Published 12:00 am PST, Saturday, February 2, 2019 In this Jan. 18, 2019 photo, Cpl. Kirk Geweniger, with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, visits Brevard County, Fla., schools in the county with his yellow lab drug dog Sonic. Sonic looks for vape pens and Juuls, the most popular contraband in high schools around the country these days. (Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP) less In this Jan. 18, 2019 photo, Cpl. Kirk Geweniger, with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, visits Brevard County, Fla., schools in the county with his yellow lab drug dog Sonic. Sonic looks for vape pens and ... more Photo: Malcolm Denemark, AP Photo: Malcolm Denemark, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 In this Jan. 18, 2019 photo, Cpl. Kirk Geweniger, with the Brevard County … [Read more...] about District says vaping now an ‘epidemic’ in Brevard schools
Unhealthy school lunches
A quarter of American workers chow down at least once a week on food offered to them at their workplaces, but what they’re eating there is often unhealthful, according to a study published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most workplace food is “empty-calorie” fare — processed products that are high in fat, sugar, salt and refined grains, the study found. The findings highlight one of many factors fueling the nation’s current obesity epidemic. As background information in the study points out, three in 10 American workers are obese, and they report eating fewer fruits and vegetables than their healthy-weight peers. Both a poor-quality diet and obesity are risk factors for a host of chronic medical conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some kinds of cancer. About half of American workers have food or beverage vending machines at their places of work, and about 30 percent of them have a cafeteria, the CDC … [Read more...] about Most food offered at worksites is unhealthy, CDC finds
Companies that deal in the unhealthiest of foods are targeting television advertising at black and Hispanic youths, according to a new study, even after many of those corporations pledged their commitment to promoting healthier eating.Food companies spent $11 billion on television ads in 2017, and 80 percent of that, about $8.8 billion, was spent on their unhealthiest offerings ― sugary soda, fast food, candy and unhealthy snacks. What’s more, black teens are more than twice as likely as white teens to see commercials for these items, the study found.The report — released by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut and co-produced by the Rudd Center, the Council on Black Health at Drexel University and Salud America! at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio — looked at 2017 syndicated Nielsen market research for its findings. This year’s report follows up on research done in 2015, and compared … [Read more...] about Junk food companies spend billions of dollars on ads targeting black children
PUBLISHED: 05:30 14 January 2019 Dominic Moffitt Morland Primary pupils will no longer be allowed unhealthy snacks Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto Duka82 An Ipswich primary school has taken the bold step of banning all unhealthy snacks. The school's student council banned unhealthy snacks Picture: ARCHANTMorland Church of England Primary School stopped children from bringing any snacks to school except fruit or vegetables from Monday January 7.A message on the school website reads: “We have been noticing that children have not been having healthy snacks at playtimes. “We have had a meeting about this issue and feel that we need to change this. “From Monday 7th January we want children to eat only healthy snacks at playtimes like bananas, apples, strawberries, watermelon...or any healthy fruit or vegetable that children like.“If a child brings a snack that is not fruit or vegetables, they will be asked to take it home to enjoy … [Read more...] about Ipswich primary school bans unhealthy snacks – should others follow?
Children and teenagers who have experienced stressful or traumatic events are more likely to be overweight or obese, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Minnesota. The study also found that the greater the number of adverse experiences in children’s lives, the stronger the likelihood they will be overweight or obese. Previous research has already shown a link between childhood adversity and weight problems later in life, but this new study suggests that the relationship begins earlier, during childhood itself. “People who provide health care for youth need a better understanding about this issue, and better preparation,” said Laurel Davis, the study’s lead author and a research associate at the U of M, in an interview with MinnPost. “They need to understand that the experience of adversity does have a profound effect on the health of youth — the physical health, not just the mental health.” Obesity during childhood … [Read more...] about U of M study links adversity in early life to childhood obesity