Why school cafeterias should be the front lines of policy change | Jennifer E Gaddis

Healthier children, better wages, stronger local economies, sustainable food the fight for all of them starts with school lunches Across the country millions of children are returning to school with the promise that school lunch will be yielding to the concerns of food lobbyists is the path to school lunch greatness, including the coalition of states and advocacy organizations that basic culinary equipment such as knives and cutting boards, while others struggle to recruit and retain enough part-time workers to …

Tracking your exercise more effective with competition, study says

(CNN)Want to increase your daily steps? Get competitive. Not only did the group who competed against others do more steps, they continued to do so for three months after the game ended (as part of the research followup), doing more than 600 steps a day over the additional three months. “Over the course of nine months, the people in the competition group walked about a hundred miles more than the people in the control group,” Patel said. In fact, the …

How to spot the toxic algae that’s killing dogs in the Southeast

(CNN)Dog owners in the Southeast are spreading the word about the dangers of contaminated water following the deaths of their beloved pets. Algae occurs naturally in water, but the blue-green variety are considered Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, are “primitive,” photosynthetic organisms that can feed off the sun to make their own energy and release oxygen and possibly toxins in the process, said David G. Schmale III, a professor at Virginia Tech. Some species produce …

The rise of Big Sperm: does the tech world have the answer to our semen crisis?

Sperm counts in western men are falling, and nobody is sure why. But relax because help is here, with everything from home-testing kits to sperm-freezing Lads, lads, lads, hate to interrupt, but hows your ejaculate? Would you struggle to fill half a teaspoon? And your concentration, please: are we talking 20m-plus little swimmers a millilitre? And hows that motility? Are your spermatozoa wagging their flagella as if they cant wait to get to that ovum or listlessly floating around like …

What is listeria? Everything you need to know

(CNN)Listeria is back in the news again after packages of butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and butternut squash based vegetable bowl products from brands Trader Joe’s, Green Giant and Signature Farms were recalled. What is it? Listeria monocytogenes is a hardy bacterium that is resistant to extreme hot and cold. This bacterium is pathogenic — meaning that it is infectious to humans, causing the illness listeriosis. Where does it come from? Listeria is found in soil, water and the intestines of …

Trader Joe’s, Green Giant and Signature Farms packaged vegetables recalled due to Listeria risk

(CNN)Some packages of butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and vegetable bowls sold under the brands Green Giant, Trader Joe’s and Signature Farms have been recalled, according to the Food and Drug Administration. “Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” said the FDA. Other short term symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to the FDA. Listeria infections …

Indigenous baby health project aims to stop generational trauma

Researchers target effects of complex trauma and PTSD in bid to improve lives of children and parents Pregnancy and early parenthood are the best times to work with Indigenous families to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma, according to a groundbreaking new research project. Researchers have found Indigenous people experience as many as 10-12 different traumatic events in a lifetime, and Aboriginal communities have very elevated rates of PTSD. Complex trauma is the term to describe cumulative exposure to multiple …