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    • Essay: Heed the nightingale's warning.
      Many birders enjoy playing an imaginary game with one another: "Blindfold me and place me anywhere in the world – I bet I can identify where I am, as long as you let me hear the birds." Our changes to the planet are narrowing those bands – a warning sign for our times. Concluding essay of EHN.org's "Winged Warnings" series.
    • Lakota values soar with the eagles.
      Winged Warnings Part 16. College student Tristan Picotte, born and raised on a Lakota reservation in South Dakota, describes how the feathers of bald eagles have inspired and motivated generations of Native Americans. “Eagle feathers pushed our culture forward to better the people, not just the individual,” he writes. “Oyate kin yanipi kte lo. So that we wil […]
    • Report shows schools vulnerable to toxic exposure.
      Dozens of facilities across the Chicago area store or use toxic chemicals which - if released in an accidental leak or explosion - could directly affect hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city and suburbs.
    • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags.
      Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that makes California the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. "This bill is a step in the right direction – it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself," Brown said.
    • Mexican farmers stung twice by toxic spill, hurricane.
      The combination of Mexico’s largest mining spill and heavy rains swelling the chemical-tainted Sonora River are causing losses to almost all cattle ranchers and crop damage in an area the government says accounts for nearly 20 percent of the state economy.
    • China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops.
      China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.
    • Neonicotinoid ban hit UK farmers hard.
      Peter Kendall surveys his crop of oilseed rape. At this time of year, he should usually be looking at healthy green shoots, but the leaves are full of holes. The driest September on record has meant a plague of flea beetle. The pest is normally controlled by coating the seeds in a systemic pesticide called neonicotinoid.
    • Obama and Modi announce agreement on US-India efforts to fight global warming.
      The Obama administration has reached an agreement with India on measures intended to accelerate that country’s shift to renewable fuels – steps that officials say will reduce emissions while helping India’s new government extend electricity to all of its citizens.
    • Fracking emissions fall; Texas still king of GHGs.
      Just like last year, Texas is king of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., while Vermont remains the greenest state. But unlike last year, U.S. emissions rose 0.6 percent, according to the latest figures from the federal Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.
    • Ice gone, 35,000 walruses crowd on land.
      With floating ice sparse in the Chukchi Sea, an estimated 35,000 walruses were found crowded onto a beach near the Northwest Alaska village of Point Lay, according to federal biologists. To environmentalists, the exceptionally large gathering is a warning sign.
    • Cement factories cast pall over village in northern Vietnam.
      Thousands of people from Ha Nam Province have sought relief from the thick factory smoke and omnipresent cement dust that's plagued their community for years, but authorities have failed to act.
    • China’s ‘strictest’ air pollution laws introduced in city.
      Shanghai introduces “China’s strictest air protection law,” with maximum fines of US$81,244 — five times the current level. And this fine itself will be hiked on a daily basis if polluters don’t take action.
    • EPA wins another round on Spruce Mine veto.
      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday won another round in the long legal saga involving one of the largest mountaintop removal mining permits in West Virginia history.
    • More time requested for tank car upgrades.
      The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to upgrade existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.
    • Study: Residents near crude plant face health risks.
      Residents who live in a public housing project near the crude oil operations at the Port of Albany face significantly higher risks of cancer and other diseases, despite assurances from state officials the air was safe, according to a study by the University at Albany.
    • Feds unveil cleanup plan for New Mexico nuclear waste dump.
      The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million.
    • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat.
      Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.
    • Ohio grant saves family from dangers of lead.
      With grant assistance from the Ohio Department of Health’s Lead Hazard Control Program, Jennifer Cornell and her husband, William, were able to rid their home of the paint – part of an initiative to prevent the exposure of 8,000 children diagnosed with elevated lead levels in Ohio every year.
    • California governor vetoes groundbreaking antibiotics regulation.
      The governor of California on Tuesday vetoed a first-in-the-nation state law to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock production and said lawmakers should look for “new and effective ways” to prevent antibiotic overuse.
    • Los Angeles is building an e-Highway.
      The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring in roughly 40 percent of the goods shipped to the United States. The corridor's high concentration of diesel-truck traffic has created a similarly high concentration of pollution in the surrounding areas. But a new road design project dubbed the e-highway is aiming to reduce and maybe even elimin […]

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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