childhood obesity

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    September 22, 2014   BY Travis Daub 

    The researchers found that physical activity is only one part of what kids like about playing, and that regimented physical play built around fitness doesn’t satisfy all needs for many kids, or meet their own definition of “play.” “By focusing on the physical activity aspect of play, authorities put aside several aspects of play that are beneficial to young people’s emotional and social health,” said the study’s supervisor, Professor Katherine Frohlich. Continue reading

  • First Lady Michelle Obama visited Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, Jan. 25, 2012. Mrs. Obama and celebrity cook Rachael Ray were there to serve meals that met the United States Department of Agriculture’s new nutrition standards for school lunches.  Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

    First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines. The Tuesday event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has largely stayed away from policy fights since she lobbied for congressional passage of a child nutrition law in 2010. Continue reading

  • Two kids Sharing
    February 26, 2014  

    The Centers for Disease Control is reporting progress in cutting obesity among pre-schoolers. During the past decade, obesity in children aged 2 to 5 has dropped from 14 percent to 8 percent. Christina Economos of the Tufts University School of Medicine joins Gwen Ifill to discuss possible factors in the decrease, including changes to food assistance programs and nutrition and exercise campaigns. Continue reading

  • July 4, 2011  

    A pair of chefs has stepped out of their kitchens and into school cafeterias to lend their services in hopes of crafting healthier menus for school lunches. Betty Ann Bowser has this encore report. Continue reading

  • June 2, 2011   BY Jason Kane  

    The government scrapped its food pyramid Thursday, replacing it with MyPlate, a campaign that encourages Americans to fill up half their diet with fruits and vegetables, and avoid sugary drinks and oversized portions. Continue reading

  • May 12, 2010  

    As First Lady Michelle Obama implements a national plan to end the U.S.’s childhood obesity epidemic, Betty Ann Bowser looks at the battle being waged in Mississippi against the fried foods that have become traditional staples in the state. Continue reading

  • October 16, 2007  

    While American schools celebrate National School Lunch week, many are making efforts to provide meals that are both tasty and health conscious. The NewsHour reports on such efforts in St. Paul, Minn., schools. Continue reading

  • July 19, 2007  

    Fifteen percent of American teenagers are obese. Now, some doctors are suggesting that gastric band surgery can help those most overweight. The NewsHour looks into the surgery, which involves placing an inflatable band around the stomach. Continue reading