The First 5 Years of Life, Critical to Health Equity

In May 2018, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report entitled, “Early Childhood is Critical to Health Equity.”  As defined in the report, health equity means that “everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.” As stated in this report, it says that the conditions in the first five years Continue reading

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The American Heart Association’s New Recommendations on Added Sugar for Children

Last week the journal Circulation published the American Heart Association’s scientific statement “Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children”. They’ve taken a bold new position on sugar consumption: children should consume less than 6 teaspoons of “added sugars” a day, and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week. Bolder still, Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – 4/13/16

San Francisco Approves Fully Paid Parental Leave On Tuesday, April 5th 2016, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to approve six weeks of fully paid parental leave. All new parents are included: mothers, fathers, and same-sex couples who bear or adopt a child. Though California law already guarantees a six-week leave Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – 3/9/16

Helping Latino Children Reach a Healthy Weight by Kindergarten Latino youths in the United States are more likely to be overweight or obese than their white peers. There are countless factors that may directly impact obesity rates or act as barriers or facilitators to healthy weight in this population, and this implies that the problem Continue reading