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Healthy School Lunches

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 05.07.2015 | 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 | 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.

Michelle Obama Fights GOP On School Lunch Rules

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet. She's...

Why We Need to Make School Lunches Healthier

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus, author and environmental health advocate For some reason that I'll probably never understand, first lady Michelle Obam...

Congress Must Save Healthy School Lunches

Rep. Sam Farr | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Rep. Sam Farr

We would never stop teaching our kids math or science just because it is hard. So why are we consider doing it for nutrition?

A Toast to the End of School Lunches

Ann Cinzar | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Ann Cinzar

My opening position in the fall is to produce a healthy packed lunch for my children. The theory is that homemade is better than store bought, or school provided. Yet in this ongoing battle, most lunches come home half eaten. I can't be certain, but this may be what Fitzgerald was referring to when he said "To the victor go the spoils."

Money and Happiness

Anita Casalina | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

We've all heard that money can't buy happiness. It may interest you to know that Michael Norton of the Harvard Business School says, "If you think money can't buy happiness, you're not spending it right." His study found that what generates happiness is spending it on others.

How To Make Lo Mein Lettuce Wraps

Laura Fuentes | Posted 07.13.2014 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

I've become a fan of recreating our favorite dishes with ingredients everyone will love.

What Kids Are Eating For Lunch Around The World

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.15.2014 | Parents

SEATTLE (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is on a mission to make American school lunches healthier by replacing greasy pizza and french fries with w...

Some Schools Aren't Too Pleased With New Healthier Lunch Rules

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Becky Domokos-Bays of Alexandria City Public Schools has served her students whole-grain pasta 20 times. Each time, she said,...

What My Students Think About School Lunch

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In my years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: teenagers say some of the most profound and entertaining things you could ever imagine.