COVID-19 Brings Overhaul Of Military Health Care To A Halt

The agencies that oversee the health of U.S. military personnel and veterans were pushing ahead this spring with the biggest overhaul of their health systems in three decades. The initiatives aimed to shift up to 15 million patients to private care providers, shutter clinics and hospitals, and reduce the number of military doctors and nurses.

The Army, Navy and Air Force, along with the Defense Health Agency, had begun shedding patients and providers under reforms set into motion in 2017 under the National Defense Authorization Act. Veterans Affairs was due to send scores of veterans to neighborhood doctors and hospitals instead of VA facilities, also under legislation passed more than a year ago.

Supporters of the change called it good for patients — because they’d gain access to improved care — and for the government — because it would save millions of dollars by eliminating redundant services.

What no one

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Can TV boost your kid’s food smarts? | Health Beat

A growing reliance on ready-prepared foods—as well as fewer parents preparing fresh foods—has led to a drop in cooking skills among children. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Can television teach kids how to eat healthy?

Maybe, suggests new research. Watching cooking shows that featured healthy recipes seemed to encourage healthy eating in children, the study showed.

“The findings from this study indicate cooking programs can be a promising tool for promoting positive changes in children’s food-related preferences, attitudes and behaviors,” said lead author Frans Folkvord, from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

The researchers recruited 125 children, aged 10 to 12, who watched 10 minutes of a Dutch public television cooking program designed for children.

All were offered a snack as a reward for taking part in the study.

Some of the children watched an episode featuring healthy food, while others watched an episode featuring unhealthy food.

Those who watched the healthy

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