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Better breakfast, better grades
Medical News Today
A new study from the University of Iowa reinforces the connection between good nutrition and good grades, finding that free school breakfasts help students from low-income families perform better academically. The study finds students who attend schools that participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's School Breakfast Program have higher achievement scores in math, science, and reading than students in schools that don't participate. "These results suggest that the persistent exposure to the relatively more nutritious breakfast offered through the subsidized breakfast program throughout elementary school can yield important gains in achievement," says researcher David Frisvold, assistant professor of economics in the Tippie College of Business.
Afterschool programs help improve kids' health and physical fitness
Afterschool programs are emerging as an effective tool in the nation's ongoing battle against childhood obesity, according to a national household survey conducted by Shugoll Research for the Afterschool Alliance. The special report released today, Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, reveals parents' views about the role afterschool programs play in improving kids' health and physical fitness. Findings are based on responses collected for America After 3 p.m. from 30,000 U.S. households, including in-depth interviews with more than 13,000 parents and guardians.
Just how common is ADHD, really? A new study may have the answer
For as long as ADHD has been recognized by the medical community, the rate at which it occurs in children has been disputed, ranging from as low as 3 percent to as high as 14 percent. The conflicting numbers confuse parents, doctors, and patients, who struggle to determine if the condition is over-diagnosed — and over-medicated — or under-diagnosed. A new study published in Pediatrics claims to have identified a benchmark estimate for the worldwide rate of ADHD in children. The study's authors analyzed the data from 175 studies from around the world, conducted over 36 years, to reach their overall estimate: approximately 7.2 percent of children worldwide have ADHD.
Skill-building approaches to anxiety-fueled work avoidance
The Huffington Post
Those of us who have spent over 10 years in the field know firsthand that the face of the classroom has changed considerably. Long gone are the days when simple, whole class behavior incentive plans kept every student on an even keel. Even experienced teachers may not be sufficiently prepared to address the social and emotional needs of today's students, especially those struggling with anxiety. Anxiety disorders are alarmingly prevalent among U.S. children and adolescents, with 31.9 percent of teens having had an anxiety disorder during their school years. Add to that other increasingly prevalent childhood conditions, including ADHD and autism, and teachers are facing new and overwhelming challenges.
What is being done to help special needs students who are bullied
When a middle school cheerleader with Down syndrome was being bullied, the team she cheered for came to her rescue. During a basketball game, students in the stands taunted Desiree Andrews, according to KTLA, a local news station in Wisconsin. The team's players then walked off the court and confronted the bullies about their actions. "We were mad. We didn't like that," Miles Rodriguez, one of the players who walked off the court, said, according to Fox News.
Chef-enhanced school meals increase healthy food consumption
Schools collaborating with a professionally trained chef to improve the taste of healthy meals significantly increased students' fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study also found that using "choice architecture" (environmental nudges to promote healthy choices) in school cafeterias improved students' selection of fruits and vegetables, but did not increase consumption over the long-term. The study is the first to examine the long-term impact of choice architecture and chef-enhanced meals in school cafeterias on selection and consumption of healthier foods.
Water fluoridation linked to higher ADHD rates
New research shows there is a strong correlation between water fluoridation and the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, in the United States. It's the first time that scientists have systematically studied the relationship between the behavioral disorder and fluoridation, the process wherein fluoride is added to water to prevent cavities.
Minority children may benefit most from school-day exercise
Medical News Today
Racial/ethnic minority children residing in low-resource areas of Missouri may benefit the most from school-based opportunities for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, suggests a new study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and St Louis Public Schools. As part of their study, researchers measured the MVPA heart rate of urban public elementary school children in Missouri on school days with and school days without PE class by using continuous heart rate monitoring. The heart rate of 81 students (93.8 percent black) in grades 3 and 5 was recorded in 15-second intervals. On the basis of 575 school-day observations, students accumulated 44.4 minutes of MVPA on days with PE and 30.6 MVPA minutes on days without PE.
Sleeping to improve STEM education
A new multidisciplinary project from the University of Arizona will encourage elementary students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math by involving them in research involving their own sleep patterns. With funding from the National Science Foundation, two researchers have instigated the "Sleep Education Program To Improve STEM Education in Elementary School," otherwise known as the "Z-Factor." Along the way, the project will address a real-world issue, sleep insufficiency, and its health consequences.
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