Kids eat more healthful foods during longer, quieter school lunch

December 12, 2014

It’s hard to get kids to eat healthful foods, especially at school. But a new study suggests that, by changing the lunch environment, schools can encourage kids to make better choices without even changing their menus. This study, conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, found that students buying school […]

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Chef-made meals can increase participation school lunch program, raise vegetable consumption

October 22, 2014

Gourmet pizza in school? According to a new Food and Brand Lab pilot study, published in Appetite, chef-made meals can increase participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) by 9 percent and overall selection and consumption of vegetables by 16 percent. Chefs Move to Schools (CMTS), an initiative of [first lady] Michelle Obama’s Let’s […]

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Learning gardens seek to combat childhood obesity

January 2, 2013

By Erin Prater Give a child the proverbial choice between candy and a carrot, and he’ll likely choose candy — unless he helped grow the carrot. The hypothesis was one of many posited by District 11 dietician Jamie Humphrey last fall as she helped to launch a large garden at the Galileo School of Math […]

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Cheaper fruits and vegetables alone can’t save food deserts

November 27, 2012

By Eliza Barclay Tens of millions of Americans can’t follow the government’s guidelines for healthful eating because they can’t afford or access enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it’s because they live in what’s known as a “food desert,” places devoid of markets with a good variety of quality fresh foods. Increasingly, researchers want to […]

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