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Monday, September 15, 2014

Unvaccinated Children Cause of Measles, Pertussis Outbreaks in LA

Education News – Grace Smith

“In top California schools from Malibu to Beverly Hills, in the neighborhoods of many wealthy and highly-educated families, parents are increasingly opting out of standard vaccination schedules. Illnesses like pertussis (whooping cough) could break out in Los Angeles like a wildfire, says Gary Baum of The Hollywood Reporter.” (more)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Study: Children’s Eating Habits Form During First Year

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that dietary habits are formed in infancy.” (more)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Exploring the connection between education and health

The Tyler Morning Telegraph – Christi Khalaf

“In 2013, the Northeast Texas Public Health District commissioned the Texas Health Institute to conduct a comprehensive community health assessment of Smith County and to provide NET Health and its partners with a report describing local health care needs. This study, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation county health rankings, set the stage for some great conversation and information sharing between NET Health and the Business Education Council.” (more)

How to teach … first aid

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“From asthma attacks to major incidents, teaching your students how to respond to emergencies is important. Here are some resources to help you develop their life-saving skills.” (more)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Most asthmatic kids lack health management plans at school

Reuters – Kathryn Doyle

“In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school, a new study shows.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Plunge in kindergartners’ vaccination rate worries health officials

The L.A. Times – Paloma Esquivel, Sandra Poindexter

“California parents are deciding against vaccinating their kindergarten-age children at twice the rate they did seven years ago, a fact public health experts said is contributing to the reemergence of measles across the state and may lead to outbreaks of other serious diseases.” (more)

U.S. diet quality improves, but gap widens between rich and poor

Reuters – Shereen Lehman

“A new study of Americans’ eating habits finds that people are choosing more healthy foods and less of the unhealthy ones, overall, and consumption of trans fats has plummeted over a decade.” (more)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fairfax schools chief proposes later high school start times to improve teen health

The Washington Post – T. Rees Shapiro

“Schools Superintendent Karen Garza plans to push for later start times at Fairfax County high schools next year…Experts at Children’s National Medical Center helped school administrators design the new proposal, which they hope will benefit teens’ mental health and academic achievement.” (more)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Brands cater to healthier kids’ snacking trends

SmartBlog – Janet Forgrieve

“It’s back-to-school time and for parents that raises daily questions about what to put in the lunchbox and offer as after-school snacks. Companies including Bolthouse Farms, Stonyfield Farms and Chobani are feeding kids’ snacking trends with products designed to appeal to children’s tastes and also appease parents’ worries about nutrition and weight.” (more)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Dangers Of Heavy Backpacks — And How Kids Can Wear Them Safely

The Huffington Post – Jessica Samakow

“Between studying, homework and extracurricular activities, going back to school may make kids feel like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. And sometimes, they literally do. After you pile a lunch, school supplies, binders and textbooks — which typically weigh 3.5 lbs each — into your child’s backpack, the load he or she is lugging around could be huge … and potentially dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 14,000 children are treated for backpack-related injuries every year.” (more)