How to Get Junk Foods Out of Your Child’s Classroom

How to Get Junk Foods Out of Your Child’s Classroom

There is a dirty war going on behind the scenes of America’s school lunches. The School Nutrition Association, an organization that represents the “lunch ladies” and school nutrition directors has been overrun by corporate interests. It is now actually fighting … Continue reading

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BodyArmor Sports Drink for Kids: the Cons & Pros

BodyArmor Sports Drink for Kids: the Cons & Pros

If you are a parent of a child who regularly participates in sports activities, you may be tempted to provide her with sports drinks to help rehydrate. While in some cases this is a good idea, for most children, water … Continue reading

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One Simple Change to Increase Kids’ Fruit & Veggie Consumption

One Simple Change to Increase Kids’ Fruit & Veggie Consumption

Here’s a hack to get schoolchildren to eat more fruits and vegetables during lunch: Schedule their meal to AFTER recess. Why does this work? For one thing, after exercise, kids are hungrier. More importantly, there is less pressure to finish … Continue reading

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The Truth About Banning Chocolate Milk In Schools

The Truth About Banning Chocolate Milk In Schools

This is a guest blog post by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, MD I was amazed by the uproar the publication of a Dairy Farmers of Canada funded chocolate milk study inspired last week. The study, “Impact of the removal of chocolate … Continue reading

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Kids Eat Too Much Pizza, Here’s What to Do About It

Kids Eat Too Much Pizza, Here’s What to Do About It

A new study published in Pediatrics surveyed the pizza intake of American kids over the years 2003-2010. Some of the findings are not surprising: 1. Pizza is not a nutritious food – despite the fact that lobbyists convinced Congress that … Continue reading

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More Fast Food = Lower Academic Test Scores

More Fast Food = Lower Academic Test Scores

A study published earlier this month in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, tracked the academic performance of 8500 schoolchildren over several years. Bottom line: kids who ate fast food more often in fifth grade, exhibited test scores 20% lower than their … Continue reading

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About Those Vegetables in Kids’ Snacks

About Those Vegetables in Kids’ Snacks

This is a guest post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. Every parent’s dream is a kid who eats her veggies. For various reasons (avalanche of ads for less healthy foods, poor adult … Continue reading

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Which Lunch is Healthier – Provided at School or Packed at Home?

Which Lunch is Healthier – Provided at School or Packed at Home?

As you probably know, tens of millions of students eat a free or reduced-price lunch, served by their school, 5 days a week. The government pays for these lunches, and, as such, they need to adhere to a set of … Continue reading

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Rich Baby, Poor Baby, and the Obesity Trajectory

Rich Baby, Poor Baby, and the Obesity Trajectory

Being poor is no fun. Statistically, it also increases your chance to be obese and suffer from a food related disease such as diabetes. According to a new study published in Pediatrics, an individual’s nutrition path is set by the … Continue reading

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Don’t Buy This at the Supermarket

Don’t Buy This at the Supermarket

This is a guest post by Lisa Cain, aka Snack-Girl. Someone told me about this new product from Oscar Mayer and I thought they were joking. Noooo. They didn’t make a Lunchables for breakfast, did they? I mean isn’t the … Continue reading

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