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Organics Provide No 'Meaningful Nutritional Benefits,' Pediatricians Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.22.2012 | Parents

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) -- a professional organization of more than 60,000 pediatricians -- has released a new report finding no evid...

New USDA Nutrition Guidelines Could Help Children Reclaim Their Childhoods

Elisa Batista | Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents
Elisa Batista

The subject of obesity shouldn't be taboo. We need to talk about its causes and what we can do as a society to address it because it is killing us.

Healthier School Meals Despite Agribiz Lobbying

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Back to school can be a time of adjustment. Just as students might need time to adjust to new teachers and subjects, the school lunch program might need time before it is fully accepted by students or financially successful.

Ideas for School Lunches for Young Children (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 11.04.2012 | Home
Rebecca Gerendasy

It's not only what is inside the sack lunch that counts, but also how it is put together. In the end, school lunches that are healthy, fresh and fun are the keys to a satisfying lunchtime experience.

Back to School Nutrition

Kathy Kaehler | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Kathy Kaehler

Stop playing the blame game and get to work -- at home and at your child's school.

Soccer Mom Soapbox

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD | Posted 10.01.2012 | Parents
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

Let me tell you about soccer. The Capri Sun flows like water after soccer games. Parents bring Pringles. And Ritz Bits. And Oreos. Sometimes Oreos and cupcakes. It is a 6-year-old's paradise.

So What Can They Eat?

Jason Good | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Jason Good

You can't seriously try to take away sugar. That magical dust that dries up tears? How are we supposed to pass down our legacy of emotional eating if we can't train our children?

Connecting Health and Nutrition Boosts Child Survival Efforts

Michele Learner | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Michele Learner

Ensuring that young children are well nourished has a dramatic impact on their whole lives -- most immediately, on their survival to celebrate a fifth birthday.

The Importance of Milk: You Can Easily Take It for Granted

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

We will see surging demand for milk as emerging middle-class families in China, India, Vietnam, Kenya and elsewhere have the ability to improve their family diets -- and the way these emerging middle-class families will consume milk is different.

Tolerance of Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The latest edition of UNICEF's report on child poverty showed the United States ranks second out of 35 developed countries on the scale of what economists call "relative child poverty" with 23.1 percent of its children living in poverty. Only Romania ranked higher. It was another shameful reminder that, as economist Sheldon Danziger put it, "Among rich countries, the U.S. is exceptional. We are exceptional in our tolerance of poverty." For the Lynch family in Columbus, Ohio, profiled here, headlines like this aren't news. Their family is a portrait of deep poverty in America. In 2010 20.5 million Americans were living on less than half of the federal poverty level.

Child Survival, Maternal Health and Nutrition: The Tie That Binds and the Action Ahead

John McCullough | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
John McCullough

More than 7 million children will die this year before they turn five. That is simply unacceptable. For a brief moment, the world is about to turn its attention to the issue of child survival and nutrition.

Schools Turning Their Noses Up At Pink Slime, Opting For Beef Without The Filler

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 08.04.2012 | Education

NEW YORK — The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this y...

Freedom Summer

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

The program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.

Huge Baby Food Donation In City That Needs It Most

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.23.2012 | Detroit

On Tuesday, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Forgotten Harvest received donations that will go a long way to feed some of the...

Why The Simple School Lunch Burger Patty Has 26 Ingredients

Posted 04.06.2012 | Education

The school burger has gotten more than its share of the spotlight lately as parents set off a media firestorm in a rally to remove the controversial, ...

Student's Homemade Turkey Sandwich Taken For Nuggets Was Teacher's Mistake

AP | By EMERY DALESIO | Posted 02.17.2012 | Education

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was a tale of government meddling that outraged radio talk show hosts and a pair of Congress members: A 4-year-old was forced to d...

Preschooler's Homemade Turkey Sandwich Replaced With Nuggets

Posted 04.16.2012 | Education

A preschool student at West Hoke Elementary School in North Carolina ended up eating three chicken nuggets for lunch two weeks ago -- because a state ...

Schools And Parents Must Work Together To Fight Childhood Obesity

Oz Garcia | Posted 04.09.2012 | Parents
Oz Garcia

Children need to learn to develop a taste for healthy foods both in and out of the home. Schools cannot be complicit in bombarding their students with poor food choices and undoing a parent's hard work.

Fighting Childhood Obesity On All Fronts

Darell Hammond | Posted 04.08.2012 | Parents
Darell Hammond

With a 29 percent increase of childhood obesity in neighborhoods without a park or playground, this is an effort that should be applauded beyond KaBOOM!, whose vision is a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Getting Kids To Eat Vegetables At School: Are Pictures The Answer?

Posted 04.02.2012 | Education

Getting young children to eat their servings of fruits and veggies, particularly in school, has been a long and hard struggle for parents, schools and...

School Lunches To Become Healthier With Veggies And Whole Grains

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years means most offerings – including the always popula...

Food Today, None Tomorrow

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 03.10.2012 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

Why is life so difficult in today's Congo? Why is there not enough food in that beleaguered African country?

Pizza Sauce Wins the Food Fight

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.

Children need to eat more vegetables, and we should push for increased intake of conventional vegetables and not look toward pizza as providing a satisfactory substitute.

Trashables: Oscar Mayer's Lunchables Are Nasty -- But the Message to Kids Is Worse

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

While Oscar Mayer's non-ironic slogan states, "It doesn't get any better than this," one is tempted to substitute the word "grosser" for "better."

State Lawmaker Proposes Axing Gym Class Requirement

Posted 12.12.2011 | Education

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill to eliminate a requirement that the state's 6th through 8th graders must take one semester of physical educat...