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ENC-Teacher Exchange offers new resources to combat obesity

January 30, 2013, Park Ridge, Ill.—Color-coding foods into three categories that mimic a traffic light to help elementary school students distinguish good foods (green light) from unhealthy foods (red light) is proving to be a very successful nutrition education device in Colorado and elsewhere.   

And that’s precisely why the “Go Slow Whoa” color-schemed system introduced three years ago at Laredo Elementary School in Aurora, Col. is featured this month by ENC-Teacher Exchange, a free web-based program for teachers that offers new and updated teaching methods that can help combat rising obesity trends in K thru 12 schools.  

The success of Laredo Elementary’s “Go Slow Whoa” program is illustrated on the ENC-Teacher Exchange web site in a brief video that is accompanied by instructional tools that teachers can download at no charge.  Laredo is one of 18 schools in the Aurora Colorado School District that is participating in the education initiative offered by Denver-based LiveWell Colorado, a non-profit organization committed to preventing and reducing obesity in the state by promoting healthy eating and active living. 

ENC-Teacher Exchange was introduced a year ago by Egg Nutrition Center (ENC), science division of The American Egg Board in Park Ridge, Ill, and is supported by The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.  

Egg Nutrition Center’s contribution to America’s battle against obesity in elementary and high schools is expressed in two ways:  

    • Showcasing teachers and schools that have created successful programs for combating obesity.
    • Encouraging teachers to create and submit new ideas so that other teachers can learn and benefit from them.  

Health, nutrition and physical education teachers in all 134,000 U.S. schools are invited to become members of ENC-Teacher Exchange, whereby they’ll receive E-mail notification when new video stories or teaching tools are added.  Click here for easy online application.

K thru 12 teachers are invited to submit new obesity-fighting ideas to ENC-Teacher Exchange, with the understanding that concepts must be developed by teachers into practical teaching tools that can be shared with other teachers in order to qualify for a $500 honorarium.  New teaching tools must be worthy of publication on the ENC-Teacher Exchange web site to merit the honorarium.  That process usually requires a teacher to begin by sending a one-page concept description to info@encteacher.org.  For more information, please E-mail ENC-Teacher Exchange membership manager Linda Tinoco, or phone her at 708-974-3153.

Click here to view all eight obesity-related videos produced so far by ENC-Teacher Exchange.                                                                              

Source:  ENC-Teacher Exchange at www.encteacher.org

News stories of special interest

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Snacks sold in U.S. schools would need to be lower in fat, salt and sugar and include more nutritious items like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, under standards proposed on Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Full story
Source: Reuters Feb 1 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters Health)--
Children's Cholesterol improving slightly: Cholesterol levels have improved slightly among American youth over the past two decades, according to government data released August 6, 2012.  From 1988 to 2012, the rate of high total cholesterol dropped from 11 percent to 8 percent in children ages 6 to 19, a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows.  Full story.  Source: Reuters Health, August 7, 2012

AMA backs tax on soda to fight obesity: "While there is no silver bullet that will alone reverse the meteoric rise of obesity, there are many things we can do to fight this epidemic and improve the health of our nation," AMA board member Dr. Alexander Ding said in a statement.  Full story
Source: Reuters June 20, 2012

Politicians, health advocates seek transparency, restrictions in food stamp program (SNAP)
...restricting food stamp purchases to healthier items would encourage better diets, reduce health care costs and make better use of precious tax dollars.  Full Story
Source: Chicago Tribune (by Monica Eng June 20, 2012)

In eastern Massachusetts, the number of kids under age six who are obese declined significantly in recent years--a trend that might be happening nationwide as well, according to a new study...Full story
Source: Pediatrics online via Reuters (by Amy Norton, April 23, 2012)

Law puts more fruits, vegetables on school kids' plates....full story
Source: Chicago Tribune/Reuters (Jan. 26, 2012)

Illinois Senator Durbin queries USDA on school lunch abuses:  Responding to a Chicago Tribune article on fraud risks in the federal free lunch program....the Senator noted the importance of the National School Lunch Program, which "provides more than 31 million children with low-cost or free meals...Full story
Source: Chicago Tribune (by Monica Eng Jan. 14, 2012)

Nutrition close-up
  ENC e-newsletter featuring topics that include "Rethinking dietary cholesterol:" "Protein distribution to preserve lean body mass with age:" and "Importance of eating a nutrient-dense diet during pregnancy."   Click to download
Source: Egg Nutrition Center, Fall 2011 Issue

Too few doctors may be telling parents their kids are overweightParents can sometimes be clueless about the fact that their kids are too heavy, but doctors may not be steering them in the right direction.  A study finds that less than a fourth of parents recollect their healthcare providers telling them their children were overweight...more
Source: Los Angeles Times (by Jeannine Stein) Dec, 5, 2011

1 in 5 children in U.S. at risk of hunger: 
New York (CNN) -- Students gathered as the chef sliced tomatoes with a plastic knife in a Brooklyn public school cafeteria. Their eyes followed as she held up a slender green cylinder before the crowd of parents and kids in plastic aprons and hairnets. "What's that?" kids shouted....more
Source: CNN (by Alysee Shorland and Jamie Gumbrecht)  Nov. 23, 2011

Recipe for a revolution in school lunches:
Healthful offerings like saffron rice, Jerusalem salad and free-range chicken are a low-cost hit with low-income students…more
Source: Chicago Tribune, Nov. 18, 2011

'Fit Nut" (fitness and nutrition) program at Andrew High School: 
At Victor J. Andrew High School’s fitness and nutrition class (in Orland Park, IL), it’s not unusual to find football players in aprons, skinny kids pumping iron and students getting points taken off for consuming unhealthy food...more.
Source: Chicago Tribune, Oct. 3, 2011

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