April 2012 Issue
March 21, 2012

Short takes: Join landmark cancer study

Source: NYSUT United

Join landmark cancer study

A landmark research Cancer Prevention Study, hosted by the American Cancer Society, is being opened to NYSUT members. The study will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. Any interested NYSUT member can enroll in the study. Additionally, delegates, alternates, visitors and staff attending the annual Representative Assembly in Buffalo, can enroll from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. To sign up for a time slot, visit www.seeuthere.com/cps3enroll/NYSUT. Participants will fill out a survey packet, provide a waist measurement, and a small blood sample.

Eligible participants should be 30-65 years old; have never been diagnosed with cancer (excluding basal or squamous cell skin cancer) and can make a long-term commitment to complete follow-up mail surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years.

Seeking fitness gear

Teachers across the country are using an online charity site to seek simple items from hula hoops to timers to help promote fitness in their schools. The percentage of overweight children and adolescents in the U.S. has nearly tripled since the early 1970s. Childhood obesity has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and poor academic performance. To help, go to www.donorschoose.org, click on "search projects" and type in "fitness."

Salad bars for schools

Del Monte Fresh Produce is donating $50,000 to the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign to help school children eat a healthy diet with more fresh fruits and vegetables nationwide. The campaign focuses on salad bars as an effective way to increase children's consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Salad bars are also an easy way for schools to meet the new nutrition standards for school meals. Ask your school food service director to apply by visiting www.saladbars2schools.org.