Fifth and sixth graders at Pacific Elementary prepare lunch for the whole school using food they grew in the school’s garden classroom. And they do it every day.
Okay, so as every parent knows, kids are pure evil. I’ve watched my daughter torture cherry tomatoes like they were on trial for war crimes. (Just mine? Really?) But here’s proof that it’s not just your kid (or mine) who’s the devil incarnate: They’re throwing away perfectly good-for-them fruits and vegetables. Duh, you’re thinking, right? That’s not news. What kid doesn’t scoff at Brussels sprouts? But mommies and daddies, now we have actual SCIENCE to back us up. Pass the wine.
Sending your children off to a daycare with some healthy food may not be as simple as it sounds if your child’s daycare participates in the federal Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP). The program is making it difficult for parents to pack healthy lunches for kids because it hinders funding for the program, which daycare programs rely on.
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One NYC school implemented an all-vegetarian school lunch menu this year, and already school administrators report positive results. Since shifting towards a healthier lunch program, the school says its students demonstrate better attention and test scores — plus a small but promising decline in obesity rates. Happy National School Lunch Week, veggie-style!
The USDA announced that schools may serve unlimited quantities of grains, meat, and meat alternatives in school lunches. This relaxation in the school nutrition standards comes after several months of complaints about the new, healthier school lunches. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act established nutrition guidelines for school lunches that are reimbursed by the taxpayer. The …