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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.

Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Future

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

A well-balanced breakfast offers an important nutritional foundation for a productive and healthy day, at any age. School breakfast fosters success in the classroom, and also plays a critical role in helping children develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

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.

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...

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.

Help Fund Urban Gardens for Healthier, Happier Kids

MeiMei Fox | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Mark Twain Middle School's Seed to Plate Program in Venice, Los Angeles is a model for school nutrition programs in the L.A. Unified School District and across the nation.

BANNED

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.17.2012 | Los Angeles

Flamin' Hot Cheetos are a wildly popular snack that literally leaves its indulgers red-handed. And now several schools in California, New Mexico an...

Revolutionary Program Could Mean Big News For School Lunches

AP/The Huffington Post | GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 09.02.2012 | San Francisco

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The school district in Turlock, surrounded by fields and orchards in one of the nation's richest agricultural regions, used to ...

Gardens Blooming At Schools Teach Nutrition, Science

AP | JAMIE STENGLE | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

DALLAS -- Gathered in the large garden behind an elementary school here, a group of kindergartners watched as their teacher snipped some basil, let th...

Schools Using Cutting-Edge Market Research To Get Kids To Eat Healthy

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 10.20.2012 | Education

DENVER -- There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy opt...

Obese American Children Outgrowing School Desks

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.17.2012 | Education

Schools across the country are pioneering big changes in the classroom -- to accomodate the 17 percent of U.S. children who are overweight or obese, a...

Student's Homemade Turkey Sandwich Taken For Nuggets Was Teacher's Mistake

AP | By EMERY DALESIO | Posted 02.17.2012 | Education

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was a tale of government meddling that outraged radio talk show hosts and a pair of Congress members: A 4-year-old was forced to d...

Schools And Parents Must Work Together To Fight Childhood Obesity

Oz Garcia | Posted 04.09.2012 | Parents
Oz Garcia

Children need to learn to develop a taste for healthy foods both in and out of the home. Schools cannot be complicit in bombarding their students with poor food choices and undoing a parent's hard work.

Junk Foods Widely Available At Elementary Schools, Study Shows

AP | By LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education

CHICAGO -- Junk food remains plentiful at the nation's elementary schools despite widespread efforts to curb childhood obesity, a new study suggests. ...

FoodCorps Volunteers Teach Healthy Eating To At-Risk Young Kids (VIDEO)

Posted 01.06.2012 | Healthy Living

More than 17 percent of all children between the ages of two and 19 are clinically obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preven...

Low-Income Schools Less Likely To Have Daily Recess

| Sandy Slater | Posted 02.11.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation's The Learning Curve blog. Sandy Slater, Research Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Adminis...

School Soda Bans Don't Actually Keep Kids From Sugary Drinks

Posted 01.08.2012 | Education

Just banning soda from schools doesn't actually curb student consumption of sugary drinks, according to new research. Access to and student purchas...

Schools Bring Breakfast Out Of The Cafeteria And Into The Classroom

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Joanna Lin | Posted 12.27.2011 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. Every morning in Sarah McKerr's third-grade class at Foster Elementary School in Compton, st...

Mysterious Blogger Who Exposed Bad School Lunches Revealed

Posted 12.05.2011 | Education

It all started one day at the beginning of last year when she forgot to pack her lunch. Mrs. Q -- a pseudonym that this elementary school teacher u...

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.

Back to School and Back to Good Food

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Danielle Nierenberg

As summer comes to an end, school is just around the corner for children across the United States. For children enrolled in state schools, this typically means the return of unhealthy lunches.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Availability Affects Healthy Choices

Tim Harlan, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Tim Harlan, M.D.

If you're trying to eat healthier and help your family do the same, choose better foods to have in the house and advocate for better choices in your kids' schools.

The Controversy Over Banning Chocolate Milk In Schools

Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home
Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D.

Flavored milk is not the nutritional equivalent of unflavored milk. It is significantly higher in calories, sugar, and sodium, and usually contains artificial colors and flavors.

Will Kids Eat Healthy School Lunches?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As schools across the nation try to replace fattening lunch menus with healthier items, they are seeing less children wanting to eat the lunches. Acc...

162 School Lunches: Would You Eat Them? One Teacher Did, And Blogged About It

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

On January 2010, Mrs. Q, began a daunting task. An elementary teacher using "Mrs. Q" as a pen name to preserve her anonymity, decided to eat school lu...