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Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act

USDA To Test Greek Yogurt As Protein For School Lunches

Posted 01.30.2013 | Education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a pilot program that could place Greek yogurt in school cafeterias across the country by April as a pr...

USDA To Announce New Healthy School Snack Rules

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

* USDA secretary says foods rule expected early 2013 * Soft drink makers needed time to change products -Vilsack * Advoc...

School District Dumps Federal Healthy School Lunch Regulations

Posted 01.24.2013 | Education

New York's Niskayuna Central School District is severing ties with the National School Lunch program, tossing out its adherence to federal regulations...

Pass The Carrots, Pass On The Chips: America's Obsession With School Lunches

| Jackie Mader | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd Blog. With the passage of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free ...

Fattest Country In The World: Are Schools To Blame For America's Obesity Epidemic?

Posted 02.05.2013 | Education

To borrow a line from Kermit the frog, it's not easy being green -- or, eating green. America is the fattest country in the world, and only ranks s...

Time to Sweep Up the Confetti and Start Saving Lives

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The Obama administration should use the next four years to pursue even more aggressive initiatives that make our food supply safer, our kids better protected from junk-food marketers, and our diets healthier

What School Lunches Look Like Around The World

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

School lunch has been a contentious issue this year, ever since First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack rolled out their new s...

Missouri School, Students Tout Nutritious Lunch Program

St. Joseph News-Press, Mo. | Alonzo Weston | Posted 12.31.2012 | Education

DEARBORN, Mo. -- The North Platte County R-I school district lunch room could be mistaken for any restaurant buffet. There's an all-you-can-eat, one-...

The Bottom Line

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

How our nation treats its children reflects our societal values. Children can't vote. They depend on us -- parents, grandparents, pediatricians, teachers, and other child health advocates and professionals, to do right by them.

Updating School Food, and Why Kids Aren't Lovin' It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.08.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We want our kids to eat well because we want them to be healthy, and we want them to be healthy because we love them. They need to know that -- and that job resides with families, not government. They need to know that they can wind up loving foods that love them back.

Entrepreneurs, Pissed-Off Parents and the New Standards: An Opportunity for a School Food Revolution

Kathleen Rogers | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Kathleen Rogers

Over 50 million kids headed back to school in the United States this year with the promise of a healthier lunch menu, thanks to the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act."

Jon Stewart Takes On School Lunch Fight, Tells Kids: Eat Your Food!

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

There's been quite a bit of tension since First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack rolled out their new school lunch initiative...

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.

The New School Food Regs: Why I'm Putting My Money on the Class of 2024

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Bettina Elias Siegel

In 2024, the sight of fruits and vegetables on lunch trays will simply be a given. Kids will not expect daily desserts, a crutch often used by districts in the past to meet the old regulations' calorie minimums. They will have no memory of the "good old days."

School Meals Get a Makeover

Jeremy Everett | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeremy Everett

These and other changes are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. I applaud the federal government for taking this important step that allows schools to create and reinforce healthy eating habits.

How To Improve Access To Free And Reduced-Priced School Meals

Posted 09.07.2012 | Education

A report by Nate Frentz and Zoë Neuberger for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlines steps state and local National School Lunch Program...

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...

Fewer U.S. Students Buy Sodas, Sports Drinks Still A Problem

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education

* Sodas in middle and high schools down more than 50 pct * Sugary sports drinks still widely available By Susan Heavey ...

Study: Proposed School Lunch Nutrition Guidelines Will Benefit School Budgets

Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

Updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools -- a move proposed by first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Se...

Cranberry Industry Braces For School Lunch Changes

Posted 06.26.2012 | Education

The cranberry industry is bracing for impact, as new nutrition standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture threaten to affect the status ...

Districts Look To Debt Collectors, Stricter Policies, For Unpaid Lunches

Posted 08.15.2012 | Education

Americans are likely hearing from debt collectors more in recent years than in the past, but a practice that may become even more common: debt collect...

Will New Laws Kill Off A Beloved School Tradition?

Posted 05.04.2012 | Education

Is the tradition of school bake sales nearing an end? At a time when school communities are forced to increase fundraising efforts amid tighter bud...

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, ...

Emmeline Zhao

Schools Can Opt Out Of 'Pink Slime'

HuffingtonPost.com | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 03.15.2012 | Education

"Pink slime" might soon have a leaner presence in public schools than many might have initially anticipated. The U.S. Department of Agriculture an...

Feds Buying 7 Million Pounds Of 'Pink Slime' For School Lunches

Posted 03.08.2012 | Education

Pink slime -- that ammonia-treated meat in a bright Pepto-bismol shade -- may have been rejected by fast food joints like McDonald's, Taco Bell and Bu...