Winter 2016: Wellness

A necessary change for today’s children to foster healthy habits

Michelle Graham

Michelle Graham

The new year always brings hope for change. My hope for 2016 is to find ways for children and families to be more active and live healthier. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has reported that almost half of the youth in America ages 12 to 21 are not participating in vigorous exercise on a regular basis. Worse yet, the CDC estimates 14 percent of youths report no physical activity at all. [Read more…]

Ritchie bill restricts purchasing of junk, luxury foods with SNAP benefits

Under proposed legislation, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits could no longer be used to purchase taxable ‘junk’ food, such as soda, cookies and candy, or luxury foods, such as steak and lobster. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Under proposed legislation, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits could no longer be used to purchase taxable ‘junk’ food, such as soda, cookies and candy, or luxury foods, such as steak and lobster. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Oreo cookies and crab legs could come off the menu for those using state benefits to purchase food should a state Senate bill work its way through the Legislature and gain the governor’s favor. [Read more…]