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November 18, 2010
P.E. teachers learning to link nutrition, fitness, teen angst
Metro State professor Susan Bertelsen complains that nutrition education is getting short shrift, even though it is critical to physical well-being. She's showing P.E. teachers how to squeeze nutrition into their classes in ways that resonate with teen-age concerns.
November 17, 2010
Ask an Expert: Is youth football safe?
A Denver reader asks about the safety of youth football. Our physical education expert weighs in on the importance of good coaching and quality equipment that fits.
November 12, 2010
Study shows link between chronic teen texters and sex
Parents are not LOL about this: New data released this week reveals that the dangers of excessive texting among teens are not limited to the road. Hyper-texting and hyper-networking are now linked to risky health behaviors, including sex, drinking and smoking.
November 12, 2010
Week of Nov. 8, 2010: Healthy schools highlights
This week's wrap-up features the dissing of Jamie Oliver in LA, a get-tough approach to ending childhood obesity in Flagstaff, Ariz., the resurrection of the school nutrition bill and the fate of school garden food.
November 11, 2010
DPS school health trailblazer softens stance, but is no less passionate
Rainey Wikstrom’s role as a healthy schools advocate and consultant started when her first grade son came home from school in 2002 with a bag of candy the size of his head from a classroom party.
November 10, 2010
DPS fitness centers open to community
As fitness club memberships go, the DPS offer is a sweet deal: $15 a semester for adults who work out after the school day ends.
November 9, 2010
VIDEO: Healthy Schools Summit draws wall-to-wall crowd
Hundreds of people – including teachers, healthcare providers and school board members - filled a ballroom Tuesday at the Stonebrook Manor in events center in Thornton to get an earful of information about programs aimed at improving children's health.
November 8, 2010
Ask an Expert: What to do with all this Halloween candy.
VIDEO: Your children's nerves are frayed. They say their teeth hurt. There's still more Halloween candy in that orange, pumpkin bag. EdNews Parent expert Julie Hammerstein tells you the hard truth about what you must do.
November 5, 2010
Week of Nov. 1: Healthy schools highlights
This week's round-up includes a reminder of a Nov. 15 deadline to score a new, free salad bar for a school, a new school playground, winner of a Walk to School Challenge and three DPS high school chefs.
November 5, 2010
Heroes, villains hard to peg in 'Lunch Line' documentary
The new documentary "Lunch Line" is a little bit documentary, a little bit "Simpsons," and quite a bit "Twilight/New Moon." Filmmakers Michael Graziano and Ernie Park turn 60 years of dry school food political history into an engaging narrative.
November 5, 2010
Healthy schools summit set for Nov. 9
There's a good chance someone from your district is attending the 2010 Healthy Schools Summit on Tuesday, Nov. 9. More than 300 educators, school board members and health care providers are expected to attend the event to learn about innovative ways to create respectful school environments and improve health education, nutrition, physical activity, school health services and workplace wellness in Colorado schools. Click here to see if your school won a grant.
October 29, 2010
Week of Oct. 25, 2010: Healthy schools highlights
This week's highlights include a look at lunch line psychology, the effects of girls hitting puberty at younger ages, an attack on the potato as a school lunch staple and a report on the nation's healthiest schools, at least according to ABC News.
October 28, 2010
Promoting health also boosts students' academic performance
States with "health-supporting policies" - things like minimum health ed and PE requirements, and funding for school-based clinics - tend to do better academically than states that don't, studies show.
October 26, 2010
New twist on PE: More schools offering yoga
Yoga has been shown to improve students' physical and emotional well-being, as well as boost academic performance. Now schools are partnering with outside groups to include yoga in the PE curriculum.
October 25, 2010
Ask an Expert: Healthy Halloween school treats, and more.
Get some good ideas of snacks to bring to your child's school Halloween party and much more. It's time to think about the coming months of food-, drink- and sweet-saturated holiday upon holiday. Rather than stressing out about what's to come, this expert nutritionist says to spend some time right now thinking about how you'll approach the holiday season.
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