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School Health & Wellness News Roundup: Week of Dec. 9, 2013

December 13, 2013

From this week’s news:

  • Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus
    KQED:
    Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students. Similarly, parents complain that when students are required to complete homework assignments online, it’s a challenge for students to remain on task. The ubiquity of digital technology in all realms of life isn’t going away, but if students don’t learn how to concentrate and shut out distractions, research shows they’ll have a much harder time succeeding in almost every area.
  • To Get Kids Exercising, Schools Are Becoming Creative
    NPR Shots blog:
    More and more, parents and educators are starting to “think beyond the gym walls,” and come up with ways to fit in exercise before or after school. One is to have teachers integrate physical activity into match and reading lessons.
  • Study Shows Strong Nutrition Education Can Lead to Healthier Food Choices by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Recipients
    USDA:
    The Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA released a study providing clear evidence that well-designed nutrition education programs can lead to healthier food choices by participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The study, SNAP Education and Evaluation Study (Wave II), evaluated the impact of several nutrition education programs on fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income elementary school children and seniors. The study found that children participating in certain nutrition education programs increased their daily fruit and vegetable consumption at home by a quarter- to a third-cup, and were more likely to choose low-fat or fat-free milk.
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