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January 2011 Blog Posts (3)

New Dietary Guidelines Announced By USDA and HHS

I received a press release today (January 31, 2011) announcing the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the federal government’s attempt at “evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.” While not perfect, it’s a good place to start.

This is the 7th edition of Dietary Guidelines…


Added by Dr. Marc Tinsley on January 31, 2011 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Should PTA change its name?


I was perusing educational sites last week, reading laments from educators about the lack of parental involvement, or anecdotes about students who were turned around with the help of parents. At PTA meetings, we brainstorm about ways to get parents more involved.Yahoo!…

Added by Aparna Vashisht on January 28, 2011 at 12:06pm — No Comments

How writing by hand makes kids smarter


Younger Americans are typing  more and writing less  —   Study after study suggests that handwriting is important for brain development and cognition — helping kids hone fine motor skills and learn to express and generate ideas. Yet the time devoted to teaching penmanship in most grade schools has shrunk to just one hour a week.  Here's a look at how the brain and penmanship interact:

Writing by hand can get ideas out faster --…


Added by Steve Magat on January 18, 2011 at 8:43pm — No Comments

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