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CDC: Boston makes strides with schools’ sugary drink policy


Harvard researchers found that Boston Public School’s sugary drink policy helped 90 percent of the 115 schools meet the state’s nutrition standards for competitive beverages.

Competitive beverages are drinks sold outside of the federally reimbursable school meal program, including soft drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened teas and […]

Mississippi now requires nutritious snacks in schools


The Mississippi Department of Education will now require snacks sold at school to meet the same nutritional standards as breakfast and lunch.

The education department voted and passed the rules last week that will apply to any foods sold either in vending machines or a la […]

Children with congenital heart disease not performing as well in school


Children with congenital heart disease do not perform as well in school as children without birth defects, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers used North Carolina third-grade public school records to compare end-of-grade test results for children […]

Kids learn about healthy lifestyle in school-based garden program


Children learned to grow vegetables and the value of a healthy lifestyle in a school-based program tailored for their low-income, desert community, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

The American Heart Association teamed up with Johns Hopkins University to […]

A faster way to diagnose stroke in kids


An emergency room rapid response plan for children can help diagnose stroke symptoms quickly, a new study has found.

Some children’s hospitals already have rapid response processes for when a child comes in with stroke-like symptoms, but most hospitals do not, said Lori Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., […]

July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

Food, beverage ads for kids fall short of healthy diet standards


Advertising for children by food and beverage companies isn’t meeting healthy diet standards, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The study found that the companies are meeting their own guidelines in advertising healthier products to children on television. But […]

Smaller “stroke belt” among kids but picture still grim

Children living in a part of the Southeastern United States, known as the stroke belt, are no more likely to be hospitalized for stroke than children in non-stroke-belt states, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Adults in the stroke belt are more likely to be […]

Positive factors in youth linked to better heart health later in life

Children with favorable psychosocial experiences may have better cardiovascular health in adulthood, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Positive psychosocial factors include growing up in a family that practices healthy habits, is financially secured, is a stable emotional environment, and where children learn to control aggressiveness […]

More children surviving dilated cardiomyopathy without heart transplant

More children with dilated cardiomyopathy are surviving without a heart transplant, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Dilated cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart is enlarged (dilated) and the pumping chambers contract poorly (usually left side is worse than right). It can have genetic and […]

Unhealthy behavior may be cross-generational

Children whose parents spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer or other screen are more likely than other children to have excessive screen-time habits, as well as associated risks for heart and blood vessel disease, according to a study presented this week at the American […]

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