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AHA Says Cap Added Sugars for Kids at 6 Teaspoons a Day

MedScape – Marcia Frellick

“Children should consume less than 25 g, or the equivalent of 6 tsp, of added sugars a day — far below current intake in the United States, according to the first scientific statement on the subject by the American Heart Association (AHA). Currently, US children ages 2 to 19 years old consume more than three times that amount — about 80 g of added sugar daily — half from food and half from drinks, say the diet and nutrition experts who analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from 2009–2012. And because intake amounts in the surveys were self-reported, the numbers likely even underestimate the problem, the authors of the statement say. Added sugars include table sugar, fructose, and honey used in processing and preparing foods or drinks and sugars added to foods at the table or eaten separately.”(more)

Heavy backpacks can affect your child’s health

ABC 10 KXTV – Alexa Renee

“A backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of a child’s weight, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This means, for an elementary school child weighing 50 to 60 pounds, their backpack should never reach more than about 12 pounds maximum. Ideally, it should be less. However, many children’s backpacks significantly exceed the recommended weight. The backpacks some children carry can weigh up to 50 pounds, according to Kamerman. For a smaller frame, that can be 50 percent of their body weight.”(more)

Childhood head injury linked to higher risk of poor adult mental health and life chances

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Childhood brain injuries, including concussions, are associated with an increased risk of subsequent mental illness, poor school attainment and premature death, according to a study published today in PLOS Medicine. A research team, based in the UK, US and Sweden, funded by Wellcome, analysed data from more than a million Swedes born between 1973 and 1985 to examine the long-term impact of having a traumatic brain injury before the age of 25. Professor Seena Fazel from Oxford University, lead author of the study, explained: ‘Swedish data recording makes it possible to link anonymised health, welfare and education records. We looked at low educational attainment, instances of psychiatric care, receiving welfare and disability benefit and early death.”(more)

Zika in the Classroom? How Students in 9 Florida Schools Are Confronting a Public Health Emergency

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“Nine South Florida schools began the fall term this week on Zika alert, after more than a dozen cases of locally transmitted virus have been reported in the surrounding one-square-mile area. Crews from the Miami Dade County Public Schools have been eliminating standing water, where mosquitos breed, in Miami’s Wynwood and Midtown neighborhoods, according to the Miami Herald. Officials have also sent voice messages to parents advising them to dress their children in long-sleeve shirts and long pants, despite the summer heat, and to apply insect repellent before they leave home. The district will provide long pants and shirts for students who can’t afford them, the Herald reported. “The best preventive tool we have is aggressive awareness and communication,” Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said at a school board meeting Wednesday.”(more)

Many children’s heart health not up to standards

Fox News – Staff Writer

“Babies are generally born with healthy hearts that should be cared for during childhood to ensure good health later in life, according to the American Heart Association. Yet many U.S. children don’t meet seven basic standards of good heart health, the AHA says in a statement in the journal Circulation. The standards include having a healthy weight in relation to height (body mass index, or BMI), getting enough physical activity, not smoking, following a healthy diet and maintaining healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. “The primary reason kids fell out of cardiovascular health is diet and physical activity,” said the statement’s lead author Dr. Julia Steinberger, who is director of pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.”(more)

How to lighten the load of heavy school backpacks

The Miami Herald – Laurie Futterman

” Many of us can recall the good-old days when middle and high schools had lockers. Although the contents of these hallway storage units defined our persona — from stickers and dirty jerseys to notebooks and love letters — they were the hub of social interactions and provided us a place to store books and binders for the classes we needed. But sadly, weapons and drugs that found their way into these lockers as well as hallway cliques and congestion. Toss in the savings of thousands of construction dollars, and you can understand why lockers disappeared from schools. And with their disappearance came the backpack. Yet many locker-less schools are facing criticism from parents, who argue that it results in heavier backpacks for students. So every morning the march of backpacks begins; tortoise-looking kids hunched forward to counterbalance the weight of their saddled packs , moving up and down the stairwells and through the hallways. But you have to wonder what 12 years of backpack toting has on growing spines.”(more)