhood obesity epidemic does seem to be leveling off among children in this group.
Among 2- to 4-year-olds from low-income families, the prevalence of obesity increased from 12.4 percent in 1998 to 14.5 percent in 2003. However, it went up only to 14.6 percent in 2008, according to the July 24 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 25, 2009 at 3:17pm —
Taken from the "Friday Letter", a weekly publication of the Association of Schools of Public Health.
Louisianans who lack access to fresh produce are one step closer to having the option to purchase healthy foods in their communities thanks to the enactment of a new law that was informed by analysis from the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University. The Healthy Food Retail Act, signed into law by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Wednesday, July 1, goes into effect on… Continue
Added by Michael A. Harnar on July 24, 2009 at 9:18pm —
I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance
back about 5 years ago when I went to see a nutritionist that I had heard good things about. I was first interested in finding out just my body's "state of affairs." I had been a vegetarian through high school and college (no beef, no chicken, mostly no fish, but I ate cheese and eggs) and started eating meat again--as… Continue
Added by Maya Hagege on July 23, 2009 at 8:58am —
Today's meeting informed me about Nutrional facts, you know that informative label on each product. So before in my eyes, I saw gibberish just had a theory that if 100+ was in the nutrional facts that was something bad! Well I don't think I can explain as well as I learned it, but I'd like to share the gist or a little explanation of what I learned. First things first, always check the serving size .. many products can be decieving because the numbers of each item can look less but… Continue
Added by Kathleen Ann on July 22, 2009 at 5:59pm —
I found this article on www.bananasthemovie.com, it talks about the pesticides used on bananas
What is Nemagon?
I was 21 years old, what did I know? Nobody told us anything. For two years, I applied Nemagon without mask, gloves or protecting clothing. You pump it directly into the ground. Sometimes, the pressure made the liquid splash right in your face. You could feel the hideous smell across 100 meters.
(Interview with banana plantation worker… Continue
Added by Sonia on July 21, 2009 at 4:32pm —
One of the biggest gripes I hear from takeout-loving friends is that grocery shopping is so expensive. True, food prices have gone up lately, but there are still healthy bargains at the store. Divine Caroline has rounded up the nutritional superstars, so read on for ways to tighten your belt--and lose a few pounds along the way.
Even though I live by myself, I buy items in bulk to save money. I also am a big believer in frozen fruits and veggies--they never go… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 21, 2009 at 4:22pm —
I thought I'd share a creative list of uses for one of our favorite healthy foods...
1. Bake with it. You can use it in place of milk, buttermilk, even cream for a healthier, tangier flavor.
2. Use it in place of sour cream. My fave: plain, 2% Greek yogurt topped on Mexican dishes in place of the sour cream.
3. Make dips with it.
4. Use it in place of mayo. Deviled eggs are made a million times better… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 21, 2009 at 4:14pm —
Here are 17 ways to get more of one of the world's most nutritious veggies ...
1. Steam them, mash them, then add to marinara sauce (no one will know they're there!)
2. Grate and add to muffins.
3. Make low-fat carrot cake.
4. Grate and add to stir fries and fried rice dishes (fried rice with lots of veggies + carrots is what I had for dinner last night!).
5. Grate on top of… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 21, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Building Muscle 101
You must stretch and contract muscles while lifting weight to build them up. Marathon runners would have huge muscles if strenuous exercise could enlarge them. Stretching and contracting with weight makes small tears, and while your body heals them, they also build muscle. This is when the food you eat becomes important.
The faster your body recovers, the… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 21, 2009 at 3:58pm —
Revving Your Engine
Metabolism is a process that breaks down carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the food you eat to make the energy your body needs to build and maintain itself. Proper nutrition keeps your body functioning well, but the right foods can also speed up your metabolism. The amount of calories you eat, your genes and the amount of calories that you burn while eating and exercising determine your metabolism. The… Continue
Added by Sharlene on July 21, 2009 at 3:50pm —
Hey everyone! The name is Bryant and I graduated class of 2007 at Sierra Vista High in Baldwin Park. I started an internship for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy South last year. I was involved in HEAC (healthy eating active communities) and in the teen sector called HTOM (Healthy teens on the Move.) I first got involved my junior year in high school and helped out ever since. This summer I was offered a “paid” internship which was a huge blessing!
What I do…
I make… Continue
Added by Bryant on July 20, 2009 at 12:11pm —