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This week's healthy schools highlights

Governor tackles obesity in Colorado

Check out this video about what’s happening in Colorado in terms of childhood obesity. And learn about the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness in this Fox 31 report.

What’s to love and loathe about chocolate milk?

Chocolate milk has an interesting rap these days. Endurance athletes increasingly love it as a recovery drink.

And who’s loathing it? Schools — advocates for school food reform, to be more specific. They argue it’s got too much added sugar and too many calories.

So how to explain the love? Well, a few, small exercise studies have found that chocolate milk can help boost endurance after intense workouts. Research also suggests that the protein in milk speeds up the time it takes for muscles to recover. Check out this NPR report.

Taking healthcare to students

As soon as the school day ended, the rush at the health clinic began.

Two high school seniors asked for sports physicals. A group of teenagers lined up for free condoms. A girl told a counselor she needed a pregnancy test.

The clinic, at Belmont High School near downtown Los Angeles, is part of a rapidly expanding network of school-based centers around the nation offering free or low-cost medical care to students and their families. Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

Charter school wins recognition with vegetarian menu

DENVER – When Gianna Cassetta put together the SOAR Charter Elementary School in far northeast Denver, she wanted to create something different for kids at lunch. So she took the bold move of being the only school in Colorado to offer an all-vegetarian menu. Check out this 9NEWS report.

More kids skip school shots in 8 states – including Colorado

ATLANTA (AP) – More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. In eight states now, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren’t getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found. Watch this report on 9NEWS.

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