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McDonald’s fined in Brazil for pushing Happy Meals to children

April 29, 2013

By Brad Haynes A consumer protection agency in Brazil has taken aim at the Happy Meal, fining McDonald’s Corp on April 22 for targeting children with its advertising and toys. The Procon agency in the state of Sao Paulo fined the fast-food company 3.2 million reais ($1.6 million), adding fuel to a global debate about fast food and public health. As […]

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New NCCOR project translates research into applications for the Healthy Eating Index

April 25, 2013

In April, NCCOR launched a series of new communication tools and technologies that translate and disseminate research applications of the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) for researchers, practitioners, and decision makers and ultimately highlight changes needed to enable healthier food choices for all Americans. The HEI is a tool designed to measure diet quality—that is, how […]

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A comprehensive menu labeling standard is needed to support healthy choices

April 24, 2013

This article was co-authored by former Secretaries Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman. In an effort to help Americans make more informed food choices, the Affordable Care Act created a national menu labeling standard for food establishments with 20 or more locations. Recently, several types of establishments that serve food — for example, movie theaters […]

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Pushing kids to eat may cause obesity later

April 23, 2013

While growing up, many children may have heard “clean your plate” or been denied candy. But how do parental attitudes toward food affect a child’s weight? Denying certain foods to children or pressuring them to eat every bit of a meal are common practices among many parents. But researchers at the University of Minnesota found […]

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New report highlights effects of USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in schools

April 22, 2013

A March 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Research and Analysis explores new evaluation results of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). FFVP aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among students in the most economically challenged U.S. elementary schools by providing fresh fruits and vegetable […]

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Ten-year follow-up of physical activity among adolescents

April 17, 2013

In 2000, about 1,000 children aged 6-14 from southeast Sweden participated in an international study on physical activity, body constitution, and physical self-perception. The new study is a follow-up study on a sample of the 12-year-olds in the original study. The researchers followed and reassessed the group at ages 15, 17, and 22. As in […]

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Sleep less, weigh more

April 16, 2013

By Nicholas Bakalar A new study suggests that adolescent obesity could be decreased if teenagers got more sleep, and the heaviest would benefit most. For a study published last week in Pediatrics, researchers surveyed 1,429 ninth-graders, gathering data on height and weight. The children reported their sleep habits on weekdays and weekends to the nearest […]

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Fruit, not fries: Lunchroom makeovers nudge kids toward better choices

April 15, 2013

By Kevin Charles Redmond Gone are the days of serving up tater tots and French toast sticks to students. Here are the days of carrot sticks and quinoa. New nutritional guidelines announced in 2012 require public school lunchrooms to offer more whole grains, low-fat milk, and fewer starchy sides like french fries. But short of […]

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Strict school lunch standards tied to healthy weight

April 11, 2013

By Andrew M. Seaman Strict school lunch standards that are similar to new regulations from the U.S. government may be tied to healthier body weights among students, according to a new study. “I think it’s evidence that healthier school lunches have a positive effect but it’s preliminary evidence. It’s far from definitive,” said Anne Barnhill, […]

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Not all screens are equal when it comes to obesity risk: TV may have greatest effect

April 10, 2013

By Bonnie Rochman Sitting in front of a screen can increase the risk of obesity, but TV seems to have a larger effect on weight than computers or video games. Computers, televisions, smartphones, and tablets are all responsible for keeping more kids more sedentary and mesmerized by a screen, but a new study in Pediatrics found some surprising […]

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