Clinton County ranks third in the state for overall health

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps has ranked Clinton County third in the state for overall health. The ranking was based on health factors including length of life, quality of life, and health behaviors such as excessive drinking, exercise opportunities, and smoking. Clinton County’s residents have an outstanding record compared to the state average. Clinton County enjoys 33 percent fewer premature deaths than the state average as well as 4 percent fewer smokers (16 percent to a state average 20), 1 percent fewer excessive drinkers (17 percent to a state average 18), 37 percent fewer sexually transmitted infections (178 cases a year to a state average 481), and an incredible 13 percent fewer children living in poverty (11 percent to a state average 24), according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. Personal trainer Mark Denda works out of Lansing.

Lansing schools get grant to underwrite healthier lunch options for students

By Alexis Howell
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

On Nov. 5, members from SodexoMAGIC presented at the Lansing School Board Meeting. With a fruit and vegetable grant being implemented in Lansing schools, they hope to provide more healthy meal choices for students. According to Keison Arnold, Director of Operations of SodexoMAGIC, a school lunch vendor, the fruit and vegetable grant is given from the state and will help add fruits and vegetables during times other than breakfast and lunch. He called it a healthy snack.

Lawmakers seek to resweeten school fundraisers

By CHEYNA ROTH
Capital News Service
LANSING — School bake sales have gotten an extreme health makeover this past school year, but state lawmakers are hoping to bring back the traditional sweet fare. Michigan public schools that participate in federal meal programs have been required since July to follow the federal “Smart Snacks” program, which regulates the types of foods served and sold on school grounds. The regulation, which targets growing childhood obesity rates, establishes nutrition standards and applies to any food sold on school grounds within 30 minutes of the end of the school day. Under USDA guidelines, foods must meet certain sodium, fat, calorie and sugar limits as well as other requirements such as having the first ingredient be a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein. If schools do not comply with the regulations, they could potentially face a fine dictated by the USDA, which has not yet been set.

State regulation of dietitians may — or may not — be scrapped

By PATRICK LYONS
Capital News Service
LANSING – A recommendation to the governor that would scrap the planned regulation of dietitians and nutritionists has alarmed the state’s dietitians. Kathy DeGrow, a lobbyist for the Michigan Dietetic Association, said the problem with the move is the need to preserve the occupation’s credibility. She said all dietitians have the knowledge and experience to be considered nutritionists, but not all “nutritionists” are qualified to be considered dietitians. All dietitians must be registered with the American Association of Dietitians, but nutritionists are not registered. “There are people who are calling themselves ‘nutritionists’ but they do not have the same credential as a professional who would have a license and a well-defined educational background,” she said.

MSU Named Third Fittest College in the Nation

Men’s Fitness Magazine recently ranked Michigan State University as the third fittest college in the nation. The ranking was based on nutrition, fitness and campus indexes that included the number of athletic clubs, nutrition and the amount of sunshine on campus. MSU has three intramural facilities on campus that are utilized by thousands of students. “I like IM West because it’s big, there are a lot of machines so if someone is using something usually there’s something else you can do,” MSU freshman Louis Savona said.  “They’re all new and they’re all nice.”