Packing a Healthy School Lunch


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Posted by: Crystal Williams on: May 1, 2017

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Summer Institute in Mental Health Research The Summer Institute in Mental Health Research will be offered over the course of a three-week period, May 30 – June 16, 2017, by the Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Institute focuses on methodological and substantive topics in mental health and substance-use research.

It is intended for working professionals or students who are interested in developing research expertise in the epidemiology of mental health and substance use disorders, the implementation and evaluation of mental health services and interventions, and/or the […]

Posted by: Crystal Williams on: April 28, 2017

Finding in mice could lead to new therapies for damaged organs and cancer A gene previously identified as critical for tumor growth in many human cancers also maintains intestinal stem cells and encourages the growth of cells that support them, according to results of a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers.

The finding, reported in the Apr. 28 issue of Nature Communications, adds to evidence for the intimate link between stem cells and cancer, and advances prospects for regenerative medicine and cancer treatments. Study leader Linda M. S. Resar, M.D.

, professor of medicine, oncology and pathology at the Institute for […]

Posted by: Crystal Williams on: April 28, 2017

The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S., associate director of preventive cardiology and associate professor of medicine at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Johns Hopkins researchers report that an analysis of survey responses and health records of more than 10,000 American adults for nearly 20 years suggests a “synergistic” link between exercise and good vitamin D levels in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Both exercise and adequate vitamin D have long been implicated in reducing heart disease risks, but in […]

Posted by: Crystal Williams on: April 28, 2017

The Maryland Genetics, Epidemiology and Medicine (MD-GEM) Training Program, through support of the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, announces a call for applications for the Wolfe Street Competition.

This competition fosters training and research collaborations in genetics, epidemiology and medicine between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and National Human Genome Research Institute.

Recipients receive up to $15,000 to support or supplement a genetics research project led by a partnership of two trainees.  Predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates are eligible to apply; at least one individual must be a predoctoral student.  The two […]

Posted by: Crystal Williams on: April 26, 2017

By providing startups education, mentorship, services and affordable space, FastForward 1812 aims to help revitalize Baltimore’s economy The Johns Hopkins University announced today the opening of its state-of-the-art innovation hub, FastForward 1812.

The 23,000-square-foot space near Johns Hopkins’ flagship hospital and schools of medicine, public health and nursing provides Baltimore’s burgeoning innovation ecosystem and area startups sought-after office, co-working and wet lab space to accommodate a variety of startups.

FastForward 1812 features 8,000 square feet of office, co-working and meeting space and 15,000 square feet of lab space, including private biosafety level 2 (BSL2) wet labs and BSL2 wet lab […]

Posted by: Crystal Williams on: April 26, 2017

The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Jennifer Elisseeff, Ph.D., director of the translational tissue engineering center and Morton Goldberg Professor of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.

Researchers find that removing senescent cells prevents joint degradation and promotes renewal in mouse joints In a preclinical study in mice and human cells, researchers report that selectively removing old or ‘senescent’ cells from joints could stop and even reverse the progression of osteoarthritis.

The findings, published April 24 in Nature Medicine, support growing evidence that senescent cells contribute to age-related diseases and demonstrate that using drug therapies to […]

Posted by: Crystal Williams on: April 25, 2017

The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Paul Worley, M.D., a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Working with human brain tissue samples and genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers together with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, the University of California San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Columbia University, and the Institute for Basic Research in Staten Island say that consequences of low levels of the protein NPTX2 in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may change the pattern of neural activity in ways that lead to the learning and […]

Posted by: Crystal Williams on: April 25, 2017

A team of computer engineers and neurosurgeons, with an assist from Hollywood special effects experts, reports successful early tests of a novel, life 3D simulator designed to teach surgeons to perform a delicate, minimally invasive brain operation.

A report on the simulator that guides trainees through an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics on April 25.

The procedure uses endoscopes, which are small, computer-guided tubes and instruments, to treat certain forms of hydrocephalus, a condition marked by an excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid and pressure on the brain. ETV is a minimally invasive procedure […]

Posted by: Crystal Williams on: April 24, 2017

The following article profiles the Association of American Physicians inductions of ICTR researchers Stephen B. Baylin, M.D., Peter Calabresi, M.D., Garry R. Cutting, M.D., Sherita Hill Golden, M.D., Frank Giardiello, M.D., and Justin McArthur, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

Six Johns Hopkins physicians were elected to the Association of American Physicians at the annual meeting of the organization April 21-23 in Chicago.

The Association of American Physicians is a nonprofit, professional organization whose goals include the pursuit of medical knowledge, and the advancement through experimentation and discovery of basic and clinical science and their application to clinical medicine. Each year, individuals who have attained excellence in achieving these goals […]

Posted by: Crystal Williams on: April 24, 2017

The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Brandyn Lau, M.P.H., C.P.H., assistant professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Closing disclosure gap for lesbian, gay and bisexual community should improve care A study that surveyed a national sample of emergency department health care providers and adult patients suggests that patients are substantially more willing to disclose their sexual orientation than health care workers believe.

In a report on the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine on April 24, the researchers found that nearly 80 percent of health care professionals believed patients would refuse to provide […]

Posted by: Crystal Williams on: April 21, 2017

JHU’s 21st Century Cities Initiative releases report conversations with young people in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in 2015 Article by: Katie Pearce When Johns Hopkins researchers made an effort to hear from young people in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, they found some sobering opinions of the city. Of the 58 teenagers and young adults who offered candid interviews for the “Hearing Their Voices” project, not one saw their future in Baltimore City. They all hoped to move away one day. “There was a sense of abandonment in their neighborhoods—a lack of safe […]


Medicine & Health Care Summit at Johns Hopkins — Ambassador Leaders

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Arrive on Johns Hopkins University campus and check in to the Summit. After saying good-byes, parents can attend an optional brief orientation, while students join their peers for icebreakers.

Enjoy the welcome dinner and opening address, and get to know your teacher leaders and staff who will guide you during the Summit.

Meet your group and get to know your teammates as you review the exciting week ahead.


Push your limits during a hands-on team building experience at a high ropes course. Build trust with your team as you problem-solve and overcome obstacles together.

Receive an introduction to intriguing patient case studies that you and your teammates will examine during the Summit.

Following your dreams takes persistence and grit. Fuel your passion when you hear from a keynote speaker –an accomplished physician or a public health expert.


Hear about Hopkins’ academic community, student life and application process directly from a JHU Admissions counselor, then explore JHU campus during a tour led by JHU students.

Visit University of Maryland Medical School and its state-of-the-art research facilities. Hear from a panel of medical students and take part in a hands-on simulation experience in the Shock Trauma Advanced Medical Simulation Lab.

Then, learn crucial life-saving skills during the Stop The Bleed training and certification.

Discuss leadership in the field of medicine with your peers and examine its implications for your future career.


Participate in a patient interviewing and examination workshop and learn important patient care skills.

Dive into your case studies with your team. Hone your new skills by examining patient symptoms and learning what to look for to narrow down the diagnosis.

Meet a panel of medical professionals and hear about different career paths you can take in the medical field, and the challenges and rewards of each.

Take part in a Medical Ethics Committee discussion and address hot topics such as gene therapy, stem cell research, and others.


Learn about past and present leaders during an action-packed day in Washington, DC. Start the day with an enlightening tour of the US Capitol Building and examine the history and present day of our country’s government.

Explore the National Mall and pay tribute at the awe-inspiring national monuments and memorials.

Back on campus, continue working with your team on your case study research and presentation.

DAY 6: Get hands-on with medicine

Roll up your sleeves during a CPR training and earn your CPR/AED certification from the American Red Cross.

Learn technical suturing skills working with a surgeon and put your skills into practice during a suturing simulation.

Take part in an interactive workshop to learn about reflexes, cranial nerves and vital signs.

Hear from a panel of JHU students about college life and how you can prepare for medical education.

DAY 7: Make an impact

Give back to the local communities in Baltimore through a hands-on service project with United Way. Examine how you can make community service an essential part of preparing for your career in the medical field.

Visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, and learn about careers addressing the growing global health challenges.

Explore the renowned National Museum of Health & Medicine and learn about the history and practice of American medicine.

DAY 8: Unveil your case study

It’s your time to shine! Present your case-study conclusions to your peers and get feedback.

Celebrate your accomplishments in style and bond with your friends during a banquette and dance cruise on the Baltimore Harbor.

Explore Baltimore’s vibrant Inner Harbor and shop for mementos to remember your time in Baltimore.

DAY 9: Serve with passion!

In the morning, bid farewell to your friends and teacher leaders. Believe in yourself and remember to lead through service as you go after your dreams in medicine.

This is a sample itinerary of what students may experience on program. Events, speakers and site visits are subject to confirmation and change.

Notice: This program is developed and operated solely by Ambassador Leaders. Ambassador Leaders has leased or rented facilities from the Johns Hopkins University.

Ambassador Leaders and any of its programs are not related to or affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University.

Ambassador Leaders is a separate legal entity with no connection to the Johns Hopkins University aside from the use of facilities for the specified program.


The latest coronavirus updates: Sunday, May 17, 2020

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CLEVELAND — All of the updates on the coronavirus and the incredible impact it's having on our lives can be hard to keep up with. To help you keep up, we'll post this daily blog on our homepage. You can find all of our stories, and a map of Ohio cases, on our coronavirus page.

11:00 PM
After having to close its doors in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Salaam Clinic of Cleveland is preparing to reopen and serve those in need. More here.

10:29 PM
Some Ohio moms are choosing to give birth at home over hospitals during the pandemic. More here.

10:08 PM
Nordonia High School is using a drive-in theatre to create a graduation ceremony for its seniors. More here.

8:53 PM
After photos of people packed together on the restaurant’s patio were taken and the manager confirmed it was working to reduce the number of customers there, Lago East Bank said the photos were not an accurate representation of the precautions it has taken against the spread of COVID-19, that it is still able to provide a safe environment for customers and that it does not believe the responsibility to “control” guests falls on the restaurant. More here.

8:23 PM
The Cleveland Department of Public Health was notified of 35 new confirmed COVID-19 test results in residents of the city, bringing the total to 1,168 confirmed cases in Cleveland. There have been 41 total fatalities to date. The new confirmed cases include males and females whose ages range from in their 20s to in their 80s.

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While some industries have struggled during the coronavirus pandemic, a local boat shop has seen a surge in sales and customers as Ohioans plan for a socially distanced summer. More here.

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A dog training center set to host its grand opening had to get creative amid the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said officials will do “whatever we have to do” to enforce social distancing and other protective measures if bars and restaurants fail to restrain crowds as the state eases coronavirus measures. More here.

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An organization aimed at providing fun activities and adventures for children living with life-threatening illnesses got creative during the coronavirus pandemic and brought a smile to the faces of several Northeast Ohio families with a little help from a beloved Cleveland mascot. More here.

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As cases in Ohio remain steady, Summit County reports more than 1,000 total cases on Sunday. More here.

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This Thursday, campgrounds in Ohio are allowed to reopen. But before they welcome campers, they have to make sure they’re following the state’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. More here.

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The City of Cleveland has started sending employees door-to-door to help educate residents about ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus in areas with multiple cases. More here.

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Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Ohio, a timeline of Governor Mike DeWine's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Northeast Ohio, and link to more information from the Ohio Department of Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the CDC and the WHO.

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The CDC and the Ohio Department of Health are now recommending the use of cloth face coverings in public to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Read more about the CDC's recommendation here. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make a face mask from common household materials, without having to know how to sew.

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See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.


7 School Lunch Tips for Picky Eaters

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Are you packing a school lunch for a picky eater? Getting your child to eat healthfully is a struggle for many parents.

In this slideshow, Johns Hopkins pediatric dietitian Meredith Thivierge offers school lunch tips for picky eaters to help you prepare meals with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your child needs to grow and succeed in school.

Make Lunch Fun

Children, especially younger children, can be influenced by how the food looks. Fun shapes and bright colors may grab their attention and encourage them to take a bite. You don’t have to spend a lot of time carving cartoon characters bologna.

Just take a few minutes to arrange the lunch neatly, add a personal note or use a cookie cutter to shape a sandwich or slice of cheese to add visual interest to the meal.

“If the food looks fun and appetizing to you, there is a good chance your picky eater will also find it appetizing,” Thivierge says.

Sneak in Foods to Cover All Food Groups

You may have to get creative to make sure your picky eater’s lunch covers the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, protein, grains and dairy. If your child is allergic to or intolerant of specific foods, it may be worth talking to your pediatrician about a multivitamin or supplement.

If dietary restrictions are not an issue, you can try sneaking in foods your picky eater refuses to eat. “Blending cauliflower with mashed potatoes or adding spinach to a fruit smoothie are a few ways parents can trick their children into eating healthy foods,” Thivierge suggests. She also advises asking your child why they dis certain foods.

If they simply don’t the texture or look, this can sometimes be remedied by trying different cooking techniques.

Involve Your Children

Picky eaters, and children in general, are more ly to eat something if they helped to make it. Participation gives kids a sense of ownership in the final product and helps them see exactly what’s inside that sandwich or salad they are having for lunch.

You can involve your children at every stage of the process, from picking a recipe to food shopping and meal preparation. “Together you could create a list of foods your children enjoy and that you approve of and then have them choose from this list,” recommends Thivierge.

This allows parents to remain in control while giving a child the freedom of choice.

Avoid Introducing New Foods at Lunch

It’s important to keep introducing new foods to your picky eater, as it can take 10 to 20 times of trying a food before a child may start liking it. However, school lunch may not be the best time for it.

Children tend to get distracted during lunch and often don’t have enough time to finish everything they have in their lunch box. They may start with more familiar foods and are more ly to ignore new items.

Thivierge suggests introducing new foods at dinner when the whole family can encourage the child to try something new.

Make a List and Change Up the Menu

Start working on your school lunch menu the foods your child agrees to eat. “It helps to make a list of all foods your picky eater tolerates, but it’s also important to find different ways to serve them,” Thivierge says.

For example, if cucumber is the only vegetable your picky eater will stomach, try serving it with different dips or roll it up with lunch meats and cheese. The United States Department of Agriculture website has a variety of recipes created with input from school children to help you find new school lunch ideas.

Changing it up is the key to keeping your child from losing interest in the few healthy foods they .

Think Outside the Lunch Box

What do you picture when you think about a typical school lunch? Is it a ham and cheese sandwich, a carton of milk and an apple? Although there is nothing wrong with sandwiches, they can get boring quickly.

Why limit yourself to traditional lunch foods? It’s perfectly fine to pack soups, salads, quesadillas and even breakfast foods for lunch. You could come up with theme days “mac ’n cheese Mondays” so that your child knows what to expect. “And if your child wants to eat lunch at school, that’s okay too.

Find a balance between school lunches and packed lunches and plan these meals together,” Thivierge says.

Be a Role Model

Children tend to mirror their parents. If you don’t eat lunch and instead snack all day, your child may start skipping lunch too.

Or if you enjoy a cupcake before dinner, your picky eater may start filling up on dessert before they get to the healthy part of the school lunch.

“Leading with a good example is important, especially when it comes to foods you as a parent may be picky about,” points out Thivierge. If you serve mushrooms to your child, yet pick them off of your own plate, your child may follow your cues.

Additional Resources

For more information about child nutrition, school lunches and back-to-school tips, take a look at these resources:


Johns Hopkins Magazine

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The middle of Linda Regan's evening shift looks this: Thirty beds in various cramped rooms at Johns Hopkins Hospital's emergency department in East Baltimore are filled; one man dressed in a hospital robe sits up on a gurney parked in the hallway; more than 30 other people sit in the low-ceilinged waiting room, hoping a bed becomes available. It is 10:15 p.m. “We're a dumping ground,” says Regan, an assistant professor in emergency medicine at the School of Medicine, and a regular physician on the nighttime shift.

Some patients walk out because of the wait. Those who remain present a spectrum of complaints. One woman is suicidal because her teenage son has run away. A cancer patient suffers from swelling on his face and throat.

An HIV-infected 17-year-old girl has swelling and pain inside, ly the result of encounters with eight males over the course of two days.

Regan has to keep them all straight, ensuring that interns, med students, and nurses are properly directed in giving treatment as she and a small handful of doctors handle the crush.

Emergency care has been in crisis for at least the last decade, a phenomenon largely — and perhaps wrongly — attributed to the fact that one in seven Americans, about 46 million in all, lacks health insurance and relies on packed emergency rooms for health care.

It's one of the most expensive medical options available, and many patients come in with complex and costly problems because of generally poor health.

Other factors drive up the price of emergency care: Doctors, generally unaware of a patient's medical history (and always unaware of their lack of health insurance), often prescribe expensive diagnostic tests to make sure they aren't overlooking more serious problems.

Although private-practice health care providers can deny treatment to uninsured patients, federal law requires emergency physicians to treat everyone. Many patients can't pay their bills, leaving hospitals to absorb the costs.

About a quarter of the people who show up in the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore emergency department are what the medical industry calls “self-payers,” compared to 6 percent of patients elsewhere in the hospital.

“The emergency department is becoming a substitute for a doctor's visit,” says Ronald R. Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

“There's an extended role for the emergency department, which is a relatively expensive department to run overall.”

But uninsured patients aren't the major reason behind a 36 percent increase in emergency room visits nationwide in the past decade or why Johns Hopkins Hospital's East Baltimore emergency room has seen nearly 57,000 patients in the past year.

The other 75 percent of emergency room visitors — patients with insurance — often clog a system that takes people in through the emergency room, then admits them and moves them upstairs to a hospital bed. Often, hospitals are too full to accommodate emergency patients who need to stay.

Tonight, for example, as Regan tries to find room for an elderly woman with a severely swollen leg, a charge nurse complains: “We can't get anybody back here because we can't get anybody here.”

James Scheulen, chief administrative officer of Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine, says a clogged emergency system, if not managed effectively, can negatively affect the quality of care hospitals can give.

“Because hospitals have to keep filling beds to near capacity to remain financially viable, we often have nowhere to send people who are really sick once we're done with them,” he says.

“At times at Hopkins Hospital, we have 110 percent of capacity, which means we have these backlogs.”

Nationwide, many hospitals have closed in recent years, leaving fewer emergency rooms and fewer beds.

At the other end of the equation, the numbers of family physicians — who could treat minor medical matters that shouldn't send a patient to the hospital — are dwindling, as are doctors who will treat Medicaid patients. “Primary care practices are all booked up,” says Scheulen.

To maximize their schedules, doctors fill up all appointment spaces, leaving them with little room to fit in people with sudden illnesses or injuries. “So even when people do have doctors, [the physicians] often don't know [the patients] well enough to help them over the phone.

They'll send them to the emergency room for an ankle sprain or a cough that turns out to be a respiratory infection. The result is we get squeezed from both ends,” he adds.

A constantly revolving door reflects more than just an insurance crisis, Scheulen says. “As much money as we have wrapped up in health care in this country, there is still a fundamental issue of the system's capacity.” That, coupled with the desire of some people to get immediate care no matter what, can drive up costs.

What's more, some Americans' desire for instant solutions to problems factors into the equation. “When I give lectures, I put a picture of McDonald's in my slide show,” Scheulen says.

“If I could find a way to give drive-through health care, I would. It's what people want.

They expect immediate care, whether they need it or not, and here we are in the emergency department — open 24 hours a day and accessible, a one-stop-and-shop opportunity.”
—Michael Anft

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