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Chinese New Year of the Monkey festival games, crafts, activities for kids | Examiner.com

Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, begins late January or early February on the western calendar. CNY 2016 starts Feb. 9. It's Year of the Monkey. Here are easy, inexpensive ideas to throw a Chinese New Year festival in a school classroom or at homeschool or with your family. Sheep (goat) themed activities are included.  Chinese New Year of the Monkey festival games, crafts, activities for kids | Examiner.com

Low income kids more often overweight: Childhood obesity, poverty, poor diets

Low income kids are more often overweight than children in moderate to high income families. IANS reported Jan. 9, that childhood obesity is linked to poverty in a direct one-to-one correspondence. For every one percent drop in low income status, children and teens were 1.17 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. The University of Michigan study, published in Childhood Obesity, looked at roughly 112,000 Massachusetts students for poverty and obesity links. It correlated overall community childhood obesity rates with lower income status. It factored in family food stamps, free and reduced lunch and transitional aid eligibility.   Low income kids more often overweight: Childhood obesity, poverty, poor diets | Examiner.com

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