On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Michelle Obama announced changes to government-subsidized school meals that are part of the Obama administration’s effort to reduce obesity among youth by promoting improved nutrition and exercise habits.
Key aspects of the new requirements include: doubling daily servings of fruits and vegetables, serving only whole grains, milk must be low fat, and salt and trans fat maximums.
For more information, you can read the new rules or the New York Times article which includes a more detailed summary and interviews with key government and food industry leaders.
Emory University School of Medicine has joined Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces Initiative, serving with other member organizations such as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), to serve the health care needs of veterans through research, education, and patient care. Veterans have unique health needs, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Just a few of the ways Emory University provides unique care to veterans includes:
- Virtual reality therapy to combat phobias through the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program
- A National Institutes of Health-funded phase III clinical trial to treat TBI with progesterone
- A hand transplant protocol that uses advanced immune suppressant drugs that are less toxic
- The BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative, a joint effort between Emory University and the Atlanta Braves that provides Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with access to mental health and counseling services.
More information about Emory University’s involvement in the Joining Forces Initiative is available in this press release. Full details are available on the Initiative’s website.