December 31, 2012 |
Give kids a break, doctors said Monday - or you might find that they have trouble paying attention in the classroom. In a policy statement released on Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on School Health, pediatricians urged schools to maintain regularly scheduled recess, arguing that it offered academic, social and physical benefits for children of all ages, from elementary school kids to adolescents. Even as increased pressure to raise standardized test scores has pushed schools to consider cutting recess, the personal time for kids shouldn't be curbed to make more time for classroom study, they added, noting that, “Ironically, minimizing or eliminating recess may be counterproductive to academic achievement.” For similar reasons, withholding recess also should not be used as a means of punishment, they said.
September 12, 2011 |
Treating skinned knees and stomachaches is part of the drill at any school nurse's office or school-based health center. But healthcare providers at these sites do much more than treat everyday aches and pains: They give checkups and vaccinations, make sure kids take their insulin shots and antidepressants on time, and teach them how to manage chronic conditions such as asthma. School-based health centers go beyond the services of a school nurse. They are clinics that provide primary care to students, and often mental health and dental care as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1998 |
Residents with opinions on what kind of city manager should lead Thousand Oaks into the next century are invited to share their thoughts at the City Council meeting Tuesday. Robert Murray, a vice president with the David M. Griffith & Assoc. search firm, will present a report to the council detailing the results of his interviews with elected leaders, top city staff members and employees' unions about Thousand Oaks' search for a new city manager.
August 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Employees of a major coal industry donor to Republican causes have raised complaints about their participation in an event earlier this month organized for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the crucial swing state of Ohio. Several miners at Murray Energy's Century coal mine in Beallsville, Ohio, contacted a nearby morning talk radio host, David Blomquist, over the last two weeks to say that they were forced to attend an Aug. 14 rally for Romney at the mine. Murray closed the mine the day of the rally, saying it was necessary for security and safety, then docked miners the day's pay. Asked by WWVA radio's Blomquist about the allegations on Monday's show, Murray chief operating officer Robert Moore said: “Attendance was mandatory but no one was forced to attend the event.” The Century mine is owned by Robert Murray, an enthusiastic Romney supporter and major contributor to the Republican Party on his own and through Murray Energy, one of the largest private coal companies in the U.S. Murray and his wife have given Republican candidates a total of $471,185 since the 2008 election, including the maximum of $5,000 each to Romney this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1998 |
Someone experienced, evenhanded, apolitical, fiscally conservative and good with the public. On Tuesday night, those were the qualities residents said they desire in Thousand Oaks' next city manager. "This is a helluva great city. It should be a plum of an assignment," said resident Raul Gutierrez, who said he wanted to see a city manager similar to Grant Brimhall, who retired from the post in February after serving for 20 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1992 |
Thousand Oaks City Manager Grant Brimhall is expected to answer a critic of the city's multimillion-dollar redevelopment program at tonight's meeting of a citizens group. The Citizens Q of L Action Alliance, founded by City Councilwoman Elois Zeanah, will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Newbury Park Library on Borchard Road.
May 3, 2010 |
Want strong bones? Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D, get plenty of exercise — and maybe steer clear of soda. In recent decades, as consumption of the beverage has steadily displaced the consumption of others —particularly milk — studies have consistently linked soda consumption with weaker bones. Now scientists are trying to figure out how and why, precisely, drinking soda may affect skeletons. One theory is that a component in cola may cause bone to deteriorate; another is that people who drink soda simply drink (and eat)