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  • Senate Bill Passes To End FDA Stranglehold On Sunscreen Innovation

    09/19/2014 12:03:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 18, 2014 | Jonah Bennett
    Without any objection, the Senate has passed a bill forcing the FDA to speed up the approval process for sunscreen technology, HAPPI reports.Sunscreen technology has stagnated in the United States since the 1990s, not because companies have failed to innovate, but because the Food and Drug Administration has been sitting on proposals submitted 12 years ago without even reviewing them.The proposals include new sunscreen ingredients, and since the FDA has dropped the ball, the Senate has picked it up with the passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act on Wednesday night.Rates of melanoma have skyrocketed in the last 40 years, giving...
  • Student put in detention for sharing school lunch

    09/19/2014 4:39:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    KRCR-TV ^ | 9/19/2014 | Katherine Harwood
    An eighth grade student from Weaverville Elementary School got a detention slip for sharing his school prepared lunch Tuesday.Kyle Bradford, 13, shared his chicken burrito with a friend who didn’t like the cheese sandwich he was given by the cafeteria.Bradford didn’t see any problem with sharing his food."It seemed like he couldn't get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn't really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn't eat it," said Bradford.But the Trinity Alps Unified School District has regulations that prohibit students from...
  • Nanny State: Vermont Bans Desserts in School

    09/16/2014 5:09:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    In what may be the ultimate Nanny State move, Vermont has outlawed consuming or bringing brownies, cakes, or cookies to school. The mandates are part of a new program titled “Smart-Snacks-in-Schools” and will apply to lunch items, vending machines, and fundraising events between midnight and half and hour after school. Boston.com reported:
  • Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act taking out more than fat

    09/15/2014 2:17:37 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    [Elk River, MN] Star News ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jim Boyle
    College scholarships will be some of the newest victims of the calorie-shaving, sodium-lowering Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. Improving child nutrition is the focal point of the federal legislation that authorizes funding and sets policy for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s core child nutrition programs. It also speaks to the drinks and snacks available to students during the school day more than ever before. Effective July 1, 2014, the only snacks school districts may sell to students during the school day – including food and beverages sold in school stores, vending machines and through fundraisers – will be...
  • WHO still pushing to collect a global tobacco tax

    09/14/2014 8:05:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The unelected and unaccountable sages at the World Health Organization (WHO) can’t seem to help themselves or resist the temptation to try to regulate the behavior of everyone on the planet. This is a shame, really, because a group like that could actually do some good if they stuck to trying to get basic supplies and medical care to people in remote, poverty stricken countries. But rather than devoting themselves to such laudable goals, they’re once again pushing to get every government on the planet to jack up sin taxes on tobacco.(This is something they’ve tried before, as I wrote...
  • Labour MP: Beat gridlock with a ban on owning a car and force motorists to share vehicles (UK)

    09/13/2014 6:40:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:46 EST, 13 September 2014 | (MailOnline Reporter)
    Owning a car should be “outlawed” to force people on to public transport, a senior Labour MP has suggested. Motorists who want to drive should instead be forced to join communal “car clubs” where the cars are shared by drivers and used only when needed. Dr. Alan Whitehead, a Labour MP for Southampton Test and a member of the Energy and Climate Change select committee, said the increase in car ownership would lead to “something approaching a national traffic jam before 2040”. He claimed that radical action would be needed to avoid national gridlock. …
  • Poll: GOP parents also back federal school nutrition standards

    09/09/2014 9:22:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 8, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    An overwhelming majority of parents — including most Republicans — back federal school nutrition standards, a new poll found. The findings released Monday by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association stand in stark contrast to a partisan spat in Congress over the Agriculture Department’s regulations. More than seven in ten parents back national standards for both snacks and meals in schools. The poll found that 75 percent of parents believe salt should be limited in meals and 91 percent support requirements that schools include a serving of fruits. When broken down along...
  • Could taxing packaged foods reduce obesity?

    09/07/2014 3:57:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 87 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 5, 2014 | Christopher Wanjek
    If most foods created by the food industry are unhealthy, why not place a stiff tax on all of them and use the revenue to subsidize healthier food? This bold proposal, from Boston-area researchers, appears as commentary in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers from Tufts University, Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital wrote that their plan would surely meet strong opposition from both the food and restaurant industries but that it could help people make meaningful dietary changes and substantially reduce health care costs. At issue is the higher cost of...
  • School District Trying New Lunch Menu Without Federal Guidelines

    09/07/2014 3:48:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | September 3, 2014 | Susanna Song
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The state’s second largest school district has started the school year with a new look for its lunch menu, after opting out of the National School Lunch Program and forfeiting nearly $1 million in federal funding, to gain more freedom in the food it serves students. In May, the board for Township High School District 214 voted to drop out of the federal program, after deciding its guidelines were too restrictive. For instance, kids would not have been able to buy hard-boiled eggs or certain types of yogurt. School officials also have noted new guidelines consider hummus...
  • School bans ‘unsupervised cartwheels’ on playground

    09/06/2014 1:12:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | September 4, 2014 | Victor Skinner
    QUEENSLAND, Australia – Students and parents at Peregian Springs State School are flipping out after officials banned unsupervised playground cartwheels and handstands to prevent injuries. nocartwheelTwo children at the school have been injured recently – one broke a wrist, the other was kicked in the head – while performing “cheerleader type stunts,” prompting principal Gwen Sands to issue a ban on Monday in the school’s newsletter, SunshineCoastDaily.au reports. “All students have been advised that under no circumstances are they allowed to perform cart wheels, handstands or any other type of gymnastic move at school unless they are properly supervised by...
  • War on Kids: Neighbor Begs Government to Shut Child’s Lemonade Stand

    09/06/2014 12:57:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 2, 2014 | Jordan Richardson
    On the corner of Patricia Avenue and San Salvador Drive in a Dunedin, Fla., neighborhood, 12-year-old T.J. Guerrero operates a lemonade stand to raise money for summer activities with his friends and family.His stand is usually open in the afternoon, and customers line up to sample his lemonade and baked goods. “I tried the strawberry before and it’s perfect,” one customer commented, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “That’s what it’s about. He’s willing to work.”Hard work and business skills are the lessons learned in this venture. “It’s all about profit,” T.J. noted. He operates his stand with a little...
  • U.S. Forest Service Issues Recommendations For Making Smores

    09/05/2014 11:50:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 4, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The U.S. Forest Service celebrated National Roasted Marshmallow Day the only way a government agency knows how — by telling people how not to roast smores.“Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place,” the jovial blog post says. “Be sure you are at least 15 feet from tent walls, trees or other flammable objects.” It also recommends keeping children at least 10 feet from the campfire, ensuring that they take no part in dangerous marshmallow melting.Once minors have been safely sequestered out of sight, “let’s get to the marshmallow basics. Use a roasting stick of at least...
  • No more smokes at CVS

    09/04/2014 11:32:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 3, 2014 | Aaron Smith
    CVS Caremark has followed through with its long-promised cigarette ban, as the tobacco-free pharmacy chain officially changed its name to CVS Health. "The sale of cigarettes and tobacco at CVS pharmacy stores ends today," said Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS, in a video statement on the company web site. "By eliminating the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in our stores, we can make a difference in the health of all Americans." CVS (CVS) stopped selling cigarettes nearly a month earlier than expected, since the chain had previously announced the ban would go into effect by Oct. 1.
  • Petition calls for peanut-free zones on planes

    09/03/2014 10:02:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 180 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 2, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    The parent of a child with a life-threatening peanut allergy is fighting for new rules to protect airline passengers who have severe food allergies.Lianne Mandelbaum, who says she was practically kicked off a United Airlines flight last year because of her son’s condition, has been lobbying for new protections for allergy sufferers.Now, more than 14,000 people are coming to her aid, petitioning lawmakers and federal regulators to establish a "buffer zone" around passengers who are allergic to certain foods.“I am not after a nut ban,” Mandelbaum said. “Just the ability to preboard, wipe down the seat area and make an...
  • Recreational Pot Not Bringing In Tax Money That Was Expected

    09/03/2014 7:13:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 112 replies
    denver.cbslocal.com ^ | 9/2/2014 | Unknown
    High hopes for tax money isn’t as expected as the state’s legal marijuana industry isn’t bringing in as much money as anticipated. In fact, tax revenue is way below expectations. When voters approved recreational marijuana sales the state predicted it would pull in more than $33 million in new taxes in the first six months. The actual revenue came up more than $21 million short. The problem is that buying pot is less expensive on the streets where people don’t have to pay taxes or fees. Medical marijuana is also less expensive than recreational pot, so those with medical cards...
  • GM Will Make Cars With Motion Sensors to Keep Your Eyes on the Road

    09/02/2014 10:53:15 AM PDT · by shove_it · 51 replies
    TimeCom ^ | 2 Sep 2014 | Dan Kedmey
    Eye and head tracking sensors will make it harder to text while driving General Motors is reportedly installing sensors in its next generation of cars that will detect drivers’ eye and head motions and alert drivers to prolonged moments of distraction...
  • 11-year-old to be expelled for bringing a virtual gun to a virtual school?

    09/02/2014 10:12:19 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    Badger Pundit ^ | 9-2-2014 | Badger Pundit
    Meet Melissa A. Horn. She’s the 40-year-old Wisconsin school principal who’s currently bullying an 11-year-old boy over a tiny picture of a gun and an American flag on the computer he uses only at home.The boy, Matthew, is “attending” — through distance learning, via computer — Wisconsin Virtual Learning, a 4K-12K virtual school run as an online pubic charter school by the Northern Ozaukee School District.Horn is its principal and executive director. For more on Horn, consult her LinkedIn page and her “Executive Director’s Message” in which she speaks about how, at Wisconsin Virtual Learning, “we pride ourselves in being...
  • Obama on Labor Day: Don’t take rights for granted (and raise minimum wage)

    08/30/2014 12:19:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2014 7:25 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. […] Obama says to strengthen the modern middle class, the U.S. must raise its minimum wage. He says states and businesses have raised wages already and Congress should, too. …
  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    08/30/2014 1:34:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 7:32 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA’s outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion. Industry representatives criticized the recommendation as way too costly, while environmental activists hailed it as a public health measure. …
  • California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

    08/30/2014 1:29:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2014 4:27 AM EDT
    California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. It was approved by the Assembly a day earlier. …
  • E-cigarette group demands CDC retract ‘deceptive’ research

    08/29/2014 8:47:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A trade group representing the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry is contesting a new government study that claims the largely unregulated products lead teens on a path to tobacco cigarette smoking. 
 The American Vaping Association blasted this week’s study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), describing the assertion as “plain deceptive” and calling for the paper’s retraction. The industry posits that e-cigarettes can actually help smokers quit, though they are prohibited from marketing the devices as a cessation tool. “There is no evidence e-cigarettes are gateways to smoking, and in fact, for millions of Americans they are...
  • On second try, California plastic bag ban passes Assembly

    08/28/2014 4:27:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | August 28, 2014 | BY JEREMY B. WHITE
    With a prominent grocery workers’ union back in support, the California Assembly voted on Thursday to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Just days after the measure could not muster the 41 votes needing to pass, falling short at 38, it passed on a 44-29 vote. Seven Democrats who withheld votes on the previous attempt pivoted to vote aye. Lawmakers turned back Senate Bill 270 on Monday as the United Food and Commercial Workers Union withdrew crucial labor backing for the sweeping prohibition. Central to the union’s reversal was a provision allowing grocery stores to offer paper or...
  • Census figures show more than one-third of Americans receiving welfare benefits

    08/28/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Mike Emanuel
    Fifty years after the “war on poverty” was first waged, there are signs a new offensive is needed. Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans – more than one-third of the country – are receiving government assistance of some kind. The number counts people receiving what are known as “means-tested” federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as “welfare,” Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while...
  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 1:59:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 1:01 PM EDT | John Heilprin
    Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes—banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors—until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. In a bid to set public policy, the World Health Organization said the popular nicotine-vapor products, particularly the fruit, candy and alcohol-drink flavors, could serve as gateway addictions for children and adolescents. It recommended governments forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship in a market that has mushroomed to $3 billion last year and now includes 466 different brands. …
  • American Heart Association presses for strict federal controls on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 12:05:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The American Heart Association says e-cigarettes are dangerous gateway products that cause nicotine addiction and should be subject to strict federal controls for minor-aged use. The group published its statement into the journal Circulation. Among its views: Ban e-cigarettes for minors, tightly regulate the product’s marketing and ban vapors that have flavors because they entice youngsters to try the product, Medical News Today reported.
  • Arby’s creates $10 mega meat sandwich

    08/26/2014 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | August 25, 2014 | Chelsea Mies
    After realizing that people thought Arby’s mainly served roast beef, the company made a poster showcasing a large stack of all the meats on the menu, which includes bacon and brisket, according to The Washington Post. It worked. “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’” Arby’s vice president of brand and corporate communications Christopher Fuller said. Arby’s decided to go with it, and the “Meat Mountain” was born. It will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for the customers who request it. At $10, the sandwich includes (from the bottom up)...
  • Now Michelle Obama Has Caused America’s ‘Best Cafeteria Cookie’ To Be Outlawed

    08/24/2014 12:11:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 23, 2014 | Eric Owens
    An eruption of aggravation about what American schoolchildren can no longer eat in school cafeterias is never far away in the Obama era.Now, thanks to federal intervention that first lady Michelle has made her signature issue, students in all 11 taxpayer-funded public schools in Elyria, Ohio cannot enjoy the famous Elyria pink cookie anymore.This cookie is no ordinary cookie, according to The Chronicle-Telegram, the Cleveland suburb’s local newspaper.It’s a velvety, cake-like, scrumptious delicacy glazed with a huge dollop of sugary pink icing. Cleveland magazine dubbed the Elyria pink cookie the “Best Cafeteria Cookie” in 2009. Locals will even call up...
  • There's Nothing SWEET About the National Soda Tax

    08/23/2014 12:20:38 PM PDT · by bamahead · 62 replies
    Reason ^ | August 23, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Last month, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) proposed the SWEET Act, an excise tax on sweetened beverages. The tax, which has been billed as a national soda tax, would lay a one-cent duty on every teaspoon of sugar in soft drinks and other beverages. The proposal is intended "to curb obesity, diabetes, and the resulting health care costs." Why is this a good idea? “When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong,” DeLauro told attendees. For the record, a pint of blueberries contains more than 40g of sugar. That’s about as...
  • Feds ban school’s beloved “pink cookie” (Elyria OH)

    08/22/2014 9:01:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    School children in Elyria, Ohio are mourning the demise of a 40-year tradition – the loss of their beloved pink cookie. The fabled cookie, long served in local school cafeterias, was done in by a pound of butter, six cups of powdered sugar and the Obama administration’s food police. […] The USDA “Smart Snacks in School” standards mandate that all snacks must contain less than 200 calories. It’s not exactly clear how many calories are in the pink cookie, but the recipe for the frosting calls for a pound of butter. The cookie was banished to comply with the federal...
  • EU ban on powerful vacuum cleaners prompts anger and legal challenge

    08/22/2014 12:27:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Thursday 21 August 2014 14.58 EDT | Rebecca Smith, consumer affairs correspondent
    Consumers are being urged to buy powerful vacuum cleaners while they can after it emerged that some of the most powerful models on the market will disappear in September when a new EU rule comes into force. An EU energy label, to be introduced from 1 September, means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts.The Which? consumer group said many of its Best Buy models had motor sizes that exceeded this, “so if you’re in the market for a powerful vacuum, you should act quickly, before all of the...
  • Vacuum Ban To Outlaw Most Powerful Cleaners

    08/22/2014 4:16:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 84 replies
    Sky News.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Sky News
    A consumer group is predicting a rush for powerful vacuum cleaners as an EU ban on many best-performing products looms. Which? said that from September 1, companies will be unable to manufacture or import any vacuums with motors above 1,600 watts under rules designed to boost energy efficiency and tackle climate change.
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • Teachers lounge vending machines exempt from new federal snack rules

    08/18/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    Eagnews.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    The school teachers lounge is a respite from more than just bratty kids. It’s a safe zone from the long arm of Michelle Obama’s food police. Students are already revolting against the newly-implemented school snack regulations that affect what is sold in vending machines. They will probably be equally upset to learn the vending machine just across the hall – in the teachers lounge – is exempt from the regulations.
  • NBC-Milwaukee Host To Bloomberg: 'Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out'

    08/18/2014 6:57:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/18/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    During the August 17 airing of NBC-Milwaukee's Sunday Insight on WTMJ, host Charlie Sykes spoke to Michael Bloomberg's unsuccessful involvement in the Milwaukee County Sheriff's race by saying, "Thanks for stopping by Mike, don't let the door hit you on the way out."
  • Dems urge bold action on O-Care calorie counts

    08/16/2014 8:08:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A pair of congressional Democrats pressed the White House Friday to move forcefully on regulations requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule mandates labels on restaurants, “similar retail food establishments” and vending machines to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices. The regulations, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, were first proposed in 2011 and drew hundreds of public comments. The proposal remains under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Meanwhile, dozens of lawmakers have argued that the FDA’s proposed rule goes beyond congressional intent, warning...
  • Thanks Michelle! Disgusted teens across the country pose alongside healthy food vending machines

    08/14/2014 10:55:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | James Gordon
    * First Lady has introduced new rules that saw companies limited in what products they could advertise on signs, vending machines, cups and menu boards on school grounds * Food industry spent nearly $150 million in 2009 on marketing in schools, 93 percent was promoting drinks * Schools now require drink companies to promote their diet sodas or water on signs and scoreboards, rather than full-calorie options like Coca-Cola and Pepsi * Michelle Obama's Let's Move program is now in its fourth year Students returning back to school after the summer vacation are finding out what First Lady Michelle Obama's...
  • Food fight: Military leaders deploying to save Michelle O’s school lunch overhaul

    08/13/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | August 12, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Some 500 former military leaders are deploying to Capitol Hill in an attempt to save Michelle Obama’s changes to the National School Lunch Program. Politico reports:
  • Parent-packed lunches often not healthy, study says

    08/12/2014 8:08:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 77 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | , August 12, 2014 | Leslie Postal
    <p>The lunches students bring from home are often filled with unhealthy packaged foods and sugary drinks and little that would win any nutrition awards, according to a new study by university researchers. Missing from those lunches, they said, were fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and, nearly 25 percent of the time, anything that resembled an entree.</p>
  • Ex-admirals, generals to defend Michelle Obama’s school lunch laws

    08/12/2014 3:28:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 12, 2014 | by Cheryl K. Chumley
    First lady Michelle Obama’s lunch room mandates for schools around the nation have now received a bit of a public relations boost from retired admirals and generals who say: They’re not a bad idea. Mission:Readiness — a consortium of about 500 retired and former members of the military who held high-ranking posts — is poised to “storm the Hill” when Congress comes back from break in hopes of persuading lawmakers to keep the first lady’s lunch room standards in operation, Politico reported. “We’re not going to retreat our way out of the problem,” said Lt. Gen. Normal Seip, who served...
  • British Smokers Being Denied Treatment by State-Run Healthcare Service

    08/11/2014 3:20:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/11/2014 | David Atherton
    Scotland's second largest health board, NHS Lothian, will not be giving further treatment to smokers for non-urgent cases, with referrals from GPs being refused. Dr. Zahid Raza said: "In Edinburgh, we will not see patients at the clinic that are still smoking. Evidence shows that they would not do well with the treatment." He also went onto say: "We try to avoid intervention and, in around 80 percent of cases, a smoker’s condition will improve just simply by stopping smoking and smoking other lifestyle changes."Dr Jean Turner of the Scotland Patients Association said that she was "extremely disappointed", adding: "I'm...
  • New federal law puts restrictions on bake sale items

    08/11/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 62 replies
    ketk nbc ^ | 8-11-2014 | Marlena Hamilton
    Bake sales used to fuel school's sports teams and clubs, raising money for the kids going away games, nicer uniforms, field trips and so on. But, a new law limits the amount of sugary treats that many bake sales offer. So, starting this Fall bake sales won't be as sweet anymore. Parents are allowed to sell candy and goodies, but it must meet the smart snack calculator requirement. If it meets all the nutritional requirements, the calories, sugar, fat and sodium, it's ok to sell that cookie. But, if it goes over well it's not allowed and the schools can...
  • Waukesha (WI) girl dies hours after getting HPV vaccine

    08/09/2014 6:34:57 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 129 replies
    WISN.COM ^ | 08 AUGUST 2014 | WISN.COM
    WAUKESHA, Wis. —As parents get their children ready to go back to school, getting them vaccinated is probably on the list. A popular shot for young girls is the HPV vaccine, but a Waukesha mother said her daughter died hours after getting the shot.
  • Irony: Michelle Obama Says ‘No One Really Cares What You Had For Lunch’

    08/09/2014 7:42:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | Barbara Boland
    First lady Michelle Obama said something Wednesday that seems preposterously ironic to many American school kids: "No one really cares what you had for lunch." "I tease my kids," Michelle Obama said at a White House event on women's empowerment with Laura Bush. "I tell them I want them to use Instagram to take a picture of something really important rather than their food... I mean, no one really cares what you had for lunch." The audience laughed. The irony here is that public school children subjected to Michelle's vaunted "Let's Move" lunches have been tweeting photos of their lunches...
  • Blumenthal, DeLauro: FDA Needs 'Accurate' Nutrition Labels--For Pot-Laced Food

    08/06/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - When asked if marijuana-infused food products should require federal labeling, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said consumers want accurate information “to make smart choices”. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t enforce federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused food products that are available in the few states where marijuana has been legalized.During a conference call with lawmakers on FDA food labeling on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked: “Given that the FDA currently doesn’t enforce any federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused foods and with a lot of states obviously changing their marijuana laws  -do you think they should require nutritional...
  • Newfoundland woman baffled when ‘inappropriate’ scrapbook baby photos confiscated by Walmart

    08/06/2014 5:25:10 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 49 replies
    National Post ^ | August 5, 2014 | Tristin Hopper
    A Newfoundland woman says she is baffled by the actions of a local Walmart after it confiscated a pair of “inappropriate” photos of her eight-month-old daughter clutching an empty beer bottle. “When I saw the images I kind of chuckled to myself because they seemed so innocent that I was in disbelief that they were being flagged as inappropriate,” said Robin Walsh, a Gander mother of two. Store staff also seized a bare-bottomed photo of her daughter and five-year-old son as they prepared for a bath. “I thought it was such a cute photo,” she said, noting that the image...
  • California bill would start nation’s first diaper assistance program

    08/05/2014 4:12:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 2, 2014 | By Isabelle Taft
    It was the last week of the month, and Shanique Brown had already spent her $515 in CalWORKs benefits. Other programs would prevent Brown and her 18-month-old son, Armani, from going hungry, but the 22-year-old single mom had no money for a necessity so basic it is often forgotten: diapers. “I cried and cried,” said Brown, now 24. Armani is now potty-trained, but a new state bill seeks to ensure low-income parents will never face the challenge Brown did. If passed, Assembly Bill 1516 would make California the first state in the country to create a diaper assistance program for...
  • Nanny-State Mindset Leads to Police Brutality

    08/04/2014 7:13:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 4, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    In Florida recently, police pulled up to a young boy playing in the park and asked where his mother lived. According to a report on WPTV, the mom was then arrested for "allowing her son to go to the park alone." Her son had a cellphone, and she would check in with him along the way. The mom believes "he's old enough, but Port St. Lucie Police disagree." There is a tendency to dismiss stories such as this as a silly mistake by an overzealous police officer, but sadly it's part of a larger problem. In fact, a similar story...
  • Memo to SF City Hall: Supervise Someone Else

    08/03/2014 8:09:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    The (well-funded, I am sure) opposition to San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener's ballot measure to tax soda and other sugary drinks calls itself the Coalition for an Affordable City. Its website features owners of corner markets explaining how the proposed tax would hurt their businesses and expressing their bewilderment at City Hall's picking on hardworking merchants. I agree with every point they make, but there's a more fundamental problem with the measure. From the moment Wiener came to the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board last November with a group of like-minded earnest folk to tout this scheme, a little voice...
  • Rep. DeLauro: Tax Every Teaspoon of Sugar

    08/02/2014 10:11:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 1, 2014 - 2:23 PM | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced this week the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET Act), which aims to institute a tax of one cent per teaspoon—4.2 grams—of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or caloric sweetener. The measure (HB 5279), introduced Wednesday says, “A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugars. Yet, the American Heart Association recommends that Americans consume no more than six to nine teaspoons of sugar per day.” Even though the manufacturers of the sweet drinks are targeted to pay the tax, the text of the bill itself notes that the goal is to reduce public consumption...
  • Health Dept Tells Church Trying To Feed The Needy: Not So Fast

    08/01/2014 9:13:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6:37 PM 07/31/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    A Methodist church in West Virginia was stymied in its efforts to help the needy last week when the county health department told them their plan violated state health codes. The parishioners at First United Methodist Church had decided to install a large refrigerator outside their building that those in need could access at any time. Anticipating concerns about food safety, they planned to stock it with only prepackaged food, and built a cage around it to prevent small children from climbing inside. “We just wanted a way for more people to have access to food, along with some privacy...