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Should the Government Do More to Stop Kids From Smoking?

Should Uncle Sam keep your kid from lighting up? Credit: Corbis By now we all know that smoking is bad for your health. But some believe that the government should do more to prevent children from ever taking a puff. A recent editori...

Moms in Politics

Do mothers have a place in politics or do they have too much on their hands to be able to handle such an important task? Are we better off choosing public servants who can devote their whole lives to their task or can the government be run by people ...

New York schools will monitor students' weight

(Click the photo for 5 Must-Know Kids Health Facts) New York Schools will soon be tracking more than reading, writing, and arithmetic, they'll also be watching students' waistlines. Starting this fall, New York Schools (excluding New York City) w...

When weight-loss camp is too expensive

Being overweight is tough for a kid. There are many options toward weight loss, but some are more (or less) appealing than others. For many, over the years, the weight-loss camp has been a dream. But, while "fat camp" is almost as American as apple ...

New Zealand school bans birthday cake

Students at Oteha Valley primary school in New Zealand will have to find another way to celebrate their birthdays on site. The school recently banned birthday cakes due to new government guidelines designed to promote healthy eating. The Ministry ...

Taking kids to the polls

Last night, Rachel and I took the kids to go vote. When we walked in to the polling place, a neighbors's garage, the first thing the poll worker did was to hand Jared and Sara each a demonstration ballot. She showed the kids how to mark their choice ...

Pregnant women don't belong in Washington?

I'll be the first to tell you that I truly appreciate the differences between men and women. In the big picture, however, are men and women really all that different? According to Ron Blachut of Queensbury, New York, they most certainly are. In his r...

China's crude birth contol slogans banned

China's family planning policy limits most couples to just one child, sometimes two if the first is a girl. In rural areas, authorities have a rather ugly way of reminding parents of the limit - they erect signs with crude slogans such as 'One more b...

High School students ask President Bush to ban torture

"We do not want America to represent torture. We urge you to do all in your power to stop violations of the human rights of detainees, to cease illegal renditions, and to apply the Geneva Convention to all detainees, including those designated enemy ...

House: $600m for math/science teachers

Last week, representatives in the house overwhelmingly passed a bill that would provide 600 million dollars in scholarships and stipends for those studying math and science on their way to becoming teachers. Such students who commit to teaching eleme...

Goverment intervenes on behalf of sextuplets

A set of sextuplets born in British Columbia, has run into some trouble. The babies, born fifteen weeks premature and weighing less than two pounds each, were in need of medical assistance to survive. Two of them didn't get it and died. Three of the ...

7 year-old American boy fights his mother's deportation

Saul Arellano, a 7 year-old U.S. citizen, pleaded with Mexican lawmakers, asking them to keep his family together by stopping his mother's deportation from the U.S. The boy's mother, Elvira Arellano, has been scheduled for deportation since August 15...

WIC to add fruits, veggies and whole grains to list

The WIC program (Women, Infants and Children) currently provides food aid to approximately one half of the babies in the U.S. The program was originally conceived and implemented in the 1970's and allows women to use vouchers to purchase dairy produc...

Child database provokes privacy concerns

A mandatory new database in Britain which will contain parental information and identifying details of children under 18 is causing controversy in that country.  The IS Index will record details of a child's contact with schools, social service...

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