Minneapolis Public Schools food truck promotes healthy lunch for all kids

July 30, 2013

By Margo Ashmore “My son ate broccoli and carrots for the first time, seeing his peers do it. And the ranch dressing helped,” said Andrea Worsfeld, picnicking at Jackson Square Park [in Minneapolis, Minn.] with her 2-year-old son, his 6-week-old sibling, and another mother and her children. They’d come for swimming, but stumbled upon the free […]

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USDA’s new nutrition standards mean healthier food options in school vending machines and snack bars

July 3, 2013

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on June 27 that under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, America’s students will be offered healthier food options during the school day. “Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Parents and schools work hard […]

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Obesity: Pre-ordered lunch key to healthy eating

May 10, 2013

By Joyce Frieden Children who pre-ordered their school lunches are more likely to choose healthy foods than children who made spontaneous lunch choices, a small study found. “When students did not order but instead selected their entrée as they entered the lunch line, it appears that hunger-based, spontaneous selection diminished healthy entrée selection by 48 percent […]

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Strict school lunch standards tied to healthy weight

April 11, 2013

By Andrew M. Seaman Strict school lunch standards that are similar to new regulations from the U.S. government may be tied to healthier body weights among students, according to a new study. “I think it’s evidence that healthier school lunches have a positive effect but it’s preliminary evidence. It’s far from definitive,” said Anne Barnhill, […]

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Helping kids make healthier food choices

February 26, 2013

Feb. 25, 2013, The Boston Globe By Lara Salahi Want a way to get kids to choose healthier food? Make it look good and easy to grab, say researchers at Cornell University. Their study, published Feb. 22 in the Journal of Pediatrics, suggests that kids are more likely to choose healthy food if the presentation […]

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USDA celebrates the start of a healthier school year for America’s kids

September 4, 2012

Aug. 29, 2012, USDA Press Release Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon announced on Aug. 29 that America’s students will see healthier and more nutritious foods in the cafeteria as they return to school this year. The new nutrition standards for school meals, implemented as a result of the historic […]

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Study shows healthy school lunches don’t cost more

August 27, 2012

Aug. 23, 2012, San Antonio Express By Don Finley and Lindsay Kastner In 2006, three middle schools in the San Antonio ISD made some radical lunchtime changes. They took french fries off the menu and cheese off the burgers, added baby carrot sticks and more whole grains. Even the breading on chicken nuggets got the whole grain treatment.

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HIA: Students more likely to buy healthier lunches if there are nutritional standards for snacks, drinks

June 27, 2012

June 26, 2012, Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project News Release Updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools could help students maintain a healthy weight and increase food service revenue, according to a health impact assessment (HIA) released today by the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Health […]

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USDA publishes rule on compliance process for schools to meet the new healthier meal standards

April 30, 2012

April 27, 2012, Food Research and Action Center On April 27, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a rule specifying the certification process for schools to receive the six-cent per meal performance-based incentive funds created by the 2010 child nutrition reauthorization. The rule’s title is Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National […]

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Nutrition: No obesity link to junk food in schools

January 24, 2011

Original article  |  The New York Times By Nicholas Bakalar In the fight against childhood obesity, communities all over the country are banning the sale of sweets and salty snacks in public schools. But a new study suggests that the strategy may be ineffective.

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