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How to Get Your Kids to Eat a Healthy Lunch

By Tawnya Manion | September 19, 2013

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Photo: Lau Rey

Photo: Lau Rey

When it comes to children eating school lunches, parents worry, that’s why Marcus makes it a priority to educate kids on what kind of foods are out there, how to cook them, and even more importantly, how fun they are to eat. When youngsters munch in the school cafeteria, this may be the first time they have ever been able to make their own choices about what to put on their plate, and though they don’t want to admit it, they are usually a little confused on what tastes good and will keep them full all afternoon.

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The Struggle Continues Against Childhood Obesity

By admin | October 11, 2011

Photo: Port of San Diego

Photo: Port of San Diego

A new study from MSNBC reports that food ads on television have more pull when it comes to children’s food selection over parents.  Children ranging from 3-8 years of age were shown programs including three commercials; one group viewing an ad for French fries and the other an ad for apple slices and dipping sauce. It is reported that 71% of the children that watched the French fries commercial whose parent’s had a neutral influence chose to eat French fries over apple slices when given the option; 55% did when their parents encouraged them to make the healthier choice. Of the children who watched the commercial for the apples, only 46% went for the French fries when parents remained neutral and 33% did when parents promoted the healthier choice. Read More

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A Visit To The Children’s Storefront

By admin | October 7, 2011

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Yesterday was a grand day for me, since I had the pleasure of visiting The Children’s Storefront school for a small cooking demo. The Children’s Storefront is an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem, serving kids from pre-K to 8th grade. Their truly inspirational mission is based on the belief that every child deserves the opportunity for an excellent education, no matter their income level or neighborhood. Being located in the heart of Harlem, many kids attending the school come from lower-income families but  are still guaranteed a comprehensive education that works to empower them for a bright future. This particular food demo and being able to witness the school’s garden and operations were truly proof of their great work. Read More

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Starting Young: FoodCorps Picks Up the Loose Ends in Nutritional Education

By admin | October 6, 2011

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Photo: majorsteel25

By: Dylan Rodgers

How are we supposed to know what a well-balanced diet looks like?  Given the recently spilled truth about some ‘organic’ crops, how are we supposed to figure out what’s really healthy and what’s not?  The USDA’s food pyramid and now “My Plate” gives too rough of an idea of nutrition for Americans to intelligibly grasp.  Despite the menial efforts of organizations to deter our trip down the road of obesity, many Americans don’t seem to be getting the picture. Read More

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Food Stamps: Changing The Brand and Purpose

By admin | October 4, 2011

Photo: NC Reedplayer

Photo: NC Reedplayer

By: Saira Malhotra

Food stamps have been around since 1977. Even today, the principle is the same, but the packaging has changed. Now known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the paper coupons have been switched out to debit card ‘look-alikes’, however, the principle is ultimately the same ‘to provide assistance to low income families.’

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Contaminated School Meals in Peru Claim Lives

By admin | September 28, 2011

Photo: Shinyai

Photo: Shinyai

In recent days, we’ve seen many schools in the US planning to increase nutrition as part of their meal programs in efforts to promote healthier diets among children. While these plans will hopefully lead to healthier eating through an increased consumption of organic foods free of pesticides, other schools are facing trouble keeping those same pesticides away from meals. Tragedy has stricken Peru, as reports of deaths have surfaced after contaminated lunches were served to 100 children. Read More

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USDA Summer Meals to Help Needy Families

By admin | September 21, 2011

Photo: Alyssssyla

Photo: Alyssssyla

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Summer is a time for kids to enjoy the playgrounds, beaches and parks; it’s not a time to think about whether or not there will be food on the table. Families across America are struggling to provide for their children during the summer months because of high food prices or their dwindling incomes. Read More

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Schools To Soon Provide Healthier Lunches For Kids

By admin | September 20, 2011

Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

The United States is finally focusing on new healthier lifestyles for children, much thanks to the Child Nutrition Bill and Michelle Obama’s drive to create a healthier America. First things first, noted in CNN’s “Obama Signs Child Nutrition Bill”, The Child Nutrition Bill was signed back in December by President Obama to “encourage better eating habits by giving the federal government more authority to set standards for food sold in schools.” The bill seeks to increase free healthy meals for children in low-income areas and requires schools to abide by the US Department of Agriculture’s healthy eating strategies. By implementing the Child Nutrition Bill schools are able to create healthier lunches one day at a time. Read More

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