The times are always changing and what was considered normal a few decades ago may no longer be the case. While change is often a good thing, sometimes it isn’t – that is the case with the rising prevalence of obesity among children. Childhood obesity rates are ever-climbing, and it has become something of an epidemic in the United States.
While obesity may seem like nothing more than an aesthetic issue, body weight has a significant impact on health and wellness – especially for children. Children who are overweight or obese are much more likely to become obese adults and that puts them at right for a whole host of dangerous health problems that could negatively impact their lifespan and their quality of life. As a parent, it is your job to provide for your children and to keep them happy and healthy. If your child is overweight or obese, don’t play it off as a minor issue – step up and do something about it!
In this article, we’ll talk about the problem of childhood obesity and what public schools are doing to prevent it. We’ll also discuss some at-home tips you can implement to help your child achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
Identifying the Problem: Obesity in Children and Adolescents
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, over 78 million adults and more than 12 million children in the United States are obese. These numbers qualify obesity as a problem of epidemic proportions, and the problem only
As a parent, it is your job to worry about your child but worrying won’t protect him or her. When you send your child to school, you are giving up control and placing his care in the hands of his teachers and administrators. If your child suffers from a food allergy, going to school could put him at risk for accidental exposure to his allergen.
While you can’t enclose your child in a plastic bubble to protect him, there are simple steps you can take to keep him safe at school. Keep reading to learn more about food allergies in children and to receive tips for keeping your child safe when he is at school.
How Common Are Food Allergies in Children?
According to the Food Allergy Research & Education Corporation, there are more than 170 foods that have been reported to cause allergic reactions. The eight primary food allergens are milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. Current estimates suggest that roughly 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, including nearly 6 million children under the age of 18.
A food allergy is more than just a sensitivity to a certain type of food – it is a medical condition triggered by exposure to an allergen which induces a harmful immune response in the body. Allergies can range in severity, but some of the most common symptoms include the following:
- Difficulty breathing
- Throat tightness
- Itchy eyes
- Swollen eyes
- Stomach pain
In some cases, you may also experience a drop in blood pressure which can
Public school teachers have a wonderful opportunity to shape the minds of the next generation. There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from making an impact on a child’s life, but being a teacher isn’t always easy – especially in public school.
Teachers have always faced challenges but, in recent years, it seems to be getting more and more difficult for public school teachers to do their jobs well. Keep reading to learn about some of the current challenges facing public school teachers and what they could mean for the future.
What Are the Biggest Challenges Teachers Face?
With changes in public policy and legislation, the U.S. education system is constantly changing. Before we get into the details about recent changes which have introduced new challenges for public school teachers, let’s discuss some of the ongoing challenges teachers face in general. Here are a few:
- Poorly behaved students
- Limited resources and finances
- Difficult parents
- Federal requirements and standardized tests
- Time constraints
It is difficult enough to wrangle an elementary-age child but being responsible for a classroom full of them is another challenge entirely. When you throw in behavioral problems, it only makes it more difficult. Not only do you have to deal with poorly behaved students, but because you are forced to dedicate extra time to those students, the rest of the class may be neglected. Plus, taking the time to deal with behavioral problems takes away time you could be teaching.
Another major challenge that public-school teachers face is limited resources and financial constraints. Many
America is one of the wealthiest nations in the world and, yet, every day millions of children go hungry. In fact, more than 13 million children live in “food insecure” homes which means that their families don’t have enough food to eat on a regular basis.
To combat child hunger, there are a number of programs that provide free or low-cost lunches for students but even these lunches aren’t always healthy. Research shows time and again just how important a healthy lunch is not only for child growth and development, but also for student performance.
In this article, we’ll explore the importance of a healthy lunch for public school students as well as some of the problems facing school lunches today. We’ll also talk about a topic that is currently trending – meal delivery services for student lunches.
How Does a Healthy Lunch Impact Student Performance?
If you’ve ever skipped breakfast before heading to work, you’re probably familiar with that mental fog that starts to set in around mid-morning. Without a healthy breakfast to jump-start your metabolism and to provide fuel for your body, it becomes difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. Now, imagine experiencing that on a daily basis as a child.
While there is no doubt that missing meals can have a detrimental effect on child growth and student performance, new research shows that the nutritional quality of a meal can impact performance as well. According to a 2008 study published in the Journal of School Health, grade-school students
The world of education in the United States is in a constant state of flux. Year after year, educational reform and new policies are passed that change the face of American education. As such, it is important to consider the educational background of the people who are representing the American public in approving or denying these policies and reforms.
We completed a survey of the 115th House of Representatives to gather information about the educational background of its members. We also gathered information about the type of education each Representative chose for his or her children. The results of that survey are summarized below along with some interesting points and thought-provoking questions.
Background on the United States Congress
The United States Congress is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Members of both are chosen through direct election, though it is possible for vacancies on the Senate to be filled via gubernatorial appointment. Congress is made up of a total of 535 voting members.
The Senate is comprised of 100 senators, two from each state, which are elected at-large by their constituents for a six-year term. The House of Representatives is comprised of 435 voting members as well as six non-voting members that represent Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Washington, D.C. Members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms, each representing a single district.
Within the 115th House of Representatives, there are 239 Republicans including 1 Delegate from Puerto Rico. There