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In 1901, 86 years before Congress formalized Women’s History Month and 19 years before American women were given the right to vote, a young New York socialite named Mary Harriman…
With about a third of children in the U.S. considered overweight or obese, researchers increasingly point to the way kid’s cereal is marketed to our children – through TV advertising and even online game sites – as a key part of the problem. But the bigger problem may well be the fact that what kids don’t know about their food may actually hurt them.
If Michelle and Barack Obama are anything like most gardeners, they may use the downtime of the winter months to plan this year’s garden. In the spirit of non-partisanship — and to help them manage their obviously valuable time — we want to take this opportunity to offer a few planting tips…
When Life Unexpected debuted on The CW in mid-January, network TV had its first drama about an American teenager trapped in foster care. Desperate to leave a life of bouncing from one set of foster parents to another, 15-year-old Lux, played by rising young star Brittany Robertson (Cara Burns in Dan In Real Life, Samantha in Swingtown, and Trixie Stone in The Tenth Circle), reunites with her birth parents.
Too bad things aren’t always that easy for many foster kids.
Almost without noticing, girls have become a major component of the juvenile justice system – but once inside the walls, they are jammed into a system designed for men and boys. And the problem is getting worse, not better, with the dramatic cutback in state funding for projects like the award-winning Girl’s Advocacy Project (GAP), one of the only comprehensive projects in the state of Florida serving girls since 1999 while they are in detention.
As Americans, we tend to focus on “our own problems.” Fair enough. But many of the problems we struggle with – as individuals, as parents and as a country – are shared by other countries. Take Mexico, for example. Rising affluence, the proliferation of fast food and more working parents have lead to a rise in childhood obesity there as well. And maybe there’s something there for all of us to learn.
One big lesson? The cure starts at home.