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USDA hearing public comment about junk food marketing in schools

Kids who meander down the halls of Stonewall Jackson Elementary in Dallas see banners and posters about healthy eating. They get to dig in a garden that produces food they can eat. Their pocket-change goes to fund-raisers that feature “fruit kabobs” and yogurt.

For Principal Michele Hill, these are all […]

Dramatic drop in childhood obesity reported by CDC

The obesity rate in children ages 2 to 5 dropped 43 percent during the past decade,  according to research published Tuesday in the Journal  of the American Medical Association.

The prevalence of obesity for these young children fell from 14 percent in 2003-2004 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012 – based on the Centers […]

Study shows that fast food advertising penetrates schools

Most students attend schools where they are exposed to fast food and beverages through meals, advertising and promotions, according to a study released Monday.

Ten percent of elementary school and 30 percent of high school cafeterias serve branded fast food weekly, while 19 percent of high schools served these foods […]

Unlocking school playgrounds and gyms encourages physical activity

The United States is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly one in three children and teens are overweight or obese and many are inactive, according to the American Heart Association. About 50 percent of U.S. adults and 65 percent of adolescents do not currently get the recommended amount of daily […]

Food fight in the National School Lunch Program

Media reports that school districts are leaving the National School Lunch Program and that some students are going hungry to avoid eating healthy foods misrepresented a recent nationwide survey, healthy food advocates say.

Supporters of healthy food initiatives – including the American Heart Association – say news stories highlighted only […]

A progress check on the nation’s race against childhood obesity

Although childhood obesity rates have stabilized, the fight to combat the epidemic is far from over, according to American Heart Association Deputy Chief Science Officer Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Sanchez tells parents in a video that they must work closely with schools and communities to help children reach and maintain a healthy weight.

He suggests parents […]

Some states show progress on preschooler obesity

Childhood obesity declined in 19 states and territories among  low-income preschoolers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday.

The study included over 11 million children, ages 2 to 4 ,whose families are receiving supplemental nutrition assistance through governmental program Women, Infants and Children.

The CDC collected data from 40 […]