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The Nation's Health Is on Our Plate

Kirsten Saenz Tobey | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Kirsten Saenz Tobey

Why it's on all of us to ensure access to healthy, clean-label food in schools

School Food Problems are American Food Problems

Sadie Barr | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Sadie Barr

The biggest problem with school food isn't that it's too healthy, or that students are being offered too little. The biggest problem is that industry is feeding our kids, and we're letting it happen.

Should Cupcakes Be Banned From School Parties?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Now, I get that banning sweets from school parties or fundraisers or whatever isn't going to make all parents feed their children healthy foods and thereby end childhood obesity. But it does force families to think together about alternatives.

Photo Guide to School Lunch -- A Walk Through the School Nutrition Association Expo

Michele Simon | Posted 09.30.2014 | Home
Michele Simon

I recently attended the annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association, the trade group that represents the 55,000 food service workers who have the thankless job of feeding millions of schoolchildren every day.

Move Over Bake Sale...

Lauren Shweder Biel | Posted 08.13.2014 | Home
Lauren Shweder Biel

At the same time that we are arguing for healthier meals in school cafeterias, we also have a long-standing tradition of turning our school kids into candy pushers in order to raise funds for their team uniforms or their band trips. But it doesn't have to be lke this.

Let's Not Give up on Our Kids!

Karen Showalter | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Karen Showalter

This means kids in schools should have the opportunity to make healthy food choices. They should not be faced with a wall of high-fat, high-sodium junk every. Single. Day.

Saving School Food: A Letter To My (Imaginary) BFF Michelle Obama

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Now that I know you're unafraid to get overtly political, I'm hoping that speech was just the start of a big public relations campaign to defend healthier school food.

Got (Chocolate) Milk? What You Really Need to Know About the Battle in our Schools

Caron Gremont | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

We have to eat to survive, but how we eat can determine if we will thrive or not, and schools have a tremendous opportunity to positively influence the lives and health of our children.

Does Healthy Food Sell?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

What can be more wholesome than an athletic event at school? I've been to many, and my frequent regret is that the foods and drinks offered during these games almost undo the message and purpose of sport's healthfulness.

Delicious and Healthy School Meals Around the U.S. (PHOTOS)

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Schools across the country have been working hard to implement updated nutrition guidelines for school meals. There are challenges, but schools' efforts are paying off. If you don't think school meals can be healthy and appealing, take a look at these school lunches.

School Food Gets Its Close-Up -- But Is It a Fair One?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 02.05.2014 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

Districts are still unconscionably underfunded when it comes to school food, and Big Food still plays too large of a lobbying role in shaping what appears on kids' trays.

Healthy Food Options At Schools Could Help Kids Eat Better

Posted 11.15.2013 | Healthy Living

Giving kids healthy options at school could boost their daily consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, according to a new study. Researc...

Lunch Monitor: Helping Your Child Eat Better in School

Marcus Samuelsson | Posted 12.04.2013 | Taste
Marcus Samuelsson

Packing lunches and going over menus is a great way to make small changes in the way your kids eat. You can also go a step farther and help change school cafeteria menus. Most schools lack the funds to makeover their kitchens, but parents can help. How can you make a difference?

The Challenges of Growing Up Unhealthy

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

By Paul Day, Communications Manager, DC Central Kitchen Growing up, I rarely had a home-cooked meal. Since I'm from a single-parent household, my mom...

How Smart Are School Snacks? A Closer Look at New USDA Rules

Michele Simon | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Michele Simon

"Are these guidelines better? In some ways, yes. However, they still fall prey to nutritionism by utilizing numbers on the Nutrition Facts label rather than ingredient quality."

The NYC Mayoral Candidate Food Forum: Big Ideas or Real Policy Change?

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 09.25.2013 | New York
Heritage Radio Network

NYC held the first city-wide Mayoral Candidate Food Forum in the country, but now that the food movement has matured to the point where politicians have taken notice, how do we get our legislators to catch up with the mindset of community organizers and local activists?

Good News: In New School Snack Rules, USDA Rejects a 'Nutritionism' Approach

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

Of course, the food industry isn't going to just walk away from the lucrative school snack market, but given that rigorous standard, it seems to me that any processed foods still sold in schools after 2016 should no longer fall into the empty-calorie, "better for you" junk food category.

Aspartame in "Milk?"

Kalyn Weber | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Kalyn Weber

The standard-of-identity laws are there for a reason. So here is my advice for the Dairy Industry: If you want to put artificial sweeteners in milk, just start calling your "milk-like drink" something else. Leave the "milk" label for the real stuff.

Ridding Schools of Fast Food, Junk Food, and Soda Pushers

Michele Simon | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Michele Simon

Maintaining the presence of fast food, soft drink, and junk food companies in public schools sends all the wrong messages to children. These companies are eager to sell their products in schools because they want to get kids hooked at an early age, to ensure brand loyalty for life.

Maryland School Bans What?

Posted 03.21.2013 | DC

From the same state that suspended a 7-year-old for turning his Pop Tart into a Pop Tart shaped like a gun, comes a ban on hugging. Southern Maryla...

The 4 Biggest Food Stories of the Year (And What They Taught Us)

Andy Bellatti | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Last year, I wrapped up the year in food and nutrition stories with a detailed chronological summary. This time, I want to highlight four of the year's most significant events in the realm of food, food politics, and nutrition -- and the lessons they imparted.

Bob Marley Drink Sickens Students At New Jersey Schools

AP | Posted 02.03.2013 | Education

HOLMDEL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Officials have removed a drink named after reggae icon Bob Marley after several New Jersey students were sickened. Mar...

Moms to Military: Thanks for Fighting for Children's Health

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Why are military leaders concerned about childhood obesity? It's a shocking fact that approximately one in four young adults is too overweight to join the military.

CPS To Consider Districtwide Ban On Whole Milk, Sugary Drinks

Posted 11.12.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools this week could move to ban the sale of a swath of snacks and drinks deemed unhealthy as part of its broader "Healthy CPS" init...

Report: 244 Chicago Schools Have Failed Health Inspections Since 2011

Posted 10.30.2012 | Education

Since 2011, 244 of Chicago’s 681 schools have failed at least one health inspection, according to a CBS Chicago investigation. The school with th...