by guest blogger Deirdre Imus, author and environmental health advocate For some reason that I'll probably never understand, first lady Michelle Obam...
Junk food lobbyists interested in reversing White House-backed nutritional standards for school lunch programs are banging the drum that it's "too restrictive" to feed kids healthy school lunches, and I say "Whaaa whaaa" -- I am not buying it, and neither should you.
We would never stop teaching our kids math or science just because it is hard. So why are we consider doing it for nutrition?
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."
We are quite consciously taking great steps to make sure that our son knows how to manage his own allergies and doesn't perceive himself as a victim. However, when one of the below questions is asked, it always touches my heart and makes me feel a surge of appreciation and affection for the friend who is asking it.
Feeding a society is challenge enough, even in peacetime. Droughts or flooding can always interrupt the growing of food. There may be transportation, storage and distribution issues with food. In wartime everything is disrupted.
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.
If a food or beverage can't be sold in school, it shouldn't be marketed there either.
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.
Throughout their careers, McGovern and Dole have fought for school lunches for all children, both here in the U.S. and abroad. That is the goal we have to keep seeking.
Universal free and healthy lunch will eliminate the poverty stigma, helping kids to opt for the school lunch rather than foregoing the meal entirely or eating processed unhealthy snack foods as they do now.
Thank goodness somebody realized how backwards it was to serve such unappealing, nutritionally lacking lunches. In the past decade, enormous changes have been made nationwide in the ways learning institutions feed our offspring.
School leaders play an enormous role in establishing a culture and climate of respect, but every adult in the building is part of establishing and maintaining that culture. And kids reflect the adult culture.
Not long ago I was in DeLisle Elementary School in Pass Christian, Miss., and met the person in charge of the cafeteria as she was setting out food fo...
Paul Ryan's politics dictate that those who are down on their luck -- even children -- are soulless, not the Wall Street bankers who continue to crush the American middle class, necessitating such assistance in the first place.
Last year 47 million hungry Americans lost food stamp benefits, and Congress may be bringing more cuts to the table. Needy families are placed in the awful situation of having to choose between heat or food.