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SODA TAX FIZZLES

A long-stalled proposal to add a penny-per-ounce Chicago tax on soda and other sugary drinks got a hearing at City Hall on Wednesday, but it failed to gain traction amid a strong lobbying pushback and a lack of support from the mayor.

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SCHOOL LUNCH

You can lead a child to vegetables, but it appears you can’t make them eat. Researchers videotaped 498 children during school lunch before and after new USDA vegetable rules were imposed. Children were throwing out the required foods at a rate 35% higher than before the rules were instituted.

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CONSUMER REPORTS AND GROUND BEEF

A new study from Consumer Reports, the organization known for investigating and rating all sorts of consumer goods from cars to countertops, found high levels of what they deemed “dangerous” strains of bacteria in American ground beef. But federal officials and the beef industry question the findings.

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BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL

USDA’s School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides nutritious morning meals to students at participating schools. In fiscal 2014, almost 90,000 schools and residential child care institutions offered the program, and 13.5 million U.S. children participated on an average school day.  

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HEALTHY SNACKS

A program that provides free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to school children reduced obesity rates by 3 percentage points among elementary school pupils, according to a study by U-Arkansas researchers.

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SPICY FOODS

A new study finds those who had spicy food six or seven times a week were found to have a 14% lower mortality risk than those who rarely consumed such foods.

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U.S. ADULTS STILL SKIMP ON FRUIT, VEGGIES

Most U.S. adults still aren’t eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables. In a large national survey, only 13% said they ate the recommended amount of fruit each day and only 9% ate enough vegetables.

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CALORIES ON MENUS

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is giving restaurants and other food purveyors an additional year to comply with new rules that require calorie counts on menus. The new deadline in December 2016.

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SUGARY DEATHS

Scientists are asking people across the globe to lay off sugary drinks, linking the consumption to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year, including more than 25,000 Americans.

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HAPPY MEALS

McDonald’s says fewer people are picking soda for Happy Meals after it stopped listing the drinks as an option on its menu boards. The company says 48 percent of Happy Meals orders chose soda as a beverage in the U.S. after it was scrubbed from menus and marketing materials between July of last year and… read more

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