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This week's healthy schools highlights

Loveland coalition looks to tackle obesity

Overcoming the obesity epidemic in a city such as Loveland takes a multi-pronged and coordinated community approach. Read more about it in the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

Jeffco schools to charge fees for online lunch payments

Jefferson County Public Schools swallowed nearly $500,000 in fees last year related to a program that allows parents to make online deposits to cover the cost of their kids’ lunches.

Starting this fall, the $2 billed each time money is transferred into a student’s account will be charged to their parents. Read more in the Denver Post, and share your thoughts about the price hike by making a comment on this post.

Soda consumption down among American high school students

Twenty-four percent of U.S. high school students drank at least one soda per day in 2010, compared to 29 percent in 2009, an indication that nutritional awareness among teenagers has improved considerably, a CDC report has revealed. Sugary beverages have long been associated with America’s high childhood obesity rate. Read more in Medical News Today.

Nestle joins fight against childhood obesity

CHICAGO/PRNewswire/ – The National Education Association Health Information Network has partnered with Nestle in the United States to expand its nutrition and physical activity education resources for educators. The program, Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives, provides free instructional materials that support educators’ efforts to teach students in grades K-3 about being healthy. Interesting partnership! Read more on PR Newswire.

Fuel Up to Play 60 students publish videos of kids getting fit

Nearly 500 students celebrated an exciting year of Fuel Up to Play 60, a school fitness program sponsored by National Dairy Council and the National Football League. With videos, photos and blog posts, students showed how they will maintain the Fuel Up to Play 60 spirit throughout the summer. View submissions on Fuel Up to Play 60’s SchoolTube page.

Flavored milks return to Virginia schools

Fairfax County schools recently announced that flavored milk will return to its lunch rooms, following a reformulation. The new milk in Fairfax meets the district’s requirements for the elimination of high fructose corn syrup without adding more sugar and it still packs the same nutritional punch as the old formula with calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin (niacin equivalents). Read more on The Dairy Report, a publication from the dairy sector.

And watch this video of “renegade lunch lady” Ann Cooper condemning reformulated flavored milk.

Report: Fight fat even in toddlers, preschoolers

WASHINGTON – A food pyramid just for the under-2 set? Contrary to popular belief, children don’t usually outgrow their baby fat — and a new report urges steps to help prevent babies, toddlers and preschoolers from getting too pudgy too soon. Read the AP story at Yahoo! News.

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