Friday Fix: February 16, 2018

The Benefits of Before-School Exercise for Children, SNAP Changes Cause Concern in the North Country, and an Update on Local ACR Health Projects

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We get it – keeping up with daily news is hard.

That’s why every other week, North Country Vitals picks three pieces of important healthcare news and compiles them into the Friday FixSome are local and others affect our state, country, or world. We even do our best to break down complicated subjects and offer commentary to help you understand how the news affects your daily life.

So, what has been making headlines in healthcare recently? Here’s what we found:

1. “A Before-School Exercise Program May Help Children Thrive”

Citing a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, this story from The New York Times reports that a one-hour, before-school exercise program could make kids happier and healthier.

The study, which took place in several elementary and middle schools in Massachusetts, measured the heights, weights, body mass indexes and general happiness of several hundred students at the beginning and end of a 12-week exercise program. Compared to those who did not participate in the before-school exercise programs, those who did had almost all improved their BMIs and fewer qualified as obese. They also reported feeling happier, more satisfied with life, and more connected to their peers.

To read more about the study, find the full article here.

2. “SNAP Changes raise concerns from north country advocates, retailers”

In his 2019 budget, President Donald Trump has proposed cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $17 billion in 2019 and about 30 percent of the next decade. According to the Watertown Daily Times, local advocates are concerned about this decision, which would take away a SNAP beneficiary’s ability to shop around for food and instead provide them with “Harvest Boxes” delivered to their door.

Many North Country advocates expressed concern for individuals who have special conditions, like food allergies, diabetes, or other dietary restrictions. Others said the change would hurt local businesses, who have many customers using SNAP to pay for their groceries. Even local lawmakers, such as Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Senator Charles Schumer, expressed their doubts about the proposed plan.

Click here to read the entire story.

3. “ACR Health Awaiting Funding For Watertown Project”

The brief report from WWNY-TV7/FOX 28 provides an update on two health-related projects being organized by ACR Health in Watertown.

According to 7 News, a syringe exchange program, located on Franklin Street, is now up and running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, plans for a small grocery store on Court Street are still in the works, as the nonprofit is waiting for necessary funding.

To read more, click here.

See you March 2nd for the next Friday Fix!

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