Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

March 13, 2013

Childhood obesity challenge shows change

 

The Partnership for a Healthier America recently released its first report on the progress of private sector commitments to address the epidemic of childhood obesity.  

PHS works with the private sector and Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to ensure that future generations don’t face such problems with the disease. 

During PHS’ second Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, D.C., leaders from public and private sectors came together to work on obesity solutions. 

“Our partner organizations are making changes to their operations and their business practices that help make healthier choices easier for busier parents and families,” PHA CEO Lawrance Soler said. “This report is about holding a mirror up to efforts against those commitments — many of which are multi-year — and giving the public a clear understanding of their progress.” 

Some of the companies involved in the fight against childhood obesity include Birds Eye, which teamed up with Nickelodeon in asking children to share recipes. Darden restaurants — which include Red Lobster and Olive Garden, among others — now offer at least one children’s menu item that is less than 600 calories, with less fat and sodium than typical restaurant fares. Fruits or vegetables and 1 percent milk are now defaulted side items. 

Other information found in the report includes more than 1,700 cities that offered physical activity promotion events in 2012. The city of Burleson, for example, has its Be Healthy Initiative, which sponsors walks, runs, family-friendly fitness events and the upcoming Family Field Day on March 23. 

Cities getting involved helped nearly 3 million kids get moving in 2012, the report said. 

In Cleburne’s public sector other efforts are being made to combat childhood obesity. 

Cleburne ISD schools follow USDA guidelines and make sure each student has a fruit or vegetable on their tray at lunch. 

“Recently our district was approved for the 6 cents certification which means we are meeting all of the new regulations by USDA,” Kim Chance, CISD child nutrition director said. “We’ve had to submit reports, menus and everything we do in our district. We’re on task with everything that they are requesting of us, meaning whole grains, fruits and veggies.” 

Text Only
Local News
  • Charles and Gracie 1.jpg Burleson shelter reunites dog with California truck driver

    A California truck driver was reunited with his pit bull recently thanks to the family that took care of her, the police officer who found her, and the animal shelter staff that found the microchip.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • _MG_0878.JPG Antique Alley: Let the bargain shopping begin

    R.D. Curtis has been collecting clocks for about 35 years and already has about 150 in his home, the Cleburne resident said. And each spring and fall he heads out to Antique Alley to look for more.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • RVISD coach to be AD, assistant principal

    Rio Vista High School Spanish teacher Ryan Cavazos will become the assistant principal and athletic director, in addition to head basketball coach for the upcoming school year.

    April 18, 2014

  • 1 killed, 3 injured when pickup rolls outside Whitney

    A Cleburne teen was killed and three young men — including two more from Johnson County — were injured Saturday in a one-vehicle accident just north of Whitney, according to The Hillsboro Reporter.

    April 18, 2014

  • The saga continues

    The chapters in the ongoing tale of false starts and setbacks concerning Bill Miller’s downtown Cleburne building continue to pile up with the latest delivering yet another possible resolution.

    April 17, 2014

  • Johnson County hires new CRI coord.

    Johnson County commissioners on Monday approved a contract with Diana Claussen through which she will coordinate the Cities Readiness Initiative in Johnson County. County Emergency Management Coordinator Jamie Moore recommended Claussen to replace Brenda Campbell, who previously handled the program for the county.

    April 17, 2014

  • amy in Austin.jpg Marti fifth-grader to be recognized at state ceremony

    Marti Elementary fifth-grader Amy Fowler was recognized Saturday in Austin at an awards ceremony honoring state winners in the Texas PTA 2014 Reflections Art in Education program.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • All 3 candidates to participate in mayoral forum

    From probably not to maybe, Cleburne mayoral candidate Ted Reynolds now says he will participate in tonight’s mayoral forum.

    April 17, 2014

  • Janszen lay speaker at final Holy Week services

    The Cleburne Christian Business Club’s 38th annual celebration of Holy Week concludes Friday with the 7 a.m. service featuring the choirs of Field Street Baptist Church and First Baptist Church and lay speaker Jan Janszen.

    April 17, 2014

  • Food trucks rolling into Cleburne

    There will be an eclectic mix of music, art and food trucks at Market Square in downtown Cleburne on Saturday in support of the Golden Pride Band.

    April 17, 2014

Latest CTR Videos
Front page
Facebook
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
House Ads
Featured Ads
CTR Sports
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide