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December 15, 2012 |
At Mark Twain Middle School in Los Angeles, a blooming garden serves as a classroom. Students learn math by measuring the growth of wheat, ancient history by building a Mesopotamian-style irrigation system and the science of evaporation, evolution and genetics by watching their garden grow. At lunchtime, they may be found snacking on pasta tossed in a sauce featuring just-picked tomatoes and basil. Aiming to expand such links between classroom and cafeteria, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted this week to further strengthen what is regarded as one of the leading school nutrition programs in the nation.
December 11, 2012 |
Want to get people to eat more salad and less junk food? Make vegetables cheaper and soda more expensive. It's not exactly a new idea, but a study out Tuesday offers some fresh support for those in favor of using sin taxes and subsidies to steer people toward a more healthful diet. The study , published online by PLoS Medicine, is a meta-analysis of 32 other studies that use statistical modeling to gauge the impact of various tax and subsidy policies. Overall, it found that consumers buy less of something when the price goes up and they buy more of it when the price goes down.
November 16, 2012 |
With Hostess -- the maker of Tinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and the iconic cupcakes with creamy filling hinted at by the loops of white on their chocolate-frosting tops -- announcing plans to close its operations, comes the shocker that not only will future generations probably be unfamiliar with the so-called Twinkie defense, they probably won't even know what a Twinkie is. That's OK. Not because the Twinkie represents the ultimate in...
October 16, 2012 |
This issue has inhibited Dwight Howard from trying to play before he completely rehabs his back. It's compelled Kobe Bryant to suddenly rid himself of junk food. It's reminded Lakers Coach Mike Brown that his thirst for more practice time and comprehensive film sessions aren't always a good thing. See, the Lakers have plenty of talent and experience to carry them to an NBA championship. They have elite scoring (Bryant), elite passing (Steve Nash), elite frontcourt production (Howard, Pau Gasol)
September 27, 2012 |
Purveyors of fast food such as McDonald's try to make impression on young consumers. And a new study of kids' brains shows that it's working. Researchers at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and the University of Kansas Medical Center did MRI scans of kids' noggins while showing them assorted corporate logos. Turns out that when a logo for a fast-food chain comes up - the golden arches, say - the pleasure centers of kids' brains light up, showing that a connection is being made to something considered a treat or a reward.
September 6, 2012 |
Obesity among Philadelphia's nearly 900,000 schoolchildren has ticked downward slightly, a new study says, suggesting that efforts to reverse the rising tide of fat among the nation's children are paying off. In 2009-2010, 20.5% of the Philly's kids weighed in as obese, and 7.9% were considered "severely obese. " Writing in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a team of Philadelphia public health officials and researchers called those figures "unacceptably high. " But they noted that the latest statistics are down from measures taken in 2006-2007, when 21.5% of Philadelphia's schoolchildren were obese and 8.5% were severely obese.
August 28, 2012
Marshall Reid was bullied at school because he was overweight. He found a way to fight back that has kept the bullies at bay and changed his life: He's a healthy eater and a successful author. He and his mother, Alexandra, wrote the book, "Portion Size Me" about how their family changed their habits and how other people can too. Marshall and his family spent much of the summer traveling the country in their vintage Airstream, meeting young people and talking about their book. Marshall, 12, said he really likes seeing new parts of the country, but he had one complaint: "There's so little room, and my parents seem to fail to reason that the bigger person needs the bigger bunk.
August 24, 2012 |
A day has passed since Kobe Bryant turned 34, but that's hardly going to prevent friends and Lakers fans from showering him with gifts. Of course, the NBA's Larry O'Brien championship trophy remains the best present Bryant would ever want, even if he already has five of them. But no one can buy that. Not even Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. They may have built a championship-contending roster by acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, but the Lakers still have to play together. So that puts the onus on Bryant's friends and fans to come up with different gift ideas, if they haven't already.
August 14, 2012 |
Junk food is everywhere. We're eating way too much of it. And we're getting fat. Most of us know what we're doing and yet we do it anyway. So here's a suggestion offered by two researchers at the Rand Corp.: Why not take a lesson from alcohol control policies and apply them to where food is sold and how it's displayed? “Many policy measures to control the obesity epidemic assume that people consciously and rationally choose what and how much they eat and therefore focus on providing information and more access to healthier foods,” note Dr. Deborah A. Cohen and Lila Rabinovich of Rand.
August 9, 2012 |
Did anyone happen to catch Honey Boo Boo Child and her family on their new show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" on TLC last night? The show chronicles the Georgia family of "Toddlers and Tiaras" alum Alana Thompson as they help Alana, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo Child, on her quest to becoming a beauty queen. On last night's premier episode, Honey Boo Boo Child and her family visit the " Redneck Games " fair, where sister “Pumpkin” (Lauryn) bobbed for raw pig's feet, Alana and her sister “Chubbs” (Jessica)