Did Banning Chocolate Milk in Schools Really Backfire?

Did Banning Chocolate Milk in Schools Really Backfire?

Chocolate milk accounts for over 60 percent of the milk offered in schools today. Kids love it, mostly due to the high sugar content – about 3 teaspoons of added sugar for an 8 fluid ounce drink. But kids consume … Continue reading

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This is How Seattle Area Schools Reduced Obesity by 17 Percent

This is How Seattle Area Schools Reduced Obesity by 17 Percent

Youth obesity in King County in Washington dropped from 9.5 percent to 7.9 percent after a 2-year intervention geared at middle and high school students. The public health experiment took place in several low-income school districts in the county, while … Continue reading

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Preschool and Pop Tarts

Preschool and Pop Tarts

This is a guest post by Dr. Dina R. Rose You’ve grown a great eater…until he lands in daycare or preschool. That’s what happened to Michelle’s son. He was a shopping cart-riding/broccoli-gnawing tot until he got to preschool where he was … Continue reading

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USDA Unveils Smart Snacks in Schools Guidelines

USDA Unveils Smart Snacks in Schools Guidelines

Good news coming from the USDA this week, as the government agency charged with our kids’ nutrition has published guidelines for healthier snacks. The Smart Snacks in Schools Standard defines what competitive foods will be allowed in schools starting in … Continue reading

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How I’m Fooducating My Kids to Make Healthy Choices

How I’m Fooducating My Kids to Make Healthy Choices

This is a guest post by Stacy Whitman. “Mom, can we get Cheetos?” “Mom, can we get Frosted Flakes?” “MOM?!?” I’d taken my then-6-year-old son’s to the grocery store to gather ingredients for a recipe to cook together. Concerned about … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Bragging Rights

A Mother’s Bragging Rights

This is a guest blog post by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD and was originally posted here. There’s a brand new way to brag about our kids: Talk about how much they hate junk food. It’s not enough that we crow … Continue reading

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The Bad News about Healthy Lunches

The Bad News about Healthy Lunches

This is a guest blog post by Dr. Dina R. Rose I’m going to suggest something radical:  Don’t worry about packing a healthy school lunch. I’m not suggesting you send your kids off to school with Devil Dogs and Twinkies. But … Continue reading

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Back to School – (Slightly) Less Sugar in Chocolate Milk

Back to School – (Slightly) Less Sugar in Chocolate Milk

In tune with the season, we’re writing about school related topics in the last few weeks. Today, some promising news on the chocolate milk front. AS you know, chocolate milk is a very contentious issue in this country. The lines … Continue reading

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It’s Not About Nutrition

It’s Not About Nutrition

One of our favorite blogs is Dr. Dina Rose’s aptly named, It’s Not About Nutrition. You see, Dr. Rose does not come from the medical or nutrition fields, rather Sociology. She is a food sociologist (see below). And yet, each … Continue reading

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Schools, an Important Part of the Nutrition Puzzle

Schools, an Important Part of the Nutrition Puzzle

Children enter the public education system at the tender age of 5 and stay there for 13 years. During that time, they learn to read, write, and hopefully to become contributing members of society.This is not something to be taken … Continue reading

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