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Bill Would Expand Free School Lunch To Weekends, Holidays

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Low-income children could get free lunches on weekends and holidays instead of only on school days under a bill introduced this week by ...

Healthy Spaghetti O's

Laura Fuentes | Posted 04.29.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

In order to remedy the "mom, can we get Spaghetti O's for dinner?" question, I decided to make my own version.

Are Kids Going to Eat Less Junk at School?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The days of snacking on candy, soda and chips in schools may soon be over. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new proposed standards for snacks sold at schools.

2 Things Japanese School Kids Are Learning at Lunch

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

What if the lunch room was one less place for kids to feel isolated? Could this very same space create common ground? If everyone ate the same food, the playing field would be leveled.

Change My Mind: Should the Government be Feeding Your Kids Lunch?

Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

Most kids are picky about what they eat, at any age. Even before they can speak they can make facial expressions that indicate, in no uncertain terms,...

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.

Introducing The School Lunch Project

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Danielle Crittenden

2012-12-17-usalunch2.png Welcome to HuffPost's School Lunch Project: We wish to create a forum in which we can swap stories, share ideas, and start tackling the international problem of childhood obesity together -- not simply as "societies" or "governments" but as communities, mothers, fathers, experts, and yes, you too kids.

Starting a Global Conversation About School Lunch

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Neil Seeman

2012-12-17-usalunch2.png How do public high school lunches compare in the six countries where HuffPost has sites -- U.S., UK, Canada, France, Spain and Italy? More important, what do students think of their cafeteria food: taste-wise and health-wise?

Talking Turkey on Junk Food in Schools

Monifa Bandele | Posted 01.22.2013 | Parents
Monifa Bandele

Lots of thought and effort go into the meals we serve at home and on holidays. And, there is an equally serious and intense conversation happening right now about the profound impact that school foods have on the health of our children.

School Stops Serving Lunch To Punish Students For Food Fight

Posted 11.06.2012 | Education

Detroit's McLeod Bethune Elementary-Middle School decided to stop serving lunch to sixth through eighth graders for a week after a food fight broke ou...

Missouri School, Students Tout Nutritious Lunch Program

St. Joseph News-Press, Mo. | Alonzo Weston | Posted 12.31.2012 | Education

DEARBORN, Mo. -- The North Platte County R-I school district lunch room could be mistaken for any restaurant buffet. There's an all-you-can-eat, one-...

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.

We Are Hungry, Too: The Fuss About Healthy School Food

Mike Curtin | Posted 12.17.2012 | DC
Mike Curtin

Giving children equitable access to good food and the tools to lead healthy lives isn't a threat to their freedom. But condemning them to obesity and disease at an early age truly is.

School Lunches: Yet Another Diet Mishap?

Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE

Please, America: Throw away the scales and stop focusing only on calories. Yes, calories are of extreme importance for weight management. But they are only of equal, or perhaps even lesser, significance than food quality.

My Sneaky Solution to the School Lunch Food Fight

Missy Chase Lapine | Posted 12.10.2012 | Parents
Missy Chase Lapine

Recently, we parents have been informed that our kids have done nothing but struggle every day of the new school year. Surprisingly, the struggle is occurring outside the classroom: It's taking place in the cafeteria, over the revamped, healthier school lunch.

Dear Lunch Ladies, Thank You. Sincerely, The Parents.

Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D.

Change is hard, but if all of us who care about student nutrition in school work together, we'll get there.

Updating School Food, and Why Kids Aren't Lovin' It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.08.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We want our kids to eat well because we want them to be healthy, and we want them to be healthy because we love them. They need to know that -- and that job resides with families, not government. They need to know that they can wind up loving foods that love them back.

Lunch Lady Ordered To Make Less Delicious Food

Posted 10.10.2012 | Food

Annika Eriksson, a school lunch lady in Falun, Sweden, has been told to dumb down her food a bit. Well-loved for baking fresh bread every day and offe...

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."

Eat Like a Linebacker: Get Fat Like an Ex-Linebacker

Dina R. Rose | Posted 12.02.2012 | Parents
Dina R. Rose

We shouldn't be surprised that when we spend the first years of our kids' lives telling them to eat more that they have to spend the rest of their lives figuring out how to eat less.

A Wealthy Student Is a Healthy Student

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

Providing nutrition education and an understanding about proper nutrition is the only way to change what is becoming a self-inflicted and historic crisis for Americans.

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.

WATCH: Students Slam Michelle Obama's Low-Calorie School Lunches

Posted 10.02.2012 | Black Voices

Michelle Obama's childhood obesity initiative has been the subject of conservative criticism for some time, and now there's another group joining in o...

Do You Know What's in Your Kid's School Lunch?

Ben Greenfield | Posted 11.25.2012 | Parents
Ben Greenfield

When I was growing up, Lunchables were the best thing ever. At first glance, they appears hip, convenient, healthy and -- as clearly noted on the box -- full of fantastic added nutrition. Now that I'm a father to 4-year-old twins, I decided to inspect their packaging more closely.

Military Leaders: School Lunches, Vending Machines Threat To U.S. Fighting Force

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education

* Obesity a top reason young adults can't join military -experts * Report: U.S. school kids eat 400 billion excess calories a year ...