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Should There Be a Soda Tax? Students Weigh In

Community Voices | December 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

Should There Be a Soda Tax? Students Weigh In

Recently, San Francisco voters were given the chance to vote for or against Proposition E, a proposition involving a tax on soda and sugary drinks in the amount of $0.02 per ounce. Would sugary drink tax discourage people from buying unhealthy drinks and increase people’s general health? Should such a tax be implemented around the country?

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How Can Schools Lunches Be More Appealing? Students Weigh In

Civics in the Community | November 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

How Can Schools Lunches Be More Appealing? Students Weigh In

Childhood obesity has skyrocketed in the last 30 years, making the need for healthier eating habits an important matter. This past week, students were asked, “How can schools make lunches more appealing to teens?” Check out their responses.

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Should Soda Be Taxed?

Do Now | November 11, 2014 | 112 Comments

Should Soda Be Taxed?

Soda, while sweet and inexpensive, may not be worth drinking. Sugary drinks can have many negative health effects, including a 26% greater risk of type 2 diabetes for regular soda drinkers (one to two cans per day). Should soda and other sugary drinks be taxed for health reasons? Why or why not?

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How Can Schools Make Lunches More Appealing to Teens?

Do Now | November 7, 2014 | 188 Comments

How Can Schools Make Lunches More Appealing to Teens?

School lunchrooms are sometimes called the biggest restaurant chain in America, and in districts across the country, there’s a push for healthier, locally sourced ingredients. How can schools make lunches more appealing to teens?

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The Global Community Can Do More to Fight the Ebola Outbreak

Civics in the Community | September 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Global Community Can Do More to Fight the Ebola Outbreak

In the past, diseases have had the ability to wipe out entire civilizations, and it’s still going on today. With the Ebola epidemic in West Africa becoming more of a menace, there are a lot of questions to be answered. Why should nations help fight against the outbreak? What are some challenges, and how can we, as an international community, overcome this? Last week, students from around the country shared their thoughts on what should be done in the fight against Ebola.

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How Can We Help Fight the Ebola Outbreak?

Do Now | September 12, 2014 | 740 Comments

How Can We Help Fight the Ebola Outbreak?

The recent spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa has left the international community scrambling to handle what has become its largest outbreak ever. What are the challenges of fighting Ebola, and how can the international community overcome them?

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E-Cigarettes Need More Regulation

Do Now Round-Ups | May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

E-Cigarettes Need More Regulation

Within the past couple of weeks, students questioned if e-cigarettes should be regulated more by the government in our #DoNowECigs post. We asked students, Should e-cigarettes be regulated in the same way as traditional tobacco and conventional combustion cigarettes? Why or why not?

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Are Schools Teaching Sex Ed Too Late?

Do Now | February 7, 2014 | 121 Comments

Are Schools Teaching Sex Ed Too Late?

Given evidence that many girls and boys are physically maturing faster than previous decades, do you think schools should start sex-ed at a younger age? When is the right time to start talking to kids about their changing bodies, and what are the best ways to have that conversation? Who should educate kids about puberty — parents or schools or both?

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School Is Not To Blame for Obesity, Our Culture Embraces Unhealthy Eating

Do Now Round-Ups | October 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

School Is Not To Blame for Obesity, Our Culture Embraces Unhealthy Eating

Last week, students from all over the nation debated about the nutritional value of school lunch and whether it is a contributing factor to obesity. On KQED Do Now, they were asked, does the school cafeteria provide students with a healthy lunch?

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Can School Lunches Contribute to Obesity?

Do Now | October 11, 2013 | 17 Comments

Can School Lunches Contribute to Obesity?

The Office of the Surgeon General states in “The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation” that healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing obesity related diseases. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website states that schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.

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