USDA announces new funding opportunity for childhood obesity prevention research

February 19, 2013

On Feb. 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would be funding up to $5 million in new grants for childhood obesity prevention research. The grants are funded […]

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New federal rules aim to make school snacks more healthful, limit junk food sales on campus

February 4, 2013

Goodbye candy bars and sugary cookies. Hello baked chips and diet sodas. The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in […]

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USDA to allow more meat, grains in school lunches

December 11, 2012

By Mary Clare Jalonick The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids’ meals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members […]

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USDA awards first grants to increase local foods in eligible schools

November 21, 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced more than $4.5 million in grants for 68 projects, spanning 37 states and the District of Columbia, to connect […]

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Using online tools to increase access to nutrition messages for low-income mothers

November 8, 2012

Research presented on Oct. 29 at the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition discussed the process of developing new online communication tools that promote healthy eating behaviors to […]

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Study: Impact of early school-based nutrition education program

November 7, 2012

Research presented on Oct. 29 at the American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition assessed the effectiveness and impact of early school-based nutrition programs on the knowledge and […]

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Are healthy foods really more expensive? It depends on how you measure the price

September 20, 2012

Most Americans do not eat enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to meet federal dietary recommendations. A commonly cited reason for this deficiency is that healthy foods cost more than […]

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 6, 2012

Aug. 31, 2012, HHS News Release September marks the start of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a time for us to encourage America’s children to develop healthy habits that can […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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