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.
A picture is worth a thousand words. And the folks at sweetgreen know it. They posted pics of school lunches around the world. How do American school lunches compare?
Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka’s lunch lady inspired him to write his Lunch Lady graphic novel series. Lunch ladies are heroes. Here’s why…
Farm to school programs change kids’ lives positively. But that’s not all. Read this and get inspired to help grow the farm to school movement in your area.
Don’t drink the water, and don’t eat the beef. Don’t go to Chick-fil-A, but DO give ’em a high-five for their recent move against antibiotic resistance. New research links food prices to diabetes risk for low-income consumers, Idaho strives towards ag-gag ugliness, and farmers sue each other over genetic contamination. Meanwhile, genies with name-tags reading ‘GMO awareness’ and ‘plant-based health’ escape irretrievably from bottles. Read all about it: get your weekly food news fix here!
After much anticipation, the USDA released the new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards. These standards aim to improve the nutritional value of snacks offered by the schools.
A recent study found that schools with higher nutrition standards for school snacks increases participation in school lunch.
ABC News posted a story this week about an additive in ground beef called ‘pink slime,’ as originally reported in The Daily and then Huffington Post. The scandal is that pink slime, or ammoniated beef trimmings, is wildly prevalent in school cafeterias.
When someone discusses a healthy or hearty meal it is rarely in reference to a school lunch. This may be because French fries, ice cream sandwiches, and pizza day dominate the thinking of many school children when it comes to their cafeterias. In other words, middle school students may find fresh fruits, vegetables, and salads as foreign as the languages they have just begun to study. Clearly, our country’s cafeterias have nutritional problems; however, many parents turn away from these problems and let their children consume the fried and fatty “food” that pervades dinning halls across our nation.
A new study published in the Journal of Econometrics shows that free school lunch improves children’s health. Measured were rates of food insecurity, poor general health, and obesity.
The GOP is looking to defund large parts of the school lunch program, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, and the new FTC guidelines that limit marketing junk food to kids.
WGBH Boston has put together a collection of environmental public health resources. More than 4000 topics are available in their free online library with more than sixty environmental health resources [ … ]
On Thursday, the USDA proposed new nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The new regulations follow as a result of the Child Nutrition Act which was signed into law in December.