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Monday, August 13, 2012

Healthy Happy Meals with toys steer kids from junk food

August 13 (Associated Press) - Children are far more likely to pick a healthier fast-food meal when promotional toys are offered only with those menu options and not with less nutritional fare like burgers, fries and a pop, according to a Canadian study.

The researchers set out to see which McDonald’s Happy Meals that kids age six to 12 would choose when toys were included with healthier menu combinations, but not with standard offerings that are typically higher in fat and salt.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

National youth survey reveals cigarette, cigarillo and little cigar use down but susceptibility and water-pipe use are concerns

WATERLOO, ON, May 31/CNW – The latest national Youth Smoking Survey (YSS) reveals that in the 2010/2011 school year, 93,870 fewer Canadian youth (Grades 6-12) smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days compared with 2008/2009 data, representing a 2 per cent decline for students in Grades 6-9 (from 7 per cent to 5 per cent) and a 4.5 per cent decline for students in Grades 10-12 (from 21 per cent to 16 per cent). For the younger group, this signifies a return to the lowest rate previously seen (in 2004/2005).

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