PBS Kids Launches Kids' Health Initiative
Public Media Council on Children’s Health Aims to Join Public-TV Programmers, Web Producers, Community Representatives, Educators
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/3/2007 11:03:00 AM
PBS Kids is launching a kids' health initiative, including convening a council on children's health among various stakeholders, targeted for early 2008.
Pointing to the rise in childhood obesity, PBS said Monday it is trying to build a blueprint for action by public broadcasters.
The twin goals of the Public Media Council on Children’s Health will be to bring together public-TV programmers, Web producers, community representatives and educators to develop a set of guiding principles and cultivate long-term partners.
Programmers -- including Sesame Workshop -- community activists, educators and government representatives last winter formed a task force to come up with recommendations for how media and government could work together to combat obesity. But according to sources, they have not been able to agree on what those recommendations should be. A report back to Congress, initially targeted for July, has still not been released.
The current health care system is in collapse. Unless we move to a single payer system there is little chance for it remaining viable. As a nurse who has been a health care provider, consumer and part of the health insurance industry I have seen it from ever angle. I am a 3rd generation nurse so I have a history of health care provision going back almost 100 years. There is too much money going into the insurance industry and into the halls of congress for there to be any reasonable debate on this issue. Congress serves at the pleasure of the American public not private industry. We need to have a real discussion on how this " health Care" industry dictates our access, drops us when we need health care the most and how the business community cannot remain viable with rising health care costs eating up their profits. the concept of a Health Care Industry is not a democratic principal and it is destroying the very fabric of our nation. Beyond the concept of a single payer system we need the leadership of this nation to face up to and speak to the terrible state of our individual health due to excessive consumption of junk food. It is time to remove the subsidies paid to giant agribusiness, which floods the market with cheap garbage that is passed off as real food. Soda and toaster pastries are not the way to feed a nation of growing young minds and bodies. Please do us all a favor and tax the hell out of junk food, lift subsidies to agribusiness and support local sustainable farmers and school lunch programs so we can began to turn this ship of state in the correct direction.
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Rita Sewell - 5/23/2009 12:35:29 PM EDT
Looking to help out with this new program about kids displaying healthy eating habits via television. My name is Jennifer Grove-Sobol and I currently work as a nutritionist. I have a Masters of Science in Nutrition as well as a New York State certification as a Nutrition Specialist. If you are looking to hire someone with nutrition expertise and who works great with children, please contact me. I believe this is a great opportunity to exponentially have a very positive effect on children's health habits for life. Thank you.
Jennifer Grove-Sobol - 12/10/2007 10:46:00 AM EST
Food addiction is the elephant in the room that no one is talking about. Like addiction to drugs and alcohol it is a progressive fatal disease that is a player in the obesity epidemic. Like addiction to other neurotransmitter stimulators refined carbohydrates stimulate endorphin production and make us feel (good). Hence we tend to habituate those substances. Dr Robert Stark and Kay Sheppard have written on this issue. Food Addicts Anonymous .org provides help. You see our lives are awash in cheap refined carbs in the form of Wonderbread, waffles, cookies, cakes, and pasta. Kids gobble down vast quantities of this stuff. Not everyone who eats is a food addict and not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic but many are. I am a recovering food addict and after 50 years of failed diets I quit eating all refined carbohydrates. I eat measured amounts of whole grains, potatoes, beans, lean meat, fruit, dairy and vegetables. I shop the perimeter of the grocery store. I have lost 100 pounds and my abstinence from sugar flour and wheat has released me from a life of craving. I am eating sensible normal portions for the first time in years and I feel marvelous. Calories in calories out are only a small piece of the equation. Diet and exercise work if you can end the mindless craving. The addiction
Rita Sewell - 12/8/2007 7:27:00 AM EST
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