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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How A Good Education Can Actually Improve Poor Students’ Health

Think Progress – SAM P.K. COLLINS

“A recent study may have confirmed what public health and education advocates have long tried to argue: a positive and supportive school environment improves the health of children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, ultimately increasing their academic performance.” (more)

New state rankings on how America’s children are faring

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“The KidsCount 2014 Data Book finds that in 2012, 23 percent of U.S. children were living below the official poverty line and many others live just above it…It is the 25th such annual report released by the foundation, which collects and analyzes a mountain of data about the well-being of America’s children…” (more)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Obesity rates among U.S. children have leveled off in last decade

UPI – Brooks Hayes

“The report analyzed the size and weight of children between the ages of 6 and 18. Using data collected from a compendium of other health studies, researchers calculated the average abdominal obesity (the ratio of waistline to height) of children over the eight years leading up to 2012.” (more)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Many children ‘unable to hold a pencil or sit still’ at five

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“Sally Goddard Blythe, an expert in early education, recommends screening children for basic physical problems at five, saying developmental difficulties can have a major bearing on later academic results.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Camp Preparation Checklist (Are You Actually Ready for the Good Times?)

Vitals Blog – Phil West

“Real summer camp preparation means packing supplies, gathering medical records, and even seeing the pediatrician. Think you’re ready? Here’s a short summer camp preparation checklist.” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall

The Huffington Post – Sec. Tom Vilsack & Sec. Arne Duncan

“The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 enabled the U.S Department of Agriculture to make historic changes to the meals served in our nation’s schools. Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks sold during the school day are now more nutritious than ever…” (more)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Doctors Encourage Vaccines in Light of Whooping Cough Resurgence

Boston.com – Denali Tietjen

“Until recently, pertussis was a disease of the past. Modern vaccinations nearly wiped it out, but the stubborn disease, commonly known as whooping cough, has reemerged in recent years. Now, in an attempt to control the outbreak, doctors and health officials are urging susceptible people to get booster shots while they develop a more effective vaccine.” (more)

NYC Study Shows Decline in Childhood Obesity

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“According to officials at the New York City Health Department, severe obesity among public school children is down 10% as of the 2010-11 school year.” (more)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Biggest influence on a child’s education may be the mother’s education

The Washington Post – Michael Alison Chandler

“It’s long been known that a mother’s education status has a sizable influence on her children’s academic lives. But a report released Wednesday enumerates many of the ways a mother’s education plays out in the next generation’s economic, social and health outcomes as well.” (more)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Metro Schools Rethinking Recess Time

NewsChannel5 – Adam Ghassemi

“…recess lets kids learn communication, interaction and cooperation skills without realizing there’s a lesson…That means getting regular, unregulated time outside could make kids stronger not only in the classroom, but also when they become adults.” (more)