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The pathway to better health for teenage girls starts with the first meal of the day, and when they make a good-for-me choice their odds of having a healthier body weight and lower cholesterol improve. These are the latest peer-reviewed findings summarized in Public Health Nutrition. This analysis of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study (NGHS) data was funded in part by the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. The NGHS followed the diets of 2,379 girls who, at the beginning of the study, were between the ages of nine and 10 from 1987 to 1997; 51 percent, or 1,213, were African American girls and 1,166 were Caucasian girls who lived in Berkeley, CA, Cincinnati, OH and Washington, D.C.

Based on analysis of the girls food diaries, breakfast cereal eaters tended to have lower waist-to-height ratios, which is an indicator of healthy body weight, lower total cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol. Previous findings from NGHS cited health benefits of eating breakfast related to lower BMI (findings released in 2005) and improved nutrition, higher milk consumption and increased physical activity (findings released in 2008).

The Broward County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is holding a "Women Who Dared" awards luncheon, celebrating local women who dared to make a difference for residents in Broward County, on Wednesday, November 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orangebrook Golf and Country Club, 400 Entrada Drive.

A panel discussion will feature keynote speaker Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The public is invited to the awards luncheon. Honorees are: Olga G. Alvarez, Hazel Armbrister, Nadine McCrea, Niara Sudarkasa and Mary Zalaznik. The event is open to the public. Honorees are:

The Government and People of Saint Lucia share with our sister island nation of Barbados profound grief and sadness at the untimely death of Prime Minister David John Howard Thompson. The news of Prime Minister Thompson's passing was received with a deep sense of loss by all Saint Lucians. Our two nations have shared close and historic ties, which was symbolized and embodied by Prime Minister Thompson both through his long standing friendship with Prime Minister Stephenson King and his marital bond with his wife Mara who is a native of Saint Lucia.

 Prime Ministers Thompson and King both emerged through the regional youth movement to become leaders of their respective nations within six months of each other on September 7th, 2007 and January 16th, 2008 respectively.

According to recent data released by the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), trade through the County’s two economic engines, Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami, continued to grow at a rapid pace in August, and trade overall is experiencing a solid recovery from a dismal year in 2009. Compared to August 2009, imports at the Seaport grew by 17.4% while exports were up 12.6%. Imports through the Airport grew an impressive 47.7% and exports increased by 26.7%.

Total exports for Miami-Dade County grew by 23.4% in August 2010, while imports grew a whopping 33.6% when compared to August 2009 figures. The largest regional source of imports came from Central America which grew 47% year over year. South America dominated Miami-Dade exports, accounting for 55% of total exports, an increase of 24.6% compared to 2009. Brazil, the County’s top overall trading partner for several years now, was by far the largest export country with over $953 million in exports alone in August 2010, with Switzerland coming in at 2nd place at $433 million.

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