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My Teacher Family Urges "Yes" on Pending California EpiPen Bill

Megan Pincus Kajitani | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Megan Pincus Kajitani

Our toddler daughter stopped breathing in our arms after eating a bite of food to which she was severely allergic. The EpiPen injection we quickly gave her likely saved her life.

Parents Think This School Policy Is Disgusting

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Some parents are scratching their heads over less restrictive head lice policies that allow children with live ...

The 'Skinny' on Children's Health

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Chicago
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Because we want our students to live healthier and longer, Chicago is investing heavily in our young people, including the launch of the new Healthy CPS Action Plan. The plan outlines real strategies, some of which our students will start to see immediately.

Report: 244 Chicago Schools Have Failed Health Inspections Since 2011

Posted 10.30.2012 | Education

Since 2011, 244 of Chicago’s 681 schools have failed at least one health inspection, according to a CBS Chicago investigation. The school with th...

Advocates Fight Fat: 'School Setting Does Not Support Health'

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2012 | Education

* Nonprofits want greater role for U.S. Education Department * Health needs to be integrated into school policies -groups ...

Cancer-Causing Gas Abundant In 70,000 U.S. Schools: Why You'd Never Know

Posted 03.01.2012 | Education

A toxic, cancer-causing gas is threatening the health of students in thousands of classrooms across the country, but many districts aren't doing anyth...

The Vetri Foundation for Children: A Vision for Healthy Eating and Healthy Living

Charles Howard | Posted 02.11.2012 | Impact
Charles Howard

Chef Marc Vetri's vision of having every school cafeteria serving family style lunches may be some years away, but at least he has a vision. That vision is slowly coming to fruition, one family meal and one school at a time.

School Bans Sweets, Students Hit The Gym To Fight Obesity

AP | By LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 12.16.2011 | Education

DANVILLE, Ill. -- Five-year-olds dance hip-hop to the alphabet. Third-graders learn math by twisting into geometric shapes, fifth-graders by calculati...

Thousands Enter Schools Without Vaccinations At Record Rate

AP | By SHEILA V KUMAR and SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Last year's class of California kindergartners had a record high percentage of parents who used a personal belief exemption to a...

Back-to-school Can Mean Vaccines For Tweens, Teens

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 10.22.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — Backpack. Notebooks. Whooping cough shot? If you haven't worried about back-to-school shots since your tween or teen was entering ...

Nitpicking the Lousy Facts on Head Lice

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.11.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Here's a head-scratcher: how can something so tiny create such massive misery? Minuscule though they are, head lice still can wreak months of havoc on a household.

CPS Appointing Health Czar

Chicago Tribune | Judith Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools officials plan to appoint a chief medical officer, a new cabinet level position that will oversee efforts to improve students' ...

Cycling or Walking to School Will Not Be Tolerated!

William Volk | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Volk

More than 12.5 million children are overweight in the U.S., up from 13 % in 1999. One would expect schools to be encouraging students to exercise more. One would be sadly mistaken.

School Janitors Lack Paid Sick Days, Say That Spreads Flu

Chicago Public Radio | Chip Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Some Chicago schools janitors are gathering at a North Side elementary Tuesday morning with a warning for parents. The janitors lack paid sick days an...