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Healthy School Lunches

Ask JJ: How To Pack Healthy Lunches Your Kids Will Eat?

JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS

One of the quickest ways you can upgrade your child's lunch is by making "lateral shifts." That means swapping out traditional, less nutritious lunchbox items for healthy goodies that taste better and give your kids an advantage with their focus and energy. My favorite lunchbox lateral shifts include:

A Local Apple a Day... Benefits Kids, Farmers and the Environment

Gena Hamshaw | Posted 03.22.2016 | New York
Gena Hamshaw

These days many of us are looking to get more fresh, local, and sustainably grown food onto our plates. Now we have a chance to ensure that New York students have more access to local produce too.

Michael Moore's New Movie Nails School Lunch in France -- On The Menu: Lamb, Endive, Lentils and Leeks

Tom Conrad | Posted 03.13.2016 | Impact
Tom Conrad

Fine cuisine is alive and well in the school lunchrooms of France. The menu includes lamb tajine, veal, crêpes, organic veggies, pâté and organic bread. Oh, yes -- and a cheese course.

The Problem Is Gross School Lunch. These High Schoolers Are Fixing It.

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.10.2015 | Taste

A group of students at a Chicago public high school on the city’s northwest side is calling for higher quality, healthier food to be served at their...

Give Schools the Tools to Solve Cafeteria Challenges

Jessica Donze Black | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica Donze Black

Under the healthier meal standards, more children are choosing and eating fruit and consuming more of their entrees and vegetables, increasing their nutrient intake and decreasing food waste. Parents and students alike support the healthier meals.

What Happens When Students Love School Lunch

Kirsten Saenz Tobey | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Saenz Tobey

As former educators, we share the goal of all school leaders to set students up for success. As moms, we recognize that to get kids to eat healthier foods, food needs to be delicious and kids need to help generate new menu ideas, develop and test recipes, and even name the foods they create.

See What a Nutritionist Feeds Her Kids This Back-to-School Season

Heather Bauer, RD, CDN | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Bauer, RD, CDN

Lunch is the most important meal of the day to keep our kids full and focused until that final bell rings. Don't make the afternoon harder on them! Pack a nutritious lunch and they'll be well on their way to a productive day.

5 Healthy and Kid-Friendly Meals for School Lunches

Hannah Helsabeck | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Hannah Helsabeck

The new school year has begun and even if you prepared for weeks, the daily routine can get hectic very quickly. In the midst of all the tasks, sometimes lunches are the first thing to fall to the wayside. But with a little preparation and a few solid lunch ideas, you don't have to give up on sending your kids to school with healthy lunches every day.

What's in Your School Lunch?

Margaret Marshall | Posted 08.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

Back to school season is a time for new experiences. Beginning a new school year brings excitement, anxiety, and new opportunities. As a parent, each...

The Problem With DC School Food -- as Told to DC City Council

Sadie Barr | Posted 06.03.2015 | DC
Sadie Barr

The following testimony was given on April 23, 2015 to DC Council members at the DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing open to the public. Given the deplorabl...

Fierce Love for the Planet? Step Up to Your Plate

Suzy Amis Cameron | Posted 05.07.2016 | Green
Suzy Amis Cameron

Through it all, I have cared deeply -- okay, some might say fiercely! -- about the health of our planet. Most everything I do, as a parent or advocate, circles around the environment.

Obesity Swept the Nation and Now Healthy Schools are Taking it Back... With Your Help

Rob Bisceglie | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Rob Bisceglie

There are many incredible and life-changing improvements around health taking place in schools across the country right now, led by everyday heroes who deserve and need our support.

Don't Let Food Industry Stir the Pot

Pam Koch | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Pam Koch

We can help all of our citizens have a healthier and more productive future when we let science and public health, and not food industry, cook up our food policy.

Good News, Parents: School Lunches Just Got A Lot More Appealing

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.01.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Parents, take note: The lunches you pack for your children may not be as nutritious as you think. Dr. Sarah Misyak, a postdoctoral scholar at the ...

These Teens Hate Their School Lunches And They're Blaming Michelle Obama For it

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.21.2014 | Teen

Students around the country are fighting back against healthy school lunch standards that they say have decreased the quality of food served at school...

What We Feed Students -- But Also How We Feed Them

Larry Strauss | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Larry Strauss

Gone are the days of President Reagan's ketchup as a vegetable. And it is about time the feds try to do something to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy eating habits. Problem is, a lot of students aren't eating any of it.

Alexandra Svokos

The Sneaky Way To Get Kids To Eat Healthy School Lunches

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 10.16.2014 | Parents

Offering healthy foods in the school lunchroom is just a first step. How to get kids to actually choose the better options and eat them is where profe...

Why I Quit Making Fun Bento Lunches for My Kids

Beau Coffron | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

I'm thickheaded sometimes, but I finally get it. It's clear as day. All of the faceless Internet trolls, who have never met my family, are making sense now. They have been trying to speak wisdom into my life for the last two years, and I haven't been willing to listen.

Four Ways Other Countries Are Successfully Tackling Obesity. Take Note, America

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Mark Hyman, MD

In 2000, Australia implemented a 10 percent tax on soda, candy and white flour bakery products.

Eighth-Grade Student Gets Detention For Sharing His Lunch With Another Child

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents

A California 13-year-old received detention recently after sharing his lunch with a hungry student. Kyle Bradford is an eighth grader at Weavervil...

Common Core Standards: What to Make of This Problem

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Khanh Ho

Common Core Standards is the equivalent of a steamed burrito in a plastic pocket--enough nutrition but not enough nutriment. Those who are truly feeding their minds, and those of their children, are not seeking their intellectual calories from what, essentially, are empty warming trays of mystery meat.

Texas Official Is Freaking Out About School 'Meatless Monday'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

A top Texas official denounced school districts that have scaled back on serving meat one day a week, accusing them of succumbing to a "carefully orch...

Do You Know Which Of These Snacks Are Healthy Enough For School Vending Machines?

edweek | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published....

Healthy School Lunches Might Not Actually Gross Students Out, Say Surveys

edweek | Evie Blad | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published. While many students weren’t keen on more nutritious school ...

Truly Healthy Meals at School Only Makes Sense

Nancy Brown | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

With 1 in 3 young Americans either overweight or obese, we need to marshal every resource we have to take on this epidemic. Schools are on the front lines of this struggle. They are the places where our kids spend most of their days and in many cases, eat half of their calories.