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Chula Vista students slim down

April 30, 2013
Chula Vista students slim down

When the Chula Vista Elementary School District south of San Diego surveyed the physical condition of the 25,000 students enrolled in 2010, the results were worrisome. About 40 percent of the kids were at an unhealthy weight – with the highest rates among fifth and sixth graders. The survey prompted the district to act. The schools overhauled their menus, banned birthday cupcakes, integrated movement into recess and the classroom, and focused on educating students about better nutrition in the neighborhoods where obesity rates were highest. By the time the survey was repeated this year, the programs put in place had had an impact, according to Sharon Hillidge, resource teacher for wellness. Body mass indexes were down 3 percent and fitness levels had improved.

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Healthier options lead to healthier kids, study says

July 27, 2011

Almost 60 percent of California adolescents drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day, and nearly half eat fast food at least twice a week. And the more fast food or convenience store options they have near them compared to grocery stores, the more likely they are to drink soda and eat junk food, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Studies.

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New dietary guidelines: eat less food

February 22, 2011

For the first time, American’s official dietary guidelines this year have new advice for the nation: eat less food.

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Walmart joins healthy foods movement

January 20, 2011

If there were still any doubt that the healthy foods movement has reached critical mass, it was dispelled Thursday when Walmart jumped on the bandwagon with promises to improve the nutritional content of food it sells in its superstores. The retail giant vowed to force its suppliers to reduce the sugar and sodium content of the food it sells and eliminate trans fats from the products on its shelves. The company also pledged to bring down the price of healthy foods so that they are on par with less healthy fare.

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Grassroots programs transform the corner market despite stalled legislation

December 14, 2010

In many low-income communities, nutritious foods are hard to come by and liquor, cigarettes and processed foods dominate the shelves of the local corner markets. Now state and federal initiatives are in the works to help locate more full-service grocery stories in those communities and give the smaller stores an incentive to carry more nutritious products. Megan Burks has the story.

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President signs child nutrition bill

December 14, 2010

President Barack Obama has signed an extension of the nation’s child nutrition program, including new provisions designed to make school meals healthier for kids. The bill authorizes the US Department of Agriculture to update the current nutritional standards for school lunches and to set standards for all food sold on school campuses, including vending machines, “a la carte” lines and school stores.

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Obesity rates keep climbing in US

August 3, 2010

A record number of US adults are now obese, with 2 million more people crossing that unhealthy weight threshold between 2007 and 2009, according to new numbers released by the US Centers for Disease Control. California’s obesity rate is 24.8 percent, which is below the US average but higher than 16 other states.

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Farmers Markets reach out to low-income residents

August 2, 2010

Farmers markets across California are reaching out to low-income residents with programs that allow food stamps and WIC vouchers to be exchanged for fresh produce. Correspondent Megan Burks has the story from San Diego.

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You are what you eat…if you can find it.

July 27, 2010

A healthy lifestyle starts with healthy food choices, but for some people, finding healthy food can be a big challenge. See Dr. Ashby Wolfe’s latest blog post.

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Second Harvest fills Santa Clara County food gap

June 15, 2010

San Jose pediatrician Daniel Delgado has a big problem. His young patients – all from low-income families – are overweight or obese and in danger of developing diabetes. Many don’t have access to the fresh fruits and vegetables vital for better nutrition. How to connect his patients with the foods they so desperately need?

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