Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Progress in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

September 20, 2012 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Health, Top Stories


By Emma Chadband At 12 years old, Brooke Mennella weighed 194 pounds. On her 5’ frame, the extra weight made her uncomfortable in her own body and she felt like she couldn’t fit in with any of the children at school. She turned to food for comfort. When she realized she couldn’t get to 200 [...]

NEA’s Health Information Network Tackles Prescription Drug Abuse

August 9, 2012 by clong  
Filed under Featured News, Health, Top Stories


By Emma Chadband Before she turned 13, Jessica McDonald had already started abusing alcohol, marijuana, and Adderall — a prescription drug used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. McDonald later became an addict, and racked up five DUI convictions while she was using Xanax, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders, according to one Health [...]

Removing Health Barriers to Student Learning


By Tim Walker One of the few education issues where you can find almost universal consensus is the connection between student health and the capacity to learn. The conditions for health and well-being in many of the nations’ schools, however, are an impediment to learning.  Too many students spend their days in dilapidated buildings with [...]

NEA Member Calls on Congress and Court to Protect Health Care for Children

March 28, 2012 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Health, Health Care Reform, Top Stories


By Robert McNeely For Wilfred Dunn, a fifth grade teacher in Little Rock, Arkansas and NEA member, a student’s heartbreaking story illustrates why all children deserve to come to school healthy and ready to learn. The student’s family could not afford the daily medication for his attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Without his medicine, he [...]

A Boot Camp to Promote Healthy Food in Schools


By John Rosales The rigorous culinary training that Donna West attended in Aurora, Colorado, involved much more than cooking classes. West is a lunchroom and child nutrition manager at Brownwood Elementary School in Scottsboro, Alabama. For five long days spent in a high school kitchen and classrooms, West and two dozen other public school food [...]

NEA-Backed Child Nutrition Bill Passes Congress

December 2, 2010 by cmccabe  
Filed under Child Nutrition, Featured News, Health, Top Stories


By Meredith Barnett Today, the NEA-supported “Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act” passed the House of Representatives in a 264-157 vote. The bill, which the Senate unanimously passed in August, expands eligibility for lunch programs and sets nutrition standards for school meals. It is the first increase in school lunch funding since 1973. “[This] offers a real [...]

The Latest on Getting Healthy Munches in School Lunches


By Meredith Barnett Mystery meat has left the building. In school lunchrooms across the country, students are filling their cafeteria trays with more fresh produce and award-winning nutritional entrees as schools change the way they approach nutrition. Chefs and community members are coming to the table — bolstered by national initiatives like Michelle Obama’s Let’s [...]

Health Care Reform Takes Effect Today


by Tim Walker Today, the landmark Affordable Care Act, signed into law six months ago, begins to go into effect, delivering crucial benefits and protections to families across the country. “September 23 is a new day for American consumers in our health care system,” Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, remarked last week. [...]

Schools Ready for Flu Season, H1N1

September 23, 2010 by cmccabe  
Filed under Featured News, Health, NEA, Top Stories


By Meredith Barnett Sneezes and sniffles are starting to infiltrate classrooms and flu season is on its way. But schools and health organizations, armed with lessons learned from 2009’s pandemic flu outbreak, are preparing early. This year, H1N1 poses less of a threat, and schools are better equipped to hold vaccination clinics and continue “sickness [...]