Dallas, Texas - For many young children, their first time down a slide or their first time trying new vegetables are in preschool or child care settings.  Young children thrive, grow and begin to develop a lifetime of habits in these early years—that is why it is so important we reach kids in early care and education settings.  Several states have made significant strides in ensuring all young children have the building blocks they need—nutritious foods and plenty of active play—for a healthy life. Recent research shows 31 states are seeing modest declines in childhood obesity rates among 2 to 4 year olds of low-income families, enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) from 2010 to 2014.

Washington, DC - Texas Best Proteins (Farm to Market Foods), a Santo, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 25,332 pounds of Cajun Style Dirty Rice containing chicken products and Turkey Cajun Dinner Kits containing Dirty Rice due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product may contain peanuts, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Spinraza (nusinersen), the first drug approved to treat children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare and often fatal genetic disease affecting muscle strength and movement. Spinraza is an injection administered into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord.

Washington, DC - Gold Medal Packing Inc., a Rome, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,607 pounds of boneless veal products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26 and O45, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced yesterday.

Yuma, Arizona - On Friday, January 6th, the Foothills Library will host “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body” from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Learn the latest research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, using hands-on tools to help you incorporate these into a plan for healthy aging. This free educational workshop is presented by the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.