What We’re Reading – Olympics 2016 Edition

Olympics are a carnival of junk food marketing, say campaigners Health advocates criticized Coca-Cola’s and McDonald’s sponsorships of the London Olympics four years ago, and the opportunity to create a positive health legacy from Rio 2016 has been squandered as well. Coordinators for the Children’s Food Campaign noted that again, this year’s Olympics have been Continue reading

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

What We’re Reading – 2/17/16

The Ugly Reality of a Too-Short Maternity Leave – Refinery 29 In this election cycle, candidates are discussing family leave more openly than ever before. The U.S. is still the only developed nation that does not mandate paid maternity leave, and many new parents cannot take time off to care for their families without risking Continue reading

What We’re Reading – 12/16/15

Physical Activity, Reading Beat Screen Time for Kids Brain Development Researchers from the University of Alberta scrutinize television shows, electronic toys, and apps for young children for their promotion of sedentary behavior. Though the market for children’s educational media is surging, this literature review argues that they have no positive association with cognitive development – but Continue reading