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To Sell Kids on Veggies Do What the Food Industry Does

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Advertisements sell. Companies wouldn't be spending so much money on them had they not delivered. To parents' dismay - and to public health advocates'...

School Food Fight: My Interview with Senator Debbie Stabenow

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, has consistently been a strong advocate for fed...

Ted Cruz: 'If Heidi's First Lady, French Fries Return to the Cafeteria'

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Yeah, he said that last night at a rally in Des Moines, specifically addressing "the school-aged kids" in the audience. Cute, right?

Chris Christie's Shameless School Lunch Pandering

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Apparently, caring about kids' health is another position that just won't fly in an election year.

Poll Highlights Importance of Nutritious School Meals for Every Child

Carla Thompson | Posted 09.22.2016 | Education
Carla Thompson

The national school meal nutrition standards help ensures kids eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And kids are doing just that -- a Harvard University study found fruit consumption increased 23 percent, and vegetable consumption increased 16 percent after the new nutrition standards were implemented in 2012.

In Defense of School Food

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 08.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Daniel J. Schultz

As the deadline for the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act approaches, the debate around school food has reached a cacophony of opinions. The...

Let's Kickstart Food Education

Laurie David | Posted 08.31.2016 | Education
Laurie David

This is the first generation of American children expected to live shorter lives than their parents. If that's not a call to action, I don't know what is.

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...

The Nation's Health Is on Our Plate

Kirsten Saenz Tobey | Posted 06.28.2015 | 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.