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Childhood Nutrition

What Students Will Be Eating Under New Lunch Guidelines

Posted 10.20.2012 | Education

New U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for school lunches are taking effect this fall, as part of a healthy school lunch initiative put forth i...

Schools Using Cutting-Edge Market Research To Get Kids To Eat Healthy

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 10.20.2012 | Education

DENVER -- There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy opt...

Eating on the Run Starts Early

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Scheduled meals, by their very nature, set boundaries that are otherwise missing. All-day snacking, on the other hand, can easily lead to weight gain, even from relatively healthy foods.

We Can't Afford To Cut Food Programs For Hungry Children

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 08.10.2012 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

There are 16 million children in the United States who are facing hunger. How many of those kids live in your community? How many of those kids live...

Banning Big Gulps Won't Fix Our Big Obesity Problem

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

The real issue with sugary beverages isn't that some people drink large amounts, it's that many people drink relatively small amounts. And banning large-sized drinks does little to address that issue.

Do Kids Need to Snack? What the French Know That We Don't

Dina R. Rose | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Dina R. Rose

Americans try to prevent hunger. The French cultivate it.

America's Obesity Battle Begins In Schools, Report Says

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation's obesity battle, but to trim Americans' waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people ...

Breakfast In The Classroom Changing Student Performance

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 06.17.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. In the first month of a new experiment inside a Dixwell school, the number of kids eating...

Corporate Profits or Healthy Babies?

Robert Weissman | Posted 06.13.2012 | Home
Robert Weissman

American society is not sufficiently supportive of breastfeeding, and the everyday realities of many new mothers' lives make exclusive breastfeeding very challenging.

Country Music and ConAgra -- Ending Childhood Hunger?

Christina Pirello | Posted 06.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

Remember, it takes a village to raise a child, and this big village known as the United States can do better by its kids than feeding them cheap, processed foods.

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, ...

It's Hard Being Mean

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Parents
Kelly Dorfman

In a world of too many choices, kids need parents to create a structure for healthy eating.

Why Won't Jane and Johnny Eat Healthier at School?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Now that the federal government has sought to get schools across the country to make healthier lunches, there's another tough question for us all: Will kids eat them?

Hunger-Free Kids -- What a Great Idea!

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

It's time for Congress to stop turning their backs on our children's health and to step forward, be more deeply involved, resist the special interests and make children's nutrition a priority.

Put Away That Blender -- Feed Your Baby Real Solids

Dr. Veronica Anderson | Posted 04.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Veronica Anderson

There is no reason why modern technological advances need to get in the way of what our prehistoric ancestors have been doing all along. Let your baby choose the foods that nature intended for them to eat in the first place.

Dinner Is Now On The Menu In Nearly 200 California Schools

| Sue Frey | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. You've heard about free school lunches and breakfasts, but how about school suppers...

Why New Jersey Parents Are Superior

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 04.09.2012 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage

While the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety, New Jersey moms have a secret of their own.

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...

How I Became a Calorie Girl

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 03.24.2012 | Parents
Lindsay Pyfer

I was six the day my mother called me into the bedroom she shared with my stepfather. My stepfather gently pinched the flesh near my waist between his thumb and forefinger. He said, "See this?" I shouldn't be able to pinch so much here."

School Vending Machines Don't Make Tweens Gain Weight, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 01.18.2012 | Home

The explosion of obesity and unhealthy eating among children in recent years is deadly serious. It's already increased the prevalence of things like d...

FoodCorps Volunteers Teach Healthy Eating To At-Risk Young Kids (VIDEO)

Posted 01.06.2012 | Healthy Living

More than 17 percent of all children between the ages of two and 19 are clinically obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preven...

Giving Back and Getting Balanced

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 02.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

If we do not change our habits by 2020, children today will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. It would be the first time that this has happened in 200 years.

District May Ease Junk Food Ban Amid Profit Loss

Posted 12.14.2011 | Education

The Seattle School District is considering rewriting a policy enacted in 2004 that removed junk food from public schools, citing the ban's huge cut to...

Despite Congress Backtrack, Schools Move Ahead With Healthy Meals

| Sue Frey | Posted 01.29.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. A week after Congress backtracked on some key components of landmark school nutriti...

Congress Says Pizza and French Fries Are Vegetables!

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Like many of you, when I heard that Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable, I thought it had to be a headline from The Onion.