School Obesity Rate Dips in New York From Healthy-Habit Programs

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School Obesity Rate Dips in New York From Healthy-Habit Programs
News from Bloomberg:

The obesity rate in grade school- aged children in New York dropped 5.5 percent between 2006 and 2010 as the city started programs to boost physical activity and encourage healthier eating habits.

The percentage of obese kids in kindergarten through eighth grade dipped to 20.7 percent in the 2010-2011 school year, from a 21.9 percentage rate in 2006-2007, according to a study done by researchers at the city’s health and education departments.

The study, in 947,765 students, found the biggest effect among white children, though progress was seen in all groups. City officials attributed the drop to programs that eliminated deep-fried food and sugary sodas in cafeterias, limited how often junk food can be sold for fund raisers and added low-fat…………… continues on Bloomberg

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School abuse fears not reported
News from Boston.com:

Boston school officials said yesterday that the principal of the King K-8 School in Dorchester never alerted state authorities that a teacher’s aide may have had inappropriate contact with a student last spring.

Massachusetts law requires school employees to report suspicions of child abuse to the state Department of Children and Families, but that law may provide some leeway. According to an informational pamphlet produced by the agency, professionals should immediately report cases when they “have reasonable cause to believe that a child under the age of 18 years is suffering from abuse and/or neglect.’’

Whether this case rises to that “reasonable cause’’ standard is the point of a review ordered by School Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. She has asked her staff to determine whether the King principal followed proper protocols in investigating the…………… continues on Boston.com

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