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Entries in School Lunch (8)

Wednesday
Dec072011

Why do schools serve low fat milk?

When we enter the school lunch world, milk has a permanent parking place in the lunch line. Mandated by the government to be offered each and every day, school lunch, in history, has been able to offer various fat levels (whole, 2%, 1% and skim) of cow milk for decades. But now, with the new USDA-proposed updates to make school lunch healthier, school cafeterias would...

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Wednesday
Nov232011

Potato Back on the Lunch Tray

At the start of the year, the USDA proposed new, long overdue, rules to their National School Lunch Program in hopes to provide a healthier menu for our ever-so-growing childhood population. Out of all of the new proposed rules, one specifically has been getting a lot of attention. Enough attention that it was actually shot down by congress last month. Which rule you ask? The one that...

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Wednesday
Jul202011

Brain Power: Pack a Smart Lunch for Your Child

This is the season of day camps, sports tournaments and other summertime excursions. It’s also a perfect time to practice packing healthy lunches for your children — with the goal of creating menus acceptable to everyone for the upcoming return to school.

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Friday
Jul012011

Chocolate Milk in Schools Causes a Stir

One side is looking to ban flavored milk and the other is defending its essential nutrients. As the debate rages on, there are measures schools are taking to make a healthy impact.

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Wednesday
Apr062011

Brown Bag Success: How to Redo the Packed Lunch

The challenge? To get your child to eat the nutritious bag lunch you’ve prepared — not trade it, give it away or leave it at the bottom of a backpack. Here are a few tips to start making school meals you and your child will feel good about.

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Friday
Apr012011

Have school lunch periods become cram sessions?

It’s been estimated that the school lunch period has decreased by 10 minutes over the last decade, giving children an average of 20 minutes to get and eat their lunch. So what are the health costs of this speed eating?

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Thursday
Mar242011

Does the Food Industry Influence School Lunches?

It’s been estimated that over $10 billion is spent each year on advertising food and beverages to America’s children and youth through television, radio, print and Internet.[i],[ii] Grocery stores will even place products marketed to children at their eye level. The food industry knows that if it can get products into young hands, it’ll likely build some long-term clientele.

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