Happy Monday, TLT’ers! I was out of town and had to let the blog languish a bit, so here’s a link round-up to kick off the week and get you up to speed:
President Signs Epi-Pen Bill Into Law
Back in September I told you about pending legislation which would provide financial incentives to schools that stockpile Epi-Pens and would also allow school personnel to use them in emergencies — even on children who don’t have an Epi-Pen prescription on file. I’m glad to report that last week President Obama signed this common sense, potentially life-saving bill into law. More here.
Food Policy and Food Assistance Programs
There were two very interesting food policy opinion pieces in yesterday’s New York Times, the first looking at the “insanity” of the House Republican farm bill, which increases misguided subsidies to farmers and cuts needed food assistance to the poor, and the second examining how tweaks to the WIC and SNAP programs may alter behavior and reduce obesity.
Sleep Deprived Kids May Be More Prone to Obesity
A new study finds that kids may eat more after sleeping less. Something to think about when so many American kids are navigating busy extracurricular schedules and crushing amounts of homework.
Economically Disadvantaged Kids Make Better Food Choices
An interesting — and encouraging — new British study finds that economically disadvantaged kids are making better choices in the school cafeteria compared to their more affluent peers.
Teaching Nannies to Break Out of the “Nugget Rut”
So you’re raising your kids in Manhattan and your full-time nanny’s reliance on nuggets and mac-n-cheese isn’t sufficiently challenging your little ones’ palates? This may be the ultimate Rich Person’s Problem, but I suppose it’s a real problem nonetheless. Enter marc&mark, a new service that, for a mere $2500, will teach your nanny to cook more diverse meals.
A Head Start on Healthy Eating
Turning to the other end of the socioeconomic spectrum, an exciting new curriculum called “Eat Play Grow” is teaching children in low-income areas the basics of healthy eating — and introducing them to new fruits and vegetables in the classroom every day. You can read about the implementation of the program in one East Harlem Head Start class in this New York Times report.
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Happy Monday, and happy reading!