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Childhood Nutrition

Bringing the Food Revolution to Our Schools

Lynda Resnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lynda Resnick

Given school cafeteria menus, it's no wonder that our nation's children are developing poor eating habits. As places of learning, schools have a responsibility to also educate on nutrition.

Community Challenge: Raising a Healthier Generation

Michelle Paige Paterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michelle Paige Paterson

As we countdown the final days of the Healthy Steps to Albany competition, I have another challenge, for all of our children, their schools and families: keep it going.

Let's Ask Marion Nestle: Can Jamie Oliver Declare Victory?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kerry Trueman

When I met with Jamie Oliver's staff in London last summer -- an information session, not a consult -- I thought the project sounded kind of arrogant but knowing nothing about reality television, I was curious to see how it would go.

Shocking: Sugar Content of Common Food Products

Darya Pino, Ph.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darya Pino, Ph.D

Obviously sugar content is not the only factor in a food's nutritional value (and not all of these have added sugar), but it can be illuminating to see the relative amounts in the foods we consume.

Let's Ask Marion Nestle: Does the USDA Stand for Ultra Silly Dietary Agenda?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

How did the USDA's school lunch standards ever get so nutritionally nutty? Would passage of the CNA support the wholesome, made-from-scratch meals that Jamie Oliver's trying to bring back to our cafeterias?

Rachael Ray Gives NYC's School Garden Movement A Boost

Emily Freund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Emily Freund

Being competent in reading and writing is important, but so are the food choices we make at least three times a day, every day.

In The Public Interest: Get toxic chemicals off our dinner table

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hitchcock

We ask a lot of questions about food. What's the fat content? How much sugar? Is there enough fiber? What about trans fats? Is this the brand of (...

Breaking Conservation Promises

Ken Cook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ken Cook

Funding levels for commodity crop subsidies in the farm bill are described as sacrosanct. Yet conservation programs are viewed as entirely violable.

A Seder Lesson: Let All Who Are Hungry Come And Eat

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Steve Gutow

As American Jews ate what for many was a plentiful meal, we listened to the traditional four questions and pondered a new one: why, in a country as wealthy and as bountiful as the United States, are there still children who are hungry?

How Can We Expect Our Kids to Make Healthy Choices?

Christina Pirello | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

McDonald's has successfully ripped dinner off the table and stuffed it in a greasy paper bag. And our health has never been worse.

Kids Will Eat Anything. Where Are the Adults?

Lyn Pentecost | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lyn Pentecost

Who is making all these idiotic nutrition decisions on behalf of our children? And more importantly, what can we do about it?

Students Protest 'Sickening' School Lunches: Pizza, Nachos NOT What Some Kids Want

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When school officials defend serving a daily menu of nachos, pizza, burgers and fries, they often say they're just giving students what they want. ...

Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

Michelle Paige Paterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michelle Paige Paterson

While I regularly enjoy eating fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains and have eliminated some unhealthier items, such as soda, from the Executive Mansion, at birthday parties, we definitely eat the cake!

Overweight Kids? Feed Them Compassion and Mindfulness

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

Overweight kids hunger for more than food, and as parents, it's all too easy to enforce a diet that inadvertently reduces compassion and mindfulness for everyone.

Food Industry Announces Voluntary Efforts to Reduce Obesity, Rejects Notion of 'Fat Police'

Penny Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Penny Lee

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama's announcement of 70 recommendations to help reverse America's obesity epidemic was hailed as a comprehensive, la...

In The Public Interest: States Take Important First Steps on BPA

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Hitchcock

Ask any new parent about their child's first steps. It's as if they took a walk on the moon instead of toddling from the sofa to the ottoman. In the ...

The Health Case for Middle Schools

Michelle Paige Paterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michelle Paige Paterson

The middle school years are rife with anxiety, physical changes, and new challenges. From my own experience, it seems the perfect time period to introduce and reinforce concepts of healthy living.

Michelle Obama To Launch Anti-Obesity Campaign With Local Support

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

First Lady Michelle Obama announced her new initiative to fight childhood obesity on Tuesday, and it had the support of many Chicago-area food compani...

School Gardens Across The Nation, And A Resource List For Starting Your Own

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

School gardens are an excellent way for children to get to know fresh fruits and vegetables, supplement classroom instruction, and just plain spend more time outdoors.

Please, Sir: $1 Billion More a Year for School Lunches

David Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Becker

"President Obama has pledged to end childhood hunger by 2015." Talk about an ambitious goal!

Kid's Cereals Worse Than Adult Ones

Ashley Koff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ashley Koff

In spite of their pledges to reduce unhealthy marketing to children, the large cereal companies continue to target children with their least healthy products.

Jamie Oliver Wins 2010 TED Prize, Will Unveil 'Wish To Change The World'

HuffPost | Tam Vo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, whose School Dinners and Feed Me Better campaign pressured the UK government to invest $1 billion to ban junk foo...

Children Are Living Messages We Send to a Future We Will Not See!

Christina Pirello | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

Our kids are fat and at risk of dying young now. We must change the way we think about nourishing our kids.

6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D

Yahoo! News | Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

While the optimal amount of vitamin D is still subject to debate, a new study finds one thing is sure: over 6 million American children are getting to...

You and I Call It Hunger; USDA Calls It Food Insecurity

David Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David Becker

A USDA report released Monday found the highest rate of food insecurity in 13 years. Almost one in six American households, or 17 million households, are food insecure.