Latest Jason Mendoza Stories

2011-08-22 19:44:58

In a study of fourth-graders at eight elementary schools in the Houston Independent School District, researchers at the USDA/ARS Children´s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine found that students who participated in a Walking School Bus program had increased rates of walking to school and increased daily minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. The report appears in the current issue of Pediatrics. "In the United States, children are not meeting the...

2010-10-25 13:41:35

The annual Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating is a good time to teach children the importance of incorporating walking into a daily routine to increase physical activity, said an expert at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. "It's a good opportunity to walk around the neighborhood as a family and, if you enjoy it, consider incorporating it into your daily family routine," said Dr. Jason Mendoza, a pediatrician and assistant professor of...

2010-02-27 11:25:00

The Texas Public School Nutrition Policy, which began in the 2004-2005 school year, was designed to improve dietary intake at school by the state's youngsters. An analysis of the policy directed by experts at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital shows that it worked. The report appears in the current issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. "The results show that this is a good policy," said Dr. Jason...

2009-07-01 13:36:57

School's out for the summer, and according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu), it's important that kids have a good balance of indoor and outdoor activities during this time to maintain a healthy weight."Some research has shown that kids gain the most weight during summer vacation, so it's important that parents take an active role in providing opportunities for their children to be physically active," said Dr. Jason Mendoza (http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/faculty/?PMID=9551),...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'