ABC Action News: Walk To School Day

Walking to SchoolDeiah Riley, ABC Action News, WFTS-TV in Tampa,  reminded us that Wednesday 10-3-2012 is “Walk To School Day. ”  Angela Ardolino editor of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine talks with Deiah Riley about why parents should consider incorporating walking or biking to school in their child’s routine and how to do it safely. With childhood obesity being a number one health concern in the news today, exercise is an obvious benefit.  Angela says that if your child walks or bikes to school just one day a week, it would be enough physical activity for them to avoid chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease and obesity. Also kids that walk to school do better in school in terms of learning. Kids that do something active before they go to school improves their concentration, improves their mood and makes them better able to handle school stress. Continue reading “ABC Action News: Walk To School Day”

ABC World News: New School Lunch Rules. No Surprise! Our Brats Rebel!

School Lunch09-26-2012 ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer reports that the new mandated guidelines for healthy school lunches aren’t going over too well in the school cafeterias.  It seems some kids are throwing out their lunches saying they are too healthy, while some kids say it’s not enough calories and they are hungry! In an effort to fight the national childhood obesity crisis,  the USDA now has calorie limitations on school lunches. ABC’s Senior National Correspondent,  Jim Avila tells us more. Continue reading “ABC World News: New School Lunch Rules. No Surprise! Our Brats Rebel!”

Rice Products May Contain Unhealthy Levels Of Arsenic. Limiting Intake Is Recommended.

Rice May Contain Unhealthy Levels of Arsenic09-19-2012  ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today Show reported a consumer warning.  Consumer Reports magazine released a new report on what it calls “worrisome levels of arsenic” in many types of rice products. Rice eaten just once a day can drive arsenic levels up in the human body about 44% and eaten twice a day can lead to a 70% increase in arsenic.  They are suggesting consumers limit their intake.  Continue reading “Rice Products May Contain Unhealthy Levels Of Arsenic. Limiting Intake Is Recommended.”

ABC World News: New Report. Salt May Be Harming Our Kids Health.

Salt09-17-2017 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer reported that a new study published in “Pediatrics,” The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, finds that children and teens are consuming as much sodium as adults putting them at risk for high blood pressure.  In fact of the more than 6000 kids in the study, 15% had high or elevated blood pressure (37% were overweight or obese).   In the 1970s just 1% had high or elevated blood pressure!  Continue reading “ABC World News: New Report. Salt May Be Harming Our Kids Health.”

ABC World News: NYC Passes Ban on Super Sized Sugary Sodas

Sugary Drinks09 13 2012 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer reported that New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg got his wish.  She reminded us how everyone mocked him when he proposed to ban the sale of supersized sugary sodas in New York City in an effort to reduce the obesity epidemic we are facing in the United States.  Today the New York City Board of Health passed his proposal.  Starting in six months, New York restaurants and movies theaters can only sell 16 ounces of soda in 1 cup. Continue reading “ABC World News: NYC Passes Ban on Super Sized Sugary Sodas”

Dr. Oz: Michelle Obama. Obesity Epidemic. Solutions.

First Lady Michelle Obama with Dr. Oz09-12-2012 First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on The Dr. Oz Show  and talked with Dr. Oz about her role as First Lady in our national debate over Childhood Obesity.  She explained to Dr. Oz that among the many issues that she could have focused on as First Lady, why she chose obesity.  She said before her White House days and as a working mother of two kids,  she faced some of the same health challenges as other working families.  She found that she was eating out more than she knew was healthy, she didn’t have the opportunity to cook home meals as much and she wasn’t paying attention to portion sizes.  Continue reading “Dr. Oz: Michelle Obama. Obesity Epidemic. Solutions.”

Restaurant Impossible: Chef Robert’s New Mission. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Horton's Kids06-13-2012 In her unrelenting mission to end childhood obesity and promote good health through her “Let’s Move” initiative,  The First Lady called on Robert Irvine of the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible. His show’s mission is to take on desperately failing restaurants and turn them around.  The tougher the mission, the more he seems to like it! And that is why The First Lady called on Chef Robert to help the deserving community organization whose transformation was featured on his show today. This organization was feeding 100 kids a day and they had no where to eat but outside in the cold, snow or rain! Continue reading “Restaurant Impossible: Chef Robert’s New Mission. First Lady Michelle Obama.”

ABC World News: NYC To Ban Super Sized Sugary Sodas

Sugary Drinks05-31-2012 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer reports that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has created a firestorm by proposing a ban on supersized sugary sodas including sweetened teas and energy drinks in an effort to curb obesity.   The sale of any sweetened drink larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters and stadiums will be illegal!  Mayor Bloomberg said “now there are many factors that contribute to childhood obesity.  But the single biggest is soda.” Continue reading “ABC World News: NYC To Ban Super Sized Sugary Sodas”

The View: First Lady Michelle Obama. Gardening May Help Fight Obesity.

Michelle Obama on the View5-29-2012 First Lady Michelle Obama visited the ladies of The View to talk among other things about her new book and her “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity.  “American Grown. The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America”  of which all proceeds will go to the National Park Foundation,  is her first book and was inspired by her garden project at the White House.  Hundreds of kids from schools and youth groups are invited to the White House to work with The First Lady in the garden from planting to harvest, in hopes they will be motivated to learn about where food comes from and embrace a healthier diet.  Continue reading “The View: First Lady Michelle Obama. Gardening May Help Fight Obesity.”