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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Teaching gay history now a requirement in Calif. schools

More than 15,000 restaurants introduce new kids menu, Boston doctor proposes obese children enter foster care and other news and advice:

California will include prominent members of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community in school history lessons. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday to make this information a curriculum requirement. When the bill was introduced earlier this month, some parents and conservative groups argued the teaching would promote a homosexual agenda. Supporters of the bill hope it will reduce bullying of gay students. (Strollerderby)

More than 15,000 restaurants, including chains such as Burger King, Denny’s and Chevys, started participating this week in Kids LiveWell, a new voluntary initiative to provide healthful kids meals in restaurants. The meals must be 600 calories or less, include an entre, side dish and beverage; and meet other nutritional standards. (USA Today)

Placing severely obese children in foster homes may be a last resort for saving their health, says David Ludwig, director of the Optimal Weight for Life program Children's Hospital in Boston. “In severe cases of childhood obesity, removal from the home may be justifiable from a legal standpoint because of imminent health risks and the parents' chronic failure to address medical problems,” says Ludwig in the July 13 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association. Some experts say the emotional scar of being separated from a parent may push overweight kids to eat more. (Los Angeles Times)

By On Parenting  |  02:38 PM ET, 07/15/2011

 
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