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Physical activity is important for everyone, but especially for children. When schools provide opportunities for recess, classroom brain breaks and physical education, the whole school benefits. Test scores improve, students get along better, self-confidence is higher, and attendance improves.
Now more than ever, families across America want to eat nutritious, wholesome foods. But when a head of lettuce costs more than a bag of potato chips, it’s easy to see why the healthy choice may not always be the easiest choice. And when families can’t afford to buy fresh produce, they’re not the only ones who suffer: American farmers are losing their livelihood, and rising health care costs affect every taxpayer.
You could fit what I know about the south into a thimble. It was, for my father and then me, a place where we would not voluntarily go. Yet here I was in Memphis for the second time in six months on April 4, 2018.
In many minds, military service is linked with exercise, and being in great shape. The movies show us people in uniform running, carrying heavy equipment and doing endless push-ups. Boot camp is known for drills, running and obstacle courses. Military service requires a level of physical fitness that most young people in America do not have. Less than ten percent of American teenagers get the recommended amount of physical activity each day, and nearly one in five children are obese. This has military leaders worried.
In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first proposed national menu labeling rules, which would require that chain restaurants and other food retailers provide calorie counts and other nutrition information to their customers. Today, seven years later, those rules finally take effect.