Health headlines: Kids need more exercise, less lead

Here’s a look at few health stories that caught our eye this week.

The medical community’s endorsement of frequent recess breaks — for kids and grown ups — was well received by experts who meet at the White House late last week for a summit on childhood obesity.

Another study connects spanking with overly aggressive behavior.

The FDA is taking a closer look at triclosan, a widely used antibacterial agent found in soap, toothpaste and a range of other consumer products marketed at kids, because of animal tests that linked the agent to altered hormones and antibiotic resistance.

New legislation goes into effect next week that requires renovation and remodeling contractors to be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices to help prevent cases of lead poisoning among children.

The Healthy Weight Clinic in Roxbury is running a successful weight loss clinic for Boston teens by  offering a doctor, dietitian, and case manager all in one place.  Dr. Shari Nethersole, medical director for community health at Children’s Hospital Boston was quoted in the Globe’s coverage of the clinic.