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By Mary O'Keefe | February 9, 2006
Outdoor classrooms as a way to combat childhood obesity is a continuing discussion for the Child Educational Center in La Cañada Flintridge. Throughout the year the center has planned on gathering teachers and administrators along with professionals in the area of childhood development and outdoor planning. "It is about using outdoor environments to support children in learning," said Elyssa Nelson CEC's executive director. In January over 200 teachers from Los Angeles County attended a day-long conference at the CEC where they heard speakers such as La Cañada landscape artist Ronnie Siegel.
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By Anita S. Brenner | June 16, 2012
Last week, both the L.A. Weekly and the local Patch quoted research from the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that 22.3% of La Cañada Flintridge children are obese. A few days later, Jay Leno, the source of all non-metrics-based wisdom, quipped that Apple has announced the release of the world's thinnest laptop. Isn't this ironic? Laptops are getting thinner and kids are getting fatter. The top-ranked local city for childhood obesity was Huntington Park, at a whopping 53%, followed by Compton, at 50.8%.
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By Charles Cooper | November 30, 2006
Local students had mixed results in the latest round of testing for physical fitness in California schools. Testing was conducted for fifth, seventh and ninth graders in six areas, including, aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extension strength, upper body strength and flexibility. In La Cañada, 44.4 percent for fifth graders met minimum goals, 19.9 percent of seventh graders and 28 percent in ninth grade. Across the state, 25.6 percent of the students in grade five met minimum goals, 29.6 percent in grade seven, and 27.4 percent in grade nine achieved the fitness standards for all six test areas.
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By Jake Armstrong | August 19, 2004
Area students do appear to be making healthier meal choices While diet trends have reshaped the offerings diners encounter at restaurants, public school cafeteria menus are not experiencing the same changes that have removed the buns from burgers and the crust from pizza. A growing number of eateries now offer items compatible with low-carbohydrate diets. But the program that sets guidelines for menus at public and nonprofit private schools does not give school nutrition officials the option of including low-carb menu items.
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By Mary O’Keefe | April 2, 2009
Palm Crest Elementary students jumped into exercise on Tuesday with the Jump Rope For Heart program. For about ten years the school has participated in the fundraiser event that is sponsored through the American Heart Association. Students move through about 11 stations of exercise as they limbo, jump rope individually and as a group and jump through hula-hoops. ?We are celebrating our 30th year with this program,? said Alex Wade, director of the youth market at American Heart Association.
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By Sara Cardine | November 16, 2011
When Amy Porter began her career as a pediatrician some 20 years ago, it was rare to see children whose weight posed a threat to their health and well-being. But by the late 1990s, the La Cañada resident began to notice children were presenting health problems typically seen only in adults - high blood pressure, diabetes and even weak knee joints. Today, 20% to 30% of all her patients are overweight or obese. “After you get a certain number of them, you can't just send them to a specialist.
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By Mary O'Keefe | February 9, 2006
Teens are getting help off the couch and into physical fitness with the teaming of 24 Hour Fitness Facilities and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. 24 Hour Fitness is offering almost an entire semester of workout time to those teens who make a commitment to physical health, but so far very few local students are taking advantage of the new program. According to Kenny Rogers of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, high school students from 14 years old to 18 can sign up online to take the four-week governor challenge.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | February 22, 2012
Sonia Chung stood at the front of a third-grade classroom at La Cañada Elementary School Wednesday and held up several commonly consumed beverages, including soda, apple juice and chocolate milk. “It is easy to just suck these down,” she said, brandishing a Capri Sun juice packet. What the drinks have in common are large amounts of sugar, said Chung, a parent volunteer who teachers healthy cooking classes at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA and the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge.
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By Anita S. Brenner | June 16, 2012
Last week, both the L.A. Weekly and the local Patch quoted research from the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that 22.3% of La Cañada Flintridge children are obese. A few days later, Jay Leno, the source of all non-metrics-based wisdom, quipped that Apple has announced the release of the world's thinnest laptop. Isn't this ironic? Laptops are getting thinner and kids are getting fatter. The top-ranked local city for childhood obesity was Huntington Park, at a whopping 53%, followed by Compton, at 50.8%.
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By Charles Cooper | November 30, 2006
Local students had mixed results in the latest round of testing for physical fitness in California schools. Testing was conducted for fifth, seventh and ninth graders in six areas, including, aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extension strength, upper body strength and flexibility. In La Cañada, 44.4 percent for fifth graders met minimum goals, 19.9 percent of seventh graders and 28 percent in ninth grade. Across the state, 25.6 percent of the students in grade five met minimum goals, 29.6 percent in grade seven, and 27.4 percent in grade nine achieved the fitness standards for all six test areas.
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By Mary O'Keefe | February 9, 2006
Outdoor classrooms as a way to combat childhood obesity is a continuing discussion for the Child Educational Center in La Cañada Flintridge. Throughout the year the center has planned on gathering teachers and administrators along with professionals in the area of childhood development and outdoor planning. "It is about using outdoor environments to support children in learning," said Elyssa Nelson CEC's executive director. In January over 200 teachers from Los Angeles County attended a day-long conference at the CEC where they heard speakers such as La Cañada landscape artist Ronnie Siegel.
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By Jake Armstrong | August 19, 2004
Area students do appear to be making healthier meal choices While diet trends have reshaped the offerings diners encounter at restaurants, public school cafeteria menus are not experiencing the same changes that have removed the buns from burgers and the crust from pizza. A growing number of eateries now offer items compatible with low-carbohydrate diets. But the program that sets guidelines for menus at public and nonprofit private schools does not give school nutrition officials the option of including low-carb menu items.
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