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    • Would you like flame retardants with that couch?
      For consumers worried about the potential health hazards of upholstered foam furniture treated with flame retardants, options abound. Yet the latest changes in standards, ongoing pushback from the chemical industry and resulting flux in the marketplace are also posing challenges for people shopping for new furniture.
    • Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide.
      Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth. The region covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii is the first in the agency to ban neonicotinoids.
    • The rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins.
      Blooms of blue-green algae spread across Lake Erie late every summer like a plague of slime, the vivid green coating so thick its soup-like texture can be seen from space. Those who ingest it suffer fevers, headaches and nausea from the toxins.
    • Genome editing of crops may be restricted by EU rules, warn scientists.
      A fledgling technology to manipulate the genes of crops in order to make them less susceptible to disease and more productive is at risk of falling foul of the European Union’s genetic modification rules, scientists warned on Monday.
    • US pork producers' use of drug may derail European trade deal.
      The growing anxiety over the safety of U.S. pork and other food products could thwart an expanded trade deal between the two economic superpowers, a top priority for President Barack Obama.
    • UN body sets new standards for milk, rice.
      A new set of standards by a United Nations food-standards body identified maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice.
    • Massive raid to help Yurok tribe combat illegal pot grows.
      The California National Guard on Monday joined more than a dozen other agencies to help the Yurok tribe combat rampant marijuana grows that have threatened the reservation's water supply, harmed its salmon and interfered with cultural ceremonies.
    • Drier than the Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America.
      The current drought in Colorado is worse and longer-lasting than anyone here has ever seen — so punishing that it’s pushing people, whose families have survived on the land for decades, to the brink of giving up.
    • A double scorcher: June joins May with heat record.
      Last month was the Earth's warmest June since records began in 1880, according to data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    • Tinderbox explodes in wildfires across Northwest.
      Spreading mostly across sparsely populated areas in the Northwest, the fires have a vast scope: Less than a week into the typical three-month fire season in Washington and Oregon, the total area of scorched ground is already higher than in any full year in at least a decade.
    • Pennsylvania: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies.
      Oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007, according to official determinations compiled by the Department of Environmental Protection that the agency is preparing to release for the first time.
    • Families sick from fracking exposure turn to concerned scientists.
      Like people in other regions transformed by the shale energy boom, residents of Washington County, PA, have complained of health problems. Instead of waiting years for studies, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project is using best available science to help people with ailments.
    • Is this US coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia?
      Drummond — a closely held company based in Birmingham, Alabama, with revenues that reached $3 billion last year—has helped Colombia become the world’s fourth-largest coal exporter. It has also been named in several lawsuits alleging financial ties to paramilitary groups since the mid-1990s.
    • China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King.
      A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.
    • Group finds higher levels of PCBs in Malibu schools.
      The most contaminated classroom in the nation could be in Malibu due to highly toxic chemicals found in caulk, according to a public employee advocacy group.
    • Putting coal ash at the airport still on the table.
      Charlotte city officials and Duke Energy are still trying to figure our where to put millions of tons of coal ash sitting on the banks of Mountain Island Lake as they consider sites at Charlotte Douglas International Airport other than under runways.
    • Autism linked primarily to common gene variants.
      The main cause of autism disorders isn't environmental influences or DNA mutations but the inheritance of certain common gene variants, according to a study based on data from an unprecedentedly large population sample.
    • Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says.
      Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.
    • Drones on a different mission.
      The military use of armed drones is well known and contentious. But drones have been used to monitor seabird populations off Australia and rain forests in Indonesia, to study caribou and their effects on vegetation in Greenland, to combat poaching in Nepal and to conduct other conservation work.
    • Chemicals produced by body pose challenge in gauging exposure risks, EPA advisers say.
      A scientifically appropriate way the EPA could base safe lifetime exposure decisions about a chemical using data from human studies is just one of the questions a scientific advisory panel is wrestling with as it develops advice on a draft agency analysis of ammonia.

Improving the School Nutrition Environment

This presentation highlights the importance of nutrition for children  from their development perspective and steps needed to implement an effective intervention program at the school level. The intended audience for this presentation include members of all groups who can initiate and implement nutrition intervention programs at school level.
Please click here to view my presentation. If you have questions or comments, please post them below.
Thanks, Kaveri Kantharaj
PUBH-6165-2, Environmental Health
Walden University
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2 Responses

  1. This is such an important subject, I heard on the today show a few weeks ago that our children today will have a lower life expectancy then us as adults. That is such a scary statistic. We have to correct this problem.

    Milisa Brzuska

  2. Interesting topic & presentation. I totally agree and have been an advocate for better nutrition in schools asfor many years. I have three children now 27, 25 & 21. I woke up every morning, made breakfast and ensured that my children all had & took their lunches to school after hearing them complain about the long lines and the type of food served and them not having the ability to focus in class. Once I started preparing their lunches the complaints went away and of course the struggle of having to stay focus in class was not a concern any longer.

    More should be done about nutrition in schools as we have heard time & time again how politicians during election time make this one of their issues until they are in office and it goes on deaf ears.


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