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  • Research Suggests Students Adjusting to New School Lunches

    07/23/2014 6:48:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By KJ DELL'ANTONIA
    The updated standards released by the United States Department of Agriculture, which most schools put in effect over the 2012-13 school year, meant larger, faster changes to lunches nearly across the board. With the changes came news media reports of student complaints and food waste. A USA Today article in September 2012 described protests and boycotts from Kansas to Massachusetts. Those objections to the phase-in of the new standards are supported by the findings of two recent studies. Researchers asked school administrators and food-service providers whether students complained “at first” about the new lunches. Many did (56 percent of elementary...
  • LA Students Undergo ‘Baseline’ Tests To Measure Concussion Effects

    07/22/2014 11:22:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | July 22, 2014 5:15 PM
    PICO UNION DISTRICT (CBSLA.com) — As concerns grow over brain injuries in teenagers and their relation to team sports, a landmark program aims to increase sport safety. About 1,200 students at Loyola High School, including non-athlete students, are being given a series of tests, known as baseline concussion tests, designed to measure brain function. The tests involve number tracking, memory and balance. “We just decided that it would be better off to have all of our students have a baseline, so that if they should ever have a concussion, we’ll have something to work with,” head athletic trainer Tim Moscicki...
  • New California law limits schools' full-contact football practice

    07/21/2014 4:58:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Jones
    Sacramento -- Schools in California that have football programs will be forced to limit the number of days and hours young athletes can practice tackling and other full-contact collisions as a way to prevent head injuries, according to a bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, restricts full-contact practices to two 90-minute sessions per week during the regular and pre- season, and prohibits tackling during the off-season. "Football is a great sport, but parents want to know if their kids are going to be safe," said Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova),...
  • Nanny State Targets Grocery Stores

    07/18/2014 1:09:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    After having made her mark on school lunches, you know, replacing mac n’ cheese for quinoa salad thereby leaving kids across the nation hungry and unhappy, first lady Michelle Obama is moving on to bigger and better things, it seems. Via The Washington Free Beacon: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop. The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables. The group...
  • Meet the Millennials (Reason-Rupe poll)

    07/17/2014 7:31:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Reason ^ | 7-10-14 | Emily Ekins
    American millennials, ages 18-29, are one of the largest, most diverse cohorts in the nation’s history. Fifty-six percent self-identify as Caucasian, 19 percent as Hispanic, 15 percent as African-American or black, six percent as Asian, and four percent as another race. In contrast, 73 percent of their parents’ generation, the Baby Boomers, are white, 10 percent are Hispanic, 11 percent are black, and four percent are Asian. Millennials are also more likely to be members of families who have more recently come to the United States. The Pew Research Center reports that 14 percent of millennials were born outside of...
  • Mrs. Obama Declares War on Chick-fil-A

    07/15/2014 12:07:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 07/15/2014 | Todd Starnes
    The First Lady of these United States has declared war on Chick-fil-A. It seems the home of plump juicy breasts and hot buttered buns has run afoul of the new Smart Snacks in School program. The program is a component of Mrs. Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new government regulations require snack items served in public schools to have less than two hundred calories. That includes vending machines, lunch rooms and other campus food venues. And that’s really bad news for kids at South Carolina’s Socastee High School. They’ve just learned they will no longer be allowed...
  • USDA Suggests Changes to Grocery Stores to ‘Nudge’ Consumers to Eat Healthy

    07/16/2014 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.The group released an 80-page report this month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items.“Most Americans, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants, do not purchase enough whole grains, dark green and...
  • California Flooded With People Tattling on 'Water Wasters'

    07/06/2014 7:16:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    California's drought is creating a deluge of tattletales, after government officials encouraged residents to snitch on their neighbors for wasting water. The state declared a drought emergency five months ago, but residents have only cut their water usage by about 5 percent, reports The New York Times, cutting back much less than the 20 percent Gov. Jerry Brown asked for in January. And since people aren't heeding the warnings from the state, cities in the state are asking residents to report their neighbors for wasting water, and are finding that people are all too willing to tell on each other....
  • Drought Shaming Pitting Neighbors Against Neighbors On Social Media

    07/14/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | July 11, 2014 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Neighbors are tattling on neighbors for wasting water and some are taking their drought shaming to social media. If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re being watched while you water your lawn, there’s a good chance you are during this historic drought. In Sacramento, water wasters can face fines, and the enforcer may be someone who lives right next door. Terrance Davis with the city department of utilities says he’s seeing a trend of drought shaming. “Our water use complaint calls have gone up exponentially from the last 2 years,” he said. Karen Halbo lives in River...
  • Sandra Fluke seeks wider influence in California

    07/12/2014 9:59:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 12:01 PM EDT | Judy Lin
    The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage—and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh—is hoping to make public policy of her own. Sandra Fluke is running as a first-time candidate for a seat in California’s state Senate to represent some of the most affluent communities of Los Angeles County, a district that stretches from the Hollywood Hills to the Palos Verdes peninsula. In a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1, Fluke is campaigning on an agenda that includes subsidized...
  • Connecticut Mom Charged for Leaving Preteen in Car

    07/11/2014 7:05:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    In spite of the recent tragedies of toddlers being killed or seriously hurt from being locked in a car, I guess it really isn't all that surprising that police are being extra-vigilant to protect kids from hot cars. Some cases, however, like that of a woman in Connecticut being criminally charged for leaving her daughter in a car, are downright ridiculous. (emphasis added) Officers were sent to 60 Middle Street on Tuesday where they said Christina Williams, 30, allegedly left her 11-year-old child inside a vehicle. Police said the interior temperature of the car was about 85 degrees at the...
  • The FDA Is Now Policing Facebook Likes

    07/10/2014 6:14:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is protecting consumer rights in a bold new way–by policing companies’ Facebook pages.Zarbee’s Naturals, a producer of “safe and effective natural [cough] remedies” for children, was sent a warning letter by the FDA for liking comments on its Facebook page implying that its products “are intended for use as drugs.”Zarbee’s products were designed specifically for children too young for FDA-approved medications and have not been reviewed by the FDA. Happy customers posted their approval on the company’s Facebook page, saying things like “Love Zarbee’s this is the only medicine we use for our 2...
  • [MD] Prince George’s schools offer breakfast and lunch to students during summer

    07/08/2014 10:27:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/8/2014 | Ovetta Wiggins
    With students running a higher risk of obesity and hunger during their summer break, Prince George’s County schools have joined an effort to provide the youngsters with free breakfast and lunch. More than 60 schools throughout the county will serve the meals until Aug. 1. “Providing continuous meals throughout the summer helps children receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow,” Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools said in a statement.
  • In Maryland, Smoking Could Cost You Job

    07/06/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by Drango · 84 replies
    Insurance News Net ^ | July 5 '14 | Lorraine Mirabella
    July 05--Anyone who wants a job next year at Anne Arundel Medical Center -- whether as a surgeon or security guard -- will have to prove they don't smoke or use tobacco. The Annapolis hospital's new hiring policy might be controversial, but it is legal in Maryland and more than half of the United States. And it's a type of job screening that is gaining favor with employers -- from hospitals to companies such as Alaska Airlines -- trying to control rising health costs and cultivate a healthier, more productive workforce. Anne Arundel Medical Center, like a growing number of...
  • California chefs, bartenders may win back right to touch your food with their bare hands

    06/30/2014 9:03:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 27, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    It looks like California chefs, bartenders and deli workers might be able to take off those hated rubber gloves. Gov. Jerry Brown was presented Thursday with AB2130 -- a "do-over" bill would repeal a law requiring those handling food that goes directly to diners wear gloves and mandating that they change those gloves with every new plate or fruit garnish on a drink. The law took effect in January, but following a backlash from the public and the foodservice industry, the state legislature voted to repeal the ban. "We're grateful the assemblyman was willing to roll (the bill) back, hit...
  • On Air Force One, No Lightening Up on Burgers and Cake

    06/28/2014 1:25:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 27, 2014 | Emmarie Huetteman
    A blue-cheese burger with lettuce, tomato and garlic aioli, accompanied by Parmesan-sprinkled fries. Chocolate fudge cake. Pasta shells stuffed with four cheeses, topped with meat sauce and shredded mozzarella, and served with a garlic breadstick. Cake infused with limoncello. Buffalo wings with celery, carrots and homemade ranch dip. Such was the fare served to passengers aboard Air Force One during a particularly grueling three-state day on the campaign trail just before the 2012 election. Not much has changed since. “It’s American fare, in that it’s not going all arugula on people,” said Arun Chaudhary, who was President Obama’s videographer from...
  • CDC wants more cigarette taxes, regs as tobacco usage flattens, teens experiment

    06/26/2014 7:55:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 25, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The rapid decline in Americans' tobacco use has leveled off, and now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling for new taxes, regulations and warnings to force Americans to kick the habit. In a new report, the CDC found that 50 million, or one in five, Americans use tobacco every day or some days, and 60 million, or one in four, “every day, some days or rarely.”It also revealed that the use of electronic cigarettes is surging, and and e-cigarettes now account for nearly 5 percent of the smoking market.Worse: Americans aged 18-24 showed up as the top...
  • We're All Infants Now (That "pony tail guy" may have been more prescient than we know)

    06/26/2014 6:01:09 PM PDT · by Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense · 10 replies
    Uncommon Sense ^ | 6-25-2014 | Chris Shugart
    Bear with me as I relate an incident I witnessed a couple of years ago; an important point lies at the end of this true story. I was standing in the checkout line at a Barnes & Noble bookstore when I noticed a mother pushing her two toddlers through the store in one of those tandem strollers. One child began moaning, not loudly, but persistently. I’ve raised two children, and I’m familiar with the sounds they can make to express their feelings. This wasn’t an expression of pain, hunger, tiredness, or any kind of stress that I could sense. The...
  • What Does “Stealth Health” Teach Us About Michelle Obama’s School Lunch & Labeling Changes?

    06/25/2014 4:19:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | June 25, 2014 | Marke Horne
    In the media, the conflict is portrayed as being between Michelle Obama and the food companies. The poor customer wants to do the right thing, but the food companies make it hard. But that’s not how it really works. Sadly, the Wall Street Journal story is behind a pay wall, but a summary is posted at Newser.com: “Fast Food’s New Trend: ‘Stealth Health.’”
  • Judge Upholds Policy Barring Unvaccinated Students During Illnesses

    06/24/2014 8:00:35 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 06/22/2014 | BENJAMIN MUELLER
    In a case weighing the government’s ability to require vaccination against the individual right to refuse it, a federal judge has upheld a New York City policy that bars unimmunized children from public school when another student has a vaccine-preventable disease. Citing a 109-year-old Supreme Court ruling that gives states broad power in public health matters, Judge William F. Kuntz II of Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled against three families who claimed that their right to free exercise of religion was violated when their children were kept from school, sometimes for a month at a time, because of the...
  • FDA extends public comment period for e-cigarette rules

    06/23/2014 11:55:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes. Those are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. The FDA also proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco.
  • Watch Out Fishermen! Obama Is Planning a “Seafood Fraud” Crisis

    06/22/2014 12:55:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | June 20, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Obama has a plan to ruin the seafood supply chain with regulations and it’s gonna cost ya. Secretary of State John Kerry has found a new cause now that he’s fresh off his mid-East failures. He is directing federal agencies to work on developing a program to combat seafood fraud upon orders from the imperial president. This follows up Mr. Obama’s proclamation that he would implement his climate change agenda using a pen and a phone. It also follows Mr. Obama’s seizure of a huge swath of the Pacific Ocean for the government, making it inaccessible for drilling and fishing....
  • Obama moves to save the honey bees, targets pesticides

    President Obama on Friday announced plans to save endangered honey bees and other pollinators, for the first time ordering a probe into new types of pesticides that some local governments and 15 European Union nations have restricted or banned. The long-awaited plan creates a “Pollinator Health Task Force” that has 180 days to come up with a plan to save bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The goal is to rid fields of harmful pesticides while planting food for the bugs, even on military bases an along railroad tracks. Virtually every Cabinet department will be included on the task force. A...
  • The Obama Administration Wants Americans To Stop Eating So Much Salt

    06/18/2014 6:07:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 93 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The FDA, perhaps still smarting from the recent artisanal cheese kerfuffle, is setting its sights on a bigger target: salt.“The current level of [sodium] consumption is really higher than it should be,” said FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg. That’s why they’re preparing “voluntary guidelines” for the food industry encouraging them to stay below certain salt levels.While the guidelines will initially be voluntary, health groups are lobbying for mandatory standards — lobbying that will only grow more intense if businesses refuse to comply once the standards are released. If businesses don’t go light on the salt “then FDA should start a process...
  • Revenge of The Killer Potatoes: Pelosi Fights Potato ‘Assaults’

    06/16/2014 10:02:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    Washington’s potato saga continues.While the House considers a bill to include the potato in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) food nutrition program, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is echoing First Lady Michelle Obama’s claims that including the potato is an assault on science.“Republicans are even going after the nutrition for pregnant women and children, the WIC program. Mandating the WIC program include more white potatoes. You know, were talking about fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the rest, and they have an amendment that says more white potatoes than nutritionists recommend,” Pelosi said during her Thursday press conference.“These assaults...
  • White House threatens to veto House ag spending bill

    06/12/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | June 11, 2014 | Mary Soukup
    As the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to consider the fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, the White House threatened to veto the legislation due to opposition related to funding provisions related to school nutrition programs, potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children program and other policy issues.This is the first veto threat from the White House for fiscal year 2015 spending bills.“The bill undermines key investments in financial oversight, injects political decision-making into science-based nutrition standards, and includes objectionable language riders,” said the official Statement of Administration Policy. “If the President were presented with H.R. 4800, his senior advisors...
  • Study: Michelle Obama anti-fat group treats obese as 'idiots'

    06/11/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 10, 2014 | Paul Bedard (Washington Secrets)
    Two major national anti-obesity campaigns supported by first lady Michelle Obama and former President Clinton treat overweight Americans as “idiots” too dumb to figure out what's good for them, according to a new academic study.Worse, said the study from a George Washington University professor, the Obama-backed Partnership for a Healthier America and Clinton supported Alliance for a Healthier Generation blame consumers and not the makers of unhealthy food for the obesity epidemic.“I found that these organizations might more appropriately be called the ‘Partnership for a Healthier Bottom Line,' ” said associate sociologist professor Ivy Ken in the influential academic journal...
  • FDA Bans Wood from Cheese-Making; Industry Decries 'Devastating Development'

    06/11/2014 6:07:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Barbara Boland
    The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday that it will not allow cheese makers use wooden boards to age their cheese - a ruling that would effectively wipe out artisanal cheeses.The FDA's ruling came to light after several cheese makers in New York were cited - despite state laws that allow the use of wood boards."Reports showed that the porous structure of wood made it susceptible to the colonization of bacteria on the surface and inside the wood," Monica Metz, the branch chief for the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's Dairy and Egg Branch, wrote...
  • New federal ruling may outlaw Parmesan and more

    06/10/2014 2:47:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2014 | by Jonathan Kauffman
    Gabe Luddy, fourth-generation cheesemaker at Vella Cheese Co. in Sonoma, makes his Dry Jack the same way his grandfather and great-grandfather did - he rolls and presses curds into large wheels of cheese, then brines and coats the wheels before sliding them onto wooden racks. There they age, from seven months to several years. A U.S. Food & Drug Administration statement which became public last week puts this 83-year-old practice in doubt. In what the agency is calling a clarification, the FDA has declared that the wooden surfaces that cheesemakers around the world age cheeses on "cannot be adequately cleaned...
  • Study: Banning Soda From Food Stamp Purchases Could Curb Obesity and Diabetes Rates

    06/10/2014 12:04:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    A new study by researchers at Stanford University is suggesting that making soda and other sugary drinks ineligible for purchase with SNAP funds could result in nearly a quarter million fewer diabetes cases in adults, and over 140,000 fewer obese children.
  • Corporate Tax in Japan, Benefits for American Veterans, and Overweight British Kids

    06/09/2014 12:32:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    FinanceTownhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The title of this post sounds like the beginning of a strange joke, but it’s actually because we’re covering three issues today. Our first topic is corporate taxation. More specifically, we’re looking at a nation that seems to be learning that it’s foolish the have a punitive corporate tax system. By way of background, the United States used to have the second-highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. But then the Japanese came to their senses and reduced their tax rate on companies, leaving America with the dubious honor of having the world’s highest rate. So did the United...
  • A Taxing Tonic: Rep. DeLauro Wants Federal Soda Tax

    06/09/2014 10:11:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 9, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    Video at source. (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) says she’s getting ready to propose a federal soda tax, “I am working on legislation right now to tax sugar-sweetened drinks, like sodas, in a way that reflects the serious damage they are doing to our health.” DeLauro made the recorded comments for the Center For Science In The Public Interest“National Soda Summit” on June 5th. "When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong," DeLauro says. “It is long past time that we pass and support policies that work to our...
  • First Grader Turns Himself In for Having Toy Gun, Faces Expulsion

    06/07/2014 8:31:19 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/06/2014 | UPI
    Darin left his backpack at a friend's house and had to be sent to school with a backup. When he discovered the toy in the bag, knowing it was illegal, Darin turned the contraband into his teacher. "He found the toy gun on the outside pocket," Darin's father Chris Simak told local reporters. "He took it straight to the teacher and said that he wasn't allowed to have it." Darin's teacher followed protocol and brought the first grader to the principal, where he was immediately suspended pending an expulsion hearing. According to the school charter, the punishment for bringing a...
  • LA schools to launch new summer lunch program

    06/06/2014 3:19:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | June 6, 2014
    The Los Angeles Unified School District wants to disprove the old saying that there's no free lunch. The district on Thursday said it will serve free lunches through summer to children and the disabled at 317 school campuses along with 105 parks and recreation centers. District Director of Food Services David Binkle says he expects the program to dish out 4.5 million meals.
  • Behind the school lunch fight

    06/05/2014 7:07:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | June 4, 2014 | Helena Bottemiller Evich
    First lady Michelle Obama and school lunch ladies used to be on the same team, but now they’re locked in a political war against each other. For the first three years of Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, the School Nutrition Association, a powerful group that represents 55,000 cafeteria professionals, was a close ally in the White House push to get kids to eat healthier. The group helped lobby for the legislation at the center of the debate: the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, a law championed by the first lady that mandates more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and less sodium...
  • USDA Creating $1.9 Million Research Center Devoted to Changing American’s Food Choices

    06/04/2014 5:10:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 2, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is creating a $2 million research center to study how the government can “nudge” Americans toward making healthier eating habits.The agency is currently accepting grant applications to establish a “Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research,” which will facilitate studies such as how breaking up combo meals at fast food restaurants would influence customers.“The USDA Center will facilitate new and innovative research on the application of behavioral economics theory to healthy food choice behaviors that would contribute to enhancing the nutrition, food security, and health of American consumers,” the USDA’s grant announcement...
  • Reynolds American-Sponsored Website Looks at 'New Tobacco Road'

    06/03/2014 10:13:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    CSPnet.com ^ | May 30, 2014 | CSPnet.com
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Cigarette smuggling costs states an estimated $5.5 billion annually. Much of that traffic takes place on the East Coast along Interstate 95, as cigarettes from lower-tax states are being smuggled to states with higher taxes in the Northeast. A new website, sponsored by RAI Services Co., a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., calls the I-95 corridor "The New Tobacco Road."The website draws attention to the problem to encourage states to pass stiffer penalties for smuggling and devote more resources to enforcement.The website, www.thenewtobaccoroad.com, shows how I-95 has become a key transit route for cigarette smuggling from southern...
  • PA-Gov: Rasmussen Poll: Wolf 51% Corbett 31%

    06/02/2014 1:43:27 AM PDT · by ClaytonP · 23 replies
    Democratic nominee Tom Wolf has gotten quite the post-primary bounce. In the first poll released after the former Department of Revenue Secretary won the Democratic primary, Tom Wolf holds a twenty point lead over the Governor. According to Rasmussen Reports, 51% of likely voters would support Wolf while 31% would vote for Governor Tom Corbett. Only 14% of respondents were undecided. As expected, Wolf is supported by 83% of Democrats yet only 59% of Republicans favor Corbett. Wolf pulls away 25% of PA Republicans and holds a ten point lead among independents. Meanwhile, among those surveyed Governor Corbett’s job approval...
  • Michelle Obama's Crazy, Embarrassing Potato Manifesto

    05/31/2014 12:40:54 PM PDT · by kingattax · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 31, 2014 | By Susan D. Harris
    It was eleven o’clock at night and the lady in front of me in the supermarket line was buying jars of baby food and bottles of Pedialyte. The cashier pulled some of the jars aside and told the lady they weren’t covered under the WIC program. “But you didn’t have the ones I can buy, the shelf is empty. I can’t buy the other ones because he won’t eat them,” the customer said. “I’m sorry, maybe if you call WIC you can get permission to buy these, but I can’t do anything about it,” the cashier responded. -snip- So when...
  • GABBY GIFFORDS: CONGRESS MUST PASS GUN CONTROL TO PROTECT WOMEN POST-SANTA BARBARA

    05/28/2014 3:51:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 76 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 28, 2014 | Awr Hawkins
    Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly are calling on Congress to take "immediate action" and pass gun control to protect women in the wake of Elliot Rodger's heinous attacks in Santa Barbara.
  • Potato Council Debunks First Lady's 'Science' Claims

    05/30/2014 4:59:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Craig Bannister
    Today, the National Potato Council praised the House for considering a bill to include the potato in its WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) food nutrition ("food stamp") program. The Council also debunked First Lady Michelle Obama's claims that including the potato would "override science" and that Americans are already eating enough of them.The Potato Council notes that the First Lady's science is based on old data - not the latest government reports:"Opponents of adding fresh potatoes to the WIC package are picking and choosing the science. Instead of relying on a 2005 report that looks at data from the mid-1990s,...
  • GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

    05/29/2014 11:57:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2014 2:04 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    The GOP-controlled House voted early Friday in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department’s budget. The amendment by conservative GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California—the first state to legalize medical marijuana—came as almost half the states have legalized marijuana for medical uses, such as improving the appetites of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. …
  • Recalling own injuries, Obama calls for end to ‘suck it up’ culture in youth sports

    05/29/2014 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | May 29, 2014 | by Kevin Liptak and Nadia Kounang
    Saying he wants to change a culture in youth sports where kids are encouraged to “suck it up” after sustaining head injuries, President Barack Obama on Thursday said it was time coaches and athletes started thinking about better ways to keep kids safe on playing fields. Obama said he could recall instances during his own days in Pop Warner leagues when a particularly hard hit left him sidelined for a spell. “There were a couple of times where I’m sure that that ringing sensation in my head and the need to sit down for a while might have been a...
  • House Republicans dine on junk food

    05/29/2014 4:18:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 29, 2014 | By Carolyn Lochhead
    As the House Appropriations Committee voted on party lines Thursday to allow school districts to waive nutrition requirements in school lunches, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office sent out a photo caught by an NPR reporter showing what Republicans were ordering for breakfast. The tweet by NPR reporter Todd Zwillich shows a feast of processed fats, sugars and salts sometimes called food. The new nutrition guidelines championed by first lady Michelle Obama call for reducing those ingredients in federally subsidized lunch programs in favor of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and the like. Obama has been on an all-out...
  • [AZ} Gov. Jan Brewer signs child welfare overhaul bills

    05/29/2014 4:08:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 6:52 PM EDT | Bob Christie and Astrid Galvan
    Less than a year after revelations that thousands of child abuse and neglect reports in Arizona had gone uninvestigated, the state has overhauled its child welfare agency, funding it with tens of millions more than in the past. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed into law two bills that created and funded a new child welfare agency, now known as the Department of Child Safety. […] Brewer proposed the overhaul after revelations late last year that more than 6,500 abuse and neglect reports were closed without investigation by the old Child Protective Services department. The governor set up a...
  • Youth sports concussions draw Obama’s attention

    05/29/2014 5:12:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 7:50 AM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama is a lover of games played on hard courts, baseball diamonds and in 10-yard increments. His two daughters are active in sports and, like many parents with children on athletic teams, he worries about their safety. But unlike many of those parents, Obama is uniquely positioned to help address the concerns. […] Obama once said he’d “have to think long and hard” before allowing a son to play football because of the risk of head injury. …
  • Woman Campaigns Against "Sexist" Bicycle Helmets

    05/28/2014 2:24:17 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 75 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/28/14 | Aurelius
    An Australian woman is fighting to get rid of compulsory bicycle helmet laws because she deems them to be "sexist." Sue Abbott of New South Wales believes that people should have the option of whether to wear bicycle helmets because forcing women to use helmets is "sexist." "It is a very sexist law because a lot of women have maintained hairstyles and would end up with helmet hair," Ms. Abbott explains. "And women have told me that’s one of the factors (for not riding bikes)." Specifically, Abbott is campaigning to make helmets optional instead of mandatory. She believes those who...
  • Patrick to ask Dewhurst, Patterson for support if he wins nomination (Texas)

    05/27/2014 11:50:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    WFAA ^ | 5/27/14 | JASON WHITELY
    Senator Dan Patrick said he will ask Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson for their support if he wins the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor Tuesday night. The last 11 weeks have been a brutal runoff between Patrick and Dewhurst, the incumbent, filled with negative ads and attacks.Patterson, a primary opponent of both men, released Patrick's 1980s mental health records earlier this month. Patrick called it a "low blow" and "shameful," blaming both Patterson and Dewhurst. Despite that, Patrick said Tuesday that they are "opponents, not enemies," and that he would still ask them for support...
  • School lunches: Local 5-year-old cries when she has to eat school lunch

    05/27/2014 6:38:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    FOX 4 Local News ^ | May 27, 2014 | By Katie Ferrell
    On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to fire back against school meal critics who say the program to make school lunches healthier has gone too far. FOX 4′s Katie Ferrell reported Tuesday morning on the reaction from Kansas City-area parents to the more nutritious school lunches. Among the comments: “The food provided as school lunch is not even edible. My 5-year old isn’t picky and she cries if we accidentally forget to pack her lunch,” said Jaye Anne on our facebook page. “Yes it motivates us to send actual healthy food from home so our child doesn’t have...
  • USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water

    05/27/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | John Flesher
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Authorized by the new farm law enacted earlier this year, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is intended to involve the private sector more directly in planning and funding environmental protection initiatives tied to agriculture. Officials provided details of the program to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Tuesday. …