May 3, 2013

Healthy Lifestyle = Good Grades

1 NYC School Goes Vegetarian

The Active Learning Elementary School in Queens, NY, founded five years ago on the premise that a healthy lifestyle leads to academic achievement, now offers only vegetarian meals to its student body of nearly 400 pre-K to third graders. "We decided on a vision where health and nutrition would be a part of educating the whole child," says school principal Bob Groff who adds that children may bring any meal that they like from home for lunch. NYC schools offer schools vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and Groff worked closely with the NY Department of Education to ensure that menu changes came at no additional cost to the school. Food options include roasted chickpeas, vegetarian chili and brown rice, or falafel.

More at CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution in West Virginia

Tags: Healthy Lifestyle, School Lunch, Vegetarian School Lunches, New York Department of Education, Active Learning Elementary School, Bob Groff, Healthy Lifestyle Equals Academic Achievement

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California Pizza Kitchen Recall

2 Frozen Pizza May Have Plastic Fragments

Four varieties of frozen pizzas from Nestle USA's Pizza Division were recalled today due to possibly containing fragments of clear plastic. The voluntary recall affects California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Crispy Thin Crust White (UPC 71921 98745), California Pizza Kitchen Limited Edition Grilled Chicken with Cabernet Sauce (UPC 71921 00781), DiGiorno Crispy Flatbread Pizza Tuscan Style Chicken (UPC 71921 02663), and DiGiorno pizzeria! Bianca/White Pizza (UPC 71921 91484). Consumers should examine their freezers for the recalled products which may be identified by production codes listed at the FDA website. For more information, contact Nestle USA Consumer Services at 800-456-4394. Nestle will provide a replacement coupon, and may arrange to retrieve the recalled pizza for examination.

More at FDA | Hat tip to CBS News | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Frozen Pizza Recall, California Pizza Kitchen Recall, DiGiorno Recall, Plastic Fragments Pizza

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Sad News for Hair Dye Makers

3 Cure for Gray Hair Is on the Way

The cure for gray hair is on its way, announce researchers in Europe. Published in FASEB Journal, the new study finds that people who go gray develop massive oxidative stress from accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle. This causes hair to bleach itself from the inside out, but the study shows that the remedy may be a proprietary treatment developed by the researchers. The topical, UVB-activated compound is known as PC-KUS. Researchers also found that the treatment works for vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation of sections of skin. Karin U. Schallreuter, M.D., study author from the Institute for Pigmentary Disorders, says, "The improvement of quality of life after total and even partial successful repigmentation has been documented."

More at FASEB Journal | Hat tip to EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Stuntman Dies Zip Lining by Hair

Tags: FASEB Journal, Cure Gray Hair, Cure Senile Gray, Cure Premature Gray Hair, Cure Vitiligo, Massive Oxidative Stress, Accumulation of Hydrogen Peroxide, PC-KUS

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Antibacterial or Harmful?

4 FDA to Review Triclosan After 40 Years

So it's taken them more than 40 years, but the FDA is finally set to review the safety and effectiveness of triclosan, an ingredient in about 75 percent of antibacterial soaps sold in the U.S. The chemical is used in household cleaning products, body washes, soaps, mouthwashes, toothpaste, toys, and even clothing. Recent research on animals has shown that triclosan may increase the risk of early puberty or infertility. While industry organizations and corporations that use the ingredient continue to defend it, the FDA website states that the FDA has no evidence that triclosan provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.

More at CBS News | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Caffeinated Gum Gets Attention of FDA

Tags: Triclosan Investigation, Antibacterial Soap Safety, Safety Effectiveness Triclosan, Animal Studies Triclosan

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