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ENTERTAINMENT
By Sue Hubbard, M.D | December 23, 2011
A recent study released in pediatrics looks at mounting research showing that a child's media use may be linked to their body weight, not only due to the fact that they don't get as much exercise if they are watching TV and using other media, but also due to other issues related to media exposure. The new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, entitled "Children, Adolescents, Obesity and the Media," states that, "American society couldn't do a worse job at the moment of keeping children fit and healthy — too much TV, too many food ads, not enough exercise, and not enough sleep.
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NEWS
By Dr. Allyson Brooks | May 1, 2013
Imagine being told at age 10 that you have Type 1 diabetes, that you have to monitor your blood sugar, inject yourself with insulin four times a day and become obsessive about everything that goes into your body. Some of us would let the disease control — and ruin — our lives. But like the saying goes, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and as a doctor and a mother in Newport Beach, I've been lucky enough to meet some incredibly strong kids. Type 2 or "adult onset" diabetes gets a lot of attention these days due to its link to the alarming rise in childhood obesity.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 24, 2014
Twenty years ago, Nick Arciniaga, an elite marathoner, was a quiet kid in my fourth-grade class. Recently, Nick told me he remembered winning a relay race in physical education class that year and thinking, "I can do this. " At Monday's Boston Marathon, Nick crossed the finish line at two hours, 11 minutes, maintaining his place among the top 10 marathoners in the country. The OC Marathon children's program, Kids Run the OC (KROC), offers 6,500 children the opportunity to be the next Nick Arciniaga.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | May 1, 2014
Sunday's OC Marathon is poised to break records for attendance, fund-raising and economic impact, organizers said. Some 22,000 entrants - about 2,000 more than last year - are expected to compete in the race, marking its 10th year. The marathon will generate nearly $21-million for the Orange County economy, according to an analysis by Forward Analytics, a national marketing research firm. "The OC Marathon is more than a race," Race Director Gary Kutscher said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | July 17, 2012
Whether you remember selling them door to door as a Brownie or buying them from the office Girl Scout mother, most everyone can admit to sneaking a box of Thin Mints (preferably one chilled in the freezer). But one Orange County Scout leader says that tradition is a bit too sweet. Monica Serratos of Ladera Ranch and her Daisy Troop 2753 will display a Girl Scouts 100th anniversary "cake" made of fruit at the Orange County Fair on July 27 as part of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America centennial celebration.
LOCAL
By Steve Smith | July 28, 2008
What started out as a rant against Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation Commission has turned into a lesson in government. Over the years, a recurring theme in this space has been that local elections are more important than national ones. Last week, the Costa Mesa Planning Commission proved that. By a 5-0 vote, the commission has recommended to the City Council that 28 city parks be designated “passive,” that is, certain team sports arrangements will no longer be allowed.
NEWS
March 13, 2004
STEVE SMITH You've probably heard of the report or read about it in the newspaper. According to a government agency, "A growing obesity epidemic is threatening the health of millions of Americans in the United States." The report cites many reasons for the epidemic but makes a point of singling out physical inactivity as a major contributor to the problem. In past years, this would have been my segue into the perils of watching television and letting kids fritter away their time playing mind-numbing video games.
NEWS
May 24, 2005
Tom McClintock The multi-million dollar campaign paid by starving teachers' unions has finally placed our sadly neglected schools at the center of the budget debate. Across California, children are bringing home notes warning of dire consequences if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's scorched-earth budget is approved -- a budget that slashes Proposition 98 public school spending from $42.2 billion this year all the way down to $44.7 billion next year.
NEWS
By: Sarah Hill | September 14, 2005
Life in the school cafeteria will just not be the same, said Melissa Alvarez, a ninth-grader at John Burroughs High School, who lamented two bills passed Tuesday that could make the French fries she was munching on a thing of the past. "It's not fair," Melissa said of SB 12 and SB 965, which restrict the sale of soda and junk food to students on public school campuses statewide. "We have our own money; we should be able to buy it. It's not our fault some kids buy all this junk food and gain weight."
NEWS
December 8, 2003
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