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Healthy School Lunch

What's for Lunch Can Tell Us About the Future

Bill Couzens | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

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.

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.

Join the Farm to Cafeteria Movement

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

At 5 years old, Miguel Villarreal hated beets. Born into a family of migrant farmworkers, his disdain for this root vegetable stemmed from hoeing it...

Dept. Of Agriculture Permanently Eases Up On School Meals

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childho...

School Lunch Project: Homemade Chicken Strips

Laura Fuentes | Posted 04.07.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

I refuse to order fried chicken that arrives in a box, at room temperature and with no other fresh ingredients for my daughter's lunch. Instead, I make my own baked chicken strips one night every few weeks. I hope your family enjoys them as much as she does.

USDA To Announce New Healthy School Snack Rules

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

* USDA secretary says foods rule expected early 2013 * Soft drink makers needed time to change products -Vilsack * Advoc...

School Lunch Project: Rainbow Fruit Skewers

Laura Fuentes | Posted 03.30.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

When it comes to packing fresh fruit in our children's school lunch, the difficulty often lies in how to pack it so it stays fresh through the lunch hour and making sure it doesn't go to waste.

Healthy Homemade Ramen

Laura Fuentes | Posted 03.26.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

What kinds of thoughts come to mind when I say, ramen noodle soup? Late-night college snack? In-case-of-emergency shelf stable food? How about a staple in many school cafeterias? We created a healthy ramen noodle soup recipe kids will love.

School Lunch Project: The Deli Box

Laura Fuentes | Posted 03.16.2013 | Food
Laura Fuentes

When parents ask me what I think makes a fun lunch; I tell them that kids love familiar foods divided into compartments, rainbows of color and variety. 2013-01-14-deliboxpull.jpg

USDA To Allow More Meat, Grains In School Lunches

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids' meals. Agri...

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...

Compassion and Creativity in School Lunch Reform

Zenobia Barlow | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Zenobia Barlow

California schools serve nearly 900 million meals a year. When our schools offer California children healthy food grown in California, we help them to learn and grow. At the same time, we help to revitalize our state's economy, reactivate regional food systems and create living wage jobs.

Entrepreneurs, Pissed-Off Parents and the New Standards: An Opportunity for a School Food Revolution

Kathleen Rogers | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Kathleen Rogers

Over 50 million kids headed back to school in the United States this year with the promise of a healthier lunch menu, thanks to the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act."

Healthier School Meals Despite Agribiz Lobbying

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Back to school can be a time of adjustment. Just as students might need time to adjust to new teachers and subjects, the school lunch program might need time before it is fully accepted by students or financially successful.

School Meals Get a Makeover

Jeremy Everett | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeremy Everett

These and other changes are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. I applaud the federal government for taking this important step that allows schools to create and reinforce healthy eating habits.

Leaner, Greener School Lunches Get Strained Reviews From Students

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. -- One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filli...

What Students Will Be Eating Under New Lunch Guidelines

Posted 10.20.2012 | Education

New U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for school lunches are taking effect this fall, as part of a healthy school lunch initiative put forth i...

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About School Lunch Regulations?

Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

School lunches have been a hotly contested subject for a long time. With more and more attention on childhood obesity, all eyes are on the nutritional...

A Bagged Lunch To Envy

Kitchen Daily | Posted 09.06.2012 | Taste

There's a lot of wheeling and dealing that goes on in the school cafeteria. Ham and cheese sandwiches are being traded for pretzels, and chocolate pud...

March Madness: School Lunch, Pink Slime and National Nutrition Month

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

National Nutrition Month is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. I wonder how many parents would choose "pink slime."

Aaron Sankin

Fight Over Food Trucks Heats Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.29.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- At a Tuesday morning press conference on the steps of City Hall, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener gave official voice to somethi...

It's Cool to BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) to School

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Parents
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.

As parents, we know that good nutrition will help our children grow-up healthy, but what foods comprise a healthy meal? Here are some "good nutrition" guidelines for you to follow when your kids BYOL.

Chicago Public School Bans Home-Packed Lunches

Posted 06.11.2011 | Chicago

School lunches aren't what they used to be. At some city schools, ham and cheese sandwiches have been replaced with greasy pizza, burgers and french f...

Eating Green: An Interview with Helge Hellberg About the Rising Food Movement

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Annie Spiegelman

It's estimated that 27 percent of American 17- to 24-year-olds are now "too fat to serve" (in the military). Can the rising green-food movement save us from becoming America: home of the blobs?