March 2014

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  • News & Trends – March 17, 2014

    March 2014

    Research Reports: Healthy Eating Options Working
    In and Outside of School 

        Efforts to promote healthy eating in and outside of school are seeing results. A new Harvard School of Public Health study reports that kids are eating more fruits and veggies. New federal standards requiring schools to offer healthier meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption.  
       Also, the new standards did not result in increased food waste, contradicting anecdotal reports from food service directors, teachers, parents, and students. However, high levels of fruit and vegetable waste continued to be a problem—students discarded roughly 60% to 75% of vegetables and 40% of fruits on their trays. The authors say that schools must focus on improving food quality and palatability to reduce waste.
        In another report published in the Journal of Public Health, a pilot study to offer healthier food choices at high school sporting events reports positive results. Revenue and sales data from the concessions at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa were collected for two fall sports seasons one year apart. In the first season, no changes were made to the foods sold. In the second season, eight new healthier foods were added including carrots, apples, a grilled chicken sandwich, and string cheese. Overall, the healthier items accounted for 9.2% of total sales, a clear indication of demand for these items. Sales of these items did increase from game to game suggesting increasing interest in these foods. Additionally, student satisfaction of the foods sold was not affected when the healthier foods were offered and parental satisfaction increased. 

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    Use the search feature to find these resources to support
    healthy nutritional choices. 

    The Biggest Generation
    A five-part program on today’s obesity epidemic with discussion questions and activities to promote healthy eating and exercise. 

    The Most Important Meal 
    A short video to help students and families
    start each day with a healthy breakfast. 

    The Junk Food Trap
    A short video on the importance for parents to model healthy eating habits. 

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    Harvard School of Public Health Study

    Concession Stand Makeover: A Pilot Study of Offering Healthy Foods at High School Concession Stands

    Facts and Activities for National Nutrition Month, March 2014 

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  • News & Trends – March 10, 2014

    March 2014

    Beyond Hollywood:
    Heroin Headlines Report Teen Use Nationwide 

      Last summer’s headline news was the heroin-related death of Glee star Cory Monteith, best known for playing television’s clean-cut high school football star Finn Hudson. Last month’s headline was Philip Seymour Hoffman, also known to teens for his role as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the popular Hunger Games movie series. Yet beyond Hollywood, stories of heroin abuse and tragedy appear in communities nationwide. 
       According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. drug poisoning deaths involving heroin increased 45 percent from 2006 to 2010 — and the trend is especially dire for younger users ages 15 to 24.
       Heroin is much more powerful than it used to be and, according to drug enforcement experts, is not limited to the use of a needle and back-alley experiences that might come to mind. According to a recent Teen Vogue article, getting heroin is as easy as purchasing a pill, because that’s what heroin has become: a powder-filled capsule known as a button, designed to be broken open and snorted, that can be purchased for just $10.
        Experts say that many heroin users start with pain pills. Perhaps that is not surprising: The CDC 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System reports that 20.7 percent of students surveyed  had taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life. But pain pills are expensive—legally and on the black market—pushing those dependent on them to seek out a cheaper, more easily accessible alternative with a similar kind of high: heroin.

    WebSource Clients:
    Use the search feature to find these resources to support
    drug abuse prevention. 

    Gateway 
    A five-part video about the link between drug experimentation and addiction, with discussion questions and lesson plans for the middle and high school classroom.

    Prescription for Trouble 
    A five-part video about prescription drug abuse  with a Family Viewing Guide for parent outreach events and home viewing

    Good Kids, Bad Choices  
    A five-part video with a Family Viewing Guide for parent outreach events and home viewing.

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    CDC 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey

    Drug Free World: Heroin Facts 

    Teen Vogue: How Heroin is Invading
    American Schools 

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