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RWJF News Digest: Childhood Obesity - A Variety of Resources about Childhood Obesity

Colorado Tries to Keep Kids on Healthy Track 
USA Today, Kelly Kennedy, 10/03/2012 This frequently updated news digest on the subject of Childhood Obesity highlights key articles from major news publications. The digest is a free service of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

 Serve Schoolchildren Healthier Cafeteria Food (Editorial) 
Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/04/2012 
Kids may not like it, but schools are on the right track with healthier lunch menus that serve up more fruits and vegetables and less junk food.

Editor’s Note: The report from retired military leaders referenced in this editorial is “Still Too Fat to Fight,” which was produced by Mission: Readiness with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

 Kids Hit the Pavement for Walk to School Day
Green Bay Press-Gazette, Patti Zarling, 10/04/2012

Educators hope encouraging students to lace up their sneakers for International Walk to School Day will motivate them to become more active. Officials expected more than 10,000 students from 22 local schools to participate in the annual walk Wednesday. Webster Elementary in the Green Bay School District aimed for 100 percent student participation.

Even as Colorado ranked once again as the skinniest of the nation's states, officials there are lamenting their increasing obesity rates, particularly among young people. Colorado's obesity rate among children is rising faster than all but one other state, and it's ranked at 23rd for obese children.

School Struggles to Balance Food Rules, Onsite Store 
Bennington Banner, Dawn Raspuzzi, 09/29/2012 
In an attempt to curb child obesity, federal regulations have cleaned school cafeteria menus of foods that lack nutritional value. But those restrictions do not exist beyond the cafeteria walls. Some school officials believe the lack of nutrition guidelines elsewhere on campuses flies in the face of the federal guidelines and encourages students to spend their lunch money on junk foods sold elsewhere on campus -- such as school stores.


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