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Let's Move!

Let's Move!
This weekend, the White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors to see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and our favorite, the White House Kitchen Garden. Just three weeks ago, the First Lady, along with local DC students and FoodCorps leaders, planted the sixth annual White House Kitchen Garden. Also, new this year, the First Lady planted the first ever White House Pollinator Garden to support bees, monarch butterflies, and other pollinators.

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Football, dogfighting, and brain damage One evening in August, Kyle Turley was at a bar in Nashville with his wife and some friends. It was one of the countless little places in the city that play live music. He’d ordered a beer, but was just sipping it, because he was driving home. David L. Katz MD "Teaching Kids to Make Healthy Choices" Available in English and Spanish! Nutrition Detectives™ is an innovative program for elementary school children.

Free Elementary School (K-6) Physical Education Lesson Plans SPARK Elementary Physical Education (PE) The original SPARK Elementary PE study was funded by the National Institutes of Health to create, implement, and evaluate new and innovative approaches to physical education content and instruction, then test them in “real world” settings. SPARK Elementary PE was designed to be more inclusive, active, and fun than traditional PE classes. Today, after lessons learned from more than 20 years of ongoing research and field testing nationwide, SPARK PE is the most researched and field-tested Physical Education program in the world – a true solution to our growing problem of overweight and obese children.

livestrong As many as 59 percent of adolescents can identify a role model in their lives, according to research published in the January 2011 issue of the "Journal of Adolescent Health." Of the adolescents with role models, those that looked to athletes were more likely to make positive health-related decisions. The fact is, not all athletes are positive role models. Unfortunately some athletes engage in negative behavior, but overall, the athletic lifestyle lends itself to a position of positive role modeling for adolescents. To stay on top of their game, athletes have to engage in regular, vigorous activity. In a relatively sedentary culture where much of life revolves around TV shows and video games, athletes model the benefits of physical activity to children and adolescents in a very real way.

audio et texte en anglais sur le tabac (laura et philippe) Tobacco by Claire Powell and Dave Collett What’s in a cigarette? What’s in a puff? Tobacco smoke contains about 4,000 chemicals. American Council On Exercise It's no secret that poor nutrition and inactivity are putting today's youth at risk of developing life-threatening diseases as they age. According to the American Heart Association, about 1 in 3 children (ages 2-19) are overweight (at or above the 85th percentile of Body Mass Index) and about 1 in 6 are obese (at or above the 95th percentile of Body Mass Index). Children should be learning about the extreme dangers of being overweight and obese as well as engaging in daily fitness-based activities. What better way to do this than to integrate it into the daily curriculum. The American Council on Exercise® is serious about its initiative to reach out to today’s youth.

Taking the Pressure Off Sports Competition Listen Sports are a great way to have fun and stay active. Kids have lots of choices about which sports to do and whether to compete in sports or just play them for fun. One kid might be happy to shoot baskets at the park, whereas another kid may prefer being on a basketball team that competes against other teams. Americans Are Obsessed with Fast Food: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal In today's CBS HealthWatch, Eric Schlosser explains why Americans are obsessed with fast food, and tells us more about his book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Interview with Eric Schlosser 1. Why did you choose to write about fast food?

Listening to a Son’s Concern About a Concussion “Dad, I’m scared. I only have one brain, and I don’t want to hurt it playing football.” My son Will, his 10-year-old eyes filling with tears, was trying to decide whether to play quarterback in his peewee game against Roosevelt Elementary. Ten days earlier, he’d taken a helmet-to-helmet hit during practice and possibly, although we really don’t know, sustained a concussion. Now I wanted to help him make the right choice — if only I knew what that was. 1ère ES/L : Food Preservation Methods: Canning, Freezing, and Drying (Nico&Camille) You can preserve foods inexpensively by using canning, freezing, or drying techniques. Modern-day food preservation methods, such as water-bath canning, help you can and preserve with ease. After you understand the basic procedures for a food preservation method, you'll just need to concentrate on preparing your recipe. About canning food Canning is the process of applying heat to food that’s sealed in a jar in order to destroy any microorganisms that can cause food spoilage. Proper canning techniques stop this spoilage by heating the food for a specific period of time and killing these unwanted microorganisms.

Healthier School Meals September is National Childhood Obesity Month, a major topic for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The agency’s program HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) takes aim against childhood obesity by helping more students across the country gain access to fresh, wholesome foods.

Unique study explores cumulative effect of hits in prep football - David Epstein Chris East of Jefferson High School (Lafayette, Ind.) wears evidence of repeated blows to the head. Andrew Hancock/SI Last November I wrote an article for Sports Illustrated about a unique study on brain injuries in high school football players conducted by a group of researchers at Purdue University. The reason I honed in on this particular study was that, rather than dissecting the brains of deceased players to look for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), this group was following young players over the course of a season to see if they could document brain impairment in real time. In other words, as opposed to a "cross-sectional" study -- in which observations are made at a single point in time, but the cause/effect relationship cannot be definitively established -- this study was longitudinal, meaning that it would track players over the course of the season. On the bright side, so far kids in the study have returned to normal brain functioning after the season.

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