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August 06, 2012

Soda Access Drops in Middle, High Schools; Sports Drinks in Easy Reach

One in four public high school students could buy regular soda in school during the 2010-11 school year, a decrease from more than 50 percent of high school students who could buy soda four years before that.

August 03, 2012

Healthy Lungs and Hearts Predict Better Math, Reading Scores

In addition, the study found that social support—defined as reliable help from family and friends to solve problems or deal with emotions—had an influence on reading scores for boys.

July 31, 2012

Schools, Nonprofits Win $27 Million in Phys. Ed., Nutrition Grants

The winning programs must help students make progress toward passing their state standards for physical education and secondarily, they have to teach students about good nutrition and healthy eating habits.

July 16, 2012

Too Much TV Time for Toddlers Linked to Obesity Later in Childhood

The amount of time children ages 2-4 spend watching television on a daily basis appears to be negatively correlated with their levels of fitness and weight in elementary school, according to a study published online Sunday in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition. Specifically, every ex...

July 13, 2012

Don't Blame Obesity for Poor Academic Performance, Study Suggests

Early results from new research suggest suggest that any previous studies linking obesity to poor academic performance must be caused by other factors, such as socio-economic status.

July 10, 2012

Few State Physical Education Mandates Meet Recommended Guidelines

Of the 41 states that require physical education at the elementary school level, only six meet the recommended guidelines from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

June 26, 2012

Report: Healthy Vending, A La Carte Foods Won't Hurt School Revenue

But it's uncertain when the U.S. Department of Agriculture will propose rules about how to improve the nutrition of "competitive foods" sold in vending machines, a la carte cafeteria lines, and other places on school grounds.

June 21, 2012

American Medical Association Pushes for Obesity Instruction in Schools

The American Medical Association voted Wednesday at its annual meeting to support "meaningful yearly instruction" about nutrition and the causes of youth obesity for K-12 students, in response to the ongoing U.S. childhood obesity epidemic.

June 05, 2012

Report Offers Recommendations for Combating Spread of U.S. Obesity

Schools should actively work to improve nutrition and physical activity opportunities for students, requiring 60 minutes of physical activity per day for each student, the report says.

May 28, 2012

Active Friends Key to Combating Childhood Obesity, Study Suggests

A child's group of friends holds the greatest influence on determining how physically active that child will be, suggests a study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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