October 30, 2013

But There’s Hope for Kids 2-5

1 Teens Drinking More Sugary Beverages Now

If California is typical of the country, there is good and bad news on the sugary beverages front. The good news is that daily consumption among children ages two to five has plummeted from nearly 30 percent in the period of 2005-07 to just 19 percent in the period of 2011-12. The bad news is that for teenagers in the 12- to 17-year-old age range, consumption has actually risen by 8 percent over that time to where 65 percent now drink at least one sugary beverage per day. It remains to be seen whether this suggests that the rate among teens will fall when today's children enter that age group, or becoming teens and making their own beverage decisions will reverse their healthier childhood pattern. The numbers are from a new study of 40,000 California households by UCLA.

More at Pressdisplay.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: School Soda Bans Don't Cut Consumption

Tags: Sugary Sodas and Children, Teens Drink Sugary Sodas, Soft Drink Consumption Rising, Kids and Soft Drinks

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Voluntary Guidelines

2 Fed Issues Allergy Guidelines for Schools

The U.S. government has issued voluntary guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies. While about 15 states have policies of their own, "the need is here" for a standardized and comprehensive program to deal with food allergies, says Dr. Wayne Giles, who oversaw development of the plan for the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC estimates that about 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies with peanuts, tree nuts, milk and shellfish being the most common to trigger a reaction. The new guidelines call for schools to identify children with food allergies, have a plan to prevent exposure, train teachers to use medicines like EpiPens and to make sure classroom activities are inclusive so that teachers, for example, don’t use peanut M&Ms in a counting lesson.

More at Foxnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: More Kids Have Food Allergies Than Estimated

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Food Allergies, Milk Allergy, Peanut Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy, Dr. Wayne Giles, Shellfish Allergy

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