What are your children eating?

While children everywhere started school this month, the CDC announced that child obesity rates among low-income preschoolers are down. This is great news since most professionals link adult obesity rates to child obesity. However, a recent study linked school lunch consumption and TV viewing to child obesity in middle school children. Luckily, in the last few years there has been a movement, largely in part because of First Lady Michelle Obama, to change how children eat. New federal rules regulating public school lunches will go into effect next year, just in time for the 2014-2015 school year. However, healthier options are already being implemented around the nation. Therefore, while your kids start school you may not need to worry as much about what they are eating at school.

Schools are mandating that students who buy lunch will have to be given a fruit or vegetable with each lunch. Although schools have reported that students are not eating those required veggies and fruits and waste is becoming a problem, other schools have admitted that waste was a problem initially, but over time the children got used to the healthier food and have been eating it. In addition to the vegetable and fruit requirement, hundreds of schools have installed salad bars. Whole wheat bread is being used instead of white bread. Low fat milk instead of whole milk is offered. Junk food is being taken out of vending machines as well as sodas. Lots of small changes are being made and each one counts. Hopefully with the changes this year and the federal regulations next year, child obesity will continue to decline, allowing children to be healthier. Since improvements are being made in school lunches, now we just have to tackle the issue of TV viewing to keep our children healthy.

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Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Campaign against restraint and Seclusion Launches With New Film, Education Weekly

New Hampshire-based filmmaker Dan Habib, whose first documentary, “Including Samuel,” chronicled the life of his family, which includes a son with cerebral palsy, is back with another film that talks about restraint and seclusion from the perspective of students.

Tonight’s premiere of “Restraint and Seclusion: Hear our Stories” marks the kickoff of the Stop Hurting Kids campaign, an effort by a coalition of 26 disability advocacy groups to stop the use of restraint and seclusion as a means to curb disruptive behavior.

Bicam Agrees on Amendment to Juvenile Justice Act: Alvarez, The Visayan Daily Star

The bicameral committee for the amendment of Juvenile Justice Welfare Act reached an agreement yesterday on measures adopted by both houses of Congress to further improve the law, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6thy District) said.

Alvarez headed the Lower House panel and Senator Francis Escudero the Senate panel.

It is hoped that the amended version of the act will be signed by President Benigno Aquino before July 1, she said.

Condition of Child’s Rights Remained Bleak During 2012, International The News

Pakistani children had to cope with lack of educational opportunities, poor health conditions, a near absence of protection for poor and vulnerable children, miserable conditions in juvenile jails and continued employment of children in hazardous occupations during 2012.

The annual report titled ‘The State of Pakistan’s Children 2012’ launched by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (Sparc) on Tuesday shows that condition of child rights remained bleak during the last year with terrorism activities adding to the existing complex challenges faced by the children. With its title page displaying Malala Yousafzai’s picture, the report terms the 2012, as another tough year for the children of Pakistan.