Health Central – Kids mistake apples for french fries in TV ads
Children in the U.S. have a hard time identifying healthy food in fast food commercials, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. In 2009, fast food companies agreed to advertise healthy foods in commercials targeted at children to combat the obesity epidemic.
For the study, researchers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center in New Hampshire, showed children, ages 3 to 7, images from fast food TV ads that aired on the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and other children’s networks from July 2010 to June 2011.

The Washington Post Wonk Blog – Why DC’s bikeshare is flourishing while New York’s is financially struggling
New York City’s 10-month-old bikeshare system – first heckled by skeptical New Yorkers, then embraced by tens of thousands of them; variously the subject of lawsuitsand aesthetic critiques and conspiracy theories – recently entered a new chapter in its high-drama first year: Citi Bike, media and city officials have concluded, is in a financial tailspin.
The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the system was in need of “rescue” in the form of tens of millions of dollars. New York’s new transportation commissioner has conceded “financial and operational challenges.” Last week the program’s general manager resigned. All this amid headlines demanding “tough love” and dramatic change.

WPTV – World Autism Awareness Day April 2: 1 of 3 health issues to be recognized by the UN with its own day
You’ll be seeing a lot of blue on Wednesday as communities throughout our area, across the nation and internationally participate in the Light It Up Blue campaign that’s part of April’s Autism Awareness Month activities.
With the urging of Autism Speaks co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright, the United Nations declared April 2 World Autism Awareness Day in 2007. The goal of the day is to shine a bright, blue light on autism as a growing health issue.

The Washington Post – More than 7 million have enrolled under Affordable Care Act, White House says
President Obama announced Tuesday that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, the most ambitious federal effort in nearly half a century to widen access to coverage.
The tally, which signified a sharp turnaround from the troubled beginnings of enrollment last fall, was driven upward by a late rush of consumers seeking coverage in the days and hours before the deadline of midnight Monday to select health plans for 2014.

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