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Providing a Healthy Start for all Texas children

Dr. Lesli Beidiger-Friedman

A Texas State University nutrition researcher is working on innovative ways to make sure all Texas children have a chance to thrive.

While we know that eating healthy — more veggies, less sugar — is great for combating things like childhood obesity and diabetes, there may be other positive outcomes to improving children’s nutrition, says Lesli Biediger-Friedman, associate professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State.

“One of the things we’re looking at is how proper nutrition impacts things like the development of healthy behaviors and getting children kindergarten ready,” she said. 

Biediger-Friedman works closely with San Marcos area Head Start and preschools, public health workers, and parents to determine how big of a role nutrition plays in early childhood development and to get families to be more proactive about their food choices.

Education is only part of the challenge, however. In lower income families or rural populations, simply finding convenient, affordable healthy food options can be difficult.

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Texas State ROTC Cadets Conquer The Bataan Memorial Death March

Texas State Cadets Conquer The Bataan Memorial Death March

On March 17, six members of the Texas State University Army ROTC participated in the 30th Annual Battan Memorial Death March through the desert surrounding the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The annual event commemorates the 1942 Battan Death March during World War II when 60,000-80,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war were forced by their Imperial Japanese Army captors to march more than 60 miles through the Philippine jungles, facing extreme hardships. Thousands died from rough conditions, mistreatment or execution, while many perished in prisoner camps. Still, others were killed while being transported on unmarked ships that were attacked by U.S. forces.

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