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9/14/06 Portland schools junk the junk food
Starting September 6, the first day of school, the district will eliminate soda in vending machines at all grade levels and put salad bars with fresh fruits and vegetables in all school cafeterias.
7/26/06 Obesity-related diabetes riskier for children, study says
CHICAGO — Children who get obesity-related diabetes face a much higher risk of kidney failure and death by middle age than people who develop diabetes as adults, a study suggests.
Just launched: MyPopStudio.com, a creative online play experience that strengthens critical thinking skills about television, music, magazines and online media directed at girls. Users select from four behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn more about mass media: the Magazine Studio; the TV Studio; the Music Studio; and the Digital Studio. Users can edit their own reality show, create their own pop star, or turn into a celebrity to see how it feels! My Pop Studio was created by a team of researchers and media professionals at the Media Education Lab, located at Temple University's School of Communication and Theater in the Department of Broadcast Telecommunication and Mass Media. New AMLA Board member Sherri Hope Culver and AMLA member Renee Hobbs led the production team.
7/18/06 Coke No Longer a Social Choice;
TIAA-CREF Removes Coca-Cola from Socially Screened Fund

After a grassroots campaign led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Child (CCFC) and the Make TIAA-CREF Ethical coalition, the pension giant TIAA-CREF announced today that it had removed The Coca-Cola Company from its CREF Social Choice Account, the world’s largest socially screened fund for individual investors. The move comes after KLD Research and Analytics, a world leader in defining corporate responsibility standards, removed The Coca-Cola Company from its Broad Market Social Index (BMSI). As of December 31, 2005, the CREF Social Choice Account held 1,250,500 shares of Coca-Cola common stock valued at more than $50 million.
7/14/06 March 15 2009
HIV/AIDS Rate in D.C. Hits 3%

At least 3 percent of District residents have HIV or AIDS, a total that far surpasses the 1 percent threshold that constitutes a "generalized and severe" epidemic, according to a report scheduled to be released by health officials tomorrow.

That translates into 2,984 residents per every 100,000 over the age of 12 -- or 15,120 -- according to the 2008 epidemiology report by the District's HIV/AIDS office.
"Our rates are higher than West Africa," said Shannon L. Hader, director of the District's HIV/AIDS Administration, who once led the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe. "They're on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya."
"We have every mode of transmission" -- men having sex with men, heterosexual and injected drug use -- "going up, all on the rise, and we have to deal with them," Hader said.
Among its findings: Almost half of those who had connections to the parts of the city with the highest AIDS prevalence and poverty rates said they had overlapping sexual partners within the past 12 months, three in five said they were aware of their own HIV status, and three in 10 said they had used a condom the last time they had sex.
Together, the reports offer a sobering assessment in a city that for years has stumbled in combating HIV and AIDS and is just beginning to regain its footing.
Up in Smoke: Tobacco and American Youth
Thursday, September 21, 2006
7/14/06 Big Ten Networks Sign Alcohol Advertising Resolution
The Big Ten and Fox Cable Networks announced last week they are setting up a new national sports network -- The Big Ten Channel -- and the Big Ten has specifically prohibited beer ads from the channel. Commissioner Jim Delany is quoted as saying alcohol ads are not consistent with the Big Ten brand or the brand of the member universities and indicated that the ban on beer ads was the first issue the presidents in the conference put on the table.

7/14/06 Tobacco could kill a billion people, report says
WASHINGTON — Curbing tobacco use and taking other steps to eliminate some of the most common risk factors for cancer could save millions of lives over the next few decades, health officials said Monday.
6/28/06 Surgeon general's dire new warning on secondhand smoke
WASHINGTON — Secondhand smoke dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers and can be controlled only by making indoor spaces smoke-free, according to a comprehensive report issued Tuesday by U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona.
6/27/06 Where Do You Fit-in?
November 13, 2005
-Pizza is the top choice for take-out (chosen by 78% of Americans), followed by Chinese food (53%) and fast food (35%).
-Fruit has blossomed into the No.1 snack for adults (picked by 76%), followed by popcorn and ice cream. Kids go for cookies.
-Eliminating an entire food group from one's diet, such as cutting out carbs or fats, is now considered to be "unhealthy" by the majority (76%).
-Women still outnumber men as the primary food-shoppers in U.S. households (71% vs. 12%).
-In almost half of U.S. households, multiple diners are prepared at least once a week. The primary reason for such catch-as-catch-can cooking–-cited by 45%--is not that household members have "different tastes" but rather "different schedules."
-By and large, we brown-bag it: 44% of Americans bring lunch from home o eat at work.
6/23/06 Grand Theft Auto Makers Settle
Charges with the FTC

Last summer, the National Institute on Media and the Family uncovered a pornographic mini-program, dubbed "Hot Coffee" hidden within the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This sexually explicit game sequence was not disclosed to the rating board which gave the game an "M" rating, instead of the "AO" (Adults Only) rating it deserved.
6/16/06 Smoke-free grads earn $500 reward
As he mourned his father's smoking-related death in 1995, Rob Hill looked to his former elementary school as a way to honor his dad.

He promised more than 100 fourth-graders over two years at Brookside Elementary in Lake Forest Park $500 each if they stayed tobacco-free until graduation. He called it The Smoke-Free 500 and set up a foundation in his father's name.
2/3/06 Eating Disorders Awareness Week: February 26-March 4, 2006
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a national observance
designed to enhance efforts to prevent eating disorders. This observance
directs attention to the serious damage and consequences that eating
disorders can have on a person's body and overall health. It also
focuses on the emotional issues that can deprive people with eating
disorders of a happy and productive life. The theme for this year's
observance is "Be Comfortable In Your Genes."
2/3/06 Parents and Advocates Will Sue Viacom & Kellogg
Lawsuit Aimed at Stopping Junk-Food Marketing to Children by Kellogg and Viacom's Nickelodeon.
2/3/06 Lawsuits to Target Beverages in Schools
Lawyers who successfully brought lawsuits against the tobacco industry for damage caused by tobacco products say they will file suit in Massachusetts next year against beverage companies who sell soda and other sugary beverages to students in schools.
2/3/06 Report Links TV Ads and Childhood Obesity
A federal advisory institution says that there is compelling evidence linking television advertising and the rise of childhood obesity in the U.S.
2/3/06 Focus On Childhood Obesity
A new fact sheet is available that describes the role that government can play in preventing childhood obesity. The report also lists the role of advertising, marketing, and the media in creating and preventing the problem.
2/3/06 How much emphasis should be placed on media literacy in the curriculum?
Find out how much importance those in the educational field placed on media literacy in schools. The results may either confirm your beliefs or surprise you!
2/3/06 Institute of Medicine report, Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity?
How marketing influences children and youth is the focus of the IOM report. The report provides the most comprehensive review to date of the scientific evidence on the influence of food marketing on diets and diet-related health of children and youth. The study was requested by Congress and sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
2/3/06 $100 laptop soon to be a reality for schoolchildren in developing countries
Schoolchildren from Tunisia to Brazil will be soon get a chance to help bridge the digital divide. The project, overseen by a nonprofit organization called One Laptop Per Child, hopes to to place the laptop in the hands of 100 to 150 million students in developing countries.
2/3/06 Sex on TV 4
According to a new Kaiser Family Foundation study, the number of sexual scenes on television has nearly doubled since 1998. The study examined a representative sample of more than 1,000 hours of programming including all genres other than daily newscasts, sports events, and children’s shows. All sexual content was measured, including talk about sex and sexual behavior. Get the complete report about the state of sex on TV.
2/3/06 2005 Tobacco, Alcohol & Drugs Trends in Washington State report
Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drug Abuse Trends in Washington State-2005 is an annually published reference tool that can be used to measure progress in the state's effort to prevent and treat substance abuse. This year's report finds declining trends in adolescent drug and tobacco use. Click: "The Problem: Substance Abuse Prevalence and Trends" to find out more when you get there!
2/3/06 Movies heavily shape teen smoking, study shows.
A national study carried out by researchers at Dartmouth Medical School, described as the first of its kind, found that nearly 40 percent of teens try smoking because they saw it in the movies.

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