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Fewer U.S. Students Buy Sodas, Sports Drinks Still A Problem

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education

* Sodas in middle and high schools down more than 50 pct * Sugary sports drinks still widely available By Susan Heavey ...

National Physicians Group Pushes Petition To Ban Milk In School Lunches

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.27.2012 | Education

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a national vegan and physician group based out of D.C., has filed a petition with the U.S. Departme...

Florida School District To Ban Energy Drinks

Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

The Manatee County School Board in Florida has voted unanimously to ban energy drinks in the district’s schools, WFMY News 2 reports. Teachers s...

Study: Proposed School Lunch Nutrition Guidelines Will Benefit School Budgets

Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

Updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools -- a move proposed by first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Se...

Cranberry Industry Braces For School Lunch Changes

Posted 06.26.2012 | Education

The cranberry industry is bracing for impact, as new nutrition standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture threaten to affect the status ...

Schools Turning Their Noses Up At Pink Slime, Opting For Beef Without The Filler

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 08.04.2012 | Education

NEW YORK — The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this y...

Massachusetts Backs Off School Bake Sale Ban

AP | Posted 05.11.2012 | Education

BOSTON -- Cupcakes, brownies and other baked goodies will be spared the chopping block at Massachusetts schools after Gov. Deval Patrick backed down f...

Advocates Fight Fat: 'School Setting Does Not Support Health'

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2012 | Education

* Nonprofits want greater role for U.S. Education Department * Health needs to be integrated into school policies -groups ...

America's Obesity Battle Begins In Schools, Report Says

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation's obesity battle, but to trim Americans' waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people ...

Will New Laws Kill Off A Beloved School Tradition?

Posted 05.04.2012 | Education

Is the tradition of school bake sales nearing an end? At a time when school communities are forced to increase fundraising efforts amid tighter...

Why The Simple School Lunch Burger Patty Has 26 Ingredients

Posted 04.06.2012 | Education

The school burger has gotten more than its share of the spotlight lately as parents set off a media firestorm in a rally to remove the controversial, ...

Cancer-Causing Gas Abundant In 70,000 U.S. Schools: Why You'd Never Know

Posted 03.01.2012 | Education

A toxic, cancer-causing gas is threatening the health of students in thousands of classrooms across the country, but many districts aren't doing anyth...

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...

Preschooler's Homemade Turkey Sandwich Replaced With Nuggets

Posted 04.16.2012 | Education

A preschool student at West Hoke Elementary School in North Carolina ended up eating three chicken nuggets for lunch two weeks ago -- because a state ...

Dinner Is Now On The Menu In Nearly 200 California Schools

| Sue Frey | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. You've heard about free school lunches and breakfasts, but how about school suppers...

City Schools See Significant Decrease In Childhood Obesity

Posted 02.14.2012 | Education

Instances of childhood obesity has significantly decreased among New York City public schools over the last five years, though one in five elementary ...

District May Ease Junk Food Ban Amid Profit Loss

Posted 12.14.2011 | Education

The Seattle School District is considering rewriting a policy enacted in 2004 that removed junk food from public schools, citing the ban's huge cut to...

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...

State Lawmaker Proposes Axing Gym Class Requirement

Posted 12.12.2011 | Education

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill to eliminate a requirement that the state's 6th through 8th graders must take one semester of physical educat...

Mother Of Fallen Teen Athlete Wants Defibrillators In Schools

AP | By LARRY LAGE | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

-- Tiny Fennville, Mich., is getting ready to host a basketball game for the first time since Wes Leonard made a game-winning shot and collapsed seco...

How The Food Industry Controls School Meals

Posted 02.04.2012 | Education

In a biting piece in The New York Times Sunday, investigative reporter Lucy Komisar offers an in-depth look at how the food industry -- and its comple...

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...

School Bans Sweets, Students Hit The Gym To Fight Obesity

AP | By LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 12.16.2011 | Education

DANVILLE, Ill. -- Five-year-olds dance hip-hop to the alphabet. Third-graders learn math by twisting into geometric shapes, fifth-graders by calculati...

D.C. Schools Students Reveal High Rates Of Sex, Fear And Suicide Attempts

Posted 11.28.2011 | Education

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson had some revealing statistics to share with city council members Tuesday -- almost 10 percent of 8th gra...