Tag: health

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Health Kids News

Lunches From Home Don’t Meet Nutritional Standards: Study

When researchers in the United States compared school lunches to home-packed lunches, parents got a failing grade.

Researchers from Tufts University, in Massachusetts, inspected lunches belonging to about 600 grade three and four students at 12 different schools in the state. They found that lunches packed at home were generally less nutritious than meals provided by schools.

Sesame Street Characters Help Kids To Eat Right
Health News

Sesame Street Characters Help Kids To Eat Right

Sesame Street may be where the air is sweet, but these days it’s also where the food… isn’t.

The children’s television show has started a program to help get kids eating food that’s better for them.

The program is called, “Food for Thought: Eating Healthy on a Budget.”

About one in four children in the United States does not get enough nutritious food to eat, often because parents can’t afford it.

That’s about six million children, according to the Sesame Street website.

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New Rules Will Protect Clothing Makers

From now on, many companies that want to sell clothing to the Ontario government will have to provide the names of the people who made the clothing.

The names and addresses will be put onto a website so if anyone wants to check them, they can.

The new rules apply to companies selling more than $5,000 of clothing to the government.

If they do not give the information, they may not be allowed to sell the clothing.

Last year, unsafe workplaces in Asia made the news. In one incident, there was a fire in a clothing factory in Bangladesh.

It turned out that some Canadian companies were buying products from the Bangladesh factory even though it wasn’t a safe place. In other workplaces, reports came out about children in factories doing the work, which is against the law.

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Health News

Mexico Puts A Tax On Sugary Soft Drinks

The people of Mexico drink more soft drinks than people in any other country in the world.

Last fall, the government of Mexico made a decision to increase the taxes on soft drinks with sugar.

They said that soft drinks help to create health problems like obesity and diabetes. That tax is starting now.

In the past, Mexico has done other things to reduce sugar and fat in schools, like removing unhealthy foods from vending machines.

But some people say this kind of tax to make people healthier doesn’t work.

In 2011 another country, Denmark, put a tax on fatty foods for the same reason: to improve people’s health. But they removed it a year later because it caused more problems than it solved.

CBC's Jian Ghomeshi with Neil Young
Entertainment News

Neil Young Speaks Out Against “Oil Sands” In CBC Radio Interview

Neil Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is internationally famous.

He has been called “one of the most important figures in rock music.”

In 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Young is an activist and many of his songs are political.

Now, Young is doing a four-city tour of Canada to protest what he feels is massive damage to the environment being done in the oil sands in Alberta.