Posted: Aug 23, 2012 6:54 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2012 6:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for August 23.
Healthier food options will soon roll through Baton Rouge.
The Mayor's Healthy City initiative was given a $1 million grant. "Fresh Beginnings" is a mobile farmers market. It will travel around neighborhoods in East Baton Rouge to deliver healthy food to people with little or no access to grocery stores.
It's expected to roll out next year. It's part of the Healthier Louisiana program to fight obesity, especially among kids.
Farmers across the country are teaming up with schools to feed children fresh produce.
What's on the menu for most schools? "More fruits, more vegetables, more whole grains," said Amy Maclosky with Food and Nutrition Services.
The strict new USDA guidelines are part of the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" passed by President Obama.
In the U.S., 12.5 million children are obese.
Third and fourth graders are becoming more concerned about their weight. Researchers say that leads to eating disorders.
The number of kids under 12 hospitalized with eating disorders increased by 112 percent.
Doctors recommend watching for children cutting portion sizes or avoiding fat-calories.
Researchers say people with anorexia tend to misjudge the size of their own bodies, but have a good perception of others'.
Their study found anorexic patients may think they're bigger than they actually are, because their central nervous system didn't update to their new body after rapid weight loss.
So they mistake the size of their body for their former dimensions.
More high school students are using illegal drugs and alcohol during the school day.
Nearly nine out of ten students surveyed say they know a classmate that's doing it, or selling drugs on campus.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about abuse and to stay actively engaged in their lives.