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Childhood Obesity

Schoolbook

Report Confirms Sorry State of Phys Ed in NYC

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The city's Department of Education has, at least, submitted a new District Physical Education Plan to the state. The first since 1982.
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Freakonomics Radio

Why You Should Bribe Your Kids

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Educational messaging looks good on paper but kids don’t respond to it -- and adults aren’t much better.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Childhood Obesity Rates Fall

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CDC data show a 43% drop in obesity rates among American children age 2 to 5. Nutrition expert Marion Nestle says this is a very hopeful sign, but that follow-through is required to keep rates low as children move through life. One way to address that: new nutrition labels being announced by the FDA tomorrow. Nestle is hoping that "added sugars" will be included in labels from now on.

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Freakonomics Radio

100 Ways to Fight Obesity

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Freakonomics asks a dozen smart people for their best ideas. Get ready for a fat tax, a sugar ban, and a calorie-chomping tapeworm.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Optimistic News for NYC Kids' Health

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dr. Thomas Farley, commissioner of the NYC Department of Health Mental Hygiene, discusses a recent report that shows the first ever decline in childhood obesity in New York, and the news that the city is at an record low for infant mortality.

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WNYC News

New York City Sees Decline in Obesity Rate for Kids

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The obesity epidemic may be reversing course. A new report shows the obesity rates of school age children living in several major cities has dropped.

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Schoolbook

City Council Pushes for Breakfast in Classrooms

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

City Council members are urging the Bloomberg administration to get more students who qualify for a free breakfast at school to participate in the program. The Council passed a resolution on Wednesday, by a wide margin, calling on the Education Department to mandate that all schools serve students a free breakfast in classrooms instead of in cafeterias.

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Schoolbook

Week Ends With Uncertainty for 24 City Schools

Friday, July 13, 2012

The big news of the past week was a judge's decision to let stand an arbitrator's ruling that forbid the city from removing teachers from 24 schools that the city had been hoping to close. But with 55 days left until the opening bell for the 2012-2013 school year, there is confusion about just what's next for those schools. Also in the news: Korean "parachute children," Stuyvesant's cheating scandal and the lack of gym time in schools.

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Schoolbook

Walcott Pushes for Easier Firing in Sexual Misconduct Cases

Friday, June 15, 2012

The New York City schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, is ramping up his efforts to accelerate discipline for teachers accused of sexual misconduct, holding a rare news conference Friday morning to again make his case and writing about the issue in an Op-Ed article in The New York Times.

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Schoolbook

No Room to Play

Thursday, May 31, 2012

At P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 54 percent of students are overweight or obese and P.E. classes are a weekly activity. Limited space means that only half of the students at the school can participate in P.E. classes each year. What does the school do to meet its students' health and exercise needs? A Columbia journalism school student examines the issues in an article and multimedia report.

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The Takeaway

Children with Type 2 Diabetes Resist Drug Treatment, Study Finds

Monday, April 30, 2012

As obesity rates in children have climbed over recent years, so too has the childhood incidence of type 2 diabetes. Dr. David Nathan, an author of the study and director of the diabetes center at the Massachusetts General Hospital explains why this study's findings are so troubling.

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WNYC News

NYC Schoolkids Waistline Shrinks Slightly

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New York school kids are slimming down — though not by much.

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Schoolbook

Obesity Rate Falls for New York Schoolchildren

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Across the country, recent studies have shown childhood obesity rates remaining flat or slightly increasing. But the number of obese New York City schoolchildren had fallen by 5.5 percent over five years, city and federal officials said, heralding a glimmer of optimism about one of the country’s intractable health scourges.

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The Takeaway

Should Obese Children Be Removed From Their Homes?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In Cleveland, Ohio an 8-year-old boy was removed from his home on the grounds that his severe obesity was the fault of his parental care. The young boy weighed over 200 pounds. For comparison, the average weight of an 8-year-old boy is about 60 pounds. The question isn't whether the boy was overweight, or whether his family could have done more in the 20 months that they were notified that his weight was a serious problem under consideration by the state. The question is whether or not foster care is really the best way to solve extreme obesity.

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Schoolbook

11 States Seek No Child Left Behind Waivers

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

No Child Left Behind waivers, no changes in school lunch nutrition standards and no easy way to choose a high school in New York City are among the topics in the news. And seven city schoolteachers will be honored for their excellence in teaching science and math.

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Schoolbook

Chelsea Clinton Pays a Visit to a Healthy School

Friday, September 23, 2011

Chelsea Clinton, the former president's daughter, visited Suydam Public School 123 in Brooklyn to recognize their efforts in promoting a healthy lifestyle and fighting child obesity. It was also the school's 110th anniversary.

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Schoolbook

School Progress Reports to Be Released

Friday, September 23, 2011

The city's rule that prevented any school from dropping more than two letter grades in its progress report has been eliminated. At the same time, a new curve ensures that 7 percent of schools will receive D's and 3 percent will receive F's, meaning there will be more failures than in the past.

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The Takeaway

Should Parents Lose Custody of Morbidly Obese Children?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

An article published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association says the state should intervene in cases of morbidly obese children. The authors say that parents should lose custody in the most extreme cases of childhood obesity. This opinion has drawn criticism from several lawyers and members of the bioethics community.

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The Takeaway

After The Takeaway: Celeste Headlee Says It's Time to Act on Childhood Obesity

Thursday, July 14, 2011

On today’s show, we discussed an article published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association that says the state should intervene in cases of morbidly obese children.  After the show, host Celeste Headlee commented that this discussion resonated with her because she believes the obesity epidemic is a serious problem, and that it’s a problem people don’t want to talk about. She thinks the article’s proposal to take obese children out of their homes is too extreme, but agrees that we do need to take some form of action. Celeste asks us to consider: when a child is being raised as morbidly obese, how should we, as a community, deal with it? What’s your take?

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