Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day


Today is World Vegetarian Day. Established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977, this annual October 1 observance is designed to increase public awareness of the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. It is also an excellent opportunity to point out that eLibrary is chock-full of informative vegetarian-related resources.

First off, a solid introduction to a meat-free diet can be found on the Vegetarianism Research Topic Page. This helpful overview includes articles, images and related links on healthy eating and proper nutrition.

Elsewhere, one can find specific information that address a range of related topics.

2013-09-30_145443For example, this story in the Ottawa Citizen provides a basic primer for all who “Go Veg,” from the strictest vegan to the more moderate flexitarian.

The NEA Today article Beyond Broccoli: Vegetarianism in School answers many fundamental questions about the appropriate vegetarian diet for school-aged kids, while The Journal of the American Dietetic Association examines a more rigid approach in Considerations in Planning Vegan Diets for Children.

World Book Science Year offers a general look at Planning a Healthy Vegetarian Diet, while Diabetes Care features a targeted analysis with Type of Vegetarian Diet, Body Weight, and Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes.

And of course, for more comprehensive and focused information, an eLibrary user can always turn to one of the hundreds of articles in Vegetarian Times.

Whatever is on your menu, eLibrary can serve up the resources to help you enjoy World Vegetarian Day.

Back-to-School with SIRS: Healthy Behaviors to Boost Academic Success


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Hello educators! The beginning of the school year is a good time to remind your students about healthy habits to alleviate back-to-school blues and promote academic success. Three important—and interwoven–healthy habits are good nutrition, adequate sleep and physical exercise.

Just how important are these three healthy habits for academic performance and well-being?

The benefits are many and include alleviation of stress, improved physical and mental wellbeing, and better concentration and critical thinking ability in the classroom.

With SIRS Issues Researcher, set your students on the path to academic success and good health by having them research the benefits long-term healthy behaviors. Here are some subject headings to get them started:

  • Children, Health and hygiene
  • Children, Nutrition
  • Exercise for youth
  • School children, Food
  • Sleep deprivation

Students can enter one of the subject headings above into the search box or use keyword/natural language searching to retrieve newspapers, magazines, multimedia and more.

Good classroom debate topics that relate to health and wellness are covered in our Leading Issues under the Drugs, Health and Wellness group, and include topics such as Fad Diets, Obesity and Sports for Children.

We wish you and your students a happy and healthy school year. Share with us in the comment box below what you are doing to promote healthy habits in your classroom!


Get Moving for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.” – First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010  

let's move campaign

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a tug of war competition during a “Let’s Move! London” event at Winfield House in London, England, July 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

Educators, May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and as warm weather approaches, there is no better time than now to get our students excited about getting active and healthy.

With obesity rates reaching epic proportions, teaching our children about the benefits of physical activity,  sports participation, and good nutrition can have a lasting impression.

Jump start the conversation on the importance of an active lifestyle by incorporating SIRS Issues Researcher’s in-depth coverage of the effects of obesity on our society into your lesson plans. Through features such as Topic Overview, Pro/Con Essential Questions and up-to-date graphics and statistics, students will gain a better understanding of why a healthy, active lifestyle at home and around the community is beneficial.

What are some of the ways you will kick-start National Fitness and Sports Month? Let us know by commenting below!

Navigating Nutrition

"The School Day Just Got Healthier (infographic)" Photo credit: USDAgov / Foter / CC BY

“The School Day Just Got Healthier (infographic)” Photo credit: USDAgov / Foter / CC BY

For students, picking out a healthy lunch can be overwhelming. At home and at school, there are so many choices. Where does one start? SIRS Issues Researcher is full of helpful information about nutrition and the importance of vitamins. Want to know how to tell a good food from a fraud? Just visit the Food and Nutrition Leading Issue via the A-Z List, and sink your teeth into a healthy serving of research articles that could change the way you eat. Explore the pros and cons of fad diets, know what to look for on nutrition labels, and even read about food safety laws. Would you support a junk food tax? Investigate the pros and cons in the new Junk Food Tax Leading Issue.